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Hana no Kishi, Vol. 1 (Hana no Kishi #1)

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Ever since the day Ran Kurono's older brother, was killed while protecting Sei Ohtori, she has dedicated her skills and life to one day becoming the First Knight of the next head of the Ohtori family, even concealing the fact that she's a woman forever. For generations the Kurono family has served the Ohtori family as their First Knight, but 11 other lower knights with ill ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published July 16th 2010 by Hakusensha
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Kimikimi
Same as first volume except I really do hate how girls always get scolded for "not realizing they are a girl" Takami gets into trouble for walking home after dark and trying to deal with drunk customers because of course, why should a woman have the reasonable expectation of going about her life without being accosted. She should always remember to have a male friend or family member either escort her or give her little lady brain permission. Can this stupid trope just die? It's really not as ro ...more
Talizmyn
Hana no Kishi is a series by Mai Nishikata (西形 まい) that spans 5 volumes. As far as I am able to tell, it is currently not licensed in North America - the only way to read the story would be by translated versions online. (I read the manga here.) It seems to now be completed, and should be available to read on various sites until (and if) it is licensed.

The series follows Ran Kurono's life as First Knight (which is similar to a body guard, or even servant in some sense) to Sei Ohtori. It's reall
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Susan
Of the 3 being reviewed today this is my favorite! It's partially because of the plot twists, which I did not foresee, partially because the characters themselves (strong female characters!), and partially because of the art, which is very stylized shojo-manga in an aristocratic setting, meaning it's all delicate line-work and fantastic architecture. The message themselves are very powerful as well both in the sense that it features Power of Friendship, and specifically the relationship between ...more
Mo
Dec 09, 2012 Mo rated it 2 of 5 stars
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OK, so there is this girl named Sei who is the next head of the wealthy and influential Ohtori family and their economic empire. The head of the Ohtori family is traditionally protected by the First Knight, someone from a subordinate family who has to duel other knights for the privilege of being the number one bodyguard and also gets, like, the family head's power of attorney or something. Sei's knight is Kurono Ran, secretly a girl, who decided to fight for the position after her older brother ...more
Rachel
I loved the ending for this book. Sure, I wished they showed even more ahead to, say, Ibara and Ran's wedding..!?!?! But overall, I really enjoyed this manga. I liked the characters and the way they act. I'm glad there wasn't that main character that's always so whiny. Those bug me! So in conclusion, this manga was extremly cute and the intentions for everything everyone did was for a good reason.
Jean
This is one of my favorite manga series. This story features two female archetypes (feminine female/masculine female) that you see in shoujo manga a lot. What is refreshing is that these two strong and feature characters share the spotlight as well as work in partnership with each other rather than the usual oppositional relationship you often see.
Farhanah
i have read the whole series. this manga is fucking awesome!
Wildchildd
nts: Read all five manga books.
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