Yosuke Yashiro's ancestors have been Shinto priests at the local shrine for generations, and the high school boy is poised to take over the family tradition. Their shrine is different from most - it houses the mysterious "mermaid's egg", which is said to ensure the town's safety and the sea's prosperity. However, mere stability isn't enough for some people, and one day Yosuke's father shows the egg to reporters in order to increase tourism for the small town. Soon, crowds of tourists start to accumulate, and huge buildings spring up along the shoreline. But there's not much room for the old beliefs amidst this rapidly urbanizing and tourist-obsessed town, and as the surrounding sea becomes increasingly volatile, it is apparent that certain local legends are real, and do not approve of recent developments.
Tropic of the Sea / Kaikisen was Satoshi Kon's first serialized manga. Despite that, it's not very well known, and the reason is simple: it just isn't all that great (even Kon himself didn't really like it). Story The story starts when Yosuke's father, who is the head priest of the local shrine, exposes to the world the secret of their shrine: it houses a mermaid's egg, given to them almost 60 years ago. As a... read more
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