Manga of the Week - 千夏のうた

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"orz Sorry for the terribad image quality. There didn't seem to be any decent images floating around on the tubes, so I had to settle for this one. 

Title: 千夏のうた, Chinatsu no Uta, Chinatsu's Song
Author: Kitagawa Shou
Genre: Seinen, Drama, Slice of Life
Serialized in: Shueisha Weekly Young Jump
Total Volume Count: 3

Summary from MangaUpdates:
The series takes place at a certain Japanese location, where a girl moves in with her aunt to a new house after experiencing some more or less shocking events back home. There she meets a boy named Fuyuki, who she from then on spends a lot of time with. The thing special about Chinatsu is her voice, a voice which many seem to have heard before, but from where? What's so special about this girl, and what'll happen in the future?
Kenn's Comment: Something about this manga makes you keep on reading. It's not action packed, or filled with fanservice. It's not nostalgically comical (nice wording, eh?) like Yotsuba&!. Amidst the peaceful and somewhat plain rural setting, Chinatsu's energetic and kind behaviour shines out like a light bulb in the dark, dragging all the characters involved into her pace.

The art is gorgeous. Lots of detail is put not only into the characters, but the backgrounds. Characters are proportionate, so you won't see distortions and deformations that occur in comical series (and unfortunately is the most recognizable trait of 'anime' and 'manga' styled drawings here in the west)

All in all, I suggest you take a looksie at this series. I'd go so far as to slap this one a good 'must read' label on it. So y'all get to your local Japanese bookstore and look for this one. It's not licensed in the English to my knowledge, so you'll need to know Japanese. Plus Japanese manga is so much cheaper than ones published down in the US. Manga in Japanese goes anywhere from $6-12, while US published manga (TokyoPop, VIZ, Del Rey, Yen Press) goes usually from around $12-15.

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