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From Taciturnity Scans:

Ever since the day Ran Kurono's older brother, was killed while protecting Sei Ohtori, she has dedicated her skills and life to one day becoming the First Knight of the next head of the Ohtori family, even concealing the fact that she's a woman forever. For generations the Kurono family has served the Ohtori family as their First Knight, but 11 other lower knights with ill intentions of using the Ohtori family's authority vie for that title. Not only that, but Sei is being tested to see if she is suitable for having the title of head of the family. Upon entering Saint Locks Academy, the days of both Ran and Sei's trials begin, all the while being helped by Sei's untidy and unrefined fiance, Ibara Tennou.


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Associated Names
فارس الزهور
Knight of Flower

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v.5 c.28-29 (end) by Taciturnity Scans (1549d ago)
c.27 by Taciturnity Scans (1613d ago)
c.26 by Taciturnity Scans (1637d ago)
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5 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8 / 10.0 (593 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.93 / 10.0
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October 30th 2015, 11:08pm PST



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Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

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by bine
September 19th, 2015, 10:03am
The art is gorgeous, although at times it's hard to distinguish between all the male characters. There is only one female drawn, the other is throughout the series dressed as a boy.
Plotwise, I do understand why people would like the story. It was interesting, the characters were pretty well developed and while the heiress of the clan needed protection often, it didn't feel like she was a typical damsel.

However. The characters did not really express feelings to my satisfaction. There were a lot of "I love you."s, but the only guy that seemed sincere was Sei's fiancé. YMMV.
And then the gender-bending. It's not something I purposefully read, since it can be done very badly, but this manga reads to me as if Ran was a man born into a female -- it reads like Ran is transgender. This is also imho why there is no such thing as Ran in a dress, because (s)he's male.
(Japanese) Genderbending usually doesn't make me feel this way, because normally it's the butt of a joke, and purposely set up that way. (Which I very much enjoyed in Here is Greenwood, but is still inherent transphobic.) That made the scene were Ran rips the shirt to reveal breasts really freaking awkward. The obligatory "No homo!" was totally unnecessary, because you couldn't really read any feelings into the characters. At least I couldn't.

Also, I didn't think it was funny? Nothing made me laugh.
While not tying up all the questions, I thought the ending was satisfying. Everyone seemed to be about to move on to bigger and better things.

Conclusion: Don't think to deeply on the social issues and you're fine.

... Last updated on September 21st, 2015, 3:06am
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Great, But a Huge Shame It Was Axed   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by blackluna
January 3rd, 2015, 4:46am
The art work and plot are extremely well done, and the character's and their development is by no means poor. For the most part no flaws really stand out, and the mangaka did a wonderful job of tying ends together despite the manga being rushed. Basically, a huge time-skip and a well suggested epilogue (i.e. the rest of the series) was given in lou of a proper ending. What's probably missing is further character development, what exactly happened to Rei and what he does later, the relationship between Rei and Sei, meeting the other six or seven knights, and other fantastic details (e.g. the sick little brother of the knight-doctor) that would have made for a great second part— or even simply a short series of oneshots. However, as it is, the series ends overly abruptly, though I can't say that it is completely an evil: the relationship between Ran and Ibara was very well paced and in a longer manga that build up could easily have become annoying. The manga also takes an extremely common set of shounen/ manga-hero virtues and presents them in a fresh and less forced way (psychological effects of trust) while also adding some new stuff. While I hope the mangaka goes back to it in some way (maybe focusing on Rei or Sei's perspectives), it remains well worth reading.
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This is excellent!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by KadraDS
January 19th, 2013, 11:33pm
As I was reading this manga I was so afraid that it would go from good to bad. Thankfully that did not happen. The the storyline was great and not too long and the art was beautiful. I just wish that the ending could have been better.
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I wanted and ending showing Ran in girl clothes together with Ibara rather that the picture at the end with the back shots of Ibara and Ran (who now has long hair and not wearing that black suit) along with Sei and Rei that depicts their future.

... Last updated on January 19th, 2013, 11:36pm
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I absolutely loved it!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by anayardz
November 17th, 2012, 11:56pm
It was very thrilling manga with beautiful art and very interesting characters. I would have loved it better if the Managua had drawn her as a a girl at the end, we really only saw how she looked as a guy. The only time we saw her in a dress was when she was a little girl. Overall I highly reccommend this manga to anyone wh enjoys shoujos with a badass female lead who doesnt have a potty mouth or is super rude.
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Wonderful!!! ♥   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by fisukisuki
October 10th, 2012, 9:08am
The story is Amazing! It's really good! I love reading manga with Amazing Female Characters! And this one is one of My favorite thing! ♥ And I'm so happy with the romance that goes so smoothly~! And i more happy because this one not having Love Triangle at all!!! The pairing is Perfect too! Without doubt, LOVE IT! RECOMMENDED!!! ♥ smile
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It was nice but...   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by Alwerien
August 1st, 2012, 4:30pm
I took up this manga at random and definitely didn't regret it. Because I picked it up so late, I was also able to read it all in one go so I didn't get necessarily confused by the characters' relations. The characters were quite likeable, even though not all that deep (but not too shallow either) and the story was interesting. At some points I thought some parts were getting a little repetitive but overall it was still great fun. I kinda wonder what happened with Houjou though. The art was lovely and I liked the character designs too. Though at times I sort of thought Ran really looks like feminine version of Sebastian. :X
The only thing I wasn't particularly happy with... As many others mentioned, the ending was not exactly satisfying.
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What I really wanted to see in the ending was basically left as single image at the very end. I would guess that the 4 people standing there were Ibara, Ran with longer hair (and finally not in black), Sei and Rei. I wish that there was at least some sort of After Story extra in the final volume though. Though at the very least that single image still leaves me imagining the good ending like it happened. I wonder if the manga was actually forced to be rushed or Nishikata-sensei intended to end it this way.

... Last updated on August 1st, 2012, 4:32pm
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Pretty good   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by dreamit.
April 19th, 2012, 7:17pm
First time I tried reading this manga, I dropped it after 1 volume because i thought the main character looked too much like a guy and it bothered me but I gave it a chance again and It was actually pretty good! Don't expect a lot of romance but it was still cute (funny cuz I don't like manga that doesn't have a lot of romance) and it was definitely an interesting manga and it gives you that warm feeling. The ending:
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wasn't really a fan of the ending. I wanted to see Ran with long hair and girly clothes on instead of the whole black knight clothes. I wish the mangaka would've focused more on Ran going back to being a girl in the end and marrying Ibara. DAMNIT WHY ISN'T IT LONGER.. THE MANGAKA COULD'VE PLAYED WITH IT AND MADE A BETTER ENDINGGG!
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Rating: 9.1 / 10.0
by countingwounds
January 11th, 2012, 5:46pm
sooooo good. god, this is so. incredibly. goooooood. i LOVED this!!!!! this story had all the right things for me; the romance, the intrigue, the plot, the beautiful art, the bishies, the strong leads... it was just perfect! (except for the ending as mentioned...
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I REALLY WANTED TO SEE HER AS A GIRL, DAMMITTTTTTTTT. efff. and them together. and what happened in the fight at the end. and with sei and kuruno's brother. ughhh. so unfulfilled yet fulfilled, it's a sad day.

BUT that is literally my only complaint. well, besides the fact that i don't think i'm going to find anything better in a while... but seriously, i could read this again and again. i just wish it was longer... i don't want to let it go yet!

warning: don't read this if you are close to going to bed lol

... Last updated on January 11th, 2012, 5:53pm
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It was a lot like Utena   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by xx-Touya-xx
November 23rd, 2011, 7:57pm
The art was good, suspense okay... but what I thought was really unnecessary was the speeches at the end. Repetition is okay but not to the point where 11 chapters state the same thing over and over again.

This manga also seems a lot like Utena. The overall jist is too similar, not to mention the character names and design.
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I Don't Know What to Think   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Zina
November 10th, 2011, 9:23pm
The plot around the manga was brilliant.
This isn't about a love story, or about people battling inner problems. This is a story about people fighting to protect someone, while battling some opposing forces, and falling in love. The plot has some depth, which was beautiful.

The art was gorgeous. I had no problems distiguishing between characters at all. (OK. There is one character that looks a lot like the main character, but they act completely different, so they were easy to tell apart).

The ending wasn't bad, per se. It was just just a "7," in the midst of a story full of "TENS!". It pulled together a string or two, but left the untied strings with predicable outcomes. I can't say I disliked it, but there was a bit of untapped potential.

In total, I suggest you read this if you enjoy an original plot mixed with a pure-hearted(but not naive) romance. Don't let the ending scare you away. It's not bad, it's just not as amazing as the rest.
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