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Stardust Memories Manga Quarterly Review [Completed]

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When a manga has been already completed (not an animu though), I’ll just skip the plot details and move on to a summary. Just so that, y’know, I won’t have to BLEACH GODDAMMIT

On that note, this has been completed, around seven years ago :V


I guess it’s not a Feeteor

Ranging from eight (well fine, five) to four times eight pages each, Stardust Memories is a collection of 13 short stories, embodied in manga form. Needless to say, the volume of space used for such a pictorialized narrative is far less than that allocated to the traditional short story, making Stardust Memories even more brilliant in scope.

Each short story is completely different from the next, but all of them deal with problems and encounters in scientific advancements and technology (be it the landing of extraterrestrial superheroes to the shipwrecking of human spacecrafts), and their effects on human emotions and morality.

The brilliance of Stardust Memories, similar to many other science fiction short stories, is not in its projections for future inventions, nor its grandiose depictions of human expansion, but in the innate moral consequences a wide range of problems can impose upon individuals.

Unlike most manga of these days, Stardust Memories make you think, like /really/ think, about the world and the human mentality. First released in 1995 by an almost pure-science fiction writer, Hoshino Yukinobu, Stardust Memories will most likely remain an item of thought for decades to come.


At least he’s immortal now

This manga also caused me to have nightmares for a few days – not really at the moral dilemmas but mostly at what the hell that thing I don’t even

Finally, Stardust Memories really needs a re-read. You can’t just read through this once. Exempli gratia, during the 9th chapter (I’ll spoil this, cause it’s only eight pages anyways), people are firing nukes at asteroids that are gonna hit the Earth. Right after one is destroyed, another one appears, causing someone to conjecture that someone may be aiming the asteroids at the Earth. However, the captainreplies with: “Luckily for us, we’ve got a huge stockpile back on Earth.”, ending with the remark “…Could it be? Perhaps the real target of the meteorite is…”

I didn’t get this for some time. Think about that for a while.


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Anywho, in conclusion, this really is quite Brilliant. Brilliant execution. Brilliant replay read value. Brilliant undertones, and brilliant writing between the lines.

The one derogative part is in its length. These could be extended to reveal more of the plot, to reveal more of a person to ‘connect’ to. An five-page manga cannot compare to a 20,000 word short story.

Nevertheless, as I have iterated numerous times, I would definitely recommend this. Stardust Memories, in all aspects, really is quite…

Overall Rating: 7/10 (Brilliant)

(still, nightmares!)

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