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Hana no Namae  
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Devastated by the loss of her parents, 18-year-old Chouko loses her will to live. After staying with several different relatives, she settles in with a handsome young writer named Kei and finds solace in tending to the flower garden. Kei's a solitary person who doesn't quite know how to deal with this emotional young woman, but Chouko's dedication eventually leads him to accept her presence. Will their mutual affection grow into something more? (from the CMX website)


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Associated Names
أسم الوردة
The Flower's Name
The Name of the Flower

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.2 by Intercross (2554d ago)
v.1 c.1 by Intercross (2873d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
4 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (475 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.1 / 10.0
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LaLa DX (Hakusensha)

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CMX (4 Volumes - Complete)

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Worth it.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Eishelin
July 27th, 2010, 11:29pm
As another commenter has said, the plot is indeed deep, sweet and in a way - very beautiful. The evolution of the plot does not seem rushed, but isn't excruciatingly slow as well.

Perhaps it's due to my undying love for the byronic heroes, but for me probably the best part of the story are the main characters who are flawed and imperfect from the beginning up until and including the very end in a way that's coherent with their storyline. No sudden and unexplained end of long-term depression and damaged mental state, just a little improvement.
Usually even the male characters with the worst, well, character, tend to have everything - money, women, no troubles communicating with the world, etc. In this story the mangaka has broken this "rule". The girl is probably a bit too overpowered when it goes to the charisma, but not to the level of other shoujo-manga characters. In this case I can actually understand people liking the sweet and innocent girl.

The situations are not overly romanticized or sexualized, hence the "slice of life" in the genre, though quite a generous amount of humor is added, probably just enough to retain the readers from climbing on the nearest roof and jumping off. Though I usually dislike the classical endings, here it is done with style and actually makes sense, seeing the nineteen of twenty chapters leading up unto it.

The only thing that bothered me a little at the beginning was the art as it looked somewhat, well, unfinished, but in the end a little bit of sketchiness seems to be very adhering to the characters and scenes.

In short - read it if you can take some amount of realism and the fact that the storyline might not be particularly happy or the characters perfect does not make you run away screaming.
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Love it!   
Rating: 8.6 / 10.0
by Twilight_Moon
July 7th, 2010, 2:45pm
It kinda reminds me of Dengeki Daisy you know? The same darkness the male characters are in - the idea of salvation, the romance etc. Not saying it's a rip off or anything - I just think they're both excellent stories that have similarities~

I love it all, the slow passionate (but not passionate in an obvious way?) romance, the imagery of flowers. One thing is the ending though - I kinda wish we knew more about Iori and Kei - what happened? Or was it just falling in love? And a bit more about Kei/Chouko's past woven into the story better :3 Maybe I should re-read it. A little angsty in the middle with Kei's past but that's easily contrasted with flowers. I really do recommend this!
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Rating: N/A
by bluewolf93
April 10th, 2011, 3:50am
This was an absolutely gorgeous piece of work. I would say it is Josei rather than Shoujo as it deals with heavy themes.
I found this manga to be profoundly realistic in the depiction of its characters as they hide in their own darkness - addicted and unable to escape it.
It has a subtle beauty to it - despite the cliche flower metaphor.
Spoiler (highlight to view)
Personally, I thought the ending was perfect - so bitter sweet, agonizing but beautiful.

I just found a new favorite manga.
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Somewhat plain for a psychological manga...   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by svyatoslav
May 22nd, 2012, 11:31pm
Considering the potential of the material, the beginning was weak. It fails to grab your attention. It would've been much better if the author showed the death of the parents, how she came to live with Kei and her coming out of the darkness in the 1st volume. Instead, by skimming over the events and then randomly using flashbacks to fill in the pieces, most of the emotional impact is lost. In fact that's the biggest weakness of the story, you are left to figure out what the author is trying to portray instead of feeling and going through it with the characters most of the time. The only characters that have any significant emotional impact are side characters (the editor and the kid from the club who was my favorite character, too bad there was almost no background info on him). The part of the story with Iori should've been either fleshed out more or given less significance, the way it was shown it was neither here nor there. Some other minor things bothered me like why Kei had to go to his father's house to beg for pills, no matter how much they were shunned, I doubt his mother's health would've been ignored. Also, Chouko's parent's going away for TEN years leaving her behind and her dad caring more for Kei than her did not really match up with their personalities as shown by the author. It is these types of things that made it hard to relate to the characters.

Ultimately, no matter how it is done or how much of the actual events are shown, the best stories of this particular genre take the reader inside the character's hearts and make them feel what the characters feel, unfortunately this manga mostly fails in that aspect. I would recommend this only if you like the psychological genre and read everything else that's at least decent within it.

... Last updated on May 22nd, 2012, 11:33pm
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"A Quiet Beauty..."   
Rating: N/A
by rvmr
February 9th, 2012, 9:21am
I don't understand how people find Hana No Namae slow and tedious to read. I can really relate to this story, and the little bits here and there are very inspiring. Chouko and Kei's relationship is definitely one to wonder about (I have no idea what the hell's going on with them), but I really like that kind of relationship: where the individuals are very comfortable with each other and admire the other.

Akiyama is such a comic! He's hilarious. And Chouko is so cute when she doesn't want to be. Kei is just plain awkward, no matter how cool he looks. Such an arrangement of characters is typical, and makes me wonder more why nobody likes it?

Anyway, the art is beautiful (whatever weirdness there is grows on you), so there are no problems there. There's a very big emphasis on "darkness" and "light", which is overused, but the way the author says it is new and interesting. Overall, it's a good manga for a rainy day, or if you just want to read something with a HEALTHY relationship (I say that because shoujo mangas have THE SHITTIEST RELATIONSHIPS!! Like, do they think it's cool to be with your abusive boyfriend, or to never hang out with members of the opposite sex anymore? GRAH!).
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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by dreamit.
December 3rd, 2010, 3:50am
I honestly didn't expect to like this manga at all because the art in the first chapter didn't suit my taste and it seemed too emo for me XD BUT! before i knew it, i became attached to the story line and characters. If you're bothered by the art, don't worry because it gets better in like the first volume 3rd chapter or smthing. I really loved how deep this manga was and how although it was kinda emo, it also had that sense of enlightenment and serenity to it. I usually avoid manga's like this but this makes me want to try reading other manga's similar to this one.
No regrets reading this but
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the ending could've been a lot better but it was still satisfying in a weird way haha!
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really good !   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Bloodkite
September 14th, 2010, 2:45pm
This one was like a hidden gem.
I was not expecting much at first but I was completely surprised how good it was. Sometimes it's a bit too melodramatic but I guess that goes for being shoujo. But apart from that it's great and it actually has something like a plot !
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My fav   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by haine22
August 1st, 2010, 7:25pm
This became my number 1 favorite, in fact if it was available in stores I'd buy the series! I'm kind of sad it's just four volumes because it's really good! (I was hoping it'd continue)
The story is somewhat themed as "dark and despair" and it is but the main two got over it and stayed together. plus i like the humor in it XD
I like chouko, she's innocent and extremely cute and useful around the house. I like main heroines like that.
Kei is emotional. a comment can receive a reaction from him. but he's somewhat sweet, [i guess.]
akiyama shinichi (lol liar game coincidence) is a great support character. so is paa-suke (forgot his real name)
you really should give this manga a try, it's like a cross of sand chronicles, mushishi, dengeki daisy, honey and clover, and tsuki to mizuumi.
But this manga is unique smile

... Last updated on August 2nd, 2010, 2:00pm
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A sort of sweet darkness...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Alita258
January 6th, 2015, 6:07am
What I like about this manga is that it doesn't pretends to be more than it is, the author didn't drag it, I even wanted more, and I'm not a fan of long mangas. But this here, it's quite a nice story, I liked the art and specially the protagonist's dark character. The mangaka sees this story to the end, she doesn't try to pull personalities changes, she just let the relationships between the character grow. I must say, now I have a weakness for dark writers <: You'll want more, believe me.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by sinxer
September 14th, 2014, 6:33pm
I enjoyed the dark parts but I feel like the story would have been better if it started from the point of her parents coming back and gave us a more in-depth look at Chouko's darkness during the time she spent in the house, rather than pieces in flash backs.
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