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From Storm in Heaven:

In a society where money is king, the young men known as "flowers" hold a special role. In exchange for the financial support of those who have the means to patronize them, they serve their flower masters as symbols of taste, status, and wealth. Bought and sold at the whim of their masters, theirs is a precarious existence - save for the few who are lucky enough to have masters who can see the person behind the flower.

Note - Despite the magazines it was published in, there is no actual shounen-ai in Hanamatsuri. The relationships between the male characters are more along the lines of heavy subtext.
[ Translated from Aki's comments on the book: "And yet, I'm really sorry that this isn't very BL at all! In my heart it was super-gay! Huh? (Haha)" ]


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Associated Names
Flower Festival (Aki)

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.4-5 (end) by Storm in Heaven (1252d ago)
v.1 c.3 by Storm in Heaven (1658d ago)
v.1 c.2 by Storm in Heaven (1788d ago)
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1 Volume (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (110 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.63 / 10.0
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February 19th 2015, 8:52pm PST



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Daria (Frontier Works)
Magazine Be x Boy (Libre Shuppan)

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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Nirachu
June 16th, 2014, 5:01am
I'm particularly partial to works like this; very calm, pleasant, gentle and almost nostalgic feeling slice-of-life set in an alternate universe. It differs from conventional BL in that any romance is only hinted at; in this work it is other relationship dynamics and character interaction that are explored more deeply. Another thing I particularly liked was how it wasn't melodramatic and didn't employ the use of tropes commonly associated with BL. Oh, and the art; it's very beautiful and detailed -- almost every page made me want to screencap it for use as a wallpaper haha. Anyway, read it with an open mind to maximise enjoyment. smile

... Last updated on June 16th, 2014, 5:03am
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Really cute   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by melon-ramune-freak
August 30th, 2011, 9:37pm
Prior to reading BL, I've head that yaoi was just sex sex sex and shounen-ai had just as many cliches as your average shoujo romance manga. I was kind of reluctant to pick up Hanamatsuri since I though it would shatter my expectations of Aki's manga, but it actually gave me a lot of hope towards BL.

Though this series doesn't really have actual BL relationships, it's still really slashy and focuses on relationships between men. However, these relationships aren't what you normally would expect. For instance, in the second chapter
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Inuou's Flower Master doesn't love Inuou for who he really is but rather his "false" stage appearance and accepts the difference in character. That was really refreshing because it didn't turn into the common "I'll love you for who you are and not who you pretend to be!!" cliche.

Aki also manages to develop the characters just right within each short story. That's usually hard for most mangaka because they can't cram all the information into a one chapter story. And the flowers' personalities are really adorable [especially the last flower]! The flower masters were nice too, and they synced up with their flowers' personality well. The only problem is that all of the stories turned out to be a little unrealistic and too ideal. It matched the atmosphere well, but it's just too perfect for me...

The art wasn't that glamorous [actually pretty bad compared to other Aki works], but it was really cute. I have a bias towards Aki's style so... ^^; Aki admitted herself on her blog that she didn't feel like she did a good job on this series. But nevertheless as a reader, I thought that this was a really nice and sweet. I also recommended Hanamatsuri to a lot of people, especially those new to BL, and they all really liked it too.

... Last updated on August 30th, 2011, 9:42pm
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by calstine
June 1st, 2011, 10:30am
This is, quite simply, a collection of short stories linked together by a single common theme; the relationships between "Flowers" and the kind-hearted 'owners' they are lucky enough to belong to.
Nothing of great significance happens at any point, but this manga left me with quite a nice feeling from the first few pages onwards.
The emotions of each character - be it a Flower or a Master - are portrayed quite effectively; and every chapter succeeded in taking me by surprise at least once.

Those who are accustomed to the traditional master x servant love stories will either be pleased by the contrast in mood or severely disappointed -- for there is no canon romance involved. Despite the 'shounen-ai' tag, it is futile to expect any love confessions or amorous actions on the part of these gentle, refined men.

I, for one, find it quite a refreshing change from the standard BL fare of immature, melodramatic romances between annoying people who seem to think of nothing but sex.

The artwork is lovely. It is gentle and easy on the eyes; perfectly suited to Hanamatsuri's calm pacing.

Recommended for people with an interest in manga leaning more towards strong subtext than actual shounen-ai,
in a fantasy-like slice-of-life setting.

... Last updated on June 23rd, 2011, 1:41pm
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