THE PRETTIEST BOY IN SCHOOLISN T A BOY Japanese American track and field star Mizuki has gotten herself a transfer to a high school in Japanbut not just any school To be close to her idol, high jumper Izumi Sano, she s going to an all guys high schooland disguising herself as a boy But as fate would have it, they re than classmatesthey re roommates Now, Mizuki must keep her secret in the classroom, the locker room, and her own bedroom And her classmates and the school nurse must cope with a new transfer student who may make them question their own orientationPlus a bonus story, The Cage of Summer


10 thoughts on “Hana-Kimi: For You in Full Blossom, Vol. 1

  1. Steph Sinclair Steph Sinclair says:

    Still loved it the second go round This is one of my favorite shoujo mangas ever I love how it challenges gender expectations and the romance is completely adorable If you ve never read manga before, the strange, exaggerated mannerisms of the characters may throw you off, but trust me when I say nothing throws your feels around in a glitter machine on acid like a shoujo manga romance The series does have a huge gap that might get you a little frustrated side story lines and frustration at th Still loved it the second go round This is one of my favorite shoujo mangas ever I love how it challenges gender expectations and the romance is completely adorable If you ve never read manga before, the strange, exaggerated mannerisms of the characters may throw you off, but trust me when I say nothing throws your feels around in a glitter machine on acid like a shoujo manga romance The series does have a huge gap that might get you a little frustrated side story lines and frustration at the main character , but the ending brought on the water works.Looking for an in depth discussion Check out this post Re reading One of the best manga series I ve read I m not going to individually add all of the books there are 23 , but I ve read them all and LOVED them I plan to re read these again


  2. Christina (A Reader of Fictions) Christina (A Reader of Fictions) says:

    Comments from Third Read I ve actually read Hana Kimi twice before, so this was both nostalgic and somewhat eye opening Early on in my manga obsession, which began in the summer of 2008, I read Hana Kimi It was one of the first I picked up and I was IN LOVE with it completely I thought it was the best Thus, I later had to reread it, only to find it didn t live up to my memories of it, now that I had a larger basis for comparison My third read through is a bitbalanced, seeing both the Comments from Third Read I ve actually read Hana Kimi twice before, so this was both nostalgic and somewhat eye opening Early on in my manga obsession, which began in the summer of 2008, I read Hana Kimi It was one of the first I picked up and I was IN LOVE with it completely I thought it was the best Thus, I later had to reread it, only to find it didn t live up to my memories of it, now that I had a larger basis for comparison My third read through is a bitbalanced, seeing both the good and the bad.Read the full review at A Reader of Fictions.Comments from Second Read I ve actually read this manga a couple of times The first time was in 2008 when I first discovered the wonder of manga Literally, I think it was like the third manga I ever read I just ate it up Totally adored it I was so involved and I was shipping Mizuki with Sano so hard.I reread it a couple of years ago and I was seriously disappointed, since I remembered enjoying it so much It s not awful, and it s still entertaining, but it doesn t stand out at all Gender benders are among my favorite plot lines, but they have been done better than in Hana Kimi She is attending as a school dressed as a boy not because she needs a scholarship or to play a sport, but because she has a crush on a boy who goes to that school Even worse, she s never met this guy And it s not so much a crush as that she s just obsessed with his high jumping skills Not only that but she s American, so she freaking moves to Japan to do this The problems I have with this are plentiful First off, she somehow manages to apply and get into a boy s school in another country They apparently don t have any system of checking her ID or anything All they do is check hair length Yeah She manages to do this without her parents finding out that it s an all boys school Am I supposed to believe her parents never once researched the school they sent their daughter across the world to No If they were rich and neglectful, maybe, but I think the family was fairly middle class, so this would have been a huge expense and required a lot of support Whatever She gets to the school and manages to convince everyone she s a boy She is conveniently assigned to be the roommate of her high jumper, who has, sacre bleu , quit doing the high jump Again, I am frustrated by the lack of sense this makes It wasn t that he d quit particularly recently, so I really don t get how his number one fan didn t know.Moving on to some good things There are a lot of awesome gender bender hijinks, as she falls for her roommate, who quickly discovers she s a girl and decides to hide her secret even to the degree of not telling her, and other boys fall for her One of the best things, I think, is Nakatsu s hopeless crush on Mizuki The poor boy has no idea she s a girl and is convinced he is gay This has many hilarious consequences He s a genuinely nice guy, and his crush on her isn t obnoxious, because she does nothing to lead him on.Sano and Mizuki do have some nice chemistry, and I did root for them both times The rest of the cast of quirky characters is generally likable and amusing The other main problem, aside from the setup stuff already detailed, is the story s length There are a number of mini plot arcs that could easily be removed without at all harming the story This story drags It would have been muchbelievable and enjoyable if she hadn t managed her charade for so long


  3. Gillian Berry Gillian Berry says:

    MY MANGA VIRGINITY HAS BEEN TAKEN IllMakeAMangaOutOfYouI was mightily confused by much of it, but it s also hilarious and manic Crazed, cross dressing stalker girl possessed with the social graces of a puppy switches schools and countries and genders to be near the guy she loves who she s never met Sano, WORLD JUNIOR HIGH JUMP CHAMPION, or something else equally hilarious Then things get confusing, there s a dog, people are chasing her Then she s knocked unconscious I don t know I ll figur MY MANGA VIRGINITY HAS BEEN TAKEN IllMakeAMangaOutOfYouI was mightily confused by much of it, but it s also hilarious and manic Crazed, cross dressing stalker girl possessed with the social graces of a puppy switches schools and countries and genders to be near the guy she loves who she s never met Sano, WORLD JUNIOR HIGH JUMP CHAMPION, or something else equally hilarious Then things get confusing, there s a dog, people are chasing her Then she s knocked unconscious I don t know I ll figure it out MANGA IS FUN This seems like a good manga to start on if you re a manga newbie like me TIP Read the speech bubbles right to left Yes, it took me like two whole minutes to figure this out Whatever


  4. Mary Mary says:

    I m disguising myselfso I can sneak into a boys only school And all so I can meet him Alright, if you re new to manga, this isn t one to start with Unless you get Japanese humor and are completely cool with outlandish things happening because shojo Like Hana Yori Dango, this manga gave birth to countless dramas and earned praise everywhere and baffled others This isn t the kind of story you read for logical things to happen It s literally a mesh of wacky Japanese comedy and cultural reI m disguising myselfso I can sneak into a boys only school And all so I can meet him Alright, if you re new to manga, this isn t one to start with Unless you get Japanese humor and are completely cool with outlandish things happening because shojo Like Hana Yori Dango, this manga gave birth to countless dramas and earned praise everywhere and baffled others This isn t the kind of story you read for logical things to happen It s literally a mesh of wacky Japanese comedy and cultural references.All in the first volume, Mizuki establishes her stalker level is over 9000 by somehow not taking any medical exams to check her gender She doesn t choose to attend the all girl s school across from the one she s at because if she did that, she wouldn t get to be there to see Sano EVERY SECOND.Her parents are somehow cool with her flying from America she s half Japanese to stalk her man and attend a boy s school because YOLO And yet the school nurse and even Sano himself realized she s a girl from the first chapter.Nakatsu has no idea so he s angsting over the fact that he s possibly gay lol despite the fact that Mizuki is a girl You just gotta go with it Anyways, funny, creepy, stalkerish things happen And it was ok If you understand a lot of the references, it makes the experienceenjoyable.I will however say that I really enjoyed the one shot at the end of this manga I usually get annoyed with one shots because they don t grip me but this one did The Cage of Summer is about a responsible girl named Toko Her family takes in her second cousin, Kaede, for the summer since his parents are divorcing He looks like an angel but he s really a dirty playboy When Toko catches him, things quickly spin into lust, angst, and an unhealthy relationship I liked how drastic the tone of this was compared to the gives no shits Hana Kimi I ll give the one shot a 3.5 and Hana a 3 I m curious how things will play out so I might as well keep reading And I already have the series so might as well P


  5. Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing) Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing) says:

    3.5Let me get this out first The Art MeeeeeehMizuki I dont get her and what the ever hell she s doing.Izumi Sounds like a complete prick, if you ask me.Her New Friend Whose Name I Cant Seem To Remember Because Its So Complicated This guy is cool Not nearly enough of him, thoughThe Dog Best Character Ever.The Doctor He s cool For now.Despite all this, despite not liking, or exactly approving, with half the characters above and the art being so so, I liked it It was cute, light and mo 3.5Let me get this out first The Art MeeeeeehMizuki I dont get her and what the ever hell she s doing.Izumi Sounds like a complete prick, if you ask me.Her New Friend Whose Name I Cant Seem To Remember Because Its So Complicated This guy is cool Not nearly enough of him, thoughThe Dog Best Character Ever.The Doctor He s cool For now.Despite all this, despite not liking, or exactly approving, with half the characters above and the art being so so, I liked it It was cute, light and moved pretty fast, which I always appreciate in any book Also, my instant liking for this manga may or may not correlate with the fact that the K Drama adaption is one of my favorites Maybe


  6. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    Another series that I love It s your classic Japanese American girl disguises herself as a boy to go to an all boys school in Japan all to become friends with her crush who s a high jumper and funny scenarios happen.


  7. Batool Sayed Bader Batool Sayed Bader says:

    My favorite manga of all time Probably because its the only manga I ve read But the only reason I haven t read anything else is because I don t think anything would top it Its a feel good manga, very uplifting.


  8. Mehsi Mehsi says:

    A girl wants to be with the boy she likes and so she cross dresses and pops up at the all boys school he is at.I decided it was time to re read this first volume and read the series Or well the volumes I got I don t have the entire series, but I did manage to get several of the volumes a few years ago Then after I read the first volume I totally forgot about reading the rest.I did think it was funny some people found things out so quickly and the ways they did, Mizuki maybe close that b A girl wants to be with the boy she likes and so she cross dresses and pops up at the all boys school he is at.I decided it was time to re read this first volume and read the series Or well the volumes I got I don t have the entire series, but I did manage to get several of the volumes a few years ago Then after I read the first volume I totally forgot about reading the rest.I did think it was funny some people found things out so quickly and the ways they did, Mizuki maybe close that bathroom door next time I wonder how long it will take for Nakatsu to find out and stop worrying about being gay which I still think is silly, come on there is nothing wrong with that.I did think it was kind of creepy of the girl to follow her crush and cross dress to get into the school especially since she lived in America , but also kind of sweet Confusing It is at least a big dedication Because not only does she have to hide she is a girl in waysthan just strapping in her boobs and acting like a guy but how will her love interest react when he finds out I mean, if I was the guy I am not sure if I would have been happy.Throughout the manga we see Mizuki navigate the school Try out sports and showing the others how fast she was which caused some hilarious chaos , figure out how everything works at a boarding school, andI had a laugh at times how she would use American manners and how her Japanese classmates reacted to it Especially that first one in which she declares she likes Sano and that she wants to be friend didn t go over too well.I am a bit worried about the love triangle Mizuki Sano, Sano Mizuki, and Nakatsu Mizuki We already see that Nakatsu is arguing with Sano at times about Mizuki how will it go when Nakatsu also finds out about Mizuki Will it go even further than this Oh dear But I am also curious as to who Mizuki will choose in the end Will she stay stuck to Sano and her love for him Or will she pick Nakatsu This is one love triangle I may get very invested in The short story at the end is about two cousins falling in love I know that technically at places people can marry their cousins have relationships but it just didn t sit well with me That is still family That is still someone who is related to you EHM No I was just hoping that they wouldn t fall in love But we all know from the start that she is Argh And it was cute, but it just wasn t for me.But all in all, I flew through this one and I had so much fun reading it Definitely eager to get to reading the rest of this series.Review first posted at


  9. Beth Beth says:

    Yet another manga that I collected in full but have only read the first couple of volumes ofThe story starts off implausibly, to say the least Mizuki, a high school girl, cuts her hair short and binds her chest, and transfers to the all boys school that her high jumping idol Sano attends Not one chapter into the story, three of the other characters know her secret, including the school s gay doctor yes, a gay man has an intuitive grasp of her gender, sigh and the campus s mascot dog And Yet another manga that I collected in full but have only read the first couple of volumes ofThe story starts off implausibly, to say the least Mizuki, a high school girl, cuts her hair short and binds her chest, and transfers to the all boys school that her high jumping idol Sano attends Not one chapter into the story, three of the other characters know her secret, including the school s gay doctor yes, a gay man has an intuitive grasp of her gender, sigh and the campus s mascot dog And Sano, who ends up being her roommate The premise, as unbelievable as it is, sets up a situation where Mizuki can readily become friends with a bunch of guys without it seeming like a reverse harem story One of them, Nakatsu, is developing a crush on her and thinking she s a boy agonizing about what that might mean about his sexual preferences, but it s all very silly and harmless Sano is the cool and aloof type so we won t know for sure what he s thinking til the end, probably He indulges Mizuki to an absurd degree for somebody who barely knows her, protects her from her own mistakes, and gives her the privacy she needs as a secret girl roommate And he is not even the slightest bit creepy or dangerous.Cute fluff, fun and pleasant to read


  10. Nikki Nikki says:

    Synopsis This book is about a Girl named Mizuki who ends up developing a crush on a Japanese American high jumper named Izumi Sano She likes him so much, that when she finds out that he goes to an all boy school in Japan, she transfers there and disguises herself as a guy, so that she can spend some time with him ClassificationAudience 10 Purpose Entertain Medium Graphic Novel Genre of setting Realism Fiction Genre of style Idealism Genre of plot Romance drama Criticism I rated this Synopsis This book is about a Girl named Mizuki who ends up developing a crush on a Japanese American high jumper named Izumi Sano She likes him so much, that when she finds out that he goes to an all boy school in Japan, she transfers there and disguises herself as a guy, so that she can spend some time with him ClassificationAudience 10 Purpose Entertain Medium Graphic Novel Genre of setting Realism Fiction Genre of style Idealism Genre of plot Romance drama Criticism I rated this book 10 because it s pretty easy to read There is some talk about gay people, but it s not that bad So I think elementary kids can handle it I really liked this volume I m hoping I can find somevolumes at the library I really liked how a girl could get away with disguising herself as a boy at an all boy school, even though she s a girl So far, only two people in Japan know she s a boy, Sano, and the doctor The doctor doesn t rat her out, because he s gay and he knows what it s like to love somebody so much I really like the doctor in the book because he s gay, and I love gay people So, since this book has gay people, a risky girl, cute dudes and an adorable dog in it, it s pretty much the perfect book to me So I definitely want to read somevolumes form this series There s also a mini chapter in this book from, another manga series, so I might read that series too Anyways, if you like Japanese manga, I would suggest that you read this book because it was really good