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Hana no Kishi  
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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 over 6 years ago
c.27 by Taciturnity Scans over 6 years ago
c.26 by Taciturnity Scans over 6 years ago
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5 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8 / 10.0 (623 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.93 / 10.0
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Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

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Nice premise, but unsure of potential   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Nouveauk
November 13th, 2010, 4:39pm
When I laid eyes on this, I was extremely interested given that the heroine is strong, unique, refreshing, and the situation and environment was pretty promising.

Of course, now that it's continuing a bit, I'm slightly wary of how it's going to turn out. Like another reviewer said, I'm hoping that it won't end up as a sort of cliched thing where Ran ends up wanting to be protected by a man and falling in love and turning girly (as evidenced by that one chapter where Ran just up and fainted). I'd definitely go for adding some more swordplay to the manga, too. Lots of fighting, action, and strong female leadness. I actually don't want Ran to be paired up with any of the males in the manga. For some reason I think it'd be a lot more interesting if she focused on her duty without getting into romance, and the manga portrayed the obstacles and the trials she had, both physical and mental, on her way to accomplishing her goal. Much more satisfying than having Ran be the first knight, but having another knight also protect her.

I'm still reading this manga, but my hopes for it have diminished very slightly. Please, let there be more action and cool potential, instead of it degenerating into a generic shoujo love triangle tension fest. Focus on the plot and the violence!
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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:
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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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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I love it!   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by timeless-x
March 29th, 2011, 9:26am
I just read chapter 23, and it was the biggest cliffhanger of LIFE! GAHHH I want more now! But anyway, onto my rating... I really really enjoy this manga. The concept isn't exactly new, but the art is well done and the characters are well defined.

I love Sei, because she's not the typical spoiled rich girl who wants everything for herself. She's kind hearted and wants the people around her to be happy. We usually see her as a rather stoic girl, but in reality she suffers because the people precious to her are getting hurt because of the ridiculous family system that has developed. She sees Ran and Ibara falling in love with each other, but instead of being jealous and angry, she's actually happy.

Although a lot of people say that they would rather have Sei and Ibara get together, I think the relationship between Ibara and Ran is rather beautiful. Instead of him exerting his status as a man over her and trying to force her out of the position as first knight like Rin did, he supports her and lets her choose her own path. Isn't that what love is all about? I think Sei will ultimately find her own person to be with as the story goes on.

Ran is so strong and it's so nice to see. I hate shoujo mangas where the girls are all whiny and can't even do a single thing for themselves. But Ran is different. She's independent, strong willed, and so determined that she puts other shoujo characters to shame. I just hope she doesn't change, like Makino from Boys Over Flowers (I loved her at first because she was so spunky and not afraid to stand up for herself, but her love for Doumyouji totally ruined her character). I want Ran to stay the strong woman she is now.

Ibara is a sweetheart, and the other knights are wonderful as well. I can't wait to see how this story develops because I absolutely love it. I'm actually restless with anticipation! Perhaps many of you will find the story boring and unrealistic (but then again, since when was a manga ever realistic?), but personally, I find it inspiring and wonderfully touching. The art is beautiful. For people like me who enjoy headstrong heroines, harems that aren't just for the sake of looking at bishies, and a kind, non-sabotaging supporting female character, then you will most definitely enjoy this manga.

Lots of twists and turns too! smile
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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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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by hivemind
September 3rd, 2011, 11:22am
At first I had high ratings for this so therefore I setted a high standard. But now after seeing the last chapter, I was highly disappointed. WTF is wrong with the author? Why did she had to rush such a good manga?! For those who wish to see Ran wearing a dress and get marry, I will say that you will be angry as well.
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Great! So far...   
Rating: N/A
by sandyatthebeach1
October 1st, 2010, 9:13pm
Ran is amazing. She can kick butt and be awesome, but I have the sinking feeling that this is going to turn into, 'Yup. She's great. But the guy's GREATER!' I really hope it doesn't become like that, because even though I've only read 10 chapters, I really enjoy this manga! I love strong heroines, and Ran is cool. The plot is very interesting, and I have to say I'm hooked. I pray deeply that the old, 'Heroine is the best... until the hero shows up' doesn't happen, because that would ruin a potentially amazing story.
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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.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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Axed?!!? (Very Minor spoiler) maybe not even one   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by conseq
September 3rd, 2011, 2:56pm
The story was great I have to admit that.
The real problem is that you get hyped up for the best part with all the risks with the family and then BAM!! The author delivers the killing blow by suddenly shutting down the manga....
This series had great potential but bad execution imo
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