Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho
The Place Promised in Our Early Days
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Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho

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Synonyms: Beyond the Clouds, the Promised Place
Japanese: 雲のむこう、約束の場所
English: The Place Promised in Our Early Days
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 8
Status: Finished
Published: Feb 2006 to Aug 25, 2006
Genres: Drama Drama, Romance Romance, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Afternoon
Authors: Shinkai, Makoto (Story), Yumeka, Sumomo (Art)


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In an alternate history of the aftermath of World War II, Japan has been cleaved in half, with the south—Honshu and the other islands—allied with the United States and the northern island Hokkaido annexed by the enigmatic Union. It was on Hokkaido that a mysterious tower had been built, a strand of metal reaching up out of the atmosphere, visible from the northern tip of Honshu. In 1996, three teenagers, Hiroki, Takuya and Sayuri, make a pact—they will build an experimental aircraft, almost invisible to surveillance, cross over to Hokkaido and unlock the secrets of the tower. Their dream was never realized, because Sayuri was sent to Tokyo for treatment after she fell into a coma. It is now three years later. The rosy illusions of youth have fallen away, but not the unbreakable strength of the trio’s promise. The truth of the tower will be uncovered, and with it, the link between it and Sayuri’s mysterious, carefully tended condition.


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Jul 17, 2017
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The manga adaptation of 'The Place Promised in Our Early Days' is a rather poor one at that, to state this plainly. While its retelling of the narrative is rather shoddy, the artstyle and characterization is almost as good as, if not as good as, the original movie's.

[Story - 5]

While the film was able to (almost) pull off telling the story of 3 childhood friends and their reunion through uncertain circumstances, the manga barely achieved it. It covers 2/3 of the events, so unfortunately we don't get a perfect resolution to the arcs of both the 3 protagonists and the overall story. The world-building is ...

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