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Blue inferior. [Vol.] 1
Shitou, Kyoko.
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Publication Information:
Houston : ADV Manga, [2004]

Physical Description:
184 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 19 cm
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Originally published: Tokyo, Japan : Kadokawa Shoten, 1999.

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It is a world where environmental pollution has spiraled out of control. Most of the land is contaminated desert, and there are only a few pockets along the shore where people can live. Those inhabiting these oases are suspicious of strangers, and know nothing about the outside world save for stories of vicious "sub-humans." One day, a young girl named Marine washes up on the shore of one of the inhabited lands. She has no memory of where she came from. She is found by a young boy named Kazuya, who loves the sea and has a natural curiosity about the outside world. The two of them start to become friends... but then rumors start spreading that Marine might be a sub-human, and she is locked up. Now Kazuya must help her escape, and uncover the mystery of who she is and where she came from.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

At first, this manga seems to be a familiar tale of a postapocalyptic world. But there are considerable differences from the norm. Though most of Earth has been rendered uninhabitable by pollution, 14-year-old Kazuya lives in one of the "blessed lands" spared from the devastation. With no experience of the outside world, Kazuya and his friends take their idyllic lives for granted. Perhaps Shitou intends this "blessed land" to represent a sheltered childhood, or even Japan's own isolation from the world before the mid-19th century. Adults warn Kazuya of possible invasion by the "subhumans," beings whose blood is supposedly poisonous. Meanwhile, Kazuya, who's fascinated by the sea, finds a girl his own age washed up on the shore. She can barely remember her name, which, appropriately, is Marine. With her arrival, the formerly idyllic community turns paranoid, and they lock Marine up, suspecting she's a subhuman. The growing love between Kazuya and Marine is genuinely romantic, if predictable. By this volume's end, readers may be surprised to learn who the subhuman intruders really are. Shitou finds repeated opportunities in his story to create superb portraits of the sea, animals and vegetation, making this manga stand out artistically from the pack. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The coastal town of Liber is one of the Blessed Lands, the few habitable areas in a world blighted by pollution. One day, 14-year-old sailor Kazuya finds a girl named Marine washed up on shore. Like Ai in Princess Ai (see review, p. 66), Marine has lost her memory, but this story has far more heart than Ai's and is better conceived and written. As Marine begins to regain her memories, she and Kazuya grow closer. But the people of the town, who have very little contact with the outside world, are suspicious of her and fear that her arrival means that Liber is in imminent danger from the feared subhumans from the Accursed Lands. Kazuya makes plans to take Marine away on a sea voyage, but there's something special about Marine, and more than one party is attempting to exploit it. With strong and likable characterizations, a variety of appealing character designs, and some nicely detailed nature scenery, this first of four volumes is recommended for readers ten and up. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.