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Narutaru  
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Description
The story could basically be split into two halves. The main story is about Tamai Shiina, who is an energetic middle-school teenage girl. She visits her grandparent's over the summer where she runs into a very strange creature. Shiina has had lots of strange dreams as of late and also when she was younger, and this strange creature is somewhat related to her visions. She names the small cuddly star-shaped creature, Hoshimaru.

Little did she know that this cuddly creature is really part of herself. After her vacation, Shiina goes back to her home, living with her father. She runs into other children with similar creatures the following days. However, these children have developed their creatures, and they have complete control over them. They mostly use these creatures for their own destructive pleasure and not for good. There is a group of teenagers that all have these strange creatures, and they plan to basically conquer the world, creating a utopia of whatever they desire. Will they succeed? Will Shiina ever develop Hoshimaru?
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Type
Manga

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
Нарутару
なるたる
なるたる ~骸なる星・珠たる子~
星星公主
Mukuronaru hoshi, Tamataru ko
Naru Taru
Shadow Star
The Star That Died And the Jewel Of A Girl

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Latest Release(s)
v.9-12 by Gantz_Waitingroom (1950d ago)
v.10 c.50c (v2) by Manga-Sketchbook (2424d ago)
v.12 c.63-67 (end) by Manga-Sketchbook (2425d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1.
Ends at Vol 6

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3 topics, 12 posts
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User Rating
Average: 7.5 / 10.0 (264 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.44 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 8th 2013, 12:03pm PST


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Year
1998

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Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)
Super Manga Blast (Dark Horse)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Dark Horse Comics (On hiatus since volume 7)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #935 increased(+135)
Monthly Pos #1719 increased(+363)
3 Month Pos #2502 increased(+415)
6 Month Pos #2961 increased(+237)

List Stats
On 327 reading lists
On 683 wish lists
On 586 completed lists
On 46 unfinished lists
On 173 custom lists

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Kitoh Mohiro, the anti-escapist (SPOILERS)   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Joker06
October 14th, 2014, 12:21am
I suppose anyone can try to intrepret a manga in whichever way they like, but as far as I'm concerned I think Narutaru is a very pessimistic work. A speck of hope can be seen in the ending if you really want to, but it's quite neglectable. Speaking of the ending, it's probably the weakest part of the story and it is quite rushed; I don't know if the author wanted it that way or the manga was axed near the end. Nonetheless, it still delivers the message rather clearly, and the rushness even helps in making you feel the ephemerality of the characters' lives.

The premise is a girl, Shiina, finding a mysterious star-shaped creature (which she names Hoshimaru) during a vacation on an island where her grandparents live. Hoshimaru befriends her and, since he is able to fly, Shiina has a blast spending time with him, riding him to soar the skies. From here things escalate quickly and Shiina is attacked on a plane on her way home from the island. As the story goes on it becomes clearer and clearer that having power isn't exactly games and fun.

The author seems to have interesting opinions, like the way Shiina's mother critices the education system for putting false hopes in people's hearts. The intentions of Naozumi (who is pretty much the "antagonist" of the story, if there is any) are quite simple but surprising nonetheless. His character isn't very well explored, but you can tell that he dislikes the hypocrisy humans show in their belief that they're special and above all other living creatures (he goes fishing with Akira and Shiina with the purpose of letting Akira experience the joy of toying with life, and then he asks her what's the big difference in having fun playing with a fish's life or with a human's). At first he apparently wanted to create a simplistic utopian society according to his standards, though ultimately he ends up acting as a mere destroyer of all things. Naozumi can be brushed off as yet another emo-kid, but under the teenage angst you find rather believable opinions, dangerous opinions because he raises problems no one is willing to tackle, thinking that they will solve themselves or someone else will take care of it. The precariousness of present day society and its radical unfairness, plus the way everyone pretends that all is fine: this is ultimately what makes Naozumi hate the world and try to rebuild it from the ground up. But he doesn't wish to be one of those who will recreate it: he identifies his role solely in its destruction. He doesn't make excuses even for himself, and the method he chooses to kill himself (death by starvation) shows his contempt for the very foundation of life (you've got to destroy other lives in order to maintain your own). This implies that he doesn't hold much hope for the new world neither, but he doesn't judge since it isn't his role to recreate it; he just wants to leave the scene.
With Naozumi being the destroyer, Tsurumaru on the other hand is a creative principle. He goes around knocking up women as if nothing were, and he even has the balls to take responsibility nonetheless as he offers to pay for all of the childhren's expenses (with money he earns on his own). Tsurumaru, with his "free-love" and lack of monogamy, loves the species but he fails at loving the individual. This is probably what he learns from Norio's death and what he regrets when crying in front of one of his grilfriends.
As for Shiina, she is just... empty. In the sense that she holds to an empty and groundless optimism. It's very cruel the way the author mocks the cheerfulness of children, but albeit a sad turth it is a truth nonetheless. Shiina fails to see reality (or what the author deems to be relaity, though I must say that I agree with him for the most part) and she will learn the hard way how the world truly works. As Hiroko tells her, she can't save everyone with kindness. Shiina's naive idea that people can supposedly always reach an understanding and work things out without violence will be oftentimes shaken throughout the story. She manages to let out killing intent for strangers (especially the one that killed her father's friend) but she fails at strangling Hiroko when she threatens to kill Shiina's father, and Hoshimaru has to take it upon himself to finish the job. In her unfairness Shiina will abandon Hoshimaru for several months after he kills Hiroko, though he only did it to save Shiina's father. In her self-righteousness she doesn't want to justify Hoshimaru's actions, though ultimately when she will need his power again she will have no choice but to accept Hoshimaru's help again, as always. And she will even apologize to him. More than accepting and elaborate Hiroko's death, Shiina seems more willing to forget about it and try to pretend it never happened, as she somewhat keeps holding onto her ideals even though the facts proved her wrong. The triumph of hope over experience, and it will turn out to be a groundless hope. Though truthfully from the cheerful and somewhat honest child she used to be, she will become more and more of a facade, crippled inside by fear but still trying to deceive herself and other people into thinking that everything is alright.
After her father's death she is on the verge of breaking almost completely, and she regains her composure only for a short while, but as all her loved ones are quickly killed in the aftermath of the nuclear winter brought by Naozumi, Shiina wishes for the annihilitation of mankind, and that wish is granted. Ultimately she contemplates the shambles of her life, visiting once familiar places now reduced to ruins. Pregnant with Tsurumaru's child, she smokes; an emblematic show of the disrespect she now feels for life. At the conclusion, Shiina's daughter and Kuri's son are the last human beings on Earth, playing on a desolated beach, and as the story ends, they kiss. The new Adam and Eve. A new beginning. Will it lead to a better outcome, this time?
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Happy go lucky.   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by bietchie10
October 10th, 2013, 8:50pm
All those children, why can they ever get the awesome power? A wizard did it?
They don't deserve it.

Don't think about any moral points here because there aren't. What's moral about a traumatized kid going on destroying the whole world with the death of all uninvolved innocent people?

And why do they even get traumatized to begin with? It's just people die, happens all the time, sooner or later, get on with it! My grandpa died too and i'm still fine.They don't experience famine, being child-soilder=being shot at, fatal diseases and so on and they still think they are the most unfortunate?
Without all that power, they are nothing. Ironman without his armor, he' s still a genius. Lisbeth Salander handled all that problems like a boss. Many disable people are still being awesome and all.
These Japanese kids should take a page or two from those people.They live a too comfortable happy life that a single trivial problem and they think the world is about to end.

Putting moral aside, they still look bad. Really, with all that power and all they think is killing people who can be killed without power anyway? Not world dominating, being dictator, brainwashing, live the American dream (or any best dream you can think of, king/queen with harem may be?)? Or at least bully your bully, make them live in a hell on earth; make the rapist get *ss-r*ped again and again? Where is the power usage efficiency?

Moral story: don't give children anything for free, they want something they gotta earn it.

... Last updated on October 10th, 2013, 8:52pm
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Quite the let down   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by kirco0
September 15th, 2013, 2:35pm
I finally read the manga end to end, and putting it nicely, it was a massive disappointment. It had such promise from the first volume, but it was squandered. Kids manage to obtain powers and then use those powers to try to reset the world. Nice premise; poor execution.
The main character is a kid through and through, but all the other kids are kids by age only. They are too aware of mature ideologies, politics and adult motivations. What's the point of them being kid's if they're adults by mentality?
Back to the protagonist; she's a moron. There's no better way to say it. Things happen, she watches, more things happen, she watches, etc. until the manga ends. She'd have been better off as a macguffin.
As for the resetting of the world plot, there never seems to be a world view in this story at all. It is centralized in Japan. One never get's the feeling that the events taking place are happening on a global scale until the final chapters, and even then the sentiment doesn't connect.

There are more things to gripe about, but I'd rather not waste anymore time doing it. If you want to read it, read it. I just hope you don't feel like you wasted your time like I do.
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yay, finally finish!   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by whitespade
January 22nd, 2012, 10:15am
after all the bad review on the ending and the rushed/axe conclusion, i thought its going to be terrible, but it is actually quite okay. sure i cant make head or tail of it, but theres certain feeling that everything is either going to be okay or stay the same cos nothing can be worse that what had happened. so atleast, a tentatively optimistic ending?

one of the gripe i have about this manga is the faces. they all tend to look alike, with differing hairstyle. another one is the misleading catagories here. honestly this cant be called gore. might as well say naruto / bleach is gore cos that have way more blood than this. the plot is okayish with quite a few thread left tangled but for this story i suppose just the 'atmosphere' is enough. though of course unexplained happenstance still bug me. and the philosophy of the kids are just way over the top. what, dragons only come for broken children? and they all Japanese?

all in all, a good manga to read as long one dont take it seriously.
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One of the best manga   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Tetsuki
April 17th, 2011, 10:02am
I can't really understand why all of you call it a bad ending. I don't think it is one. It is a conclusion and a new beginning. Any other ending would have been unrealistic and not satisfing. I don't even think that this concept of the world is wrong. In the end we are the threat.
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Way to much fanfare for this series   
Rating: N/A
by RoronoaJoestar
February 18th, 2011, 10:22am
After finally finishing this series (and getting through that crappy ending) I have to say, it's now what I expected, but not in a good way.
Alot of people go on about the level of violence and gore in the series, but it's really not that bad, at least not compared to series like Berserk, Dorohedoro or early JoJo. As for the overall plot, it just seemed like Kitoh was trying way to hard to push the level of drama and "oh, we're kids, but were all evil and whatnot" in the series, and at the end he just made every possible bad outcome happen for no real reason other then to force bad things JUST for the sake of bad things happening, like he's trying to make his work as depressing as possible without thinking about anything else. I'm not trying to say anything about Kitoh, but the man needs to focus more on making a solid plot, rather then just a depressing atmosphere.
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Outrageous   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by wuhugm
January 25th, 2011, 9:03pm
Starts off like a happy manga about kids, soon people start killing and all hell breaks loose

All Kitoh Mohiro's works are about children who goes crazy, it's hard to swallow, all kids act like adults and do outrageous things

Well, personally I like this and Bokurano, though they always get that kind of ending, but it's fun nevertheless
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Probably the greatest manga I have ever read   
Rating: N/A
by lordyupa
October 25th, 2009, 10:07pm
You've probably heard about Narutaru. It gets a lot of press because it starts out seeming happy and friendly, and then pretty soon the s*** starts hitting the fan hard, the body count starts to rise, and everyone says "holy crap, I wasn't expecting this!" It's true, the book does do that, but that's just surface. The reason Narutaru is so great it hurts is because it seamlessly integrates a keen-eyed deconstruction of manga archetypes, a chilling comment on the amorality of supposedly innocent children, a meditation on the nature and use of power, and a misanthropic, apocalyptic vision of failure on both the global and personal scale.

Far from simply being "evil pokemon," Narutaru is a brutally honest and devastatingly powerful treatise on humanity's ultimate failure that will leave a lifelong impression on anyone who reads it.
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Intriguing.   
Rating: N/A
by thommers
April 5th, 2009, 5:12am
I liked it a lot. I understood it too, first time reading.
Then again, I'm a sucker for 'ambitious' projects by comic makers.
The ending was a little choppy, but for some reason, it seemed proper for this, everything was going downhill as it was.
But for those of you who didn't understand it, pay attention closely. Rebirth was a big topic in the series.
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Well...   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by kirabook
January 8th, 2009, 8:53pm
It was alright in the beginning because, well, it seemed like an interesting "adventure" would be starting. It's such a weird series... i can't even explain it well. For me it is hard to follow and for a psychological goes SO into depth that nobody knows what's happening. The story even lost the antagonist right after he basically started the worlds destruction (won't spoil too much). And even for a tragedy, the ending didn't even seem like he/she spent time to really end it right. So I rated it a 6, but it will probably go down futher when I have time to cotemplate how much I really didn't like it.
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