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Hana wa Saku ka  
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Description
Overworked, still single, 38-year-old salaryman Sakurai Kazuaki collides with a young man at the train station - causing the magazine he was carrying to be spoiled. This young man, Minagawa Youichi, is a student at an art college and lives in a big, old-fashioned mansion with two of his cousins. Since he happens to own the same magazine, he takes Sakurai to his house, saying "If I trade my copy with yours, you'll have nothing to complain about, right?"

Despite feeling annoyed and frustrated by the unsociable Youichi's arrogant behaviour, Sakurai soon finds himself a frequent visitor of the secluded household, inexplicably drawn to its enigmatic owner...

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Manga

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Associated Names
هل تزهر الزهرة؟
不知花开否
等待花開時
花は咲くか
Does The Flower Blossom?
Hana wa Sakuka
Hidden Flower
Nim rozkwitną kwiaty

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Cesegura
Fujoshi Ninja
Hana wa Saku ka
Ikahomine
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Latest Release(s)
c.Extras by Cesegura (321d ago)
c.31 by Ikahomine (535d ago)
c.30 by Noizbox (361d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
5 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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User Rating
Average: 9 / 10.0 (554 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.86 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 19th 2016, 1:04am PST


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Year
2007

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Serialized In (magazine)
Rutile (Gentosha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
June (1 Volume - Ongoing; Print)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #629 increased(+61)
Monthly Pos #788 increased(+21)
3 Month Pos #856 decreased(-108)
6 Month Pos #700 decreased(-90)

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On 1578 reading lists
On 520 wish lists
On 437 completed lists
On 46 unfinished lists
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More realistic than generic Yaoi, but it still is illogical   
Rating: N/A
by moonmystery
May 8th, 2016, 5:50pm
I've been looking for a slow-burning romance or anything that progresses at reasonable pace, but this manga disappointed me when it jumped into romance so quickly. I cannot understand some of the characters' actions...

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why on earth would the old guy kiss the college dude randomly like that?That's called sexual assault, you know? Blaming everything on the heat of the moment is a childish narrative device, but the author used it anyhow. I'm disappointed. It made no sense in the context of the scene, where the old guy feels the need to repress his feelings due to social restraints and uncertainty. Kiss would be the last thing he'd do...

Also, if someone is so easily aroused by another person, and acts so easily on impulse... that's terrible. It shouldn't be glorified.

... Last updated on May 8th, 2016, 5:52pm
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ethereal   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by uke-lele
March 12th, 2016, 12:16pm
Wonderfully paced, and so dreamy. The motif of nature and plants throughout the manga was exquisitely integrated into Sakurai's feelings. Hidaka doesn't leave much room for ambiguity, so there is less significance in body language that the reader has to catch themselves. However, the beauty of the art and its subtlety still stand out in key scenes. Intimacy between Sakurai and Youichi is always a means to an end, and not something inserted for the sake of it (which is, unfortunately, a method a lot of yaoi seem to operate on). It feels like all events in this manga actually serve a purpose in the story rather than merely occurring for no reason, and that's one mark of good work to me.

The manga treads on delicate ground - there are a lot of "first times" for Youichi, and I found myself wondering: given the age gap, could Sakurai be depriving him of his youth? The manga tackles these questions very indirectly; they're rarely confronted head-on, but the reader remains aware of their presence like the elephant in the room. The beauty of it is that the reader is guided towards their own conclusion through the eyes of the characters, and I'm glad to say that I wasn't disappointed.

The characters are fleshed-out, given depth and their own unique pasts that they all have to acknowledge. Also characters are not thrown in the mix at random just to create additional obstacles in the developing romance. I even ended up liking Fujimoto. Sakurai was my favourite character, even though Youichi was charming in his own way. No one's flat like a cardboard, everyone's motivations are clearly drawn out where possible, and we are occasionally granted different points of view to create a layered universe where a few people live and coexist in their ecosystem, in a place of friendship and harmony. Ooooooh, it's good alright.

It would have been a 10 if only everyone was given full closure. The author seems to have deliberately left it open-ended with an optimistic outlook for all of the characters, but I have this nagging feeling that it could've been more comprehensive, nonetheless.

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For one, still no one seems to have discovered the relationship between Youicihi and Sakurai even after two years... can they possibly keep it hidden forever?


9/10 would recommend. It's one manga I won't forget for a long time.
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Remarkable   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by AeeDee
February 1st, 2016, 6:10pm
Easily one of the best stories I've read. A pleasant, insightful, sentimental slow burn of a romance between characters that feel genuine and multi-dimensional. This mangaka is an excellent writer - and this is among their best works. Very few stories captured my attention this way this one did; I'm still as in love with it as I ever was, even after multiple readings.

Something I respect about this mangaka is that they're not prone to relying on old BL tropes to get the story moving. Sure, there are a few things I can do without (an uncomfortable love triangle, for one) but it's not sprinkled with tacky cartoonish gags, the characters don't stumble into sudden non-con to 'prove' anything, there's a lot of healthy communication between the characters so we're not running around confused for pages and pages, and neither character feels like a stereotype. There are a few familiar tropes in the mix, but they're used lightly and intelligently.

The artwork in this book is stunning. It's downright beautiful; the covers do not do it justice. I'd frame some of these panels; there's such skill in everything this mangaka draws.

The only downside to this story (and it's kind of a big one) is that it's been licensed recently, and those releases are moving along slowlyyyy. Tracking down translated versions of this story is a bit more difficult now, because of that. But if you have some patience, it's absolutely worth the effort.
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Masterpiece!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Himitsu-chan
December 11th, 2015, 8:07am
At first i was reluctant to read this because it is kinda old but i still give it a try and this is One of the best! A slow paced yet passionate romance at it's finest! The manga that equals my love for Abe Miyuki's works! I've kinda forgotten the feelings of being fascinated by reading, but this manga brings back that feeling. It is so good i love all the characters! I love the house, i love their relationship. All feelings are in this, sadness, happiness, passion just all of it! Their Love is just truly perfect! Every scene od f them makes my heart beats it was as if i'm inside the story, i'm drawn into it. When the end came i feel like crying, i'm very satisfied. The story seems real, the characters is perfect. I love this so much!

... Last updated on December 11th, 2015, 8:08am
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Phenomenal, and just my kind of manga!   
Rating: N/A
by NightAir
November 28th, 2015, 6:21am
Honestly, I've been looking for realistic slow-paced development romance stories for the longest time where you can SEE the transition, and I'm so pleased I've found it here. It's difficult to find that sort of thing in manga, especially in the genre of BL, but there's so much care put into the dynamic that I can't help but love it. The story is dealt with such a mature way, and reads like a casual story that might (?) happen. The problems that rear up to challenge their relationship are realistic ones--and it's not tropey at all; or at least if it is, it's done in such a very great way.

I also love Sakurai's personality: Sakurai's adult way of looking at things is such a good change and a breath of air from regular age-difference relationships--it's not just about age; it's about how you treat a situation or react to one. Youichi too is stellar; he's not held as this ideal "other person" to get, and he struggles in his own way with personal demons, and with the relationship that Youichi does.

EDIT: I realize someone below mentioned they found Sakurai boring, but I actually really liked him! If anything, it was more or less Youichi who I was more 8/ about until we learned more about him, and the manga changed into his POV.

I love also that the story doesn't focus primarily on their relationship (as in, it's not the only thing). Sakurai has his work, Youichi has his school--and the story also brings in a breath of fresh air of the dynamics of the secondary characters (which is so good honestly, Shouta's relationship with his father, Youichi's two caretakers worrying about him, etc). It's so well done.

This is such a great manga? You literally couldn't replace these characters with anyone except themselves and still get the same story. Love it, love it, love it. Just not sure how I feel about the jump from the second last chapter to the epilogue chapter:
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felt like it wrapped things up a bit too fast from having sex (lol) to a point that was unimportant about Youichi's mother--but it was good to see confirmation about that.


... Last updated on November 28th, 2015, 6:37am
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Awesome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Meishou
November 25th, 2015, 8:03pm
I love its slow pace. I enjoy watching the chemistry between Sakurai-san and Youichi. They met, got to know and loved each other. It's marvellous, really!
And the characters' apperances. I read too many mangas that their characters seemed similar. It's hard to distinguish one from another. And I can't tell one's age just by the look of him. So I'm satisfied with the characters' looks in Hana wa Saku ka. The age gap between Sakurai-san and Youichi is noticeable lol
One word comment: awesome!!!

... Last updated on November 25th, 2015, 8:31pm
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Good   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Yoneko
October 8th, 2015, 3:36am
This was good but kind of tedious. I loved Youichi a lot, quite a special character but I find Sakurai kinda boring or simple. Anyway, I liked it. First time reading Hidaka Shoko, I like her style, I'mma be reading her more.

... Last updated on October 8th, 2015, 3:38am
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This i like   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by juls91
September 19th, 2015, 10:45am
Only a few can do a slow paced story and do it this well. I was not hooked by this from the very first page to be honest, but i am glad i read through the first chapter cause after that it was a ride a could not get off of.
I am forever in love with the characters, the art, and everything else in it. Thank you Hidaka Shoko
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Loved it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by weronique
September 13th, 2015, 12:10am
I'm glad I read this after it was almost fully translated. Otherwise I wouldn't be able to appreciate how beautifully their relationship progressed, slowly (which makes sense, because of their situation), yet without dragging unnecessarily, which was a pleasant surprise for me, every chapter captured me for a different reason. I guess it's because this was a good kind of "slow" where still a lot of changes happen from chapter to chapter.
Oh and another thing, usually, I don't like a big age gap between the characters, but surprisingly I didn't even think about it here, it all just seemed so natural.

I definitely recommend it!
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So good!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by MirayAllen
October 4th, 2013, 7:06am
So far this has been the most captivating read. The plot develops surely slower than usual, yet without dragging along pointless lines. The love grows just a little bit at a time, yet the reader falls harder and harder each time. Everything about this manga is quite well executed, from character development to the beautifully clean panels. I love Hidaka-sensei's art style and the fact her men look like men, regardless sexual preference, is just more than welcome. Nonetheless, although I'm loving the "purity" of the relationship, the so called sincerity, I just can't wait to see Youichi and Sakurai-san's in a more mature level, so to speak (pardon my French, fufufu).

If you love Slice of Life and beautiful slow-paced romance, nothing overtly dramatic, plus a gorgeous art style, you can't miss out on this. Can't wait for more :3
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