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Hoshi wa Utau  
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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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Associated Names
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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Divine Sanctuary
Endless Youth and Co.
Shoujo Crusade
The Lone Moogle

Latest Release(s)
v.11 c.63-65 (end) by Twinklelie & Shoujo Crusade (375d ago)
v.11 c.61-62 by Twinklelie & Shoujo Crusade (384d ago)
v.11 c.60 by Twinklelie (727d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
11 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (347 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.07 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 17th 2015, 10:37pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1032 increased(+164)
Monthly Pos #2002 increased(+221)
3 Month Pos #2544 increased(+415)
6 Month Pos #3235 decreased(-224)

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HwU last chapter 711 days, 22 hours, 8 minutes ago
who's your favourite character so far? 1279 days, 17 hours, 29 minutes ago
is hoshi wa utau better than furuba? 1733 days, 11 hours, 34 minutes ago
How is this tragedy? 1988 days, 10 hours, 29 minutes ago

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don't be fooled.   
Rating: N/A
by Charis
February 27th, 2009, 10:49am
This story is worth reading, lol. I found myself crying and emotional after reading some of the chapters. I was surprised because at the beginning the story was really dull but if you persist, the story gets more interesting and hopefully by chapter 10 or 15+ you'll be hooked.
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Takaya's done it again   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by justlooking
January 4th, 2009, 5:43pm
The manga's got a nice tone, not too suspenseful but not boring either. It's got a complex plot, which I love in manga. There's another stupid heroine, but she's got her good points too. Also, everyone's not in love with her and/or singing her praises like Tohru in Fruits Basket. I love the art, characters, and story- what else is there in a good manga? Yes, the pace is a very slow, but I'll forgive it since everything else is so well done. A bonus: it's not too predictable. So many questions, so many very possible hooks the reader right away! I can't wait to see how it turns out!
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by yukiie
December 7th, 2008, 10:56am
This seems a fairly controversial series, with people either loving it or hating it. As for me, I've been delaying Hoshi wa Utau for a long time. I was therefore surprised when I started to really enjoy this manga! My love for it grew with every chapter. With the series description, I first thought it would be a depressing series, but it is actually a rather heartwarming series underneath, as every character struggles with their inner conflicts, which is perhaps its only resemblance with Fruits Basket.

The character development is great, and the characters are very attachable. I also love the hints of mystery, subtlety and sensitivity that the mangaka does so well. Surprising developments catch you when you least expect it. Definitely looking forward to the future chapters!
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still pending   
Rating: N/A
by Adonia
November 23rd, 2008, 8:46pm
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
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Maybe too dreamy...   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by yblees
November 2nd, 2008, 12:30am
Intricately plotted, but the pace of this is so excruciatingly slow I actually ended up reading backwards from the latest scanlation out of frustration!
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It's good in it's own way   
Rating: N/A
by cheris
September 14th, 2008, 7:07am
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

blah, I can't write...
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Rating: N/A
by xxamayaxx
August 26th, 2008, 4:30pm
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!
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This had better be a long one.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by elisegrey
July 23rd, 2008, 2:25pm
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
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Rating: 8.9 / 10.0
by x_Panda_Panda_x
July 5th, 2008, 8:13am
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.
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A lot of potential   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by eternity_moonlight
June 2nd, 2008, 7:53pm
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).
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