Taeko Watanabe debuted as a manga artist in 1979 with her story. Waka-chan no Netsuai Jidai (Love Struck Days of Waka) Kaze Hikaru is her longest-running series, but she has created a number of other popular series. Watanabe is a two-time winner of the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award in the Girls' category-her manga Hajime-chan is Number One! claimed the award in 1991 and Kaze Hikaru took it in 2003. Watanabe read hundreds of historical sources to create Kaze Hikaru. She is from Tokyo.
Kaze Hikaru, Volume 9by Taeko Watanabe
With increased responsibility, the Shinsengumi must do some major reorganizing. Soji, Nakakura and Saito are named troop captains. Despite Sei's desire to be placed in Soji's group, Yamanami assigns her to be his personal attendant, as he wants to keep her out of harm's way. Sei works diligently at her assigned duties, but will she be able to hold herself back when Soji and his men face danger?
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Another good volume in the series so far. Can't help but wanting to know what will happen next, continuing where the last volume left off. Interesting so far.
If you enjoy Japanese history and the noteworthy Shinsengumi, this is the manga for you. It is historically accurate, something that cannot be said for many other manga works concerning the Shinsengumi. It is funny, and -gasp- even romantic, though the romance does not get in the way of the plot or make the storyline less believable. You must read this! I wish they would hurry up and translate this series faster, as I cannot read too much Japanese.