Kaze Hikaru

Kaze Hikaru - Okita and SeiAbout the Manga - Kaze Hikaru

Winner of the Shogakukan Manga Award in the Girls' Category, 2003. This manga has been running in Flowers magazine in Japan since 1997 and as of April 2006, has passed its 100th chapter and is on it's 19th volume. The series has recently come to the United States via Viz, where it runs in its Shojo Beat manga anthology magazine. The first collected volume came out in January, 2006 with new releases every 5 months or so.

The series starts with a young girl in disguise joining a group of ronin that have gathered in Mibu, a village of Kyoto, and follows the Shinsengumi through history, always seen through the eyes of Sei. Will she be able to remain in the Shinsengumi? Will she have to become a "demon" in order to wield a sword? Almost ten years into the series, her full story has yet to be told.

The Manga-ka

Watanabe Taeko (辺 多恵子) was born on August 29th, 1960 in the Tokyo area. Her blood type is AB
Her first work, "Waka-chan no Netsuai Jidai", was published in Bessatu Shoujo Comic. Since the early 80's she's been a known and prolific mangaka, her long-running series include:

- Family: The Andersons are a perfect California family, and all is going well... until a little boy shows up, claiming to be the illegitimate son of Mr. Anderson! Later stories include the addition of a Japanese exchange student to the mix.

- Hajime-chan ga Ichiban! : Hajime's younger siblings are quintuplets, and end up on TV. This series won the Shogakukan Manga Award in the Girls' category in 1991.

- Numerous one-shot stories done over the years.
According to a free talk in the first volume of Kaze Hikaru, she was inspired to do KH after seeing a friend in a play about the Shinsengumi. Since then she's done a lot of research, reading hundreds of historical sources on the characters and the world they lived in.


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