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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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Latest Release(s)
v.11 c.63-65 (end) by Twinklelie & Shoujo Crusade over 3 years ago
v.11 c.61-62 by Twinklelie & Shoujo Crusade over 3 years ago
v.11 c.60 by Twinklelie over 4 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
11 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Reviews

4 topics, 38 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (369 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.98 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 7th 2017, 4:22pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Yen Press (4 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #657 increased(+89)
Monthly Pos #1106 increased(+445)
3 Month Pos #2040 increased(+627)
6 Month Pos #3173 increased(+132)
Year Pos #3416 increased(+207)

List Stats
On 1215 reading lists
On 980 wish lists
On 344 completed lists
On 122 unfinished lists
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Forum Posts
HwU last chapter over 4 years ago
who's your favourite character so far? over 6 years ago
is hoshi wa utau better than furuba? over 7 years ago
How is this tragedy? over 8 years ago

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Hoshi wa utau<-->Furuba   
Rating: N/A
by MySwirl
June 11th, 2009, 12:16pm
It's amazing, I think. I like the plot, the dialogues...the mimics etc etc. The only thing I have to critisize is: the heroine Sakuya is the same as Toru from Furuba, just with short black hair... That was a little disappointment but it's okay, because of that good plot. I also liked Furuba, but this one is a good work too.
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Tragic for the sake of being tragic   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Calcifer
May 18th, 2009, 5:57pm
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.
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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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