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Kaze Hikaru, Volume 1 (Kaze Hikaru #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  788 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
In the year 1863, a time fraught with violent social upheaval, samurai warriors of all walks of life flock to Kyoto in the hope of joining the Mibu Roshi--a band of warriors united around their undying loyalty to the Shogunate system. In time, this group would eventually become one of the greatest (and most infamous) revolutionary movements in Japanese history...the ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published January 3rd 2006 by VIZ Media LLC (first published 1997)
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Jan 07, 2009 Theresia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, history, f-japanese, ya
My five-star appreciation here runs for the whole series and not limited to one single volume only.

Plus points? Stable pacing, witty characterizations (even for a minor characters like Harada, Nagakura and even Itou), very realistic details for background and atmosphere, deep and touching elaborations of historical events and of course your heart-warming shoujo beat. One more thing to be praised is Watanabe-sensei's quirky genius with aphorism, including the often referred "grass that tells the
Leah Webber
Aug 16, 2011 Leah Webber rated it it was amazing
Kamiya Sei(zaburo), a girl masquerading as a man so she can join the Shinsengumi and avenge the murder of her family, has a lot of problems. In this volume, the major one is both being accepted into the Shinsengumi (here called the Mibu-ro, since they had not received their official name yet) in the first place, and her gender being discovered by her captain, Okita Soji.

One of the great things about this series is the author's attention to historically accurate details. She goes into some depth
Tiffany Vaughn
I liked this manga. Though at times it was a bit too slow. At the end it got really good though.
Nov 17, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Loving it!
Sep 27, 2016 Elena rated it it was amazing
ich liebe kaze hikaru! und wiedermal eine tolle manga Reihe die es *wieso auch immer* nicht auf deutsch gibt und nur extrem schwer zu besorgen ist.
ich habe für die ersten Bänder 6 Wochen warten müssen, damit sie aus den staaten geliefert wurden. und band 5 den bekomm ich immer noch nicht. selbst ein freund aus den staaten der in 2 Läden war für mich bekommt nur gesagt er solle mal im internet schauen.
unverständlich für mich, denn die reihe ist super.

es ist eine historische Romanze in der zeit de
This is an odd blend as a story, but it mostly works. As historical fiction, I feel like I'm almost understanding what is going on at this pivotal point in Japanese history, but I think that reading more about the period and the advent of the shinsengumi would help. It is a point in favor of this series that it makes me want to read more, but it is a point against it that I feel a NEED to read more, in order to follow the context of the story. In this initial volume, anyway, the context just ...more
Kaze Hikaru tells the story of a girl who dresses up as a boy so that she can become a samurai to avenge her family in the 1800's. I love stories with protagonists dressing up as the opposite gender and I had an interest in Japanese history, so I thought this would be a great manga choice.

This volume is both dense and lacking in depth at the same time. The historical stuff that's happening is very dense. It references politics and lacks translations for a lot of words (romanjized but not transla
Aug 12, 2011 Joanna rated it it was amazing
I've only read up to 10 volumes of this series so far, and I've got to say that I am pretty much obsessed with this series now... in a good way, of course.
When I first read this manga, I had a bit of trouble getting used to the manga style, which is different from the usual Arina Tanemura-sparklyness I'm used to. Over time, I got used to it and now I love Taeko Watanabe's original style of drawing and gorgeous detail (I'm a terrible sucker for details).
This manga is a very good read, in my opin
Jun 21, 2010 Julie rated it it was ok
Not the easiest manga to get into. Unless you really like Japanese history, maybe. There were a lot of politics and terms I wasn't familiar with. The translator made an odd choice in not translating a few things, like 'oni'. And that was one of the words I actually knew!

So, from what I can gather, a girl signs up with this group of samurai, disguised as a boy of course, to revenge the deaths of her father and brother. And that sounds sort of cool and all, but in sharp contrast to the history and
Oct 22, 2008 Lord rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, historical
Crossdressing shojo manga about the Shinsengumi? Now we have something orinigal here! The beginning of this series is a bit awkward and I'm really not sure how this manga will turn out. There are many characters (most of them making not-so-funny gay jokes all the time) and it's difficult to get a good orientation in the story with many historical references. I like the art, although it could be a bit more detailed, particularly backgrounds are very simplistic. The quality of paper could be ...more
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Dec 24, 2014 CJ - It's only a Paper Moon rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Idealistic and revenge driven girl cross dresses in order to become a bushi. The cute, immature but deadly vice-captain finds out and agrees to help.

Interesting enough premise but since I wasn't a Japanese history major a lot of the historical happenings and terms are confusing. And it comprises a large portion of the book.

The best part of the book is when Sei, otherwise known as Kamiya, learns that the way of the bushi is dangerous and at times gross and the men who are trying to do something g
May 03, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I haven't read any manga in a while and I picked this one up from the library. It's set in what seems to be an interesting moment in Japanese history. The book takes place in the 1860s after the shogunate was forced to allow foreigners into Japan. I like that the main character is a spunky girl who disguises herself as a boy in order to become a samurai. This book definitely showed my ignorance of Japanese culture and language. I found it hard to remember who the different characters were and ...more
Jul 07, 2013 Starbubbles rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
This wasn't as good as I had hoped or something. I actually don't know what I had hoped for. This was like trying to learn another language. I was constantly trying to piece together meanings and historical context. I also did not need the constant reminders of the Shinsengumi. But whatever. This felt like a slow start, and not worth the late night reading. Some books are worth staying up for, but so far, this one is not. My goal is to polish this one off by the end of summer though.
Lydia Smedry
Mar 01, 2011 Lydia Smedry rated it it was amazing
I found Kaaze Hikaru 1 about a year ago, and have been obsessed with the series ever since first off, its hilarious, seccond theres just enough romance, and third, its just plain good. I have written a few stories for it on (SeiSojiFan421), but bottom line I would reccomend it a to all manga fans.
Clinton Sheppard
Aug 15, 2012 Clinton Sheppard rated it did not like it
Interesting premise: girl disguises herself as a boy in hopes of learning to be a swordsman so she can avenge the death of her father. Sadly, the narrative flow is choppy and has way too much sexual innuendo.
Sarah ~Sehrenity~
Mar 27, 2011 Sarah ~Sehrenity~ marked it as unfinished
Shelves: didn-t-like
Couldn't finish. The characters and history of this time period are interesting, but the characterization here was just silly. I've seen it done better.
Emmy Lou
Actual rating: 2.5 stars.

Hmm. I'm not sure what to think. I'll give the next volume a try and see if it gets better.
Dec 25, 2012 Armen rated it liked it
Interesting to see a shojo manga treatment of a very tumultuous and bloody period in Japanese history.
Jan 23, 2011 Susan rated it it was ok
I feel like I should like this--I do like the art--but the story is a bit of hot mess and the whole everybody-wants-to-have-sex-with-Sei thing gets old fast.
Jul 03, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
A endearing lead who dresses as a man to avenge her family. The art is lovely, the characters are distinct and the hint of what is to come is engaging.
A great start to a historical fiction series.
Jun 03, 2016 Robert rated it really liked it
Have heard of the title before, but had never read it till I found it at the local library. And have found the story to be interesting.
Teresa rated it it was amazing
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Dec 23, 2013 Chieko Yamagi rated it really liked it
MY CHILDHOOD.One of the earliest mangas i've read. Sei and Okita is so adorable together <3
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Name (in native language) : 渡辺多恵子

Zodiac : Virgo

Blood type :AB

Her works consist mainly of shōjo manga and is best known for Kaze Hikaru. She has twice received the Shogakukan Manga Award, in 1991 for Hajime-chan ga Ichiban! and in 2003 for Kaze Hikaru.
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