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In a small town in the countryside, close to the sea, a young high-school girl lived alone with her cousin. When life seemed to her too painful and too sad, she contemplated the sky and refreshed herself by looking at the stars. But one spring night, she met a boy who sealed her destiny...
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It's good in it's own way
I think it's hard to draw the line to say whether this series is better than fruits basket because truly it wouldn't be nice to the author to do so. Even if there are similarities to fruits basket such as the personality of main character, Sakuya being very cute like Tohru - the fact is, it's not imposing enough to stop Hoshi wa Utau from being it's own great series. I also certainly don't believe Chihiro is like Kyou.
If readers of the fruits basket series were looking for a replacement series of the same flavour, I think their tastebuds would be dissatisfied because the series is much more bitter tasting than Fruits Basket. The overall story is very much different, but I reckon it's fairly obvious who Sakuya will end up with, how she will get there is where the story's real attraction is. And unlike Fruits Basket where the feeling of sheer happiness and heart melting moments were plenty, I think in Hoshi wa Utau it will be a little less often and more towards the feeling of bittersweetness. Oh, and also doesn't everyone want to know what's up with Chihiro and his jerk-faced attitude towards poor Sakuya (sometimes he acts like a complete bitch but while doing so there's this twisted, subtle hint of like? The solving of this mystery is the number one things I'm reading for in this series
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For the mature reader
This is in a sense a more grown up read in comparison to Fruits Basket, I personally found furuba quite childish at times and felt a whole heap of stuff just didn't make sense (turning into zodiac animals aside) This is a more realistic almost Hayo Miyazaki take on life, love, and growing up. Its all about troubled childhood and families in this one, even more so than in furuba, all these awkward souls brought together by our lead character makes it quite sweet and heart warming and very natural, people are drawn to others who are happy despite their own moods. So what if Shiina hides her sadness, why would she want to burden others with her problems. I don't think shes an "exact copy" of Tohru, Tohru was grieving, she had a good life but she lost it. Shiina has never lived a good life very few of the lead characters have. I really like the romance as well because its that kinda thing I'm into, all girls have randomly fallen in love with some one for no reason and I'm sure we've all been through unrequited love. The only thing I hate is the stupid love triangle its over used over done and Natsuki Takaya could have easily come up with some thing more original. Overall a more adult manga for its themes and depth that I guess some reviewers aren't quite ready for.
it has that same a lot of dialogue and thoughtfulness that fruits basket has. the characters aren't just happy go lucky idiots or evil minded evil ppl. they've each got their own depth, their own personalities, their own situations. i think it's gonna be a great story. >w<
Tragic for the sake of being tragic
The author is trying to mimic Fruits Basket whose characters had tragic stories but tried their best to put on a happy face. Their angst was more subtle as they tried hard to hide it from each other and sometimes, themselves. In the mean time they truly loved each other and Fruits Basket overall had a happy tone despite the dark subtleties.
The problem is, all this story mimics is the tragedy. After a while I just feel like, okay, I get it, you've got issues. I feel like there's zero character development except in the least likable character. Maybe it's an unfair comparison since Fruits Basket is wildly popular and quite long so had more time to flesh out its characters, but it seems like she's not even trying to do so here. It's nothing but angst and forced comedy scenes.
That said, it's still readable since this author's grasp of psychology and a person's reaction to traumatic events is touching and pretty close to reality. Sadly, there's nothing more to find in this story.
Interesting. Very bittersweet. Kyo anyone? Definitely Chihiro. (I'm not complaining there!) It's not just some characters, a lot of the characters resemble Furuba. But she doesn't mind drawing characters that look alike, I think one time she said she liked it? I'm not sure, it was in one of the Furuba novels. She got really sad when someone said she drew her characters like someone else had. But anyway...A story about "unrequited love"? That's a bit discouraging.....after reading Chapter 10, I don't really know what to think. Chihiro is very peculiar. The dialogue is very thick. The drawings are amazing. <3
after all those negative comments, I'm sure I'll say something positive instead.
I LOVE this story. Sure, there's similarities between this and Fruits Basket, but I have to admit, the only reason I looked for other series by the same author was so I could have the Fruits Basket flavor in another storyline, which is what I got. It may drag on, but honestly I think it's just the releases are slow. After going back and rereading the chapters, the pace isn't all that bad. I don't get the complaint about the characters. Honestly, these are realistic people. Sure, the heroine may be over-stupid and the guy might be too much of a "prince charming", but I honestly believe in everything these characters are saying. Much of the psychological feelings they feel are things that normal people feel, and the reason these characters "don't stand out" is because the mangaka is trying to make them as realistic as possible. Some readers read manga to escape from reality, so if that's what you want, yes these characters are bland. But I read manga because I'm too lazy to read actual books(lulz), and I want something to pass time. This is a fantastic story.
there R definately some similarities to Furuba, and yes Chihiro reminded me of Kyo in the begining, not so much now, and Kanade kinda reminds me of Shigure, but anyway, in every chapter there's a cliff hanger so it keeps u interested(well @ least it keeps me interested) but if it was about unrequited love, it seems Chihiro is warming up to Sakuya dont u think? and what's up w/ Sei(Hijiri)? What's her game? She says she's nice to Saku but it sees she has a hidden agenda that might not be a good thing 4 Saku.... well Im still bothered by the fact that Chihiro seems to be warming up to Saku, I think Saku and Yuuri look a lot cuter together, besides Yuuri does so much 4 Saku, and well Chihiro hasn't really done all that much 4 Saku, but I trust Takaya that she will do an awesome story and have Saku realize just how great Yuuri really is...
And I was greatly disappointed in that regards...Saku did realize how awesome Yuuri is and cried... I kinda stopped enjoying the story after about volume 7-8, I just didn't feel the chemistry between the main couple, to me it was non-existent.
... Last updated on January 16th, 2012, 12:53am
I really like this manga a lot, and although it seems like there's no main plot, I think it's meant to be that way, kinda. Since this is also in the slice-of-life category, it's meant to go at a slower pace, and you can feel all the different emotions and troubles of each character. Personally, I think the author wanted to show character development more than anything else. Throughout the whole manga, you see how people change for the better, and realize their faults. All the characters feel realistic.
I don't think it's good to compare this with Furuba, because as somebody else said, it's not supernatural/fantasy. I don't get why people dislike the main character, Saku, when it seems like she's almost the same as Tohru from Fruits Basket...I think if you keep reading, it'll get better, because then you realize that unlike Tohru, she wasn't always a happy, smiling person. AND Chihiro is awesome...there's obviously always a back story about why people are mean or being a jerk to other people...just keep reading! I guarantee it gets better! (Unless you don't like an angsty type of manga)
I've finished reading the series earlier this year by reading the rest of the chapters in Chinese, and I've come back to read it again! I remember that although I couldn't fully read the simplied characters because I learned traditional Chinese, I still cried because it was a touching story. I don't know, maybe only I feel this way about this manga because I can connect with Saku to some extent.
... Last updated on January 29th, 2012, 2:10pm
This had better be a long one.
I suppose after writing Fruits Basket, it's not like a mangaka will return to the cookie-cutter beginnings of her earlier work all over again - and so instead of a long, slow build-up, Natsuki Takaya's plunged headlong into a tale of suppressed emotion, parental abuse, and finely-tuned angst. And it's So. Much. Fun! Hoshi wa Utau has been intense from the get-go, and from chapter eight has had my heart totally hooked (Gah! His expression when he does you-know-what!). The artwork's spectacular as well: psychological states are presented pitch-perfectly through page layouts, and honestly stamp all over my heart. She hasn't forgotten how to draw facial expressions, and even though it's still the case that everyone looks in need of a good meal, the character designs are very pleasing to the eye indeed, especially Chihiro.
If you enjoy it when a mangaka plays on your heartstrings like a lute, then this is most certainly your cup of tea.
... Last updated on July 23rd, 2008, 2:39pm
A lot of potential
One of the main things I like about this mangaka is that she makes the story deep. The only thing that bugs me about this story is that she plunged into the deep part of the story too quickly in the story that the characters haven't been quite developed. But as I've read the more recent chapters, I think she's doing a better job of developing and revealing the nature of the characters.
Fruits Basket was pretty good, especially in the later chapters as it got more deep into the story. This one, I can tell I will like more as it goes on too, as it gets deeper into the story. Overall, a good read, and one that I especially enjoy. My favorite character is Kanade (he's the most interesting by far).