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Tenshi no Uta  
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Description
A chance meeting between a famous idol and an ordinary girl on a snowy surreal day sets the stage for this manga. Depressed and hopeless, Kurashiki Yuya meets Mayu, whose carefree and live-for-the-moment attitude brings him new hope. In the spur of the moment, Yuya forgets to ask Mayu's name, and watches as she disappears from his life. Much later, Yuya comes across Natsume Tougo and their band, Dessert, along with their new performer who is none other than Mayu. Mayu and Yuya meet again, but Touga is determined to not let her go at any cost!

Extra story in v.9: Only One
Mio, the daughter of a famous international singer, Mayu, has return to Japan. She has the talent, the looks and the soul and she has been scouted by agents to become a singer, but that is not what she wants. What does she want?

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Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
天使の唄
天使之声
天使之聲
천상의 멜로디
Angel Voice (MAKIMURA Kumi)
Angel's Song (MAKIMURA Kumi)
Angel's Voice (MAKIMURA Kumi)
Only One (MAKIMURA Kumi)
Tenshi no Uta (Angel Voice)

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Latest Release(s)
v.9 c.Extra (end) by Transcendence (756d ago)
v.6 c.Extra by Transcendence (806d ago)
v.9 c.38 by Transcendence (861d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
9 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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User Rating
Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (177 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.99 / 10.0
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July 19th 2014, 2:32pm PST


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Year
1997

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Dessert (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
No

English Publisher
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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1244 decreased(-78)
Monthly Pos #2217 increased(+55)
3 Month Pos #3410 increased(+231)
6 Month Pos #3579 increased(+869)

List Stats
On 708 reading lists
On 536 wish lists
On 286 completed lists
On 69 unfinished lists
On 170 custom lists

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Not as good as I had hoped :/   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Leatrix
December 3rd, 2008, 10:11am
Well...I had quite a high expectation as I was reading this. I got the impression from the summary that this was a plot I'm going to love. The prologue was great. Very sweet and it was kind of like a dream, and I'm sure that's how it felt to them, even if only a little. It was sad that they were separated, but I knew they were going to meet again, so I read on.

I found that from then on the series didn't quite meet my expectations.

First of all...I hate it when mangas about showbiz do things that aren't realistic. I suppose the series handled it quite alright. I love music just as much as the next guy, but I'll admit that I don't know much about the world of music production. So I can't fairly judge the manga's take on forming a bad and surviving in the industry, but some things just felt off to me as I was reading it in the music aspect, especially those remarks about making one's own sound, and how friend's sound has changed...I somehow don't think the public even notice these things. IMHO it's either they're good, or they're bad. But that's just me, I guess.

Next, the characters don't feel like they have much depth in them, really.

Mayu...doesn't appeal to me. She's the typical shoujo lead: friendly, has a two guys who love her very much, cheerful but can also get quite dejected (especially concerning main love interest)...you know the deal. Nothing much is revealed about her beyond that. Hopefully more of her character background & growth will be shown in the chapters I have yet to read.

Yuuya is alright. He's a professional, and one can see that as well as looking out after Mayu, he gives his all in career. Oh, and his hair -totally- looks better in the prologue. Wish they'd change his hairstyle back. Uh, anyways...I can see why he'll find it difficult to approach Mayu, so I can forgive the lack of advancement in the love department...for now.

Tougo. Now, I love Tougo, but I really think his character could've been explored a bit more. At this point (chapter 1 of vol.3) I'm feeling like he's somewhat of a social inept, who knows what he's doing in the music industry...but someone mentioned he's a music idiot(?!) Anyway...I actually prefer him over Yuuya at the moment. Not sure if that'll change. Yuuya hasn't done much more than being professional in what he does anyway (so far).

It's hard to truly enjoy the singing bits when all you have is pictures, the lyrics scattered around the page, and the audiences' comments. Nothing can be done about that...but I was slightly bothered nonetheless.

I really want to get into this series...and I'm hoping the series will get better. Will probably edit once I've finished (read: once it's all scanlated)

... Last updated on December 3rd, 2008, 10:12am
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Upon finishing it...meh.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Gingeh
June 10th, 2010, 1:51pm
I am IN LOVE with this series. I can't tell you why it's so special - why it's so addicting, why I have to check for new chapters every day - only that it is.

The art is okay; older, and nothing fantastic, beautiful, or blow-me-away amazing, but the main girl is pretty and the boys are bishies. Also, both the female lead and male love interest have the same dark-colored hair - weird, as the lovers generally have hair with contrasting colors, but new and different, so I'll take it.

The story isn't that original: just basically a girl getting into show business and chasing after the guy she likes who just so happens to be a mega star. There's a love rival, of course, who actually seems to have a chance with the main character (for once).

But there are several unexpected plot twists, the female lead is mostly likable, the cast of characters are each distinct and interesting, and I'm left wanting more at the end of each chapter.
I love this manga. I think I've read it through to the latest chapter three times now; it's that good. I'm, for lack of a better word, addicted. I can't fully judge this yet, as I'm only up to volume 5, and there are nine volumes, but thus far? I highly recommend this.

Edit:// So I finally finished this - and meh. I really liked the beginning, as I said, but as the manga went on it got more and more angsty, and Mayu began to irritate me. I wasn't a fan of the new love interest (or any of the characters introduced later, really), or how the relationship between him and Mayu was handled - it felt rushed. The end of the manga was mostly tragic, with the final chapter abruptly becoming light and happy, which felt weird. I missed the lightheartedness the manga started with.

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Plus, I agree with everyone about the last extra chapter. Really? Tougo and Mio (Yuuya and Mayu's child)? Along with him clearly not being over Mayu yet, Mio is 15, and Tougo is 30-something. That's just creepy - Mio is one thing, because she's a teenager who has a crush on a hot older man she met once ages ago at a wedding, fine, whatever. But I never took Tougo for a pedophile. I couldn't even finish it after he kissed her, I was too weirded out.


... Last updated on December 2nd, 2012, 10:45am
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;_;   
Rating: 9.2 / 10.0
by mogiks
March 24th, 2011, 4:56am
I really liked this. I feel like it was a really great journey, and I think you can feel the passion the characters have for music. The character development as a whole is really great. I thought it would focus more on the music, but it ended up being really character-driven, which was great; you see many of the characters develop and go through a lot of difficulties. For me, On was the highlight. I think some people will always dislike him because his loyalties are always in doubt, but that's the reason his character stands out. He is tremendously conflicted and one of the best things about the whole manga - he has a massive influence on the plot and other characters. Without a doubt this brought the manga to a whole other level for me. (By the way, what's in the spoiler tags spoils pretty much the whole story, so don't read unless you're sure you won't regret it!)

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I really, really loved the parts where On and Mayu are together. You felt like he was being consumed by darkness and Mayu is the only thing he's got even though he's fighting it and how much he loves her. They are violently, irresistably thrown together, and there are so many things going on and so many conflicting loyalties, and all the while On is tremendously torn. That's the brilliance of it. All the other characters think it's a bad idea for her to pick him, and some people might think it was only out of pity, but there was something tremendously valiant about the way Mayu sought to help On. Because of how much I loved his character, I was quite annoyed that he died, because it felt a bit like the author killed him off only because she wanted Mayu and Yuuya to be together at the end. However, in the end, I did accept it. It was probably the best way things could have ended and I probably would have hated a happy ending - in the end, On's sacrifice proved that he triumphed over his darkness, and it was another thing that made the manga even deeper. The resulting angst wank was suprisingly heartrending and managed to bring me to tears.


It's been a while since I cried because of a manga and I was quite surprised it managed to evoke that much of a response for me. I think that shows how much you can get attached to the characters and the story. I think it did work out okay in the end despite my doubts and I quite liked the ending. Like bkmstr I wasn't too sure about the extra at the end...

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Mio (Yuuya and Mayu's child) and Tougo?! Isn't that a bit creepy?! What's the age gap, I wonder?


But, to sum up all my feelings, I think this is a great shoujo. It's not all about the romance, but the romance, where it does strike, is wonderful. I think the manga really hits its stride about halfway through and I definitely recommend it to shoujo fans.

... Last updated on March 24th, 2011, 4:58am
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I like it!   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by samanthaknd
January 22nd, 2010, 3:57pm
after the first chapter I was dubious as to wether I would like it or not, gladly I stuck with it and now I am dying for more, the lead isn't annoying and that is a huge plus for me as most shoujo, most leads are annoying crybabies that you would be glad to slap lol.
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good but not great   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by bkmstr
January 8th, 2011, 12:46am
I loved this manga and loved how Mayu tries her best to be with Yuuya, but certain events toward the end felt odd and the ending somehow felt artificial. The extra was ok, though it ruined another wholesome character's image.
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nice.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by jnatsumi
January 31st, 2009, 6:47pm
I like this manga. The drawing is cute and the plot is moderately intense. leaving me want to read more. the romance is heart breaking. may be i exaggerated it, but anyway, the romance is good.
I can't wait for the next chapter!

PS: i personally like mangas about singing, acting stuff (like SkipBeat!)
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It took me a while to pick this back up.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by enaikelt
March 1st, 2013, 9:00pm
This manga is... special. Which is to say, it's unique. That is, it's unpredictable (mostly. Anyone can see that Mayu's going to be famous from the first three chapters), because the mangaka just sort of does whatever she wants with the characters, screw the consequences.

On the one hand, that actually does work out very well for her. This is a riveting story - I read it all the way through. It has all the implausibilities and the partings and the moving-on's of real life. On the other hand... I never really did entirely like any of the main characters. Especially On. I never did care much for On.

Also, poor Tougo... ending up with his wholesome image destroyed.

... Last updated on March 1st, 2013, 9:01pm
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The HELL!   
Rating: N/A
by genetial
January 29th, 2013, 6:12pm
its like the mangaka ended it sooner than expected. no love triangle struggle!

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the story is good at first then the mangaka!
mangaka: oh! i should hook up mayu and on! mayu falls for ON and On falls for mayu *gigles* then they fall in love very loveydovey!
*then sudden realization!
mangaka: what the F this should be yuya and mayu what should i do!? I NEED TO KILL ON!!!!!

and then the manga ended in the concert where they both want to see each other!! WHAT THE HELL is that
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Potential trashed.   
Rating: N/A
by clarke
August 23rd, 2012, 9:25am
This manga isn't particularly special in any way. The plot, characters, art - everything was so-so. Nothing impressive at all so I didn't expect much from it. However, I did hope it wouldn't make me want to throw it out of the window. Everything just became much much weaker towards the end. It was as if Makimura didn't even think twice about what she was writing and that spoiled the entire journey for me. It was never great to begin with but it was at least somewhat satisfying and had potential. It's a shame that got trashed.

... Last updated on August 24th, 2012, 6:02am
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SAD X(   
Rating: N/A
by LovelyRK19
May 30th, 2012, 2:25am
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I really love this manga.. at the beginning of the story I thought that Mayu would end up with YUYA.. then ON come along and in volume 7/8 they have this relationship and I was like aww.. they're cute together.. I really hope they were together like get married and stuff.. but in chapter 35 He died.. WTH!!! I'm really SADDDDDDD.. .I really wished they ended up together.. :(
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