(花ざかりの君たちへ, "For You in Full Blossom") is a shōjo manga series written by Hisaya Nakajo. The manga was serialized in Japan in the bi-weekly Hakusensha manga magazine Hana to Yume
. This manga series has ended at volume 23 in August 2004 in Japan with a special ending released December 2004, and an extra special, showing Kayashima's point of view in the story, released in 2007.
is published in English by VIZ Media, and the final volume was released in the U.S. in April 2008. The English title originated from a fan abbreviation of the original Japanese title. (The official U.S. translation ends the title with a he
instead of e
.) An art book was released in May 2005 in addition to a character book.
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.
Osaka High (Ohsaka Gakuen as written in the entrance gate of the school in the Japanese drama adaptation) is an all-boys school and its students are very popular with the girls of the other schools. Its sister school is St. Blossoms, an all-girls high school, where the students are the exact equivalent of those in Osaka High. St. Blossoms' main motto is "to give joy and happiness to the school life of every Osaka High student."
There are three classes for each of the three school years. These nine classes are divided into three "dormitories", as most of the students do not stay around the school area. The culture within the individual dormitories is immensely different.
The students residing in Dorm 1 are all athletes. Most of them got into Osaka High on a sports scholarship. Their Dorm Head, Tennouji, quite forces them to become martial artists and often even hurts them, but in a funny and comical way. Dorm 1's crazy antics and martial arts talent contribute immensely to the humor of the story.
Their head, Minami Nanba, is a boy who can "get any girl pregnant just by looking at her", or so says other students. The people in Dorm 2 are quite funny and they have different personalities so it's much easier to remember them. Their dorm has a mix of athletes and scholars. They are the "main dorm" in the story mainly because the lead characters, Ashiya Mizuki, Sano Izumi, and Nakatsu Shuichi, live there. Also, there is Noe, who is often seen making cosplay uniforms for the dorm, or other stuff. (Loves anime); Nakao, the beautiful and vain school idol who loves Nanba; Kayashima, the spirit quester/aura-reader; Sekime, Sano's teammate whose name is always forgotten by his classmates and dorm mates; and many more.
The dramatic guild. They consider themselves the most intelligent dorm of all. They are all artists of some sort and/or very intelligent. Their dorm head, Himejima Masao a.k.a. Oscar, believes himself to be of German heritage, and is often speaking German, even though no one understands him.
Inter-dorm rivalries are common, and would get particularly intense during the school's cultural festival. However, the three dorm heads, known as the Sakura Committee, would work together to help any student who was in any kind of trouble.