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Hana wa Saku ka  
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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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Associated Names
هل تزهر الزهرة؟
Does The Flower Blossom?
Hana wa Sakuka
Hidden Flower
Nim rozkwitną kwiaty

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Fujoshi Ninja
Hana wa Saku ka

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c.Extras by Cesegura (46d ago)
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c.30 by Noizbox (86d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
5 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 9.1 / 10.0 (490 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.94 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 9th 2015, 2:23am PST



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Rutile (Gentosha)

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June (1 Volume - Ongoing; Print)

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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:
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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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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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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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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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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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.

edit: just finished the series...LOVE IT. so glad everyone had their inner conflicts resolved and sakurai and youichi are still the same lovable dorks. youichi becomes less quiet and more outwardly sassy...YES. and shouta being his blunt self and getting into college like it's no biggie is the best. my love for this series will forever live on.

... Last updated on September 15th, 2015, 11:06pm
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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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