Kaze Hikaru
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Kaze Hikaru

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English: Kaze Hikaru
Synonyms: The Wind Shines
Japanese: 風光る


Type: Manga
Volumes: 45
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Finished
Published: , 1997 to May 28, 2020
Genres: ActionAction, HistoricalHistorical, SamuraiSamurai, RomanceRomance, ShoujoShoujo
Authors: Watanabe, Taeko (Story & Art)
Serialization: Flowers (Monthly)


Score: 7.851 (scored by 972972 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #10132
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3521
Members: 3,986
Favorites: 152
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During the Bakumatsu revolution which marked the end of the Tokugawa era and the beginning of the Meiji era,a young girl named Sei Tominaga, seeking to avenge the deaths of her father and brother, disguises herself as a young boy named Seizaburo Kamiya to join the Shinsengumi.

(Source: ANN)


Kaze Hikaru has been published in English by VIZ Media under the Shojo Beat imprint since January 3, 2006.


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Mar 19, 2008
tenshikagami (All reviews)
This is honestly one of the top manga on my list (and I've read a LOT). I can't recommend it enough and I hope the rating will increase because it really does deserve a higher one.

But don't pick it up expecting fluffiness and sugary love-doveyness galore. The 'history' part of the manga plays an important role in directing the plot but it's not THAT heavy that it overshadows the relationships that form the core of the story (battles/fighting is kept to a minimum, not like in Rurouni Kenshin). It's a gender bender that stems from something more than just trying to win the heart of read more
Mar 30, 2009
PowereD (All reviews)
I got to say, other than the lack of characters screen time this is one hell of an amazing manga. I give Kaze Hikaru a very high recommendation for those who enjoy the crossdressing/samurai/history genres. The female lead, Tominaga Sei also known as Seizaburo Kamiya in disguise, has a well-rounded personality; even though her stubbornness gets her into alot of trouble. Okita is a handsome swordsman and has a bright disposition who is quite protective of Sei and her secret. All the characters have genuine personalities which make the story, oh, so more enjoyable.
Since I'm a huge history nerd I tend read more
Dec 3, 2009
amytan2134 (All reviews)
I normally don't write reviews but I'm hoping that Kaze Hikaru will have more recognition.

This shojo manga is not so typical where it centers (and sometimes just) on romance. The main female protagonist is very strong willed, likable, well rounded, and bright character. The character and story development is well thought out and the mangaka goes to a good length to make the setting historically accurate (not in a boring fashion).

The reason I like this manga is because of the depth in the characters and the story. The romance aspect takes time to progress in this story but I find it very cute and read more
May 16, 2012
readergurl6 (All reviews)
Before I picked up Kaze Hikaru, the only japanese history I knew was post WWII, so my first introduction to the Shinsegumi was Kaze Hikura. Only after I read every published chapter did I go on Wikipedia and investigate the historical accounts. My suspicions were confirmed when they lined up perfectly. Kaze Hakaru isn’t romance with a historical setting, its Historical fiction that has some romance.

Most of the characters in Kaze Hikaru are based off accounts of historical figures. She does a good job with making the characters assessable but Watanabe Sensei never lets her characters diverge from facts. This read more

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