terça-feira, 3 de junho de 2008


Hana-Kimi, primarily known in Japan as Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (花ざかりの君たちへ, Hanazakari no Kimitachi e? Lit. "For You in Full Blossom") is a shōjo manga series written by Hisaya Nakajo.
The manga was serialized in Japan in Hakusensha's Hana to Yume (Flowers and Dreams), which came out bi-weekly (5th and 20th of every month). This manga series has ended at volume 23 in August 2004 in Japan [with a special ending released December 2004, and a extra special, showing Kayashima's point of view in the story, released in 2007] The final volume is set to be released in the US as of April 2008. An artbook was released in May 2005 in addition to a character book.
Hana-Kimi is published in English under the name Hana-Kimi by VIZ Media. The English title originated from a fan abbreviation of the original Japanese title. (The official US translation, by VIZ Media, ends the title with a he instead of e.)
Hana-Kimi centers around Mizuki Ashiya, a Japanese girl who lives in the United States. One day, she sees a track and field competition on TV, and becomes attracted to one of the high jump competitors, Izumi Sano. She begins to idolize the young athlete and eventually transfers to Japan to attend the same school that Sano attends. There is a catch, however -- Sano attends an all-boys high school, named Osaka Gakuen, and Mizuki must disguise herself as a boy to enter. The majority of the series happens during Mizuki's second year at Osaka (from Volume 4 onwards), although her first year was significant for her being able to remain in Osaka.
A Taiwanese drama based on Hana-Kimi has been produced, titled (direct translation: Hanayō Shōnen Shōjo or, in Mandarin, Hua Yang Shao Nian Shao Nu ('花樣少年少女'). This Chinese title is also the title used by the translation published by Tong Li. A Japanese drama adaptation has also been aired on Fuji TV, titled Hanazakari no Kimitachi e.
A series of three drama CDs has been released in Japanese. Nevertheless, the first CD is not available as a commercial release.
Two of Nakajo's one-shot works are included in the volumes of the series. Thirsty Moon is included in volume 4.

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