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Hoshi no houseki - Star Jewel - Volume 1

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Loved it! 😍

Fun contemporary book with paranormal elements and a quirky crew of characters.

Synopsis

When Jun Tanaka arrives for his first day at Maruimachi High, he notices that the girl sitting next to him is really cute — and has fox ears and tails?! Not only that, but he's the only one who can see them! The foxgirl, Riko Kyuumi, confesses to Jun she can't remember her past, and asks for his help to find her memories.

Along with Riko's friends Yuuji and Aoi, the four team up to form the Fox Goddess Investigation Club. Will they solve the mystery of the fox goddess? Or will someone — or something — stand in their way...?

This was such a delightful read!


Going on this adventure with Jun, Riko, Yuuji, and Aoi was extremely fun.

The first volume of Hoshi no Houseki introduces us to this eclectic crew of characters, who quickly become The Fox Goddess Investigation Club and start their journey to find out about Riko’s past. Riko, who has Fox ears and tails which -somehow!- can only be seen by Jun, our protagonist. While they look for clues about this mystery, we follow their misadventures and sometimes almost ridiculous ideas to find new clues.

Yuuji has got to be my favorite character of the book. He’s such an adorable dork and his random comments would make me audibly chuckle as I read. I hope we get to see more about him as the story continues in future volumes.


The writing in this book is great. The style made me feel like I was seeing an anime in my head. It was easy to sit down and read a few chapters at a time because the writing grabbed you and glued you to it with its quick rhythm. I was pleasantly surprised by Rosuuri’s art through the book. It was a nice addition to the writing and made me fall in love with the characters little by little. After I finished the book, I found myself going back through the pages to see the illustrations and look at the details I’d missed the first time.

I did find myself going a little glass-eyed around chapter 8, but that quickly passed and I was looking forward to know what happened next after that.


Overall, Hoshi no Houseki Vol. 1 was a fun, quick read that kept me entertained and glued to the story. If you like shounen or seinen anime/manga, you will surely have a great time reading this book, but anyone who enjoys paranormal elements, comedy and slice of life will find in this book an enjoyable read. (3.5/5 stars)

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My name is Linda (pronouns are they/them/she/her). I’m a 22 years-old afro-boricua graysexual that loves reading about everything, but especially Latinx goodness and diverse voices.

Synopsis

When Jun Tanaka arrives for his first day at Maruimachi High, he notices that the girl sitting next to him is really cute — and has fox ears and tails?! Not only that, but he's the only one who can see them! The foxgirl, Riko Kyuumi, confesses to Jun she can't remember her past, and asks for his help to find her memories.

Along with Riko's friends Yuuji and Aoi, the four team up to form the Fox Goddess Investigation Club. Will they solve the mystery of the fox goddess? Or will someone — or something — stand in their way...?

Prologue

Lightning flashed above the torrential rain, illuminating briefly the shape of a young woman, scrambling through the woods. The thunder that followed drowned out the sound of her heavy breathing, and that of the twigs snapping under her feet—but not the blaring alarm that permeated the air. She ran mindlessly, desperately; not in any specific direction, simply away.

Behind her, a large building, normally drab and grey, was lit up like a Christmas tree, as warning lights in red, green, and yellow sparkled through the curtain of rain. Searchlights pierced the darkness around the facility, scanning the surrounding forest. The girl danced nimbly through the brush to evade the beam. Before long, the building was out of sight, and the claxon faded into the night.

Her legs continued pumping. She still lacked a conscious destination, her body moving on autopilot toward the place she had called home before her abduction. Were she thinking clearly, she would have realized the danger in returning there—her pursuers already knew of her attachment to the place. But she was not thinking clearly. She could hardly think at all. For now, all she could do was run.

The shrine was tucked away into the side of a mountain. The path leading to it, once well-worn, was now overgrown. Yet, this was no problem for the girl—she could have found her way there blindfolded.

After what felt like hours, she reached her destination, slowing as she approached, exhaustion finally catching up with her. Through the gloom, lightning flashed once more, revealing the faded red of the small torii gate that marked the entrance to her home.

A wave of relief crashed over her as she passed through it, stepping finally onto the sacred grounds. A few steps past the gate, that relief took hold over the adrenaline that had been coursing through her body, and she collapsed in a heap, all her energy spent.

As her mind went dark, and her vision began to fade, she wrapped her tails around herself for warmth, and flattened her two, pointed ears against her head.

About the author

Miya Martin has written a variety of short fiction, video game scenarios, humor essays, and nonfiction. The Hoshi no Houseki series is her first foray into long-form fiction. She has a degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures, and is a regular consumer of anime and manga. view profile

Published on May 03, 2020

30000 words

Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

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