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Kaze Hikaru  
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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.


Related Series

Associated Names
Flash of Wind
The Flash of Wind
The Shining Wind
Сияющий ветер
바람의 빛

Groups Scanlating
Limerence Scanslations
Lost Heaven
Orange Pekoe
Sei Scans

Latest Release(s)
v.22 c.111 by Timeless scans over 5 years ago
v.22 c.110 by Timeless scans over 5 years ago
v.22 c.109 by Timeless scans over 5 years ago
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in Country of Origin
45 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
12 Volumes (Bunkoban - Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (258 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.28 / 10.0

Last Updated
February 24th 2021, 9:58pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Betsucomi (Shogakukan)
Flowers (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (28 Vols - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
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Monthly Pos #1116 increased(+351)
3 Month Pos #2229 decreased(-24)
6 Month Pos #2692 decreased(-6)
Year Pos #2886 decreased(-238)

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On 950 wish lists
On 63 completed lists
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Dear GOD!!  
by Acradnxy
May 30th, 2020, 10:37am
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
How long has it been? It's too long! Far too long! And this manga even not episodic like Doraemon or Detective Conan. This is ridiculous! All for what? Okita and Sei's dragging romance? That romance that we've been waiting for YEARS! Remember that romance?

I used to really love this manga. So funny, clean art though it's only a so-so story but it made me laugh. Still do, sometimes. It's kinda boring now with stagnant story lines and kinda unfunny humor. I get the feeling that mangaka wants to explore all the accuracy of the history, but dear Lord, please ends it. Shinsengumi reign is not that long (only about 6 years), but somehow this manga manage to drag it for so loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooong.

Used to recommended, now...? Still waiting for the ending
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When will this end...?  
by jackalan
February 20th, 2019, 8:58am
Rating: N/A
For real, to date it is 22 years this manga has been running.

I really do appreciate the story, character development and how much care is put into the art (so neat, detailed and not all-over-the-place as most long mangas, i.e. 7Seeds and Skip Beat). STILL, how slow can you goooooo... T__T

Such a drag. When I retire, I will probably be able to read this in whole!
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An addictive journey.  
by troublesomeone
June 24th, 2017, 1:18am
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
I'm embarassed to admit that upon reading up to where the scanlations are now (roughly volume 25) I suffered three days of horrible withdrawel symptoms, and even now months later am still subconsiously searching for something to fill the hole it left. Probably not the most flattering of introductions, but this series is perfect for wierdos like myself who have incurable historical shoujo cravings.

The cons would have to be the fact that the male MC is an airhead, and the female lead is a bit of a thick-headed idiot. Nothing new for shoujo, nothing great about it. But they're adorable together, and the grounded historical setting gives it a nice edge of not-just-fluff material. However due to this, due to the fact that it is based off of real life events and is not afraid to kill off some greatest characters when the time dictates, there's a somewhat bitter-sweet flavour you're left with due to it's unfinished state.

Because, and this is no spoiler and no secret, the historical Okita Soji dies at the young age of 25 from the terminal, highly contagious illness tuberculosis. We don't know if the author plans to deviate or not, and I personally have an ominous feeling she won't, because as far as I know she has made no comment about it. There are 10 un-translated volumes, and I spent the better part of a week seeking convincing clues on the net to no avail. Don't let this deter you, it's still plenty enjoyable.

I've seen people complaining about the recycled themes. And, for what it is, that didn't bother me much in the least. It's essentially a slice-of-life, fluff, not action, romance, comedy, shinsengumi, yet bizarrely convincingly somewhat believable tale. Obviously with that discription alone, it's a one of its kind. That's what you get, and it still managed to make me laugh or feel some other emotion in every chapter.

... Last updated on June 24th, 2017, 1:22am
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All fit to my taste <3  
by wallyakazukin
April 24th, 2016, 3:04am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
This story started up good, and though the romance is sooo slow, I can't bring myself to leave this series. All because of the avdorable character and plot. Sei is way too awesoommeee. She improve herself so much even though she's a girl. Her spirit to be with the one he love is amazing. I love her persistent character. Okita, on contrary, acting super dense. And my favorite character in this manga is absolutely Saito-san~ >,<
This manga has all the things I need: comedy, romance, historical, samurai, gender bender, and blushing bishounen. I hope they'll keep publish this manga in my country...
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by raquelita416
January 6th, 2016, 7:14pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
This is indeed my favorite manga....well....almost.
If not for its suuuuuuuper slow scanlations, id love it even more. This manga is wonderful except for okita's stuburness of being "bushi", and i actualy like the slow pacing of this manga, cause i like the way things are at the moment.
I just hope the scanlators can pick up the pace!!!

... Last updated on January 6th, 2016, 7:16pm
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What is this exactly?  
by kuroioni.akari
May 24th, 2015, 11:00am
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
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.

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.

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!

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.

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  
by ayanechan
December 26th, 2011, 4:44am
Rating: N/A
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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..  
by Saons
December 11th, 2011, 1:27am
Rating: 7.8 / 10.0
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:

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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by CiellavonNightmare
July 13th, 2011, 12:02pm
Rating: N/A
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 ^^  
by darcyaglow
December 6th, 2009, 9:41pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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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