Tropic of the Sea

Tropic of the Sea

Book - 2013
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Random House, Inc.
Yosuke's family has a strange tradition - once every sixty years they receive an egg from a mermaid. When the egg matures his family dutifully returns it to the sea, where the whole process is then repeated. In exchange for this favor, the mer-people bless his coastal town with bountiful catches of fish and calm seas.

But as a commercial development encroach on the sleepy seaside village and Yosuke's father is lured away from tradition towards modern properity, and turns the egg into a tourist trap, what will happen to the promise their family made to the mermaids generations ago?

Tropic of the Sea Satoshi Kon's first feature length manga, includes a dozen black and white art plates from his original release, along with a 5-page essay written by Kon in 1999 detailing his transition from the manga industry to the animation business.

Baker & Taylor
As commercial development encroaches into Yosuke's coastal town, his family's promise to the mer-people of protecting their eggs is threatened.

Publisher: New York, NY : Vertical Inc., 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781939130068
Characteristics: vi, 207 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Rosewood, Maya - Translator


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Oct 31, 2016

I agree with forbesrachel in her comments. It is quite interesting to watch the clash between a teen and his father over tradition versus commercialism. They aren't on the sides you think.

forbesrachel Aug 01, 2014

Yosuke lives in a peaceful sea-side town where his family has protected a mermaid's egg for generations. They, and the whole town, owe their existence to this contract. However, with the passage of time, it has become a myth. Now, development encroaches, and the townsfolk are divided. Tension amasses as the festival comes, a promise is broken, and the wrath of nature descends. Satoshi Kon delivers a powerful message in this wonderfully drawn story. He goes straight to the core of what much of the world is facing. That is, tradition versus development. Do we preserve the old ways and nature, or destroy it all to make our lives easier. Thanks to the magical aspect, things end well for these people. People in reality on the other hand have no such immediate incentives because nature doesn't change quickly. In the long run, climate change, and the increase in natural disasters will result in great harm to us though. Tropic of the Sea gives its warning to us, and pleads with us to respect what we have.


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