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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 8.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 1-4215-1018-9
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Kaze Hikaru Vol. #05

By Matthew Alexander     July 25, 2007
Release Date: May 01, 2007

Kaze Hikaru Vol.#05
© Viz Media

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Taeko Watanabe
Translated by:Mai Ihara
Adapted by:Mai Ihara

What They Say
Sei seeks out Saito Hajime to help her master a difficult sword technique, and Saito is confused by his amorous feelings for Sei, not knowing that she is a girl in disguise. As if things weren't complicated enough, it seems a truly male Sei look-alike has taken a fancy to Saito - and plans on seducing him!

The Review
Let the man on man love blossom. Which is strange considering the protagonist is a girl pretending to be a man.

Aside from the historical aspect of this series, which I'm a sucker for, something else I find interesting is the authors willingness to jump large time frames between chapters. In this way, the story seems to be able to create a greater amount of character development over a relatively short number of pages. But then I'm left thinking that there must not have been a single interesting thing happening to anyone during that time frame. However, even with this style of storytelling, there is still no definitive answer to Okita's 'one love' identity or whether it's a male or female (I feel Kamiya's going to be disappointed when she finally finds out). Okita, ever the comedic relief, does however almost blow Kamiya's identity in front of Hijikata.

Most of this volume deals with Kondo's new position as go-between for the various clans and Saito's blooming affection for Kamiya. As a higher-level member of the Shinsengumi, Kondo has been awarded the honor of wining and dining with each clan in an attempt to keep everyone at peace. However, he always comes back in the morning smelling of perfume. So is Kondo really working, or just touring the pleasure houses? Saito on the other hand is beginning to question his attraction to Kamiya, who he believes is a man, and whether or not he could go through with shudo. In the story, shudo is an accepted physical love between men within the bushi or priest classes. Saito never thought he was interested, but the more Kamiya interacts with him the more he finds himself attracted to him, er her. Ah, this whole thing is getting confusing. Anyways, all this leads to a later story where a man falls in love with Hijikata, who almost kills the guy for it. Hijikata's womanizing and overall manliness definitely makes him my favorite character in this series.


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