Kaijuu no Kodomo
Children of the Sea
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Kaijuu no Kodomo

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Synonyms: The Sea Monster's Children
Japanese: 海獣の子供
English: Children of the Sea
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 5
Chapters: 43
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 24, 2005 to Sep 24, 2011
Genres: Drama Drama, Mystery Mystery, Supernatural Supernatural
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Ikki
Authors: Igarashi, Daisuke (Story & Art)


Score: 8.001 (scored by 23522,352 users)
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Ranked: #6882
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1315
Members: 11,445
Favorites: 321

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One summer vacation, Ruka meets two boys, "Umi" and "Sora," whose upbringing contains strange and wonderful secrets. Drawn to their beautiful swimming, almost more like flying, Ruka and the adults who know them are intertwined in a complex mesh...

Meanwhile, an unexplained anomaly is occurring all over the world: fish are disappearing. Thus begins a marine adventure of boys and girls to captivate all the senses!


Kaijuu no Kodomo was published in English as Children of the Sea by VIZ Media under the SigIkki imprint from July 21, 2009 to June 18, 2013.

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Oct 1, 2016
NoraVanguard (All reviews)
First thing first the art for the character is can be crude at times. But after reading it for a while, you get suck in to the character designs. And not to mention the beautiful art for the ocean and sea creatures! The story is not for everyone because it takes detours for shot side-story's, so it can talk about the mystery's of the sea. The story is also these leave it up to the reader to decide.

It's defiantly not a story for these with weak stomachs it talks about human biology in great details like showing humans organs in a diagram.
Jul 8, 2020
Krankastel (All reviews)
The seas are fascinating, and have always held a special place in mankind’s history.

Beautiful yet also turbulent and treacherous, they have divided or bridged cultures and destroyed or benefited civilizations in equal measure. Mythologies and sailors’ superstitions are among the most prominent examples of mankind recognizing the seas’ majesty.

Kaijuu no Kodomo pays homage to this, but is also a unique sample of ecological storytelling, although Daisuke Igarashi is following an approach different of say, Hayao Miyazaki.

[1. Beginning with the story…]

Taking place at a typical modern setting by the seaside in Japan, the story begins during summer. The protagonist is Ruka, a teenage girl with divorced read more
Apr 4, 2019
Natsuki_Hyundai (All reviews)
With the movie adaptation of this coming out in the next couple of months, I might as well insert my five yen on the manga. Which I read almost a year ago. ...Fortuantely, I know what I thought of it then, and I know what I think of it now! And hoo boy, what an amazing manga this is!
Story- ACTUALLY Deep/10

There are a lot of works of fiction that people consider deep that I... don't. To a lot of people, human life is unequivocally fascinating and complex. Personally, I find human life to be overrated, and this manga's speaking my language! What starts out as read more
Mar 1, 2018
Moomochi (All reviews)
Out of 100 Nobles watching...
100 were impressed! Really!

Here we have a perfect storm. I have a very big soft spot for anything Ocean/Aquatic themed on top of the fact that the realistic sketchy ink and watercolor art style of this work being something very similar to my own personal style when I pursued traditional 2d art when I was younger.

It may seem from the get-go I am biased to praise this Manga but even without a natural fit for my own tastes the story of Children of the Sea is something that is so unique and interesting it really stands out as a one of read more


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