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In Heian era, a noble chief councillor of states had 2 children who wished they were opposite gender. Lady Kira is strong, willful girl, while Lord Kira is weak, beautiful boy. Because of their characters, their father raised Lady Kira as a boy and Lord Kira as a girl.
The manga is based on a novel from late Heian era called “Torikaebaya Monogatari”.


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Ima Torikaebaya Monogatari
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4 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (154 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.88 / 10.0
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Bessatsu Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)
Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)
Hana to Yume EPO (Hakusensha)

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by Strobe
October 6th, 2013, 11:11am
It's kind of carefree and of a happy nature. If you don't take it too seriously wou eill enjoy this short sweet read. I though the characters were likeable and the plot had a nice pace. Some events might seem a bit weird and unlikely but, as said, don't take it too seriously. Overall, great and lived up to my expectations.
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It was all going great until   
Rating: 8.2 / 10.0
by Meilee123
August 13th, 2013, 12:23am
Uggh the ending... The beginning was fine, it kinda felt really predictable once the love interest was introduced and everything was at a standstill until the resolution which went downhill.
Btw the only point of the archery in the beginning was to show off, never did anything else.
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That was so fool, the guy was completed blinded in the end and I was waiting for him to find out, and even better if he could have noticed on his own. The only unique thing was that he didn't notice midway like the other mangas.
And because the author didnt know how to resolve it she ended it there!! There was no after story at all let alone a complete resolution. (No shoujo passion)
Or I should say that everything ended so cleanly that it just ruined the whole thing. And there weren't any evil people here either, even when they went to the country. All this commotion was simply misconception and nothing else. Stories like this need a bit more conspiracy, maybe a bit more seriousness, like none of them did any visible WORK or had any problems besides their lovelives.

... Though the good points were that the art was funny and so were to people.

... Last updated on August 13th, 2013, 6:55pm
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by ChildofSecrets
November 7th, 2012, 1:16am
I feel a bit unsure about this one. It had really good elements of a classic story but after about 4/5's way to the end my brow started to rise in doubt of what it was leading up to. I guess in comparison to how excited I was when it first started, my expectations deflated and I wasn't satisfied with the ending (see NightAir's spoiler/comment for specifics). I think the drama was piling up from the beginning and snowballed into something so chaotic that I expected the end's resolve to be much greater but it just didn't deliver for me and it felt rushed. I know this is 'based on a classic' but I don't know the original story so perhaps I just didn't know what to expect (I'm assuming it's a bit traditionally/historically based?). But regardless of that, as a story in general, I finished it feeling kind of bummed (mainly because I stayed up late to finish it for no consolation -__-).

In all, I liked the main premise and the comical involvement of the characters. Didn't completely please me personally but still, I'm glad I read it. And for a manga created in the 80's it has pretty good art in my opinion too! :3

... Last updated on November 7th, 2012, 1:49am
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best gender bender   
Rating: 9.7 / 10.0
by whitespade
June 10th, 2012, 3:10pm
this manga is the most awesome gender bender i had ever read in a while. the characters are very likable, the comedy is funny, and the plot with twists and turns are believable. it's been a while since i read a manga with so much happening and still totally bought it. a must read.
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Totally d(^_^)b   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by HanaTenshiHimeko
January 20th, 2011, 4:09am
Holy shoot....I think this 4 volume manga had made me read this in more than 4 hours. That's a first since I usually take 1/2 hour per volume. Not that it's a bad thing, but a good thing that I'm actually paying attention to the dialogue and reread to get my info right. Anyway, within the 4 volumes, nothing left me unsatisfied, except probably for the ending since it left me wanting to know more afterwards. I guess it's another open ending for us to image. Well, I dunno if it's open ending for some people since this story wrapped up all the problems nicely.

Character, plot, and story development are nicely done. All 10 for them. As the story goes on, the problems became more complicated and twisted, having my laughing at each misunderstanding.

My only disappointment? It was too short for me since I could see more development and problems arising. I could see this becoming more than 4 volumes. But I know a lot of people rather have it short and sweet rather than it to drag on forever.

The only thing readers would probably have is when they come to distinguish the characters. I was confuse who was who during the first volume. However, I was able to tell the difference as I read on.

... Last updated on January 20th, 2011, 4:11am
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lovely disaster   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Romashk
January 11th, 2011, 2:32am
The author managed to make a complete of the story and tie it up in a neat story packed with comedy and intrigue. Although I had to re read some pages, just to get a hold of the direction the story was taking, it was an enjoyable roller-coaster ride of emotions. It's too bad that this kind of manga became rare these days.
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Good up to a point.   
Rating: N/A
by NightAir
May 31st, 2010, 4:39pm
I enjoyed it because it had a sort of story feel to it that made me want to know what was going to happen and also because I have a fondness for that kind of Japanese era with their Japanese fans and their Japanese screens and Japanese etc (historical Japanese lover I am). But then when it reached around chapter 10, the well-paced story seemed to be speeding up and ended up being rushed. It seemed like the manga-ka had planned it and then started playing everything by the ear. Also: The characters are...awkward in their love.
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For example, the emperor was in love with the main lead when she was a male, but then when he saw 'her' again as a female, he seemed to forget all about the love he had for the Lord Kira.

Either way, it's a light-hearted story that just ended too fast, but it's a good read. "Lord" Kira is a nice female lead who tries her best.
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by enaikelt
May 13th, 2010, 7:33pm
This was hilarious! I couldn't stop laughing throughout the story. It was a little overdone at the beginning, but toward the end the humour was well paced and flowed well. I especially enjoyed the "Am I'm GAY?!" bits. The romance was also very sweet. I give it a 10 out of 10.
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Short and sweet   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by PrincessVera
February 8th, 2010, 2:11pm
The art is cute and the pacing is good. A fan of cross-dressing romances will love this series. It also has a good amount of comedy in it, especially toward the end when everything comes to a head.

This series is serious about the cross-dressing. The secret isn't "discovered" early on... instead you have two characters worrying about whether they're gay and
Spoiler (highlight to view)
a wife who doesn't get "ABC" from her "husband."

The story is very well-plotted. It starts off with simple cross-dressing, and slowly snowballs as more and more complications arise from the female Kira being considered a male Kira by everyone except her family. Thanks to her own stubborn wish to be treated just like other guys her age, she ends up in court having to disguise herself as a man, and thanks to a big misunderstanding her "sister" (i.e. the male Kira) has to go to court too. Then they both fall in love with someone to whom they're close... ^^

The relationships develop naturally as a result of the situations, although the story doesn't focus on the relationships so much as the complications of cross-dressing and how to solve the problem. All in all, I am surprised at how well the ending works out, but it's satisfying even though
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all of the potential lovers end up with someone - the female Kira's former friend who was in love with her despite thinking she was a male, ends up with that same Kira's "wife" because he gets her pregnant
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the emperor never finds out about the cross-dressing,
which I think is the one disappointing thing. But the reason for this makes sense, so I don't have a big complaint, especially since it is based on an old story from the Heian era which is very similar (the characters are more innocent here than in the original, since there is a lot more sex in the original story).

... Last updated on February 8th, 2010, 2:26pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by MyL0vEe__
January 24th, 2010, 9:57pm
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Loved this. It was so funny!! Man.. i was laughing my pants off! Hee...I just wished there were more romance scenes with the emperor and Kira.. xDD But for the end... i just felt like it was rushed or sumthing like that. Like, what happened to the other gut who liked Kira..(i forgot his name..><). I mean he liked him/her, so how did he reacted when Kira(who was actually the brother, now) came back!? The aurthor didn't write ANYthing about that!! -sigh- and i would have thought that the emperor would have noticed the change...>_> -sigh- well all is good :DD Kira is so innocent...LOL Well read this for a good laugh!!<333
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