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.