- Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc
- Publication Date:
- 03 February 2007
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Hana-Kimi by Nakajo Hisaya is about an American-Japanese girl named Ashiya Mizuki who decides to go to school in Japan to get closer to her track star idol Sano Izumi. The school that he attends just happens to be an all male school though so she then decides to pretend to be a boy for her high school years. Throughout the series, we experience all of the adventures that Mizuki has and the close calls for her as people find out or try to find out her ultimate secret and the romance that blossoms between Izumi and Mizuki.I could use this book in upper level grades to introduce graphic novels to a more mature audience. This book does include inferences to cross-dressing and nudity so the students reading it would have to be cautioned appropriately. I could also use this book to allow Americans and other cultures an inside view into the Japanese Manga scene. It is written in the traditional Japanese style so the students could get a feel of how different other cultures are just by how they write their books.I have really enjoyed reading this series. The first one completely hooked me and I haven’t stopped reading them since! (except when I need to study!) I have read almost the entire series (23 books) in just over a week. So as you can tell, I really love these books! I hope that I can find another series that can satisfy my new found craving after I have finished this series. I love all of the scrapes that Mizuki gets into and that she needs all the help from Sano (who already found out her secret, but she doesn’t know that!) to make her way through the trying times of high school.
Mizuki is a Japanese-American track-and-field star who transfers to a high school in Japan. To be close to her idol, high jumper Izumi Sano, she's going to an all-guys' high school disguised as a boy. As fate would have it, Sano and Mizuki are 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 weird school nurse, must react to the new transfer student who looks like a very pretty boy…The Hana-Kimi series is one of the more entertaining and well drawn mangas I’ve read. There is plenty of humorous tension as Mizuki tries to maintain her male façade. Definitely recommend for more mature readers who enjoy romantic comedy.
I loved it, and all the characters. Mizuki is adorable and Nakatsu hilarious. I only wish it was easier to distinguish between characters, because it was often hard to tell who was talking.
Mizuki is a teenage girl who idolizes high-jump champion Izumi Sano. So much so that she disguises herself as a boy and transfers to the all boy boarding school that Izumi is attending. Lucky for her, she becomes roommates with him! On the flipside she has to try extra hard to keep her secret, not only from her hero/roommate, but from her other classmates, and the school doctor as well. Sure this manga isn’t very realistic, but it’s pretty fun and entertaining. My favourite character is Nakatsu, who is freaking out about how he is attracted to another boy (but its really a girl!). I’ll definitely check out the next one to see is anyone finds out the truth!
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