Hoshi Mamoru Inu
Stargazing Dog
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Hoshi Mamoru Inu

Alternative Titles

English: Stargazing Dog
Synonyms: Star Protector Dog
Japanese: 星守る犬


Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 4
Status: Finished
Published: Jul 22, 2008 to Jan 20, 2009
Genres: Slice of LifeSlice of Life, SeinenSeinen
Authors: Murakami, Takashi (Story & Art)
Serialization: Manga Action


Score: 8.171 (scored by 39383,938 users)
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Ranked: #4192
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Popularity: #1418
Members: 8,697
Favorites: 235
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A little girl picks up a puppy abandoned in a cardboard box and takes it home. As the years pass, the father of the family forms a strong bond with the dog as his wife and daughter drift away from him. Faced with a divorce, he puts a few cardboard boxes and the dog in his car and drives south to see the sea.


Hoshi Mamoru Inu was published in English as Stargazing Dog by NBM Publishing on November 1, 2011, and in Brazilian Portuguese by Jbc in September 2014. It was also published in Spanish by Editorial Kamite in March 7, 2015.

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Dec 31, 2011
Mousuke (All reviews)
At 125 pages this is a very short but sweet manga. It is a beautifully told story seen through the eyes of a loyal dog, Happie. Don't be misled by the happy looking cover, the book packs an emotional punch and is extremely moving, one of the few books to get me teary eyed.

The book is actually in two parts, the longer piece being Stargazing Dog and Sunflowers, the short story which follows, acts as a sort of epilogue. I can't really go into much detail as it would spoil the story but it ties it up nicely making it a perfectly combined pair of read more
Jul 1, 2019
Vanson (All reviews)
This story is truly one of the best works I have ever read. It manages to bring forth a sweet bitter feeling that reminds you life never goes the way you want it too, but that doesn't mean you can't change the world for the better along the way.

The story is a simple tale of a man going south with his dog. He's given up on life so he just gets in his car and starts driving. He has a faint idea of where he's going, but he just wants his problems to be over. His brings his last companion, his dog, with him on read more
Sep 16, 2017
Tsukihiko_ (All reviews)
English is NOT my native language

Hoshi mamoru inu is a Japanese term used to describe a person who wants something impossible to have. This meaning comes from the dog that gazes up at the sky, as if it wishes the stars. In the end, we are all dogs, desiring something we can't have, unsatisfied with what we have.

With 125 pages long, Hoshi Mamoru Inu is a manga about an old man that lives a very simple life. After certain events, the man found himself with a car, a dog and a few bucks. It's a very simple story, with high emotional values. The second read more
Nov 5, 2020
Havos44 (All reviews)
The Dog that guards the Stars or Hoshi Mamoru Inu (in the original) is a manga created by Takashi Murakami, an influential Japanese artist who in 2009 even had TIME magazine defining him as the most influential representative of contemporary Japanese culture.
The Dog that guards the Stars is from 2008, so it was right at the time that this artist was on the rise! In the volume I have at home, he points out that his manga sold more than 400,000 copies (at the time) in Japan, and even a film adaptation he had.

I didn't watch the movie, but I read that it passed away read more

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