Cover of the first volume of the Jump Comics edition
(Hana no Keiji -Kumo no Kanata ni-)
|Written by||Tetsuo Hara|
|English publisher||Gutsoon! Entertainment|
|Magazine||Weekly Shōnen Jump|
|Original run||March 1990 – August 1993|
|Released||November 18, 1994|
|Written by||Tetsuo Hara (vol. 1—9)|
Nobuhiko Horie (vol. 10—present)
|Illustrated by||Yuji Takemura (vol. 1—19)|
Masato Deguchi (vol. 20—present)
|Published by||Shinchosha (2008—2010)|
Tokuma Shoten (2010—present)
|Magazine||Weekly Comic Bunch (2008—2010)|
Monthly Comic Zenon (2010—present)
|Original run||November 7, 2008 – present|
|Anime television series|
|Kanetsugu & Keiji|
|Directed by||Bob Shirahata|
|Produced by||Naoki Miya|
|Written by||Yasuhiro Imagawa|
|Licensed by||North Stars Pictures|
|Original network||TV Tokyo|
|Original run||July 2, 2013 – December 17, 2013|
Keiji (花の慶次 -雲のかなたに- Hana no Keiji -Kumo no Kanata ni-, lit. "The Flowery Keiji: At the Other Side of the Clouds") is a period manga authored by Tetsuo Hara, which was serialized in the Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1990 to 1993. It is an adaptation of the novel Ichi-Mu-An Fūryūki (一夢庵風流記) by Keiichiro Ryu and serves as a fictionalized account of the life of Keiji Maeda. Hana no Keiji is one of Weekly Shōnen Jump's best-selling manga series of all time, with over 17 million copies sold.
- Maeda Keiji (前田 慶次)
- A tall military commander who is said to be the best "kabukimono" on Earth. Although the son of Takigawa Kazumasu, he was adopted by Maeda Toshihisa, Toshiie's older brother. Despite this, Toshiie dislikes him. A free-spirited warrior who lives by his own will. His beloved horse is named Matsukaze (松風).
- Sutemaru (捨丸)
- A pint-sized shinobi who formerly served Yotsui Shume. Even though his younger brother was trampled to death by Keiji and his horse Matsukaze, he becomes fascinated with Keiji to the point of infatuation and becomes his follower.
- Iwabei (岩兵衛)
- A character original to the manga. A resident from the Village of Seven Faces who has the face of an oni. He fought against Keiji at first in order to rescue his adoptive daughter Ofū, but comes to admire Keiji's character and eventually becomes one of his followers. He possesses enormous strength, as well as the ability to read minds.
- Ofū (おふう)
- Matsu (まつ)
- Maeda Toshiie (前田 利家)
Hana no Keiji was originally published as a one-shot manga published in issue 50 of 1989 of the Weekly Shōnen Jump. The serialized version was published in Weekly Shōnen Jump as well from issue 13 of 1990 to issue 33 of 1993. 18 tankōbon editions were published under the Jump Comics imprint. The series was republished in a 10-volume bunkokan edition by Shueisha and a 15-volume kanzenban edition by Tokuma Shoten from 2004 to 2005.
An English version of the manga was serialized in the short-lived anthology Raijin Comics published by the now-defunct Gutsoon! Entertainment, where the first 26 chapters were printed, although no collected volumes were published. Solicitations were released for the first two unpublished collected volumes under the Raijin Graphic Novels imprint.
- Shueisha released an audiobook version of Hana no Keiji on December 1993. The audiobook stars Akio Ōtsuka as the voice of Keiji Maeda.
- A Hana no Keiji video game was developed by TOSE and published by Yojigen for the Super Famicom on November 18, 1994. It is a competitive weapon-based fighting game which adapts the storyline of the manga from the beginning and up until the Fūma Kotarō arc.
After the conclusion of Keiji, Tetsuo Hara adapted another of Keiichiro Ryu's novels titled Kagemusha Tokugawa Ieyasu, centering on Tokugawa Ieyasu's body double. It was followed by a spinoff titled Sakon, centering on Sakon Shima. In 2008, a Keiji spinoff titled Gifū Dōdō!! Naoe Kanetsugu, written by Tetsuo Hara and Nobuhiko Horie and illustrated by Yuji Takemura, began to be serialized in the Weekly Comic Bunch. The latter title has been adapted into an anime television series aired first on July 2, 2013, entitled Gifū Dōdō!! Kanetsugu to Keiji, and streaming on Crunchyroll.
- Daisuke Namikawa as Naoe Kanetsugu
- Takuya Satō as Maeda Keiji
- Hozumi Goda as Nakanishi Jirōbō
- Naru Kawamoto as Mosuke
- Hiroki Yasumoto as Uesugi Kagekatsu
- Kazuki Kato as Ishida Mitsunari
- Kosei Hirota as Maeda Toshiie
- Masaki Terasoma as Uesugi Kenshin
- Yoji Ueda as Toyotomi Hideyoshi
- Takayuki Sugo as Ieyasu Tokugawa
- Fumihiko Tachiki as Fujita Nobuyoshi
- Hiroshi Shimozaki as Sassa Narimasa and Honda Masanobu
- Tomoyuki Shimura as Honda Tadakatsu
- Koji Ishii as Honma Takatsuna
- Takashi Matsuyama as Honma Takasue
- Ken Narita as Konoe Sakihisa
- Koichi Yamadera as Oda Nobunaga
- Naomi Kusumi as Naoe Kagetsuna
- Nobuo Tobita as Shindō Nagaharu
- Nobuaki Fukuda as Higuchi Souemon
- Rieko Takahashi as Sentōin
- Takaya Kuroda as Ayatachi Michimune
- Osamu Saka as Sen no Rikyū
- Tsuyoshi Koyama as Gonza
- Hiroki Touchi as Hattori Hanzō
- Akio Suyama as Hōjō Ujinao
- Koichi Tochika as Hōjō Ujinori
- Shinpachi Tsuji as Hōjō Ujimasa
- Hidekatsu Shibata as Shimosaka Sagen
- Hiroshi Yanaka as Matsunaga Hisahide
- Kenichiro Matsuda as Sakakibara Yasumasa
- Kenji Hamada as Shima Sakon
- Kosuke Takaguchi as Suibara Chikanori
- Kosuke Toriumi as Ōtani Yoshitsugu
- Mamiko Noto as Taehime
- Yoshiko Sakakibara as Taiyōin
- Masami Iwasaki as Sanada Masayuki
- Ryotaro Okiayu as Date Masamune
- Satoshi Hino as Miyoshi Nagayoshi
- Takashi Kondo as Yagyū Muneaki
- Tomokazu Seki as Katakura Kojūrō
- Tomokazu Sugita as Ii Naomasa
- Koji Kikkawa as Narrator
- "Top Manga Properties in 2008 - Rankings and Circulation Data". Comipress. 2008-12-31. Retrieved 2013-08-18.