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Joou no Hana  
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Il fiore millenario
La Fleur millénaire (French)
The Bloom of the Queen
The Queen´s Flower
여왕의 꽃

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15 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (267 votes)
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So dumb.  
by canchanchara
July 15th, 2018, 8:57pm
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
And cheesy. And unnecessarily melodramatic. And I kind of hate the main characters.

The story is set up so that it seems like the main character is supposed to be strong and intelligent... but she's actually pretty dumb and whiny. I find it totally annoying that the side characters keep referring to her age and how she is so mature for a 14,15,16-yr-old... in a historical setting where women get married by 15 (her mother did) and are probably considered adults by then. Especially since she is actually SUPER immature for her age, even by today's standards.

She also doesn't seem to understand palace politics or the world around her at all--it doesn't seem like she understands them and is just too cool for that stuff, it's more like she just doesn't get it. Like OF COURSE the other queen might try to poison her or her mom. It's like she has zero street smarts. Or palace smarts, or whatever you want to call that type of intelligence. She's got none of it.

The male lead character is also super undeveloped. Basically, his character traits consist of (1) being a shunned blond foreigner and (2) being obsessed with the main female lead. Just those two things. There is literally nothing else interesting about him. His existence is one of the most important parts of the story, and yet aside from existing he doesn't actually DO much to add to the plot, except for randomly getting rapey here and there. That doesn't make me like him more, but I at least wouldn't mind that in a fictional character if he was at least somewhat interesting.

It feels like the author is trying too hard to add drama to the story. Honestly, given the setting, it shouldn't be hard to make the story super dramatic through plot, but instead the main way the author adds drama is through really cheesy, melodramatic narrations and characters' inner monologues. Having some of that can be great, but here it's just so excessive and it really doesn't flow well.

But even when the drama is through events/dialogue, it's often still pretty dumb. To illustrate with an example (from early on in the story, so it's not much of a spoiler):
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
When Aki decides to go scouting (and drags Hakurei with her) because she insists that she's useful, they get caught. Hakurei cuts off some dude's arm and Aki freezes and freaks out because apparently she's never seen such violence before. I find that strange, but let's suspend our disbelief and say she was sheltered from that stuff, being a princess and all.

So that's fine... but then she gets all judgemental toward Hakurei for not making a big deal out of it, and her inner monologue is all melodramatic like "No! Oh no, don't say it!" as she says to him that it must be because he's a barbarian... it's just all so stupid, given (a) the historical WARTIME setting and (b) she's the one who was going on and on about how she was going off to battle, and the one who insisted on scouting the enemy's camp when she presumably knew that was dangerous.

I mean, seriously! Girl, what were you EXPECTING to see in a war?

And if she was going to do something like scout the enemy encampment, she should have been prepared to fight/flee in a kill-or-be-killed situation if they got caught. Like any human in that situation with any sense. The author making her all shocked and judgemental over something like this just to add melodrama is just so stupid. Sooo stupid.

Soon after there is a scene where Aki realizes her limitations... which would be great if it was in a more self-reflective kind of way, but instead it's a full page or two of her crying and having one of those super dramatic internal monologues where she's like "I'M SO STUPID BOOHOOO AND IT MADE ME SAY SOMETHING MEAN POOR ME I'M SO DESPICABLE" and is basically not constructive at all. And then the next day she's just sulky and suddenly wants to go home (like, she has ZERO willpower if her conviction was shattered that easily when she'd been planning to lead battles). Then the only reason she stays is because eyepatch-dude drags her to a strategy meeting where she comes up with the oh-so-amazing strategy of using the river... but does she seem to learn anything or grow from this experience? Not really. She does jump off her horse and hug Hakurei in the middle of battle though, because as you know that's the best time and place to reconcile by hugging it out. Pretty sure that scene was supposed to be romantic, but it just seemed... out of place.

I almost dropped it at that point but decided to give it a chance in case there would be character development after that and the story would get more interesting... but no, it doesn't really get better.

All in all, this story is poorly executed. Giving it an extra point because some of the art is cute.

... Last updated on July 16th, 2018, 12:05am
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A very good historical shoujo!  
by LingFei
July 8th, 2018, 1:25pm
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
I am not sure if those who have given the manga 5 or less rating have read the entire manga. Since it has been released in my country and I had a chance to read it in full, I can say that in its entirety, this is one of the best historical shoujo mangas out there!!!! Yes she (inadvertently) leads Hakusei around and yes it was a bit boring reading how she looks up to this older guy who basically loved her mother! -_-
BUT despite that, the mangaka definitely portrayed a great female character, her equally wonderful friend- the loyal Hak and a host of other great side characters.
Was the story a bit cheesy? Maybe. But the manga had many moments of sweet romance, intelligent conversations, good action and best of all - an AMAZING ending!

I won't spoil the ending for those who have yet to read it, but suffice to say, this was NOT the ending I expected. Yet it was one that was realistic - a bittersweet HEA!

... Last updated on July 8th, 2018, 1:26pm
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super duper cheesy and bad.  
by xdeLiiRiOus
March 29th, 2018, 3:04pm
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
its cringe cheesy and quite predictable. the art is nice but not nice enough to make me suspend belief and logic to stomach this.

the villains and characters against Aki don't feel realistic or convincing to me. it feels as if their only purpose in the story is to antagonize Aki and provide a means to get the plot rolling. the melodrama was also too much.

i checked this manga out because it was recommended under Chang Ge Xing. it's similar to Chang Ge Xing (female in a male dominated dynasty, politics, military strategizing, etc.) but CGX is better executed, jaw-dropping beautiful art and wonderfully better developed characters.

... Last updated on August 1st, 2018, 2:34pm
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Too much for me...  
by Akatsubaki
July 3rd, 2017, 1:03pm
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
The melodrama is huge. All those melancholic narrations (cheesy)... everywhere. I can't live if you hate me.. I don't need anything else as long as I have you.., lolwut.
The arts is also so so. Tbh, I ended up skipping the middle part and went straight reading the end.
I read this because the description above saying it won an award. Must be a good manga. WRONG.
I'm sorry to say this is not my thing u.u
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by ashleymoonli
May 26th, 2017, 10:59pm
Rating: N/A
The story is like real life. People die, abandoned and hurt. Everyone is unpredictable and they follow their own rules. I like it when the characters suddenly show a side that no one would have ever expected coming. It keeps the story exciting and interesting. I would read this manga if your not afraid of death of the good characters and a slow budding romance between the two leads.

... Last updated on May 26th, 2017, 11:00pm
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Looking (mostly) good so far!  
by hollabaloo
January 22nd, 2016, 9:59pm
Rating: N/A
It's a good manga and worth your time if you like political intrigue. I especially like how we see Aki experience and overcome difficulties despite being talented at what she does. Her ability doesn't come out of nowhere either, and it's established that she's worked hard to get to where she is. It drives me up the wall when characters are talented to the point where they're basically perfect and never make mistakes, and this manga doesn't fall into that trap.

There's just one thing that really bothers me.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
The scene where Hakusei attempts to rape Aki is completely unnecessary. It felt like a cheap excuse to make things awkward between the two of them, and it could have been easily toned down to Hakusei trying to kiss Aki without needing to change much. It seemed so out of character for Hakusei too. He's devoted to her to the point where he's willing to die for her and fusses over her, but then he tries to force himself on her while she's saying no? What?

And no, she was not "leading him on." Just throwing that out there.
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This is not my type of manga anymore  
by casandra28
January 22nd, 2016, 3:03am
Rating: N/A
This is not a good romance in my opinion anymore. I liked it in the beginning, The idea behind this story is one that has been done by many other manga and novels. However, it sets itself apart early on and became a really cute and heartfelt story... until we find out in fact the princess was just leading the blonde guy on (eventually they will probably somehow be together in some way...) but after she showed such an adverse reaction to him, yet seems to have fallen for the man who loved her mother, it became irritating. Extremely irritating. I dislike love triangles so it became one that I couldn't like. It is written well and the plot is deep and intricate. I don't think others will dislike it if you are into that sort of thing. The art is also good.

... Last updated on January 22nd, 2016, 3:07am
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huge improvements  
by TheAlmighty
December 14th, 2015, 11:58am
Rating: N/A
I must say, looking at the older works of this mangaka, she's definitely grown a lot. I remember picking up the one about two brothers love triangle with their younger was so bad to the point it was maddening. Her female characters have gone a long way since then. This heroine is so much stronger and intelligent. The portrayal of male characters have gotten so much better and looking at one of the comments below, I can definitely tell you, the cheesiness was 100x worse in her older works.

So I would say. Go for this one, but if you're expecting the same level of character portrayals and plotline developments in her older works...don't touch them, not even with a ten foot pole.
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solid story, beautiful historical setting and art  
by robybeck
November 30th, 2015, 1:08am
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
a strong, intelligent girl, who has collected allies through charisma and wit. it's a very impressive story so far. it's decent art too. it breaks a lot of trapping for a strong female lead manga tropes.
there is no lazy coincidence to push plot point, nor a single pointless character. everyone, including villains, has their motivation beyond just stupid simple selfish or evil.
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Quite possibly the first "great" shoujo drama.  
by Mwulf
August 1st, 2015, 3:23am
Rating: N/A
I read a lot of manga of all types. And, for the most part, shoujo manga tends to be the most annoying. Sure, there are a handful of incredible slice-of-life series (Lovely Complex and Kimi ni Todoke leap to mind), but for the most part the more dramatic series invariably fall short. They focus too much on self-absorbed relationship drama, rely too heavily on tired tropes/cliches, or keep the cast perpetually infantilized to avoid changing the status quo in any meaningful way until the last chapter or two.

It makes the dramatic series all the more infuriating to read because they will often take a very compelling premise, and then completely fail to do anything interesting with it (the recent Akatsuki no Yona leaps to mind).

Joou no Hana is none of these things. A small, focused cast allows for excellent characterization, and deft plot handling (making frequent and excellent use of time-skips and narration) allow for character development--and, crucially, plot development. And that's what makes Joou no Hana such a joy to read--it's a fast-paced character-centric historical-fantasy epic, that spends just enough time on the character drama and interaction to make the cast feel alive and compelling, without sacrificing ANYTHING to the plot.

And boy, oh boy, oh boy is this one hell of a plot.

In the first chapter our heroine, Aki, is a young girl stealing food for her mother; two chapters later she's thrusting a sword through an enemy soldier's throat.

If you like historical fantasy at all, please read this series. If you're not in love with it after the first three chapters, you really don't like historical fantasy and are just deluding yourself. I really thought the big stand-out story for me this year would be the new adaptation of Tanaka Yoshiki's "Heroic Legend of Arslan." But it's not. It's Kaneyoshi Izumi's "Joou no Hana," a rather unfortunately named series I found entirely by accident--and I am so glad I did.
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