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Children of the Whales Volume One

To begin with this was a cover buy. I picked it up and I absolutely adored the illustration. Then I read the synopsis and I knew this was coming home with me. It sounded absolutely fantastic. This manga is set on a floating city known only as the Mud Whale (to begin with) which had been built up over years by clay and magic. A magic with a deadly cost. Those imbued with the power known as Thymia have a very short life expectancy, almost as though the magic burns up the person. With 90% of the inhabitants of the Mud Whale having Thymia it isn't exactly ideal. Our main character Chakuro is a Thymia user but he has a different job, he's the archivist of the Mud Whale. He records anything and everything so that the future generations have a history. 

What struck me the most about this manga, aside from the drool worthy cover, was how well it perfected the balance of world building. I often feel as though most mangas, at least in the first volume have a little something to be desired when it comes to this. I've read many a series where there's a distinct lack of detail to the point where I can't be immersed in the world. Alternatively, I've also read series where the detail goes to the Nth degree and the story suffers. I think it's Chakuro's job that helps maintain this balance. The info dump then appears as part of the plot because of how it links with his character. 

I would also like to praise this manga on its plot. I got the same feeling reading this as I did reading Tokyo Ghoul and Seraph of the End. Recently, I've felt as though that a lot of the manga I've read has felt very staccato, as though each volume is its own story. Which isn't a bad thing! I've just noticed that I tend to gravitate towards the manga that has an overarching plot line. Children of the Whales appears to have this. Now, I don't want to go into the plot as I feel some of the events in this first volume borders on the spoiler territory. Just know that this is going straight onto my favourite manga of all time list. 

INFO

Name: Children of the Whales

Author(s): Abi Umeda

Publisher: Viz Media

Pages: 192

ISBN: 978-1-4215-9721-8

Rating: 4.5/5

Have you read Children of the Whales?

What did you think?

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x

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