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Hoshi wa Utau  
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Description
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...

Type
Manga

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
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

Groups Scanlating
Divine Sanctuary
Endless Youth and Co.
Shoujo Crusade
The Lone Moogle
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Latest Release(s)
v.11 c.63-65 (end) by Twinklelie & Shoujo Crusade (414d ago)
v.11 c.61-62 by Twinklelie & Shoujo Crusade (423d ago)
v.11 c.60 by Twinklelie (766d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
11 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

User Reviews
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Forum
4 topics, 38 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (349 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.07 / 10.0
10
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9+
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Last Updated
May 17th 2015, 10:37pm PST


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Year
2007

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)
No

English Publisher

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #913 increased(+314)
Monthly Pos #1699 increased(+493)
3 Month Pos #2954 increased(+5)
6 Month Pos #3075 increased(+258)

List Stats
On 1219 reading lists
On 939 wish lists
On 258 completed lists
On 113 unfinished lists
On 285 custom lists

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Forum Posts
HwU last chapter 750 days, 20 hours, 17 minutes ago
who's your favourite character so far? 1318 days, 15 hours, 38 minutes ago
is hoshi wa utau better than furuba? 1772 days, 9 hours, 43 minutes ago
How is this tragedy? 2027 days, 8 hours, 38 minutes ago

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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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Truth be told...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by der052
May 18th, 2008, 8:26am
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...
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A tad too much ambiguity...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by argymay
April 6th, 2008, 12:52am
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.
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Average   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by G-17
April 5th, 2008, 11:24am
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.
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STOP THE COMPARISIONS!!!   
Rating: N/A
by cinnamon89
April 5th, 2008, 3:44am
I don't understand why everyone is comparing Hoshi wa Utau with Furuba- for one thing, it's about a completely different subject matter and does not have any fantasy elements!!
Please try and consider this manga seperately and give time for the plot to unfold. Try not to judge it by the mangaka's previous and more famous work!
Okay, enough of my rant there...but seriously people!!
I believe this manga ahs a alot of potential and I like the way how in each chapter we discover something new about each character- it's feels like you're reading a jigsaw puzzle and with each chapter you find a new piece and you're closer to completing the story!
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So-so for now   
Rating: N/A
by cheza
March 6th, 2008, 10:14pm
This work seems like it may end short, Takaya creates a lot of unanswered questions and only makes things clear towards the latter half of the chapters. This work does seem like a side story within Furuba, and characters do have resemblances to each other.

Takaya does create confusion for the reader for most part of these beginning chapters, and her comedy is lack, while there is more drama. Overall, I think the manga so far is a read when there is nothing more to read, but I have to hold off giving my full critique until vol. 1 is done.
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I like it even though I was confused   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by shaffy23
February 25th, 2008, 3:31pm
I've read up to chapter 14 but it took me up 'till now to realize why Chihiro "hates" Sakuya! Before it was really bothering me that she was obviously head over heels for him but he was oddly cold to her while the only thing she did to him was worry on his behalf. Still, I really like it and chapter 14 cleared up a lot of confusion with Chihiro.
I still miss Fruits Basket and was kind of expecting Hoshi wa Utau to replace that void in my life and it's almost working. Everything is really interesting and Natsuki Takaya draws really well smile
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Fruits Basket 2???   
Rating: N/A
by liked00dness
February 14th, 2008, 8:57pm
Basically, it feels like the later volumes of Fruits Basket. Drama and angst galore, little comedy. Even the characters seem the same, with little tweaks to their personalities here and there to make them "original". The main characters are very similar, and even Sakuya's two friends remind me of Tohru's two friends.

Despite being a huge FB fan and a Takaya fan, I'm having a problem reading this series. I don't care for the protagonist and I absolutely hate her love interest. Her funny and cute friend likes her but she's oblivious and follows Chihiro like a lost puppy, despite the fact that he's unnecessarily cruel to her. Why do shoujo girls always go for the total jerkconfused

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Lots of potential   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by imallsmiles
February 9th, 2008, 9:20pm
I've only read the first volume, but it has been rather good so far. Nice art, nice plot, and it definitely has the potential to develop into something very captivating. Worth a read!
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Twinkle Stars   
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by catandmouse
January 20th, 2008, 6:07pm
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
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