Japanese-American track-and-field star Mizuki has gotten herself to 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, Mizuki must keep her secret in the classroom, the locker room, and her own bedroom. And her classmates—and the school nurse—must cope with a new transfer student who may make them question their own orientation...
Hanazakari no Kimitachi e was published in English as Hana-Kimi by VIZ Media from September 7, 2004 to April 15, 2008. A 3-in-1 omnibus edition was also released from March 6, 2012 to April 1, 2014, wherein the final volume also included Hanazakari no Kimitachi e: After School.
If you’re looking for a High School drama filled with yearning romance, hilarious situations, quite pretty art and boys who are (or think they are) gay, then this is the manga for you! There are photo shoots, bullying, beaches, treasure hunts, sports, with a little bit of alcohol and cross-dressing on the side. Great fun!
Story: For the story, I give it an 8. It was a good tale, if a little on the stale side with some of the plotlines. But only some! The overall ‘Girl likes Guy in High School’ plot is mixed up a bit with the main character (Mizuki) pretending to be a boy, with just the right amount of Drama and Angst to keep a reader interested. And the best thing about the story? It’s complete!
Art: I must give it a 9! Beautiful artwork. The boys all look very pretty, but don’t expect much from the backgrounds. I mean, they're not bad, but they are not the main focus. The focus in this manga is mostly on the characters – which are gorgeous I must say again. There are some SD parts when the characters are flipping out, but they don’t dominate the story, and the silliness of the artwork at those times adds to the humour. Very nice overall!
Character: Ahhh, the characters... Definitely a 10! I think the characters were the reason I was able to finish this manga so fast! I absolutely love dramatic interactions between the people in the stories I read, and this has it all! There are relationships that range from romantic to fanatic and back again. Great stuff.
Enjoyment: 9! I loved this manga so much, that when I found out that there was a real-life TV show of it in Japan, I watched as many episodes I could find online at the time... Oh dear me, I’m surprised that the shininess and the cheesiness didn’t kill me. But yes, I really enjoyed it. :D
Overall, I give this manga a 9. I thought it was a great manga, and well worth a casual read if you’re ever in the mood for a humour/romance shoujo manga.
If I were to describe Hana-Kimi in one word it would have to be: HILARIOUS. This manga is 75% of the time comedy filled. I guarantee, especially for those looking for a romantic high school drama, that Hana-Kimi will give you a run for your money.
Now, how many people will crossdress and secretly attend an all boys just to meet their idol? Not very many, although there might be those select few of you out there (How you pull that off is beyond me. n_n;; But good luck to you). Anyway... Miizuki Ashiya does just that. This somewhat simple gesture turns her world, also those of her male classmates upside down--even going as far as making one of them believe that he is gay! It's a giggle-fest all the way and it is just too irresistable.read more
Hana Kimi was overall a good manga! There were parts throughout the series where you'd laugh out loud and think "awww" and other times when you want to shout "stupid!".
However, i felt that there were a few chapters that were quite annoying.. and mostly like fillers~ overall, the story line is quite simple - the protagonist just keeps having different challenges thrown at her.
Furthermore, there are a little ecchi parts ;) but they are more sweet than perverted which gives the manga a good rating!
For those who like this manga i would recommend Koukou Debut - you'd love it =D
I must warn , I won't give this manga justice with my review.
I love gender benders so my review is also a little biased.
Mizuki wants nothing more than to meet Izumi Sano, she idolizes him and his high jump. Only problem is he's in Japan and she's in America. What's a girl to do? Cut her hair, lie to her parents and get admitted into his all boy school abroad? Yes! What she didn't expect was to be his roommate and that he is no longer the high jumper she admires. She made a promise not to leave until she saw his high jump, can she get close enough to find the reason behind his change?
The main characters are all really well developed and even the ones that aren'tat first will get depths as the story develops. All of them have their backstories and played an individual role upon themselves.I assure you there isn't a character you will hate, unless that is their role.
Mizuki- She is very sweet and innocent, if it weren't for those things the manga would have been way shorter. She is determined and nice to the core. The only complain about her is that she didn't strive for anything else other than meeting Sano and being with him, which hey I'm all up for romance and happily ever after but she could have had other aspirations in life. Be her own person or at least not waste her running/track talent.
Sano- He isn't perfect and I think that's why I liked him more. Even though he does act perfect. Makes it easier to sympathize. He get's angry and he's a jerk sometimes but it makes him him. The more the manga progresses we learn about his flaws which aren't so apparent in the beginning.
Nakatsu- Hilarious expressions and internal struggle, If i could have one of these characters in real life it's be him. He truly and deeply loves Mizuki and it's not a selfish love, it's a "I want her to be happy," love. He is funny, charming and is great at sports,though a little on the...what's a sweeter word for dumb? What more can a girl ask for? His only fault is not being dark haired and named Sano :/
Umeda- Loved from the beginning and loved his chapter story. I think he was essential to the manga and was a little sad with him at the end...
The art is nothing exceptional though the characters are drawn nicely and the humor is displayed very well not only with their words but with their matching expressions and innocent faces. No complains thus far.
Like all gender benders it does have it's sameness with other gender benders. You see boys thinking their sexual orientation has changed because they have fallen in love with the supposed "boy." There is also the one person who knows the "he" is actually a "she." The "boy" dressing up as a girl for x reason and the boys surprised he looks so feminine and cute. And my all time favorite, me wondering if girls in short tight shorts really look the same as boys in short tight shorts. And if they don't which I suspect they don't, why doesn't anyone ever notice?
The only reason it's not a 10 is because i feel like the mangaka dragged it on for as long as she/he could. At one point I was just zooming through the chapters in reading speeds that aren't healthy just to get to the part that they find out her secret.
It's a unforgettable rider! Not because it's long, even though it is, but because the characters are memorable and there is one for everyone.read more