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Utahime: The Songstress

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  74 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Only women poss the power of the "utahime." Born with this talent, these women are handed over to the state, and as long as they sing, its peace is preserved. But could a forbidden male "utahime" have arisen?
Paperback, 200 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Digital Manga Publishing (first published January 1st 2006)
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Nov 14, 2009 Cornerofmadness rated it really liked it
This was interesting. The art is very nice and the storyline is different. For centuries, the kingdom has always had a male heir that runs the country and in turn there are always female songstresses who sing at night which somehow keeps the country safe (we don’t know why). The story opens with Kain and Thomas, brother to the songstress and the village chief respectively, who are looking at a wanted poster for a young lady who they summarily meet. As it turns out, she’s the princess and the onl ...more
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Oct 11, 2010 Julie Hayes rated it really liked it
It begins on the morning that Kain discovers the hand-drawn wanted posters plastered on his wall. As he contemplates them, reading the rather vague description of the girl who is being sought - it says that she is wearing purple garb and has a ponytail - he is approached by Thomas, the village chief, with food from the village, as well as the villagers' best wishes for the village songstress. Kain is singularly unimpressed, and is rather rude. But he does have a right to be - the village thinks ...more
Sep 04, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Having read another of this authors manga I'm beginning to see their stories tend to be about ambiguous characters with not so happy endings - but the stories are so intriguing and the character development so interesting that it is a wonderful read. What can I say, I'm a sucker for well written and drawn angst.
I neither liked nor disliked this one, I'm afraid.

So much was left undeveloped. Why was a female sovereign born? Why was a male songstress born? Was it really just a freak coincidence? Was there greater magic at play? What's the end result of all these story threads?

What's the point?

There was so much potential for this, but then it just... ended. Without really wrapping up anything at all.

So much promise, but the way it stands, it's just "meh."
Nov 21, 2015 Linda rated it did not like it
The story, unfortunately did nothing for me and I was incredibly bored the whole way through it.
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