Hana-Kimi: For You in Full Blossom, Vol. 1
Japanese-American track-and-field star Mizuki has gotten herself a transfer to a high school in Japan...but not just any school! To be close to her idol, high jumper Izumi Sano, she's going to an all-guys' high school...and disguising herself as a boy! But as fate would have it, they're more than classmates...they're roommates! Now ...more
This is one of my favorite shoujo mangas ever. I love how it challenges gender expectations and the romance is completely adorable. If you’ve never read manga before, the strange, exaggerated mannerisms of the characters may throw you off, but trust me when I say nothing throws your feels around in a glitter machine on acid like a shoujo manga romance. The series does have a huge gap that might get you a little frustrated (side story lines and frustration at th ...more
I’ve actually read Hana-Kimi twice before, so this was both nostalgic and somewhat eye-opening. Early on in my manga obsession, which began in the summer of 2008, I read Hana-Kimi. It was one of the first I picked up and I was IN LOVE with it completely. I thought it was the best. Thus, I later had to reread it, only to find it didn’t live up to my memories of it, now that I had a larger basis for comparison. My third read through is a bit more balanced, seeing both the ...more
MY MANGA VIRGINITY HAS BEEN TAKEN.
I was mightily confused by much of it, but it's also hilarious and manic. Crazed, cross-dressing stalker girl possessed with the social graces of a puppy switches schools and countries and genders to be near the guy she loves who she's never met: Sano, WORLD JUNIOR HIGH JUMP CHAMPION, or something else equally hilarious. Then things get confusing, there's a dog, people are chasing her? Then she's knocked unconscious? I don't know I'll figur ...more
Alright, if you're new to manga, this isn't one to start with. Unless you get Japanese humor and are completely cool with outlandish things happening because shojo.
Like Hana Yori Dango, this manga gave birth to countless dramas and earned praise everywhere and baffled others. This isn't the kind of story you read for logical things to happen. It's literally a mesh of wacky Japanese comedy and cultural re ...more
Let me get this out first-
The Art? Meeeeeeh
Mizuki? I dont 'get' her and what the ever hell she's doing.
Izumi? Sounds like a complete prick, if you ask me.
Her New Friend Whose Name I Cant Seem To Remember Because Its So Complicated? This guy is cool. Not nearly enough of him, though
The Dog? Best. Character. Ever.
The Doctor? He's cool. For now.
Despite all this, despite not liking, or exactly approving, with half the characters above and the art being so-so, I liked it.
It was cute, light and mo ...more
I decided it was time to re-read this first volume… and read the series. Or well the volumes I got. 😛 I don’t have the entire series, but I did manage to get several of the volumes a few years ago. Then after I read the first volume… I totally forgot about reading the rest.
I did think it was funny some people found things out so quickly (and the ways they did, Mizuki maybe close that b ...more
The story starts off implausibly, to say the least. Mizuki, a high-school girl, cuts her hair short and binds her chest, and transfers to the all-boys' school that her high jumping idol Sano attends. Not one chapter into the story, three of the other characters know her secret, including the school's gay doctor (yes, a gay man has an intuitive grasp of her gender, sigh) and the campus's mascot dog. And ...more
Audience: 10 +
Medium: Graphic Novel
Genre of setting: Realism Fiction
Genre of style: Idealism
Genre of plot: Romance/drama
Criticism: I rated this ...more
Anyway, I haven't read the whole entire series, so I'll just give my opinion for those of you scrolling through reviews wondering what manga will be your next favorite read.
First of all, I first discovered Hana-Kimi in Asian Drama form. I LOOOOOOOVE the drama of Hana-Kimi. The drama is adorable and addicting to watch. It's one of my favorite asian dramas.
When I saw Hana-Kimi in manga form sitting on the shelves of my school library, I i ...more
I love this manga. It's so cute! I love all the characters and how they interact with each other and the whole situation is just hilarious but wonderful when you see all that she is willing to put herself through.(I've read them all but won't list them all)
This kind of girl:
Overly attached girlfriend!
What a strange little book.
I picked this up because it seemed some what similar to Ouran High School Host Club.
Ok... Side note: I swear to God that one day I will stop mentioning that series in my reviews But today is not that day!
Anywho, gender-bending and wrong identities are always great for a laugh. I was hoping to like this better tho ...more
One problematic element is how they deal with gay characters. On one hand they have full story lines and characters, and on the others they are often caricatures and comic relief. Some scenes really bothered me, but on the other hand it's rare to even see gay people with their own plot lines in western media so I can't tell if ...more