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Shadow Star Volume 1: Starflight: v. 1 Paperback – 18 Sep 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DARK HORSE (18 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569715483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569715482
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 15.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Young Shiina Tamai becomes involved in a struggle between rival extraterrestrial factions vying for control of Earth after she discovers a starfish-like creature that she names Hoshimaru.

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By A Customer on 15 April 2003
Format: Paperback
'Shadow Star' is an amazing Manga. At first, it seems like a piece of cutsey Shojo (of course nothing wrong with that ;). I can't get enough of them ) but as the story continues and Shiina (the main character) begins to run into the other players in the story, for instance the suicidal Akira, things begin to take a dark and serious turn. And this just makes the Manga even more amazing. The illustration is beautiful, the characters very individual and the storyline amazing. I highly recommend it to most Manga/Anime fans, espically to fellow Pokemon fans who love cute creatures and the human/'animal' partnerships, but would like something a litle darker.
Although the majority of the characters are kids (12 to 14), this isn't a manga mainly aimed towards little kiddies. There is some moderate cursing and violence, a little gore and a serious storyline. Therefore, i feel that it is more suited to those 13 and over.
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This is a series of manga from not long ago, Dark horse never completed the run of volumes. This series was part of its Super Manga Blast magazine (and one of the stronger stories too...) and with that cancellation, this was cancelled too. A shame because this series offers a psychologically dark story and a sparse art style unlike many other manga.
The story starts with Shiina, a young girl on holiday who upon taking on a dangerous swim, is rescued by a mysterious, star-shaped creature. It is unclear what this creature actually is but Shiina soon finds herself adopting it, dubbing it hoshimaru, and learning more about these "Dragons" and the children who are attached to them.
This series has been compared to pokemon, the "Dragons" themselves being somewhat like them. Thats where the comparison ends. The story from here becomes darker, and issues of bullying, self-harm, abuse, parental detachment, abandonment are all explored.
The artwork, as I mentioned before, has a sort of sparse look to it. Characters are drawn long and slender, and without a lot of detail. Like they're drawn with a ruler. This gives them a unique look (compared to other manga) but it gives them a cold look, suitable for the tone of the story. Its worth mentioning that this series was heavily censored (in later volumes especially) in terms of artwork and story, to the point parts were cut out. Its still an easy enough story to follow though.
The story, admittedly, moves along in a slow pace sometimes and it feels like not a lot is explained. But then, considering this is the introductory volume it develops a lot better from there (but still feels like not a great deal happens).
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If you're interested in reading this manga, you should pretty much know what it's about. I just think it should be noted that this version is flipped. You have to read left to right instead of the original right to left. Nor does it use honorifics.

I'm not saying whether or not that's good or bad, but just so people know.

And apparently some of the more violent parts have been censored (around vol. 7) so if you want violence but not too much violence, but this is at about the right level. Volume one so far suggestive and you can already tell things aren't going to go well. Us mad violence-fans will just have to find the pages in question online. Though I really dislike the idea of censoring in the first place. If you weren't comfortable with the subject matter and were going to censor it, why publish it in the first place? Oh, well, better to be published in pieces than not at all.

There also appears to be a character struggling with depression and (possibly) self-harm. Can't say if that could be a trigger for somebody.

The first volume was also incredibly thin compared to other manga, but that could be due to the awkward chapter length.
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