Narutaru: Mukuro Naru Hoshi Tama Taru Ko
Shadow Star☆
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Narutaru: Mukuro Naru Hoshi Tama Taru Ko

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English: Shadow Star☆
Japanese: なるたる 骸なる星・珠たる子


Type: Manga
Volumes: 12
Chapters: 68
Status: Finished
Published: Mar 25, 1998 to Oct 25, 2003
Genres: DramaDrama, HorrorHorror, Sci-FiSci-Fi, SupernaturalSupernatural, PsychologicalPsychological, SeinenSeinen
Authors: Kitoh, Mohiro (Story & Art)
Serialization: Afternoon


Score: 7.401 (scored by 35013,501 users)
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Ranked: #32832
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Popularity: #1272
Members: 10,335
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"From a dying planet shall come the children of light..."

While on vacation on a small island, young Shiina Tamai dives under the water near an old shrine and discovers an unearthly starfish-like creature. She nearly drowns but is rescued by the silent, wide-eyed little animal, who Shiina befriends and names Hoshimaru. To Shiina's surprise and delight, the creature changes shape, lets Shiina stand on him, and the two fly off into the clouds. But what looks to be a young girl's ultimate fantasy soon takes a darker turn as Shiina and Hoshimaru become entangled in a struggle between rival extraterrestrial factions who battle in the skies upon huge alien beasts called Shadow Dragons, with the fate of Earth hanging in the balance.

(Source: Dark Horse)


Narutaru: Mukuro Naru Hoshi Tama Taru Ko was first published in English as Shadow Star☆ by Dark Horse in the magazine Super Manga Blast from September 13, 2000 to February 1, 2006—issues 5 to 59, which was the final issue. The manga was partially published in standard tankoubon format as well by the same publisher, with seven volumes published from September 5, 2001 to December 21, 2005.

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Sep 15, 2008
Master10K (All reviews)
Shadow Star (Narutaru) is a unique blend of Supernatural, Military, Action & Drama with a really promising story, which was let down by the way things concluded. Just like this mangaka's other works, Shadow Star revolves around kids but that doesn’t make it any less disturbing.

It all begins when an energetic young girl named Shiina Tamai discovers a star-shaped creature, whilst visiting her grandparents over the holidays. Ever since then she becomes involved in some strange and dangerous incidents, involving other kids who have similar creatures to hers. It is later explained that these things are known by the term Dragon Child/Shadow Dragon and the read more
Jun 27, 2012
SuiNoByakko (All reviews)
Shadow Star is probably the most well done manga I've read and could have a code name “100 ways how to mentally break young teens”. Cute monsters and young girls? Why not make their life hell and make them fight for their lives in a battle that is seemingly lost even before they try? Why not add a psychotic group of young teens that want to rule world with “cute” monsters of their own and give “cute” another meaning the most ugly and bloody way? That’s pretty much Shadow Star.

Story: 10/10
Everything begins when Shiina finds a weird creature, Hoshimaru (as she names it), and keeps read more
Aug 18, 2016
BardJungle (All reviews)
All the other reviews for this manga are positive, and I honestly can't understand why. The only thing I didn't think was total trash about this manga was the art, and that was "meh". Really, nothing is worthy of praise in this mess of a manga.

Characters - 4/10. All of them are unlikeable (except one or two). And NONE of them have any meaningful development. This wouldn't be that big of a deal (I mean, how many series has character development for side characters) except for the fact that whole volumes are dedicated to some characters, and still they don't develop. Of course the read more
Sep 18, 2012
tHe-OTAKU- (All reviews)
"Shadow Star" is something I happened upon on the internet, the anime that is. After watching some of the anime, I decided to read the manga too. A little sceptical at first, I gradually got pulled into the story that exceeds the standards of the anime (for one, it actually CONTINUES the story and ties up many of the loose ends left in the anime). Not to say that the anime was bad, but I found the manga was a bit better.

In particular, the art of this manga is very unique. While manga usually has many busty maidens, in this one all the kids are read more

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