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Posted May 7, 2009
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Not the most inventive plot, but the plethora of interesting side characters save the day
The notion of crossdressing in manga is not a new one. The notion of using crossdressing in manga as a long-term device to acquire love is also not a new one. Therefore, I was not particularly shocked or intrigued by Mizuki's endeavors...especially when it takes the main couple 2 volumes to figure out that they're in love and *23* to actually say it. I would have put this manga back on the shelf long before I finished it, however...
All of the side characters in Hana-Kimi convinced me to not give up on the story until I had finished it. Despite the fact that you were supposed to be focusing on Mizuko/Sano/Nakatsu, I couldn't help but feel like each of the side characters had a more interesting personality or storyline than the main love triangle. (I'll admit that Nakatsu has his lovable quirks, but the naive, Mary-Sue type heroine, the silent, overly-protective love interest, and the goofball friend can only get you so far.)
Whether it was Oscar, the germanophile with a supremacy complex and his rivalry with the equally egocentric Hibari, the eccentric karate club and the questionable relationship between Kujou and Kadoma, or the mildly sarcastic psychic who can see auras and ghosts, everyone seems to outshine the the main group of lovers. Even at the end, I found myself saying "Oh no, what will happen to Kadoma once Kujou graduates?" rather than *SPOILER* "Oh no, Mizuki was found out!" *END SPOILER* Their situation and personalities were just too unbelievable and cliche to focus on, so I didn't feel a strong connection to them.
Art-wise, Hana-Kimi starts out a bit weak, but eventually grows to a more advanced style as the series progresses. Towards the last 3 or so volumes, the art quality does seem to take a bit of a nosedive, however. It maintains a very general 90's shoujo manga style, and doesn't take any risks or develop an extremely defining style.
Overall, Hana-Kimi is good for those who are interested by the average shoujo series, or for those who are content with being amused by the minor characters, but it isn't a very stimulating series, and you can easily skip 5 volumes and still see Mizuki and Sano doing exactly what they've always been doing. How much you enjoy this series mainly depends on what types of characters you are drawn to, and for how long you are interested in them.
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Posted June 25, 2007
I never read mangas. Like, ever. EXCEPT this one!!! i love it so much! it's adorable!! everytime i'm in the bookstore i check to see if the new one is out. I seriously have some sort of weird obsession. When i can't wait for the next book to come out, i read the old ones. =]Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 7, 2004
Excellent story.....less than good translation
Hana-Kimi is an *excellent* series, and I highly recommend it. I'm glad that it's being released in English so that a larger audience has access to it. That said, I *really* wish Viz had done a better job with this title. The translations aren't very accurate, some things have been taken out entirely, and it wasn't edited very well. Not what you'd expect from a title that was released two months *later* than the company said it would be. Hopefully the translations will get better, because it's a shame for such a wonderful story to get less than wonderful treatment.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 10, 2011
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