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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...

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
不知花开否
花は咲くか
Does The Flower Bloom?
Hana wa Sakuka
Hidden Flower

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Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.12 by Nakama (779d ago)
v.2 c.11 by Nakama (849d ago)
v.2 c.10 by Nakama (968d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
4 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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Average: 9.2 / 10.0 (405 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.01 / 10.0
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July 4th 2014, 8:06pm PST


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Year
2007

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Serialized In (magazine)
Rutile (Gentosha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Juné (0 Volumes - Awaiting Publication/Print)

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Monthly Pos #307 increased(+4)
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6 Month Pos #273 increased(+52)

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Atmospheric   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by kaabi
December 31st, 2010, 12:45am
Wow the more I read of this story the more I love it. It starts out a little slow but definitely with potential, but as the story goes on you just get more involved with the characters and the atmosphere is really slow-paced and peaceful, it's really great. It provides a great contrast to Hidaka Shoko's other ongoing work, Yuuutsu na Asa, which is also really great with its dark intensity. I think with these two works Hidaka Shoko really shows us her latent abilities and how diverse she is able to work. I hope she will have the opportunity to develop these into long stories and really draw us into the characters' lives.
I'm just a little uncomfortable with the age difference there just seems to much of a gap for me but yeah... oh well!

... Last updated on May 19th, 2012, 2:09am
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Breathtaking & Beautiful   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by luminousbrink
May 28th, 2012, 4:46pm
This manga is probably my favorite shounen-ai of all time. It is so beautiful and wonderful. Some may view it as perhaps too simple or not exciting, however the slice of life feel builds up fantastically alongside the relationship between Youichi and Sakurai. I can sense such a pure love that Hidaka Shoko has crafted. I hope I don't sound too overboard with my descriptions, but this manga is just too much for me, in a good way.

Even though Sakurai is twice Youichi's age, THAT MEANS NOTHING. I actually like that factor. Age gaps are present in a lot of shounen-ai / yaoi, but I truly do like the age gap here, and the way Hidaka Shoko presents it. I also enjoy the contrast she has made between the two characters. Youichi is young and new to the concept of romantic love, yet Sakurai has already spent his years in and out of relationships, as he is nearing 40. He is a business worker, yet Youichi is an aspiring artist. Anyway, it's great.

If I could read Japanese, I would order all 3 volumes so far and read every inch, but unfortunately, I cannot. I wish the manga would be licensed in English, because it is already translated in French and German. So close yet still so excruciatingly far.

So, I love this manga.

A LOT. It fills me with joyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Later on (ch. 25, I believe), the story becomes more than shounen-ai. Just putting that out there.


... Last updated on February 26th, 2013, 3:31pm
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Oriolidae
August 5th, 2011, 3:59pm
God, this is so good. It's been a while since I've been so captivated by a shounen ai love story. It's quite the basic story, but it is well-executed, and you can feel all the small changes in the characters' emotions.

Seriously, I've just read chapter 8, what a cliffhanger. Pure evil to make me wait! *shaking*

... Last updated on August 5th, 2011, 3:59pm
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Highly Recommend   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Squally1
November 15th, 2011, 9:38pm
Well, let's just start off by saying that this is an exceptional piece of work. The art, in my opinion is beautiful! The characters are memorable, not to mention cute! The plot in itself is quite refreshing, There is an age gap in the love interests, but that is what makes this manga so beautiful. The juxtaposition of the two main characters is adorable, merely goes to show how two completely different people can come to become a whole...I still don't know how it will end but it is very promising and like the title of this little rant, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND smile
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A glass screen for a look into a different world   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by whitenette
June 14th, 2011, 3:37am
Start just from the cover you can see the pureness of this manga.
A simple love between a working man and a confused teenager. The cover of Youichi face shows his averted eyesight displaying what is essentially his role in this manga - a clueless tsundere. This story does not need fancy art, exciting SFX, bubbles to spice up the panels. I feel as if I am living in the world of the manga, just as confused as the two main characters.
There are no drama (maybe just... a bit), no stupid gags and smut inserted in every chapter. A clean cut and direct manga for every shojo out there to read.
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really enjoyable!   
Rating: N/A
by gwkimmy
January 24th, 2012, 11:31pm
i agree that the atmosphere is everything in this series. the romance is slow to develop, but it's sweet and deliberate, unlike the rushed sexual tension in other stories (which isn't bad, just a nice change of pace, lol.).

i enjoy that the focus is not only on the atmosphere in this story, but also on the characters. there isn't a real plot to the story other than the characters discovering more about one another, especially sakurai and youichi. but it's really enjoyable to see these characters discover one another and slowly change the relationship between each other. plus shouta is freaking adorable. i'd love a little brother like him.
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Genuine   
Rating: N/A
by hiddenchumbu
September 15th, 2012, 1:55am
All I can say is that it has been worth it so far. The story has a much slower pace than usual, but it makes the build up of their relationship genuine and beautiful. The characters all have uniqueness to them and come across as real. If you're looking for something to start small and grow a little more each time, then this is a story for you
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am kinda loving it   
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by Kipperripper
November 9th, 2011, 4:45am
well so far atleast- its nice and slow and for me, after reading alot of pwp lately it almost feels excruciatingly slow and i have to keep reminding myself that it's a Shounen Ai hahaha

and gosh! i really hate, really REALLY hate triangles where the new guy is... well, i guess.. a "man eater type" .. grrr but other than that its okay!

... Last updated on November 9th, 2011, 5:02am
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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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