Other Titles: For You in Full Blossom / Hanazakari no Kimitachi e
Serialized: Viz Media
Genre: Drama, Shoujo, Gender Bender*, Romance, Comedy, (slight) sports
Art: 3.5 stars
Plot: 4 stars
Characters: 3.8 stars
Other: Live Drama (Japanese and Taiwanese)
"Japanese-American track-and-field star Mizuki is transferring to a high school in Japan...but not just any high school! To be close to her idol, high jumper Izumi Sano, she's going to an all-guys' 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 weird school nurse, must react to the new transfer student who looks like a very pretty boy..."--from AmazonHana Kimi is a great way to ease into manga. It is a simple, light-hearted, fun read.The plot can sometimes drag a bit, and on some levels, be highly unrealistic. Even so, without a doubt, Hana Kimi is one of my favorite shoujo manga thus far. It is also a great read for tweens.
*Gender Bender refers to a character playing or sometimes "transforming" into the opposite gender. In this case, Mizuki is pretending to be a boy hence the gender bender. Hana Kimi is one of the more safer gender bender tales and probably a good place to start if you are interested in this genre. Some mangas can get...weird.
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