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Hoshi wa Utau   
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As Estrelas Cantam
Những vì sao lấp lánh
Twinkle Stars
Twinkle Stars Like Singing a Song
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Endless Youth and Co.
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The Lone Moogle

Latest Release(s)
v.11 c.63-65 (end) by Twinklelie & Shoujo Crusade over 9 years ago
v.11 c.61-62 by Twinklelie & Shoujo Crusade over 9 years ago
v.11 c.60 by Twinklelie over 10 years ago
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11 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (378 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.97 / 10.0

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Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

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Chuang Yi (Defunct / 11 Vols - Complete)
Yen Press (5 Omnibus Vols - Complete)

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If Fruits basket is half as good as this, I'll probably hate it cuz this manga isn't that great either.  
by Shellshock
October 20th, 2021, 5:56am
Rating: 5.0  / 10.0
Twinkle Stars Review. From the Author of Fruits Basket.

If Fruits basket is half as good as this, I'll probably hate it cuz this manga isn't that great either.

Twinkle stars revolves around the theme of stars. If the title wasn't obvious enough. Our FMC is currently living with a family friend because her parents hate her because this is a manga and loving parents is an alien concept to the Japanese. She meets the male lead whom she immediately falls in love with the male lead because he's the male lead and he said the one thing no one has ever said to her ever in her life because every person around is a complete asshole.

For real the manga has a huge problem of making majority of its characters complete dinguses... Dingi? The worst people imaginable. God Forbid you are a parent in this series because you are useless, a pushover, a cunt, or just someone that can push someone to the brink of suicide.

The series had this over the top comedic villains which is almost every parent in the series. I think 1 couple is the only decent parents' in the series. Even then there child is super fucking annoying.

The reason I'm hammering to hard on these problems is because the author tries to hammer the reasoning of MMC's behavior. Like I mentioned this is a shoujo manga, and no shoujo manga is complete without a dickish male lead that opens up slowly throughout the series. Even though I get it. I get his behavior, with parents like those. But its still goddamn annoying. There are series that do the exact same thing but they do it with a much more resounding success. This isn't one of them.

The series is at its strongest when it isn't dealing with parental drama. The parental drama drops the series hard. Even the dramatic crying moments from running away from home cuz your parents' don't love you didn't tug any heart strings.

The series fails on this front because I just don't have the emotional connection the author tries to build between the characters and the audience. So I can't cry with him because Frankly I don't care.

The series later turns into a decent love triangle. Because at this point. Either its Stockholm syndrome or Sunk cost fallacy but I've become somewhat attached to the characters. Even the male lead by the halfway point turns into someone that I actually enjoy reading about. However the love triangle is a bit odd. In the sense that the FMC compares the male lead to a star and the other guy to a Sun. But here's the thing. The sun is a fucking star. So what the hell. I get that she means that one brights up her world, whilst the other is a dream (shooting star concept) but I just found it hilarious.

In the end I'm kinda disappointed with this series. This is made by Fruits basket author. I haven't personally read Fruits basket but that is the main reason I picked up this series.

I think the fact that the author didn't try to redeem the parents characters was a good bonus because after everything they've done I would've hit my screen if they suddenly turned good for no reason.

The main cast is solid (though shakey) enough for me to continue reading this series. It's probably going to be enough for you too. Some of the characters are downright monsters and some characters are fun to hang out with. The art is great. the main Story kinda sucks. The ending is lopsided.

Overall. Medicore with some fun moments. But mostly Medicore. 5/10

... Last updated on October 20th, 2021, 6:01am
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Offical English Publication?  
by Stickyapple
September 6th, 2016, 2:40am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
Will this series ever be picked up by an English Publisher? I'd love to buy this!
It's great and heartbreaking. I feel for all the characters. Before suffering depression I hated the MC's "love rival" but now I sympathize with her.
I cried for everyone and this story is so sweet that I really want to buy the volumes if they ever are released in English.
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Too soon  
by wrensei
June 11th, 2015, 4:03am
Rating: N/A
Not rushed not axed but I was still stuck up with the tragic part
but I guess that's shoujo for you, I did expect it'll be long before they've realized things for themselves.
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Agree with Other Comments  
by Anobody911
May 21st, 2015, 4:35pm
Rating: N/A
Definitely better appreciated by older readers. This manga deals with some surprisingly dark themes in a more realistic fashion than I've ever seen in Shoujo manga. Depression, suicide, co-dependency, and what it really means to grow up and forge a path for yourself in an imperfect world.

Only complaint:
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I didn't actually like Saku ending up together with Chihiro. What Kanade said to Saku after their "break-up" (Ch. 62) was one of the best speeches I've ever read regarding love and life in a manga. After Saku made the realization that her "star" wasn't just Chihiro, but everyone who has been there for her and supported her, I personally thought the manga should have ended with Saku finding a new love and maybe meeting Chihiro years later, feeling a sense of bitter-sweet nostalgia but being at peace with the world and herself.

But at the end of the day, I guess it is only shoujo, so while I am disappointed, I am not surprised the mangaka chose to end things on a more HEA note.
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New Song  
by Someone_Small
May 17th, 2015, 10:09pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
As the first work Natsuki Takaya would work on after Fruits Basket, she decided to explore the style she developed over the course of that work. Given the more down-to-earth vibes and more organic art, naturally, the first thing to be done is her first series not to include anything fantastical. No special powers or strange occurrences: just young people getting to know one another.

The slower pace of this story certainly fits in with what she tries to accomplish. As this story doesn't put on any airs, the simple things shine through: not much happens, and that's a happening in and of itself.

The art is clean as ever, and, as always, it ties in with the general tone and imagery used in the story. Similar to how Gen-ei Musoh emulated an ukiyo-e style and Tsubasa went for a desert-like look, this work emphasized screentones that show the time of day quite well. Heavenly bodies show up quite often, so it's no surprise to see the starry sky used as a texture on just about everything. Because of this, many different screentones were used in order to balance out the art, as, again, not much happens. It enhances the drive of each moment without having to add in unnecessary action.

This work is well worth your time, and shows a good direction for Takaya's work from here on. As a longer series in its own right, expect some more heavy attachment.
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The Stars Sing  
by Doki
December 15th, 2014, 8:18pm
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
Like every other review here, I feel the need to state that this is not another Fruits Basket.

Deep, emotional slice of life is difficult to pull off because it comes down to speed. If you present things to the reader too quickly, it seems unrealistic and sappy. And if you present events to slowly, you lose the reader.
Hoshi wa Utau did the latter for me; I loved the subjects this series touched on and the realistic emotions and struggles, but I felt like so little truly happened. At 11 volumes, this was just too long.

Again, this series has many great aspects. The characters are all unique and well-rounded, the plot is meaningful, and the art is Takaya-sensei's.
Sadly, the drag between events and repetitive struggles lost me in the middle. But the ending brought me back, and made me very happy I read this; it was truly beautiful.

Overall, I say this is definitely worth reading. It plods along in the middle, but Hoshi wa Utau is a more mature shoujo with beautiful messages.

... Last updated on December 16th, 2014, 6:39pm
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by dreamit.
June 19th, 2014, 8:23pm
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
I don't really know what to say about this manga. It pulled me all over the place but in a good way. At first it started off pretty cliche but I started appreciating every little thing afterwards, especially the main character and her strength and persistence despite all that she's gone through. Definitely character growth in this manga so I loved that and I definitely get why "slice of life" in included in the genre section. Hm.. I don't really know what to say about this manga.. I'm really just letting it sink in for now. Give it a read though!
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Deep, meaningful, and sad yet beautiful.  
by Ulaai
June 19th, 2014, 5:12am
Rating: N/A
This manga is really beautiful. The story teaches us about love -- various kinds of love. Parents love, friends love, bitter love. You can get stronger and move on because of love, but it can also break you apart and shatter your heart into pieces. Nevertheless, no matter how harsh the reality is, the characters learn, accept, and then grow. It is very nice when you can get absorbed in the characters' feelings because afterall, people is just meant to love each other.

Fortunately the ending satisfies me. I've prepared to cry if the ending was going to be something else.. because it gets me really sad if you can't unite with the one you love >< Overall good read!! Another Natsuki Takaya's awesome work smile
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A love bound for heartbreak  
by Sweeticted
June 10th, 2012, 2:10pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
Since the male lead is the type to not abandon his responsibilities, their love is pretty much impossible. That makes me sad-I hate endings where the main characters don't see each other for a while but then reunite with a bittersweet hug, so I hope it doesn't end like that. Either way, I personally liked this the same, if not more than fruit basket. The heroine is likeable, mentally strong, and it has lots of heartwarming scenes. I like how the heroine teaches the male lead love again and that the world isn't as bad as he thinks it is. I feel that the sad moments and flashbacks are what make the story great. Because, you know, you can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness. C; (p.s this would make a great anime)

... Last updated on June 10th, 2012, 2:16pm
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by tingster7
January 29th, 2012, 1:09pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
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, 1:10pm
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