- © Kaori Ozaki / Kodansha Ltd.
- Manga Score: 7.39
- Author: Kaori Ozaki
- Publisher: Kodansha
- Volumes: 3
- DB title: Kin no Hitsuji
- Rating: 16 and up
- Genres: Slice of LifeSeinen
The Golden Sheep
"From the creator of the acclaimed The Gods Lie comes Kaori Ozaki’s latest series! Winter of junior year. Not quite able to become adults, we couldn’t stay as we were as children, either. Our tale explores a group of teenagers and their impatience and rebirth. “They say if you write down your wish, bury it under Sheep Tower and then dig it up after 7 years and 7 months, your wish will come true…” Tsugu Miikura, a high schooler who loves to play guitar, due to family circumstances, moved away from the rural town where she had spent her childhood. After several years, she’s back in her old hometown. She reunites with her childhood friends—Sora, Yuushin, and Asari—the friends she’d buried a time capsule with back in elementary school. Tsugu is overjoyed to be with her friends once more, but the bonds that she thought would never change have in fact started to grow major cracks…"
10 people found this review helpful
It was short, so there's not too much else to say, but it was good. read more
9 people found this review helpful
Of the 4 protagonists, 2 have a satisfying, if quick, arc while the other two pull down the series. Tsugu in particular stands out for her optimism and sincerity, which puts here a cut above move teenage girl leads. The slight romance that develops with her is compelling and leads to some of the most effective emotional beats. Her and her otaku love interest are easily the best part of the series.
The sick one and the boxer on the other hand just never get in a groove. They do awful things repeatedly throughout the series which then gets 'resolved' in a series of tearful exchanges. There isn't much likability or arc to be found here. The boxer in particular just never earns the resolution the series give it.
The length of the series is a massive negative. A longer story would have given more time for the reconciliation to develop naturally and for the characters to face the consequences of their actions. The entire cast also leaves off in a very interesting placed, and volumes of material could easily be spent exploring things the characters just off-handedly mention in the last page.
Good, but not filled out enough to be truly impactful.
Score: decent 7 read more