Manga Mondays: Hana-Kimi, Volume 10 by Hisaya Nakajo

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Hana-Kimi (Volume 10)

by Hisaya Nakajo

Award-winning fashion photographer Akiha Hara wants Izumi, Nakatsu and Mizuki for his new photo shoot! But the handsome, bisexual Akiha may have a more than professional interest in his models. And has he figured out that Mizuki is a girl? Caught in the treacherous, seductive world of high fashion, can our heroes escape… if they even want to?

I had to break down an buy this volume because my library has random volumes in this series missing. It’s pretty frustrating. Luckily, I found it at 2nd and Charles, so I didn’t have to pay $10 for it. I always feel like that’s a bit much for manga, but I suppose all those graphics are expensive to print.

This volume focuses on Akiha, the photographer that ropes Mizuki and the boys into a shoot. It’s just to test the waters, he says. Most of the boys seem keen to go ahead with the real deal, but Sano is worried that Akiha knows Mizuki is a girl and he has to help protect her secret. When Mizuki spends some time getting to know Akiha and hears the way he talks about photography she decides she wants to model for him. Sano feels like he needs to protect her and grudgingly acknowledges that he just wants to be near her as much as possible, so he decides that if she’s going to model he will too. But complications arise with the shoot. Mizuki and the boys might have a new enemy. The plot stayed on track the whole time, and that made me enjoy this volume more than the last couple.

There are some adorable moments with Mizuki and Sano. Akiha delivers the same photo to each of them in an envelope. It’s a photo of the two of them together smiling. He SO knows what’s going  on there. I have to agree that they’re pretty transparent, but for whatever reason none of their friends see it. Of course, they also think Mizuki is a guy so maybe they just put the possibility out of there mind. After all, Sano is as straight as they come. There’s actually a moment when I thought Sano might tell Mizuki he knows she’s a girl. Alas, it’s not time for that yet. Akiha really interested me in this volume. It’s rare for me to care too much about supporting characters when there’s a romantic development going on. Still, I really enjoyed Akiha’s character. At first there seemed to be something mysterious about him and I worried he was going to do something to ruin everything. After his conversation with Mizuki about his passion for photography, I kind of loved him. By the end, I was excited about him and I hope I can look forward to more of him in the future.

This volume ends by leading into the next story. Io, Umeda’s sister, has recruited Umeda, Mizuki and the boys to clean up a house for her so she can have a party there. When they arrive it’s a complete disaster and it might even be haunted. I guess I get to look forward to a ghost story in the next volume. Now… if I can just track it down somewhere.

This volume gained back my interest, which has been waining through the last few. I’m still frustrated with how slow Mizuki and Sano’s relationahip is developing, but I really enjoyed the new character, Akiha.

Content: Mild profanity, semi-nudity 

★★★★☆

VIZ Media, 2006
Paperback, $9.99
ISBN 9781421502649

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8 comments

  1. I’ve heard of this before but I’ve never actually taken the time to have a proper look. Regretting that though, it sounds awesome 🙂

  2. Hana-Kimi is hands-down my favorite manga of all time. Sano and Mizuki’s constant worrying about each other is so adorable, and I really loved this arc of the series where you really start to see more of Sano’s feelings and how torn he is about wanting to protect Mizuki while trying not to let her know he knows because he thinks he’ll lose her if he does…

    They’re also releasing Hani-Kimi 3-in-1 volumes! It’s not super helpful if you’re just missing random volumes, but it’s nice if you’re first getting into the series to be able to pick up 3 volumes at a time for $18 instead of $30.

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    1. I’ve seen the three-in-one releases. I wish I could track those down for Fruits Basket, but I’m not sure that they ever finished making the those for that series. Now that Tokyopop is gone, who knows if I’ll find them.

  3. I LOVE this series, now I feel like reading it again.

    It is pretty expensive buying manga especially if they have a lot of volumes. I believe the main reason for this is because not many people buy manga lately, I mean Tokyopop did shut down because of this.

    1. Yes, but VIZ is rolling with the times now that they’ve released their VIZ Manga app. It’s convenient and cheaper. I’m already planning to buy a couple of things that my library doesn’t carry.

  4. I’ve been wanting to read this series. It sounds very cute. I agree that it’s hard to spend $10 on volumes of manga. I’m moving to a place where the library doesn’t have manga. I’m thinking of reading it online where the volumes are only $5 or buying used copies off of Amazon or ebay.

    1. I bought a few used copies since reading this series. I’m definitely planning to start reading some online. There are some series that my library doesn’t carry. But I can get them on my phone for $5. I’m so glad the online manga trend is catching.