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Kaze Hikaru  
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Description
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.

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
光之風
風光る
Flash of Wind
The Flash of Wind
The Shining Wind

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Latest Release(s)
c.205 by MangaLator (2d ago)
v.20 c.100a by Sky of Snow Translation (745d ago)
v.23 c.113a by Orange Pekoe (820d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
37 Volumes (Tankoubon - Ongoing)
12 Volumes (Bunkoban - Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (245 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.28 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 29th 2015, 4:17am PST


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Year
1997

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Serialized In (magazine)
Betsucomi (Shogakukan)
Flowers (Shogakukan)
Shojo Beat (Viz)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (21 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #778 increased(+152)
Monthly Pos #1125 increased(+169)
3 Month Pos #1529 increased(+2)
6 Month Pos #1555 decreased(-81)

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On 818 reading lists
On 820 wish lists
On 80 unfinished lists
On 283 custom lists

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What is this exactly?   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by kuroioni.akari
May 24th, 2015, 11:00am
I've read 80 chapters and this is what I'm currently wondering.

It's not action.
There are barely any fighting/war scenes and even when they do appear they end within a few panels. For the most part, the fighting, the war etc are being TALKED about by our characters, but we don't actually *see* anything happening more than their everyday lives at the HQ.

Drama?
Well, yeah there is drama. However, to be honest I'd classified it as slice of life and not drama. The reason is that it's all infuriatingly episodic, with everything kinda rubber banding to its default state after the mini-arc ends. And I say MINI, because, despite the number of volumes, there's no real 'arcs' or larger plot points (other that the most obvious ones, like that they are the shinsengumi, what they strive for.. etc). For me real drama has to have impact on the characters.

Gender-bender?
Yes. This one I can easily agree with. Kamiya does seriously try to live as a bushi. However, that doesn't change the fact that her femininity is CONSTANTLY underscored, highlighted, talked about, EVERY freaking character and their grandma is secretly in love with her. And she just. Won't. Stop. CRYING! ARGH!

Historical?
Indeed. In the sense that it's akin to attending a history class where someone talks about all these historic events but you don't actually get to SEE any of that. And in the rare cased you do - it'll be a panel here and there and then it'll quickly pan away from all that and let you admire the SKY while TALKING about what happened and the result.

Romance?
Haha...hah...ha... *sigh*
There are touching scenes, I'll give it that. However. There's NO development, no progress. At the beginning you think it's just slow paced and get all excited for what will happen. But then, as you read and read and read... it starts to slowly dawn on you that no. Nothing's happening. And when something finally MIGHT happen and you see a faint glimmer of hope that their relationship will finally start to evolve... it's turned into a bloody PUNCHLINE. A gag. And so you laugh. Because what? You'll cry? Nah, you're not the heroine.

Slice of life?
YES. This is it I think. It's a slice of life about the everyday life of the Shinsengumi. With the emphasis in DAILY life. You see them eat, bathe, shit, fight, laugh, cry, fart, sometimes die or go to the red light district. They talk about important matters, but you don't really care because you won't see any of that anyway. They are an interesting bunch and it's quite entertaining to see them carry on with their lives, but don't expect character growth. It's like there's this default state for all of them, and after every mini-arc, they just kinda return to that default state. Rinse and repeat. Over and over...and over again. Fun!

6.5/10 because it did keep me for 80 chapters before I lost my patience.

... Last updated on May 24th, 2015, 11:02am
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Okita does not die and this is quite a good manga   
Rating: N/A
by ayanechan
December 26th, 2011, 4:44am
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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!
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Good but..   
Rating: 7.8 / 10.0
by Saons
December 11th, 2011, 1:27am
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
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Masterpiece   
Rating: N/A
by CiellavonNightmare
July 13th, 2011, 12:02pm
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. wink 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). none

... Last updated on January 5th, 2012, 1:26pm
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Kaze Hikaru vs Oooku ^^   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by darcyaglow
December 6th, 2009, 9:41pm
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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great read   
Rating: N/A
by hajnalmadar
July 23rd, 2009, 6:03am
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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.
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Will Okita die?!?!   
Rating: N/A
by Usagi~Gurl
November 25th, 2008, 2:11pm
I love this manga. I had put it off for a while when I noticed that sei had shaved her head. I couldn't stop thinking about it but I soon got over it. I mean, she can always grow her hair back. And as for how the author plans to continue the story, I hope that she doesn't make end like it did in real life. The real Okita Souji died at age 24-27 by Tuberculosis!! Also, the character I believe she's basing Sei's character on, dies before Okita. I recently found that out when I researched the history of Shinsengumi. I really shouldn't have looked it up, it's making want to quit reading because I know it has a bad ending. But after I read what kujika said (fellow member of baka-updates) I got a little more hope, maybe the author will choose to keep both of them alive. But all I can do is hope. I will continue to read the manga until the very end!! (I wonder how many more volumes Watanabe plans to write...?)
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absolutely perfect manga!!   
Rating: N/A
by lovely_moon
June 11th, 2008, 8:14pm
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
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10/10   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kujika
June 8th, 2008, 2:31am
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
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Not too bad...   
Rating: N/A
by VampireBanana
March 21st, 2008, 4:23pm
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
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