Hana-Kimi, Volume 1
  • Hana-Kimi, Volume 1
  • Hana-Kimi, Volume 1

Hana-Kimi, Volume 1

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by Hisaya Nakajo
     
 

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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-boys' 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

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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-boys' 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...

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Publishers Weekly
Nakajo bases his shojo manga (Japanese girls' comic) on the common manga plot device of a girl dressed as a boy. Thirteen-year-old Mizuki Ashiya idolizes high-jump champion Izumi Sano. She somehow manages to transfer to his all-boys' school by masquerading as a boy, and becomes Izumi's roommate. Mizuki wants to see Izumi do the high jump, but is shocked to learn he quit the sport because he couldn't stand the pressure. Mizuki believes Izumi still loves high jumping and wants to high jump with him. Readers will be impatient for Mizuki to take Psychology 101 so she'll figure out what "high jumping" is a euphemism for. The story founders on its own absurdities. When Izumi sees Mizuki's back in the shower, she deludes herself that Izumi still thinks she's a boy, while he knows the truth but acts as if he does not. In a side story, a boy named Kaede comes to live with his second cousin Toko, who is outraged by Kaede's womanizing, until Kaede genuinely falls in love with Toko. Nakajo's visual storytelling is often cramped and confusing, and his drawing style is mediocre, although he does create attractive love scenes. This tale panders to the illusions of sexually na ve young girls who, one hopes, can discern that misogynists are not Prince Charmings and Mizuki is really an obsessed stalker. (June) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
KLIATT
Mizuki Ashiya, the 16-year-old heroine of Hana-Kimi, is a likable protagonist—when she wants something, she goes after it. Case in point: Mizuki has a crush on Izumi Sano, a high jumper, and decides to go to the same high school as him. The problem: Osaka High School is a boys-only school. Mizuki is not discouraged; she cuts her hair and passes herself off as a boy. It works...barely. Her dorm mates either think she's gay or really cute. Shoichi Nakatsu, the self-proclaimed "fiery lion of the Osaka School Soccer Team," develops a crush on her, much to his confusion and dismay. Some are not fooled: Hokuto Umeda, the school doctor, knows that Mizuki is a girl, but keeps that information to himself for reasons of his own. Izumi, the object of Mizuki's crush, figures it out also but pretends not to know, and since some strange quirk of fate has made them roommates, it makes for some awkward moments. This appealing romantic comedy can be enjoyed by boys and girls alike. It's geared more towards girls—romantic situations are characterized by the appearance of flowers in the background and the loud B-Bumping of the characters' throbbing hearts. This manga does contain some vulgar language, but otherwise is perfect for junior high schoolers. A fine addition for libraries with manga collections. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2004, VIZ, 176p. illus., Ages 12 to 18.
—George Galuschak

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591163299
Publisher:
VIZ Media LLC
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Series:
Hana-Kimi Series, #1
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
444,212
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
16 - 18 Years

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