Hana-Kimi

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This article is about the Japanese manga series. For the Taiwanese television series, see Hanazakarino Kimitachihe. For the Japanese television series, see Hanazakari no Kimitachi e.
Hana-Kimi
Hana Kimi vol8 manga cover.jpg
Hana-Kimi volume 8 as published by Viz Media featuring (clockwise from top) Hokuto Umeda, Shuichi Nakatsu, Minami Nanba and Izumi Sano.
花ざかりの君たちへ
(Hanazakari no Kimitachi e)
Genre Romantic comedy
Manga
Written by Hisaya Nakajo
Published by Hakusensha
English publisher Viz Media
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Hana to Yume
Original run September 20, 1996August 20, 2004
Volumes 23 (List of volumes)
Television drama
Hanazakarino Kimitachihe
Chinese: 花樣少年少女
Directed by Mingtai Wang (王明台)
Written by Qi Xi Lin
Network Chinese Television System (CTS)
Original run 19 November 20064 March 2007
Episodes 15
Television drama
Cinderella Boy
Network SCTV
Original run 16 April 20072007
Episodes 10
Television drama
Hanazakari no Kimitachi e
Directed by Matsuda Hidetomo, Tsuzuki Junichi, Sato Genta
Written by Muto Shogo
Yamaura Masahiro (Ep. 8 & 10)
Network Fuji Television
Original run 3 July 200718 September 2007
Episodes 12
Television drama
Hanazakari no Kimitachi e 〜Ikemen Paradice〜 2011
Directed by Hidetomo Matsuda
Network Fuji TV
Original run 10 July 201119 September 2011
Episodes 11
Television drama
To The Beautiful You
Korean: 아름다운 그대에게
Directed by Jun Ki-sang
Written by Lee Young-chul
Network SBS
Original run 15 August 201204 October 2012
Episodes 16
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Hana-Kimi or known originally as Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (花ざかりの君たちへ?, For You in Full Blossom) in Japan, is a shōjo manga series written by Hisaya Nakajo. The manga was serialized in Japan in Hakusensha's semi-monthly shōjo manga magazine, Hana to Yume. This manga series has ended with volume 23 in August 2004 in Japan.

Hana-Kimi was published in English by Viz Media with the final volume released in the United States in April 2008.

The series centers on Mizuki Ashiya, a Japanese girl who lives in the United States. One day, she sees a track and field competition on TV, and becomes attracted to one of the high jump competitors, Izumi Sano. She begins to idolize the young athlete and eventually transfers to Japan to attend the same school that Sano attends. There is a catch, however: Sano attends an all-boys high school, named Osaka Gakuen and Mizuki must disguise herself as a boy to enter.

Plot[edit]

Mizuki Ashiya, a Japanese girl living in the United States, watches a program on TV featuring a high jumper named Izumi Sano. She was amazed by his performance and begins following his athletic career. Years later, she does research on him and discovers that he is currently attending Osaka High School. The school is unfortunately an all-boys school and Mizuki convinces her parents to send her to Japan by herself.

Oblivious to the fact that their daughter is going to attend a boys school, her parents let her go. To enter the school, she cuts off her long hair, disguises herself as a male, and tries her best to give hope to Sano after hearing that he no longer does the high jump anymore. As she settles in, an accident reveals her identity to Hokuto Umeda, the school doctor, and Izumi Sano. Izumi hides his knowledge of Mizuki's gender and tries to help her keep her secret, though it sure is not easy as many situations land Mizuki in compromising positions that will reveal her true gender.

Setting[edit]

Ōsaka Gakuen (桜咲学園?, Ohsaka Academy) or Ohsaka Gakuen as written in the entrance gate of the school in the Japanese drama adaptation, is an all-boys school and the setting of the series. Its sister school is St. Blossoms, an all-girls high school.

The three grade levels are divided into three classes. These nine classes are divided into three dormitories, as most of the students do not stay around the school area. The culture within the individual dormitories are immensely different.

Most students residing in the first dormitory are athletes who were accepted into Osaka High on a sports scholarship. The head of dormitory is Tennouji. The head of the second dormitory is Minami Nanba. The students in the second dorm are a mix of athletes and scholars who have a sports or academic scholarship. The third dormitory consists mainly of artistic and intelligent people and is headed by Masao Himejima. Inter-dorm rivalries are common and become particularly intense during the school's cultural festival.

Characters[edit]

Mizuki Ashiya (芦屋 瑞稀 Ashiya Mizuki?)

Voiced by: Hōko Kuwashima (drama CD)

Mizuki Ashiya is the main protagonist of the series. She admired Izumi Sano the moment she saw him high jump on TV. She disguises herself as a boy in order to enroll herself into Sano's school, Osaka Gakuen which allows her to get closer with Sano. She is a fun-loving, cheerful and optimistic character who cares deeply for her family and friends. Unfortunately, despite her kind heart, she is what one would call a ditz, so the secret of her gender has to constantly be protected by Sano. She has an older brother who arrived in Japan with the intent of bringing her home, but was forced to allow her to stay. It is suggested in the manga that the protectiveness of her older brother and her sheltered life in general has contributed to her frank and trusting nature, as well as her inability to hide her emotions.

She was portrayed by Maki Horikita in the Japanese drama adaptation, Ella Chen in the Taiwanese drama adaptation and Sulli Choi in the Korean drama adaption.

Izumi Sano (佐野 泉 Sano Izumi?)

Izumi Sano is the male protagonist of the series. An excellent high jumper before entering high school, he stopped for personal reasons when he entered high school. He found out Mizuki's true gender due to an accident early in the series. When he was young, his parents were involved in a car accident which killed his mother, impacting the family deeply. Sano ran away from home because of disagreements with his father but father and son reconcile in the end.

He was portrayed by Shun Oguri in the Japanese drama adaptation, Wu Zun in the Taiwanese drama adaptation and Choi Minho in the Korean drama adaption.

Shuichi Nakatsu (中津 秀一 Nakatsu Shūichi?)

Nakatsu is one of the students in living in the second dormitory. He likes Mizuki but he does not know that she is really a girl, causing some of his classmates to believe that he is homosexual. However, it is suggested that he is merely attracted to Mizuki's femininity which she has trouble hiding. When Nakatsu discovers Sano's feelings for Mizuki, he gives them his blessings in order to protect his friendship with Sano and let Mizuki be happy with the one she loves.

He was portrayed by Toma Ikuta in the Japanese drama adaptation and Jiro Wang in the Taiwanese drama adaptation and Lee Hyun-woo in the Korea drama adaption.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

The manga series was first serialized in the 20th issue of Hakusensha's semi-monthly shōjo manga magazine, Hana to Yume in 1996. Its serialization continued where the series ended with 23 collected volumes with 144 chapters without including 5 special chapters that were published during the series' serialization and another 5 special chapters that were published after the series ended.

The series' 23 volumes were first published under the Hana to Yume Comics.[1][2] It was then later re-published into 12 volumes of aizōban under the Hana to Yume Comics Special imprint.[3] Each volume featured a new cover illustration and design as well as coloured pages.[3]

Hana-Kimi was also published in English by Viz Media.[4] The English release was previously only limited to Waldenbooks from February to May 2004. It was then made available to other retail stores after May that year.[5] The English title originated from a fan abbreviation of the original Japanese title as the official U.S. translation ends the title with a he instead of e.

Books[edit]

An illustration collection titled Hanazakari no Kimitachi e - Nakajō Hisaya Kakushu (花ざかりの君たちへ―中条比紗也画集?) was released on May 19, 2004.[6] 11 days later on May 30, 2004, a character book titled as Hanazakari no Kimitachi e - Nakajō Hisaya Kyarakutā Bukku (花ざかりの君たちへ―中条比紗也キャラクターブック?, For You in Full Blossom - Hisaya Nakajo Character Book).[7] The illustration collection was also licensed in English by Viz Media under the title, The Art of Hana-Kimi.[8] It was released on November 21, 2006.[9]

On August 20, 2009, a manga anthology was published as a tribute to the series was released under the Hana to Yume Comics Special imprint. It was titled, Hanazakari no Kimitachi e Tribute - 35th Anniversary Hana to Yume Memorial (花ざかりの君たちへトリビュ-ト ― 35周年花とゆめメモリアル?) and was drawn by various manga artist including Satoshi Morie, affiliated with the magazine where Hana-Kimi was serialized. The cover was illustrated by the original author herself.[10]

Drama CDs[edit]

There were a number of drama CDs released for the series. Only 2 were released commercially by Hakusensha and Marine Entertainment. The first drama CD was released on April 26, 2000.[11] The second drama CD, titled Hanazakari no Kimitachi e II (花ざかりの君たちへ II?) was released on August 23, 2002.[12]

Live-action drama[edit]

Hana-Kimi has been adapted into several live-television dramas:

Another Taiwanese series, Secretly Loving You, is based loosely on the manga. The storyline is changed, but it uses the idea of a girl disguised as a boy to get into the school where the guy she idolizes attends. The series was aired in 2002 with a total of 30 episodes.

Reception[edit]

The 23 Japanese volumes of the series has sold over 17 million copies in Japan.[13] The English release of volume 6 was ranked 9th in the Bookscan chart while six months after, volume 9 came in 5th as one of the top-selling graphic novels in North America.[14][15] The English release of volume 1 and 2 of the series were nominated under the Graphic Novel category of The Quills Awards in 2005.[16] The series came in 3rd place for Top Shōjo Manga in Singapore in February 2007.[17] According to Tohan, aizōban volumes 11 and 12 ranked 6th place for the week of September 12, 2007.[18]

The English release of volume 17 was ranked 8th in the Publishers Weekly Comics Bestseller list.[19] The 23rd volume of Hana-Kimi was released by Viz Media on April 1, 2008 and it was ranked 5th in the monthly Top 20 Graphic Novels rankings for the March 31, 2008 to April 27, 2008 period.[20]

The total sales for the series' Japanese volumes came in 5th after Death Note in the ranking of the most read series throughout year 2007.[21] The series ranked 37th place in Matt Blind's Top 300 series in 2008.[22] It was later chosen as one of the series for the GC4K Summer Reading Challenge in 2009.[23]

Maria Lin noted that while she normally disliked female protagonists in manga, she praised Mizuki as an exception, crediting her with lifting the manga above other "pretty boy manga", enjoying her "never-give-up attitude". While Lin enjoyed the art style, she found the male characters' designs at times generic.[24] Sheena McNeil felt that the premise was "shallow", but upon reading, found herself "caught up in the story". McNeil praised the art, citing its importance in a story of deception, enjoying the "gorgeous" character designs, but appreciating the departure from strict aesthetics for humour.[25]

Liann Cooper felt that Hana Kimi was one of Viz's most important shoujo properties, due to its combination of humour, angst, and the artwork, but criticised their cover design.[26]

Kat Avila, due to the fourth volume's humour and attractive male characters, found she enjoyed Hana Kimi better than Girl Got Game.[27]

By the fourth and fifth volume, the author had increased the cast, but Maria Lin felt that the storyline was still coherent despite this.[28]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "s-book.net Library Service - 花ざかりの君たちへ 21-23" (in Japanese). s-book.net/Hakusensha. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "s-book.net Library Service - 愛蔵版 花ざかりの君たちへ" (in Japanese). s-book.net/Hakusensha. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Viz picks up Angel Sanctuary, Hana-Kimi". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Waldenbooks Scores Hana-Kimi Exclusive". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  6. ^ "紀伊國屋書店BookWeb: 花ざかりの君たちへ―中条比紗也画集" (in Japanese). Kinokuniya. Retrieved November 1, 2009. 
  7. ^ "紀伊國屋書店BookWeb: 花ざかりの君たちへ―中条比紗也キャラクターブック" (in Japanese). Kinokuniya. Retrieved November 1, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Viz to Publish Art Books for 2006 Holiday Season". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 1, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Viz Media - Products: The Art of Hana-Kimi". Viz Media. Retrieved November 1, 2009. 
  10. ^ "s-book.net Library Service - 花とゆめメモリアル 花ざかりの君たちへトリビュート" (in Japanese). s-book.net/Hakusensha. Retrieved November 1, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Marine CD Database - HCD 花ざかりの君たちへ" (in Japanese). Marine Entertainment. Archived from the original on October 27, 2007. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  12. ^ "花ざかりの君たちへ II" (in Japanese). Hakusensha. Archived from the original on February 24, 2009. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  13. ^ "S. California's UTB TV Airs 2nd Live-Action Hana-Kimi Show". Anime News Network. October 8, 2012. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Fruits Baskets Stays on Top of Bookscan". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Viz Takes Ownership of top 10 Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  16. ^ Rorke, Robert (July 18, 2005). "And the Nominees Are...". Publishers Weekly 252 (28). Retrieved December 4, 2011.  Query Wayback Bibalex Wayback WebCite Wikiwix
  17. ^ "Top Shonen and Shojo Manga in Singapore". ComiPress. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  18. ^ "Weekly Japan Manga Rankings (9/12/2007)". ComiPress. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  19. ^ "Comics Bestsellers - April 2007". Publishers Weekly. Archived from the original on June 14, 2009. Retrieved October 27, 2009. 
  20. ^ "BookScan’s Top 20 Graphic Novels for April". ICv2. Retrieved October 27, 2009. 
  21. ^ 2007年に最も全巻読破されたのは「ドラゴンボール」、完全版も2位に。 (in Japanese). Narinari. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  22. ^ "2008: Top 300 Series of 2008". ComiPress. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  23. ^ "GC4K Summer Reading Challenge 2009". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved October 27, 2009. [dead link]
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  24. ^ Lin, Maria (May 2004). "Hana-Kimi: For You in Full Blossom". Animefringe 5 (5): 14. Retrieved December 4, 2011.  Query Wayback Bibalex Wayback WebCite Wikiwix
  25. ^ McNeil, Sheena (June 1, 2004). "Hana-Kimi (For You in Full Blossom) Vol. 1". Sequential Tart. Retrieved December 4, 2011. 
  26. ^ Cooper, Liann (May 20, 2004). "Page Turners - Right Turn Only!!". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 4, 2011.  Query Wayback Bibalex Wayback WebCite Wikiwix
  27. ^ Avila, Kat (February 1, 2005). "Hana-Kimi (For You in Full Blossom) Vol. 4". Sequential Tart. Retrieved December 4, 2011. 
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