Hoshi no Samidare ends

Hoshi no Samidare

After 5 years, 65 chapters and 3 scanlators, Hoshi no Samidare finally comes to an end. A beautiful conclusion followed by a touching epilogue. This is how you end stories, people.

I first picked this up around 2008 thereabouts after reading a recommendation on a site somewhere. The quirky beginning instantly caught me, and as the story went on, I got extremely impressed with the depth and subtlety of the storytelling by Mizukami Satoshi.

I regard Mizukami-sensei now as one of the top-tier manga-ka’s that can actually tell a story and have it touch your heart and soul. What probably sealed the appeal of the story for me is how freely Mizukami-sensei creates a world of characters with a grudge against the world in some form and yet slowly injects a continuous modicum of hope in to their lives as we follow them on their journey. This slowly blossoms in to a realization that the world can be beautiful despite its many injustices and one has to just sit back and look at things in a different way. Well, that’s probably a very inadequate to describe exactly how good his story-telling is.

I highly recommend Hoshi no Samidare for reading to all my readers as well. It’s definitely a masterpiece of story telling and the catharsis one gets from the satisfying conclusion and epilogue of the manga is a feeling rarely found elsewhere. If this ever gets licensed in English, it’s definitely getting a permanent place on my bookshelf, suffice to say.

39 Comments

  1. Ben Said,

    September 4, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

    it shall be missed T_T
    may Mizukami-sensei continue to touch the hearts of readers

  2. vucubcaquix Said,

    September 4, 2010 @ 2:19 pm

    Crap! I’m on like chapter 27 or something. Gotta pick it back up…

  3. DocAstaroth Said,

    September 4, 2010 @ 4:49 pm

    When I started to read this manga, at first I thought it would become an emofest like NGE with a real downer ending.

    Instead the characters evolved to become CRAZY AWESOME in best TTGL-style!

    And I really like the ending, which takes its time to show, how everyone lives their lifes now.

    It´s amazing and now I´m reading another manga of Mizukami-sensei, which is a more typical shounen manga, but still very entertaining. (Hey, where else can you see, how a walking castle is kicked away by a walking mountain!)

  4. Mariejoanna Said,

    September 4, 2010 @ 5:39 pm

    I started to this after I read Psycho Staff. It’s short (only 7 chapters) but it’s funny and sweet. Then people recommend me that Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer has the same feeling, same author, same story telling but better and longer, and when I looked at the first chapters I got hooked. Both (Psycho Staff and Samidare) are masterpieces, IMO.

  5. ewok40k Said,

    September 4, 2010 @ 7:16 pm

    Loved the entire series. Imagine anime version… drool…

  6. misterowl24 Said,

    September 4, 2010 @ 9:04 pm

    Loved it and hope for an anime of it. So who should animate it? Gainax?

  7. coffeemug Said,

    September 4, 2010 @ 9:21 pm

    @misterowl24

    Gainax animating this would take the sacrifice of a dozen virgins, a hundred or so lambs, and some penguins for good measure. Are you up for it?

  8. Xellos-_^ Said,

    September 4, 2010 @ 10:54 pm

    @coffeemug

    if not gainax then how about Shaft, with the best of Shaft being Shaft.

  9. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    September 4, 2010 @ 11:08 pm

    Oh god no, please not SHAFT.

    They would totally ruin the show by Shinbo-ing it. It’s not meant for SHAFT. Seriously.

    Even AIC or ZEXCS would be a better choice.

    Just not Bee Train.

  10. Kagekyuubi Said,

    September 4, 2010 @ 11:14 pm

    Nah, SHAFT wouldn’t do it any justice. Their action scenes are just breathtaking when they put in the effort but they just don’t put in nearly as much as they used to. On top of that, I doubt they’d be able to pull together the resources needed for a 2-cour series as Samidare clearly needs at the very least 26 episodes to fit in the story properly

    It has to be GAINAX with TTGL’s staff along with The Pillows working on the music to expand on the original flavor of the manga. Now, those of you who haven’t thanked Mizukami-sensei yet get yourselves over to his blog and do the least you could do. Those of you who are more willing, go sacrifice a dozen virgins, a hundred or so lambs, and some penguins so we can get the one of the best damn anime series ever on tv!

  11. ewok40k Said,

    September 4, 2010 @ 11:43 pm

    This calls for nothing less than FMP-quality animation.

  12. TDRKZ Said,

    September 5, 2010 @ 12:33 am

    Great ending. Perfectly done. Easily one of the best manga stories I’ve read.

  13. k.k. Said,

    September 5, 2010 @ 12:55 am

    I loved this series. Tears, laughs and not forced drama everywhere.

    Also… Show ▼

    lol.

  14. Exar Said,

    September 5, 2010 @ 3:04 am

    Hmm, I have heard of this manga, maybe I will start reading it now. Thanks Kuro!

    also, I am not sure if you have (but most likely tho) read Kare Kano. that manga is PURE WIN and possibly the best shoujo manga ever!

    Id recommend you read that if you ever get a chance (if you havent read it that is)

  15. Eirias Said,

    September 5, 2010 @ 3:26 am

    Simply an amazing manga. Mizukami-sensei’s other running manga is Sengoku Youko. Funny and intriguing as well.

    http://www.mangafox.com/manga/sengoku_youko/

  16. Eriker Said,

    September 5, 2010 @ 7:01 am

    This manga was lot of fun, shame all manga has to end somewhen. Hope the anime will have the same quality. nuff said

  17. vucubcaquix Said,

    September 5, 2010 @ 9:23 am

    The scuttlebutt on the Something Awful forums is that BONES is angling HARD to get to be the ones to animate this manga.

    If they get the FMAB folks on it, or the Eureka and Xam’d crew, then that would be amazing…

  18. Myssa Rei Said,

    September 5, 2010 @ 9:38 am

    A very (and surprisingly!) satisfying end to the series, especially how many of the loose ends were tied up (like Anima’s relationship to Samidare).

    Yeah, I’d really like to see Gainax do this, but any good-tier studio (BONES, AIC ASTA) would do so as well.

  19. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    September 5, 2010 @ 10:43 am

    Yeah I quite enjoy Sengoku Youko as well, but the translations are moving at a glacial pace. Sengoku Youko also has some hard-hitting moments and some really crazy characters *coughmountaingodcough* that makes it simultaneously more light-hearted and darker than Hoshi no Samidare. Weird, but true.

    Also BONES animating this might not be bad, I just hope it doesn’t get Adaptation Decayed too much by their touches sometimes.

  20. Ryouichi Said,

    September 5, 2010 @ 11:59 am

    Sengoku Youko… When she turned to stone T_T. This mangaka is quite excellent. I have a love/hate, masochistic relationship with bittersweet and super-sweet endings or conclusions. It makes me feel so empty inside but so elated at the same time. :[

  21. FlameStrike Said,

    September 5, 2010 @ 12:18 pm

    Mizukami-sensei is one of the best story tellers I have seen. Well, most of the other posters have already said what I’m going to say so no need to repeat myself.

  22. T_I Said,

    September 5, 2010 @ 1:05 pm

    MIzukami Satoshi is a less cynical version of Mohiro Kitoh

    for the better or worse

  23. Athos Said,

    September 5, 2010 @ 11:27 pm

    I don’t think I want an anime of this.

    I know it won’t reach as many people this way, but I feel an anime might not deliver the same feelings that the manga did. I don’t think there is anything that could do it justice.

    Unless they change the ending, that is. I’d definitely watch that.

  24. Myssa Rei Said,

    September 6, 2010 @ 9:59 am

    Wait, you’ll watch an anime of Samidare if they change the upbeat ending? What? o_O

  25. jetbird1126 Said,

    September 6, 2010 @ 10:43 am

    Thank you for bringing this manga to my attention. It was so good that I finished it in one day. I just couldn’t put it down. It has a lot of characters that have made me laugh, and now I’m sad that I won’t be able to continue to watch/read about there next adventures.

  26. in other words... Said,

    September 6, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

    ^same as jetbird1126. Thanks for the heads up kuro….

  27. Athos Said,

    September 6, 2010 @ 3:40 pm

    @Myssa Rei

    To be honest, I no longer felt any thrill from the plot after Tarou’s funeral.

    Because they made such a big deal out of his death, I was convinced that Mizukami-sensei had no intention of killing anyone else. Moreover, Yuuhi’s internal conflict was also gone after this event. We were given hint after hint that he no longer had any intention of destroying the earth, making his Heel Face Turn near the end completely predictable.

    So… yeah. I was kinda hoping for a twist ending. I’m obviously nitpicking, of course. Hell, I think changing the ending would defeat the whole purpose of the series.

    All I’m saying is that I’d probably enjoy watching an alternate ending.

  28. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    September 6, 2010 @ 8:59 pm

    I think the ending is fine enough as it is.

    Well, a few more dying would’ve upped the impact, but I don’t think Mizukami-sensei likes killing them off just for that.

    That said, it is a bit unrealistic that only three Knights died in their turn when the previous rounds hinted at a much more brutal ending for them. But well, the cycle had to favour Anima once right?

  29. Kagekyuubi Said,

    September 7, 2010 @ 12:05 am

    Actually I think that’s got more to do with the fact that the knights were especially strong this round. Samidare’s super strength, Akane’s recovery power, Shimaki’s golems and Yuki and Subaru’s combined domain control seem to be exclusive to the last round so 5 more survivors than the previous round doesn’t seem that off to me. Furthermore, Animus probably took things at a more leisurely pace since the rules changed in his favor.

  30. Burgerz Said,

    September 7, 2010 @ 3:58 am

    Well I started reading this manga after i saw this blog post, and after two days of reading it whenever i had time i finally finished it :) I would say it is the best manga i have ever read

  31. Ninjanaut Said,

    September 7, 2010 @ 1:24 pm

    Kurogane, what was the recommendation site that you mentioned? I’m pretty curious since you happened to like Happy World as well lol

  32. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    September 7, 2010 @ 11:02 pm

    Someone’s blog. I can’t remember where now.

  33. Shiden Said,

    September 8, 2010 @ 1:24 am

    Following the recommendation here, I marathoned the whole thing last night… I didn’t get to sleep until 3AM, but it was an excellent read.

  34. Tandris Said,

    September 8, 2010 @ 7:42 am

    Saw this on ur blog, marathon’d it. Great manga, hopefully this gets an anime adaption, with samidare played by miya’s voice actress. Everytime she said nishishi in the manga it’s all i could think of.

  35. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    September 8, 2010 @ 9:47 pm

    Asumi Kana as Samidare? LOL NO THANKS.

    It just doesn’t fit. And Nana Mizuki is already voicing her in the drama CD’s. Funnily Asumi Kana is voicing Anima.

  36. Tandris Said,

    September 9, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

    haha true, it doesnt fit. Still i couldn’t help think about it

  37. reachupwards Said,

    September 13, 2010 @ 9:16 pm

    Hey Kurogane,

    just wanted to say thanks. Read this post a few days ago and just finished reading Hoshi no Samidare. What an awesome Ending to an awesome Mange :). Thanks for the recommendation!

    Let’s hope for the manga being licensed overseas and a magnificient anime adaptation worthy of this story :).

  38. Wilco Said,

    September 14, 2010 @ 6:48 am

    This manga is just plain awesome.

  39. Placinta Said,

    October 11, 2010 @ 4:51 am

    Thx for recommending this, it was one hell of a read. Awesomeness is too little to describe. Too bad Mu spoke so little :(

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