When Lys was born, her heart did not beat at all. To save her, her mother made a contract with a devil: Lys can borrow his heart until the day she turns 16, but after that, he will eat her body. Together with her companion, Siva, someone she met by chance on the desert at night, she travels around as a dancer girl to find the devil who sealed her fate. One day, while they were traveling, they suddenly meet an egoistic prince and a ring spirit...A Thousand and One Nights romance between the devil and the young girl.
A dancer traveling with a mysterious companion is in search of a demon who lent her his heart when she was a baby. In exchange (for lending his heart), he will devour her when she turns sixteen. She hopes to find him before the time comes to ask if he could lengthen her life. The premise of this manga draws you in initially through its engaging first chapter, after that, however, it gets repetitive and tiresome to read.
The tediousness of the journey gets on your nerves as her adventure does not go beyond performing in front of one bishounen after another. Not that I could have anything against bishies, but it wouldn’t have been so bad if they didn’t have almost zero personalities. Unfortunately, the author just threw several insignificant, two-dimensional, generic characters in to stretch the story. For one to rely heavily on the encounters between utterly dull characters is a bad idea.
The only interesting character in this manga is Siva. But even his mysterious and initially ‘dazzling’ quality wears off as the story fails to hold your interest.
The artwork isn’t visually stunning, but it is polished and the characters are attractively drawn. This is perhaps the singular redeeming aspect of this manga.
This is a promising story that sadly does not deliver. If bishounens are all you need to stay hooked in a series, then you might actually enjoy this. However, if story matters to you, there are plenty of good romantic manga out there for you to choose from. read more
The story is definitely not a unique. It follows a storyline of demons, contracts and impending death. It was pretty much a shoujo version of Kuroshitsuji to me. There's probably plenty of other manga with the same elements, I just have not read them.
Even with the similar storyline, Hanatsukihime added something special to it. Being a shoujo, the story was undeiniably cute and heart warming. It's a bit tedious at the start, having that repetitive thing going on like Sailor Moon but the story gets deeper later. True it was quite dark for a shoujo but it didn't exactly pull the strings for me. At least it made the story more interesting, keeping you on your seat yet you still have a brief idea on what's going to happen. Weird huh?
The art was above average. I loved the desert theme to the story. It really does look nice. The bishounens were very sexy ;D The female characters had annoying designs though. Pretty, but in that over exaggerated which lowers the quality. The background characters are pretty much forgetful, nothing special in their design at all. The art was also a little dodgy here and there. Like you'd get a big guy then they'd get these under proportioned feet. Just a little something that bugged me.
Lys was pretty much your typical happy-go-lucky-with-a-terrible-fate sort of girl. She wasn't very inetersting. Siva, on the other hand, was quite likable. Whenever he smiled you'd just go awwwwwww. I felt for his side of the story. Lys' was pretty sad as well.
Even though I've written this pretty much right after I read the manga, I'm already forgetting every other characters' names. Only the main characters seem to stand out. The supporting characters are cool just not memorable.
Enjoyment & Overall: 8 & 7
Hanatsukihime was a manga that I enjoyed. It's passable as one of the mangas that you might actually want to read. I read this in my spare time and it was fun to see Lys' and Siva's journey. It made you think, what are these characters going to do? I guess that's what gives the manga an edge. Even if it is kind of predictable, I love seeing which characters from what stories do what. It's interesting to see each author's depiction.
The story is cute and heartwarming. It is quite the read for your spare time. It is not a waste of time and I enjoyed it a lot.read more
I’m a sucker for fantasy, so it’s no surprise that this manga attracted me like a moth to flame. Add in adventure, a contract with a devil, and romance and I’m a total goner. I instantly fell in love with this manga’s storyline even if the trope’s not original. Sure it’s cliché, but what do you really have to lose when it’s only 2 volumes/8 chapters long?
It’s explained in the first chapter why devils offer their hearts to humans in the form of a contract: devils do not feel emotions by themselves, but when their hearts are in a human, they feel the human’s emotions as well. In other words, it’s a way to pass time since devils live long lives. However, there are time limits set in those contracts (Lys’s is sixteen years and she’s currently 15) in which the devils must claim their hearts back and if that condition isn’t met by the time limit, there are dire consequences that must be faced.
Beautiful. There’s no other word to describe the artwork. It’s drawn in shoujo fashion (of course) and some people may not enjoy that, but I happen to. The people are attractive, the scenery is attractive, and the clothes are attractive! The “desert fashion” is drawn really well and only adds to the beauty of Lys when she dances and the environment in general.
The main character, Lys, is a strong individual who knows what she wants—which is to find the devil who gave her his heart so that she can somehow convince him to extend her life for a little longer. Honestly, her actions are understandable. She just wants to live like any normal person. Though she’s shunned by other humans because she accepted the heart of a devil, Lys doesn’t hate the owner of her heart since it was him who allowed her to live in the first place. Yes, she may sound like a typical overly-nice and forgiving shoujo heroine, but I was never bored of her character.
Siva is Lys’s companion and it’s no surprise, the devil who’s the owner of her heart. He’s been traveling with her ever since she was very young (like toddler age). He claims that he protects Lys because she’s the holder of his heart and he cannot allow anyone to harm her, whether human or devil. Siva is typically detached from everyone else but Lys and she’s the only person he shows emotion in front of. He’s very protective of Lys and we as readers know it’s because she has his heart—in more ways than one.
(In replacement of Enjoyment…) Romance: 9
This isn’t a slow romance and I wouldn’t call it fast either. It just happens. The bond between Lys and Siva developed over the years they traveled together and though Lys states that Siva is like a brother or father-figure to her at the beginning, she eventually realizes that her feelings for him go beyond that. After all, Siva was the reason why Lys wanted to live longer in the first place.
However, romance between a devil and human is only doomed to end in tragedy. In fact, there’s a couple who reflect Lys and Siva’s relationship in the story and they show us, the readers, and the protagonists what is bound to happen to them if they fall in love.
Yes, even the romance is cliché, but I believe it’s done well. You can see how much Lys and Siva truly care for each other and how much it pains them to be separated from the other.
Yes, the approach to this story is clichéd, but in all honesty, I’ve never really read any other stories like this. The only one I can think of at the top of my head is Hana to Akuma (which I also enjoyed). Hanatsukihime has all the right combinations to make me love this manga to death. The only negative is that it’s so short! Two freaking volumes? Really? It’s always the short ones. *sigh* Well, at least everything’s cleared for in the eight measly chapters.
The majority of shoujos consist of teenagers’ experiencing their high school lives so it’s always a breath of fresh air to read a fantasy like Hanatsukihime. Still, there aren’t enough stories like this.read more