Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau
Children of the Whales
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Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Whale Calves Sing on the Debris, Tales of the Wales Calves, Kirokusha no Ballad, Hikari no Tonari Kabe no Sora, The Sky on the Wall, Next to the Light
Japanese: クジラの子らは砂上に歌う
English: Children of the Whales
Spanish: Children of the Whales
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 23
Chapters: 99
Status: Finished
Published: Jun 6, 2013 to Jan 6, 2023
Genres: Drama Drama, Fantasy Fantasy, Mystery Mystery, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Mystery Bonita
Authors: Umeda, Abi (Story & Art)


Score: 7.691 (scored by 24332,433 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #17832
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1199
Members: 15,577
Favorites: 338

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Volumes: /23
Chapters: /99


Located inside the Mud Whale that endlessly soars through a sea of sand, there is a community divided in two: the Marked majority who are capable of using a power called "thymia" at the cost of their lifespan; and the Unmarked, who are unable to wield such an ability but have regular lifespans and hold positions of authority. Diagnosed with hypergraphia, 14-year-old Chakuro is the archivist of the Mud Whale, with the responsibility of recording everything that happens on the island and other uncharted places.

During one mission to explore a foreign island, Chakuro encounters a wounded girl with no memories. She immediately tries to attack him, only to pass out and be taken to the Mud Whale by Chakuro himself. The girl's existence is shrouded in mystery, as no one has ever met a human from the outside world before. Furthermore, her lack of emotions and skilled combat abilities demonstrate that her life experience is vastly different from those inside the Mud Whale.

With the sudden appearance of the girl nicknamed "Lykos," Chakuro is about to uncover what lies beyond the Mud Whale—forever changing his destiny in the most unbelievable way.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Included one-shot:
Volume 7: Hikari no Tonari Kabe no Sora (The Sky on the Wall, Next to the Light)


Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau ranked 10th on Kono Manga ga Sugoi!'s top 20 manga for female readers list in 2015. In 2017, the manga was nominated for the 21st Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize. During the same year, the French translation of the series won the Mangawa award in the seinen category.

Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau has been published in English as Children of the Whales by VIZ Media under the VIZ Signature imprint since November 21, 2017, and digitally since July 23, 2019. It has also been published in French as Les Enfants de la Baleine by Glénat Editions; in German as Die Walkinder by Carlsen Comics; in Italian by Star Comics; and in Spanish by Milky Way Ediciones.

A Japanese stage play adaptation based on the series premiered in April 2016.

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