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Kaze Hikaru, Vol. 1 Kindle Edition
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The characters in Kaze Hikaru aren't particularly complex but their actions are interesting and make the story worth following anyway. Seizaburo, for example, is earnest, strong-willed, loyal, slightly gullible, easily likeable, and less complex than background characters like Hijikata and Serizawa (the waters here aren't running particularly deep) -but is immediately disillusioned by the crude Mibu-Roshi and attempts to leave the group. This is partly a coming-of-age manga, though, which means she'll learn many lessons, and all of them will be learned the hard way.
Plot development is just as important as character development in Kaze Hikaru, and the author has attempted to be historically accurate. The simple but pleasing character designs do not include pink, blue, or green hair, eyes are mostly proportional to face sizes, and readers are given information about the Shinsengumi's history. There might actually be more historical accuracy than some die-hard shoujo fans might wish, but most people should find it interesting.
The manga does have its faults, though they aren't anything truly hideous. Seizaburo doesn't realize that she has a crush on someone, which isn't particularly believable, the comedic aspects of the story are well-done but sometimes timed inappropriately, there are some pretty corny lines, and they went a bit overboard with the bolded words. Aside from that, there wasn't anything glaringly bad. A warning, though: while Seizaburo makes a good role model for girls, the manga may not be appropriate for younger readers due to violence, crude jokes, and a graphically-mild scene of attempted rape.
All in all, Kaze Hikaru was an enjoyable read that was definitely worth buying. The story has a lot of potential, and future volumes should prove exciting.
This mangaka does her historical homework, and also does an admirable job of fleshing out the characters and retaining the reader's interest. Plotting, pacing, and conflicts are all very well-rendered and believable. I just finished the 13th volume and can't wait for the next one.
Pick this series up. You won't be sorry.
I know very little about this time period in Japanese history - called the bakumatstu - and in some ways that's good and in some ways it is not. I do learn some about the history from the series but more often I get confused by the very specific information that is referenced. The notes in the back clear things up a little, but I for one could use about two times the notes than they provide. You can enjoy the series if you can just get over the specifics, which I do, or you could be very frustrated. Or you can pick up some non-fiction about the samurai of the bakumatsu and it wouldn't be an issue either way.
The romance trumps the violence in this series, making it more appropriate for teen or older readers and girls more than boys.