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In the year 1863, a time fraught with violent social upheaval, samurai of all walks of life flock to Kyoto in the hope of joining the Mibu-Roshi--a band of warriors united around their undying loyalty to the Shogunate system. In time, this group would become one of the greatest (and most famous) movements in Japanese history... the Shinsengumi!
In 2003 Kaze Hikaru won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shoujo.
光之風 風光る Flash of Wind The Flash of Wind The Shining Wind
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one of the best
This is honestly one of the top manga on my list (and I've read a LOT). I can't recommend it enough and I hope the rating will increase because it really does deserve a higher one.
But don't pick it up expecting fluffiness and sugary love-doveyness galore. The 'history' part of the manga plays an important role in directing the plot but it's not THAT heavy that it overshadows the relationships that form the core of the story (battles/fighting is kept to a minimum, not like in Rurouni Kenshin). It's a gender bender that stems from something more than just trying to win the heart of the hot guy who the girl saw on TV or on a billboard.
If you like this manga, please show your support on myanimelist.net (it only has a 7.38 rating!). That website is great and can function as a secondary manga database to this one
Very good, very unique and not repetitive at all (yet). It has blood,death, friendship, laughter etc etc and seems to be very light-hearted with a nice humour, which is here and there broken because of seemingly lightly done murder, memory or because the main character is severely reprimanded.
@yuri21 Sorry, to disappoint you, but the mangaka doesn't aim to be historically accurate. "The history in this work is fictional. It is not related to any characters, organizations or incidents in reality." (quoted from the book) Then why are the names exactly the same? The author wanted to create a new reality out of her imagination. I'm quite sure she's historically interested and knows very well that things didn't happen that way. Sorry, I just wondered about this comment of yours.
... Last updated on June 8th, 2008, 2:32am
Okita does not die and this is quite a good manga
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Too bad the scans take so friggin long though, i skipped from volume 14 to 22 by accident because half of the translations are missing. Though i have to agree with some of the reviews, Sei does not grow in many ways. She's always doing something wrong according to Okita and then he's always scolding her for it, but her interaction and naivety creates plot theres no doubt about it. The characters though are wonderful, they're funny and engross you in the quite filled history of the shinsengumi. And finally OKITA DOES NOT DIE according to a thread... I'm pretty sure of this because i read that the author said that there were no files that proved Okita Soji/Souji died at that age and she is keeping him alive. I truly hope that so that Sei-chan and him can finally end up together!
Not too bad...
While this series is quite enjoyable due to its' in-depth portrayal of historical events and figures, good art and light humour, I find it's rather weak in introducing and portraying certain characters. Quite a few characters have absolutely no role within the plot or scene but are instead, introduced for the purpose of adding to the historical details. I find that bogs down the story a little as those frames could've been dedicated towards other more important characters.
Furthermore, some of the characters suffer from lack of screentime and thus, when the events unfold leading to their demise, it can be quite confusing and you don't really feel much for them at all.
Btw, perhaps it's just me but I felt that it was a little too light-hearted for a story that aimed to be historically accurate. Though it's true that some of the samurai/ronin were portrayed to be villainous, little is mentioned of the fact that most samurai were more interested in theft, rape, murder, etc. than in upkeeping justice or the principles they'd vowed to follow.
... Last updated on March 21st, 2008, 4:31pm
After re-reading a lot of it recently, I've decided to remove it from my Favourites list and drop its rating. While this manga is far from poorly done, I discovered there was enough that I didn't like about it that my opinion of it was lowered. Here's why:
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The length of the manga is not the problem; the problem is the recycling of the same plot devices every arc and even as little as every chapter. Kamiya seems to do little to no developing up until where the scanlations are now, around volume 25. The romantic aspect of her relationship with Okita never goes anywhere and it seems that Kamiya's always doing something "in the wrong" (with her mindset that I find is a little too modern), to which in turn Okita has to scold her in some method, to which she returns with an apology and a resolve to do better. Yet she is still always crying and always quick to speak her mind against what she believes is wrong. The latter is not so bad, but still--it's the same stuff over and over. I don't feel like she's going anywhere in her development. At the moment I hardly see her as a "strong woman" at all. Not to mention it seems like everyone's in love with her--the troop members, Saito, and other minor characters. I really want to see her character grow; I'd love to see her "become a man" but I don't feel like waiting another 20 volumes to see it happen. Another thing is a lack of action. I know it's a shoujo manga, but it's listed under action; and we hardly ever see a good amount of it. Men with swords in almost every panel, and barely any good, long, tense and/or enthralling action arcs? It's a little disappointing.
But in the end, it's very hard to hate this manga. It's cute, the art's great, it makes you laugh sometimes, and though it can occasionally be irritating, it's a great time waster for shoujo lovers. If you like historical, love-triangle mangas, give this one a shot.
... Last updated on December 11th, 2011, 1:30am
I wasn't too interested at first--I didn't understand the first chapter at all until the end, but it's definitely worth the read! It starts of slowly, but gets better and more exciting with every volume.
The artwork isn't anything especially special but it's clean and every character has their own distinguishable features so they all look like different people. ^.^
Just give it a try~ It's unique and not like other shoujo manga.
Kaze Hikaru vs Oooku ^^
Oooku really reminds me of Kaze Hikaru in the detail well-researched artwork. Both Oooku and Kaze Hikaru give the fresh view of Shoujo manga with great plot and neat illustrations. The authors always drive my expectation away, i really cannot guess what gonna happen next in the stories.
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Wonderful manga, had me completely addicted. I love Okita's character, although I wish there was more romance with him. I mean Okita realized, that he feels something for Sei in vol22?! Sometimes making romance progress too slow is just as bad as making it progress too fast... Also the comedy element is sometimes irritating when it's overdone. Altogether I think it's one of the best out there, a must-read for historical manga fans! Btw I read somewhere that Okita won't die like in the real life, so I think there is no need to be afraid of that.
absolutely perfect manga!!
this is the most wonderful manga that watanabe taeko ever makes! i really love this manga ! hoping volume 24 will comes soon to my country ! >"< Expect it so much
I love it. Though I skip out on most stuff, I definitely love so much things about KH. -Saitou`s blushing face. I love his inner thoughts and his poker face. So adorably funny. -Okita`s denseness and idiocy (at times). How could he be so slow? and most of the shudo stuff. I admire Sei though she doesn`t change that much. I admire her strong will and desire. A very good read thats not a waste of time (though scans are so friggin slow).