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Tears of A Lamb (ひつじの涙 Hitsuji no Namida?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Banri Hidaka. It was originally serialized in Hana to Yume in 2001, with the individual chapters collected and published in seven tankōbon volumes by Hakusensha. The story focuses on Kei Hasumi, an anorexic teenager girl in love with her brother's friend Kakeru Suwa, who lost his memory. Kei searches for the ring he'd given his girlfriend to try to help him recover his memory. She is aided by Kyosuke Kanzaki, a classmate who is in love with her, who lives in an apartment where Kei believes the ring may be.

It is licensed for English language release in North America by CMX, which released the first volume in January 2008.

Media

Manga

Written and illustrated by Banri Hidaka, Tears of a Lamb premiered in the 19th issue of Hana to Yume in 2001 where it ran until its conclusion in the 23rd issue 2003.[1] The forty-two unnamed chapters were collected and published in seven tankōbon by Hakusensha from April 2002 until March 2004.[2] The series is licensed for English-language release in North America by CMX Manga, which released the first volume in January 2008.[3]

Volume list

<tr ><th rowspan="2" style="width: 4%;">No.</th><th colspan="2">Japanese</th><th colspan="2">English</th></th></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF"><th style="width: 24%;">Release date</th><th style="width: 24%;">ISBN</th><th style="width: 24%;">Release date</th><th style="width: 24%;">ISBN</th></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol1">1</td></td><td> April 19, 2002[4]</td><td>ISBN 4592175824[4]</td><td>January 1, 2008[5]</td><td>ISBN 9781401215194[5]</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="5">
  • Chapters 1–6

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<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol2">2</td></td><td> August 19, 2002[6]</td><td>ISBN 4592175832[6]</td><td>January 1, 2008[7]</td><td>ISBN 9781401215200[7]</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="5">
  • Chapters 7-12

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<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol3">3</td></td><td> December 16, 2002[8]</td><td>ISBN 4592175840[8]</td><td>August 5, 2008[9]</td><td>ISBN 9781401215217[9]</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="5">
  • Chapters 13–18

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<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol4">4</td></td><td> May 19, 2003[10]</td><td>ISBN 4592175859[10]</td><td>November 18, 2008[11]</td><td>ISBN 9781401215224[11]</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="5">
  • Chapters 19–24

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<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol5">5</td></td><td> August 19, 2003[12]</td><td>ISBN 4592175867[12]</td><td>March 24, 2009[13]</td><td>ISBN 9781401215231[13]</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="5">
  • Chapters 25-30

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<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol6">6</td></td><td> December 16, 2003[14]</td><td>ISBN 4592175875[14]</td><td>August 11, 2009</td><td>—</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="5">
  • Chapters 31-35

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<tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol7">7</td></td><td> March 19, 2004[15]</td><td>ISBN 4592175883[14]</td><td>—</td><td>—</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="5">
  • Chapters 37-42

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Drama CD

Two drama CDs fro the series were released non-commercially for the series. The first was released with the 4th issue of Hana to Yume in 2004 as a promotional item, and contained tracks for other series from the magazine as well. The second was available only via mail-in and contained a booklet with the character introduction and comments of the author regarding the characters. There is also a scenario booklet that contains the script of the tracks in the CD. Both CDs featured the voices of Yukari Tamura as Kei Hasumi and Kentarō Itō as Kyosuke Kanzaki.

Illustration collection

A joint illustrated collection of Banri Hidaka's 2 works, Sekai de Ichiban Daikirai and Tears of a Lamb was released on March 17, 2004.[16]

Reception

Pop Culture Shock's Katherine Dacey criticises the manga, saying, "Comedic moments bump up against revelations of anorexia, broken homes, and broken engagements, making for a very choppy read. The few scenes in which characters break the fourth wall to crack jokes are especially distracting, coming on the heels of serious revelations about Hasumi’s mental health."[17] Pop Shock Culture's Michelle Smith commends the manga for "Kanzaki’s consideration of Kei is shown through his actions rather than told in mere words. The best scenes are when they are engaged in heartfelt conversation" as well as its cute art, saying , "I love the fleecy lambs sprinkled throughout". However, she criticises the manga for "the continual reliance on violence as a source of humor."[18] In a review of volume one, Clara Yamasaka wrote "Later volumes may bring more insight into the troubles that have damaged these two teens' psyches, but if you have real world troubles of your own, you might feel more like slapping these characters upside the head instead of reading subsequent volumes."[19] Jason Thompson described the author's manga in general as being "basically romantic character sketches", noting that the major difference in Tears of a Lamb was that it started "disorientedly in the middle of things". He found the problems faced by the characters seemed "merely gimmicky".[20]

References

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  11. 11.0 11.1 "Amazon.com: Tears of a Lamb Vol. 4 (9781401215224): Banri Hidaka: Books". Amazon. Retrieved August 21, 2009. 
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  13. 13.0 13.1 "Amazon.com: Tears of a Lamb Vol. 5 (9781401215231): Banri Hidaka: Books". Amazon. Retrieved August 21, 2009. 
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  17. Dacey, Katherine (January 14, 2008). "Tears of a Lamb, Vol. 1". Pop Culture Shock. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  18. Smith, Michelle (July 31, 2008). "Tears of a Lamb, Vol. 3". Pop Culture Shock. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  19. Yamasaka, Clara. "Tears of a Lamb". Newtype USA. 7 (1) p. 105. January 2008. ISSN 1541-4817.
  20. Thompson, Jason (2010-06-24). "365 Days of Manga, Day 268: Tears of a Lamb - Suvudu - Science Fiction and Fantasy Books, Movies, and Games". Suvudu. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 

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