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Flower of Life, Volume 1 (Flower of Life #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  195 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Forced to enroll one month late after recovering from a serious illness, Harutaro does his best to remain optimistic about enrolling in a new school. The other students try to make Haru feel welcome – especially his chubby, loveable pal, Shota – but Kai Majima, president of the manga club and all-around hard case, seems intent on making Harutaro’s high school life a living ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published January 17th 2007 by Digital Manga Publishing (first published 2004)
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Zen Cho
Jun 21, 2007 Zen Cho rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, written-by-poc
Oh my gosh, so cute, so cute, so cute! I picked this up in Borders to read over lunch, not expecting much: while I really enjoyed Antique Bakery, I haven't been that blown away by Fumi Yoshinaga's other stuff. But this is so adorable! The main character and his mochi best friend and the creepy otaku and the teachers and Fumi Yoshinaga's delicate handling of subtleties of relationships and life in general, oh yay. I love all the characters madly, and the short comic at the end about Majima attend ...more
Jun 30, 2007 Joy rated it really liked it
This is an entirely skewed take on the good old new-transfer-student-comes-to-high-school story. I don't know why more of my Antique Bakery-loving friends haven't glommed onto this one, for it is absolutely wonderful. I had no idea what to expect when I randomly checked this out of the library, so it was really a pleasant suprise. Especially Harutaro, his adorable friend, his really annoying friend, his odd teachers, and his family. (The bit about his parents just kills me.) My library can't get ...more
Oct 24, 2014 Miss rated it liked it
today i have learned a lesson about prejudice

i have ignored this series for ages because yaoi! yaoi which does hyper heteronormativity without even giving me a girl to root for! no i refuse, nyet, nyet, i will not have my fumi yoshinaga love so tainted

oh miss susan, where is your faith? did you really think fumi yoshinaga was going to write the stereotypical seme/uke tale of rape culture? shame on you, what kind of fan do you even call yourself

this is my longwinded way of saying this is hella cu
Apr 25, 2016 Kaion rated it liked it
I had low expectations going into Flower of Life because, well, high school manga-- but I was pleasantly surprised. Fumi Yoshinaga takes a refreshing, down-to-earth approach that goes to show how hackneyed most school stories really are.

The small stakes and light touch means there's nothing in the first three volumes of Life that insists on being read; only the simple joys of relaxing into a slice of life tale, well done. But it is the realistic treatment of old worn tropes (the new student wit
May 08, 2010 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, gender, school, japan
I didn't really know what I was jumping into when I started to read this. I chose it because it was written by Fumi Yoshinaga, who did Ooku (which won the Tiptree), and because I could borrow it through ILL. I guess I expected some interesting gender stuff, and I did get that.

So far, this series is about a new kid in high school. He's a year older than everyone else because he had leukemia. He has some weird teachers and some weird classmates. He joins the manga club, knowing not very much about
3 1/2 stars

Ahh, the adventures of the new kid at school. Thankfully the characters aren’t too annoying or too boring, but interesting enough to get you reading. Harutaro Hanazono is an impulsive kid who returns to school after taking time off because of an illness. Shota Mikuni is a sweet, friendly boy who first befriends Hanazono. Kai Majima is Mikuni’s friend and resident otaku.

Like Yoshinaga’s other offerings, the art is attractive (Mikuni is especially cute, like those massive teddy bears th
Apr 19, 2008 Jamie rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphicnovels
I picked this up because it was nominated for an Eisner. I had never heard of it, and it made me wonder how it earned such notoriety.

To be honest, I am a little baffled. There is not much of distinction here, not even great drawing. The first two chapters in this debut volume were actually poor enough to make me consider stopping my reading, but I carried on. It got better as it went, getting beyond the strange gender-bending and peeping-tom elements from the beginning. There is some interesting
Mikael Kuoppala
Apr 02, 2013 Mikael Kuoppala rated it liked it
Fumi Yoshinaga is one of my favorite mangakas, but the opening volume of her four part series "Flower of Life" left me less than impressed. The story takes place in a school where students and teachers alike are engaged in complicated relationships. In the center is Harutaro, an outider who enrolls to the school late because he has just recovered from leukemia.

The book is formed by very short flashes into the lives of the characters, there's little to no cohesion to the whole thing and none of t
Sep 09, 2010 Korynn rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
A somewhat disjointed series of vignettes concerning a class that recieves a new student, a handsome young man who has survived cancer and has a carpe diem outlook on life. He adopts some of the odder characters of the class, two nerds who are complete opposites in nature. Also entertaining is the exploration of his teachers' sexuality and the general nature of kids' to harass and tease each other mercilessly.
Dec 29, 2014 Ashley rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Antique Bakery
This series is marketed as "yaoi," but I don't find that it fits in with other series marketed as such.

Once I read Volume 3, I'll probably be able to properly review this series, but after two volumes, I can say that's funny, endearing, but not awesome like Antique Bakery (arguably the author's most well-known work).
Mar 14, 2015 Sophie rated it really liked it
I remember that I tried reading this before, but since I had seriously misguided expectations when I did, I couldn't get into it at all. This time it was different. It's a great coming-of-age story, funny and moving and with lovable characters and Fumi Yoshinaga's great art.
What a strange storyline....This book was a 1.5 star read for me.

Check out my full review on my blog:
Mar 10, 2015 Monique rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1001-comics-more
Shota is so cute! I love Flower of Life the characters are funny and interesting. The story is sweet and full of heart. One of my favourites from Yoshinaga, for sure.
Sep 10, 2009 Lily rated it really liked it
Strange manga about a kid who has leukemia and is one year behind in school. He makes friends with a fat kid and his teachers are having an affair. Typical.
Rosie Arteaga
Dec 31, 2015 Rosie Arteaga rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
It started off really happy and gay but it became progressively sad. Even though I love the characters, I don't think I will continue reading
Feb 11, 2012 Jana rated it it was amazing
I adore this series. 2nd manga series by Fumi Yoshinaga I've read. I declare myself a fan. Too bad it's so hard to find an affordable volume 4 :(
Jul 28, 2011 Sarah added it
Shelves: graphic-novels, manga
Underwhelming and uninteresting. I couldn't get into any of the characters.
Reader17 Der
Oct 08, 2008 Reader17 Der rated it liked it
Shelves: manga-read
this was a diferent story, then what I was used to from her.
Dec 23, 2012 Molly rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
It's cute- not yotsuba cute, but high school kids sort of cute.
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Nov 17, 2013 Shade Aura Melanson rated it it was amazing
too funny
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Japanese: よしなが ふみ

Fumi Yoshinaga (よしなが ふみ Yoshinaga Fumi, born 1971) is a Japanese manga artist known for her shōjo and shōnen-ai works.

Fumi Yoshinaga was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1971. She attended the prestigious Keio University in Tokyo.

In an interview, she said that "I want to show the people who didn't win, whose dreams didn't come true. It is not possible for everybody to get first prize. I wa
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