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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...
星は歌う 星之歌 星歌恋曲 ลำนำรักจากดวงดาว 별은 노래한다 As Estrelas Cantam (Brazilian Portuguese) La melodía de las estrellas (Spanish) Những vì sao lấp lánh The Stars Sing Twinkle Stars Twinkle Stars Like Singing a Song
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i do like this series. it never even crossed my mind to compare it to Fruits Basket, although, i do see some slight similarities between the protagonists (their die hard optimism and navite' ) . Overall the atmospheres are different and shouldn't be compared to be appreciated.
... Last updated on November 23rd, 2008, 8:48pm
Maybe too dreamy...
Intricately plotted, but the pace of this is so excruciatingly slow I actually ended up reading backwards from the latest scanlation out of frustration!
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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I really love this story, the first few chapters I was thinking oh no not a boring romance where the guy is perfect blah blah blah but amazingly the twist, I had not seen coming and its a wonderful twist! just my kind of romance! I really don't mind that its a rather fast paced manga as it means we don't have to wait for long scanlation delays to find out what happens yet. I do think the side character (the male whos name I've forgotten) is a tad stereotypical for my liking and although I like the chapter about him hes just a bit annoying. I love this manga and I prefer it some times to fruits basket as the lead male is definitely not perfect which is a nice change as it makes you wonder what he has against the lead female and I don't find the lead girl annoying in the slightest her troubled past makes her all the more lovable and I admire her! I honestly don't see any resemblance to fruits basket, apart from the art. Tohru came from a nice family and Kyou never hated her so I fail to see where every one sees the comparisons? besides the lead guy is a kinda evil yuki rather then a kyou.. any way I think those who like Takayas works will like this one and those who haven't read any of Takayas works will be surprised by the deepness of this one!
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
This story gives off a very "furuba" feel. ^_^ I was happy with the ending of that series, and who Tohru ended up with.
In this series, I'm rooting for yuuri >=） I can't wait for these characters to sink deeper into a good plot.
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).
Truth be told...
I actually like this series...
It has a nice flow to it, slow but steady...
The characters grow on you and you are finding info about them slow but steadily so it works out...
A tad too much ambiguity...
Paradoxically, the ambiguity that enshrouds this series is both its greatest strength and its greatest weakness. Beginning in the 1st chapter, Takaya-sensei drops us head-first into a murky pool of confusion, drama, and angst -- similar in degree to the latter part of Fruits Basket -- leading the reader to question a million aspects of the story, among these: Who is Chihiro and what is his connection to Saku? Why is he such a jerk? And what is Saku's past?
Initially all of these questions piqued my interest and I was eager for more. Unfortunately -- 15 chapters later -- I still don't really understand what this series is about. The plot-line of Fruits Basket was successful because the characters were developed well from the onset. We were given just enough information -- but not too much -- to care about the characters and what happened to them. In Hoshi wa Utau, the mystery is just a little too thick, the story-line a little too convoluted. As a result, I just don't feel that connection with Chihiro and Saku that I felt with Tohru, Yuki, and Kyo. I know so little about the characters and plot that -- to a certain extent -- I just can't care.
However, there is still definite potential for this series to be better-developed and become more substantial. Hopefully, some serious character and plot development is in store in the next couple of chapters; otherwise, this series may be stuck in its nebulous flatness.
I never really got into Fruits Baskets...the later volumes weren't particularly good, and overall it was too cheesy for me, anyways.
As for this one, after reading the first 6 chapters and skimming the later ones, I simply can't bring myself to like it. It gives a very aloof impression to readers, in my humble opinion. I guess I just can't connect with any of the characters. I think the author is trying to create something deep, without knowing what deep really is.
I'll give it a 4 for now, but I don't think I'll be back to update the rating, though.
I'm sure there are people who enjoy this, but I'm not one of them. Sorry.