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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: DMP (January 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569708746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569708743
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,637,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Professor J on May 6, 2007
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I'm really not sure why so many people were expecting this book to be yaoi. It wasn't published under DMP's "Yaoi Manga" label, and its author, Fumi Yoshinaga, is equally known for her shoujo works as boys' love. I suppose that if people went into this expecting another Gerald and Jacques, they'd have reason to be disappointed, but I went into it expecting another fantastic Yoshinaga story, and I got exactly what I wanted. (I've now read volume 2, and it gets even better.)

The story is basically about ordinary Japanese high school life as viewed through the lens of Harutaro Hanazono, a handsome teenager whose earlier brush with death (he's in remission from leukemia) has left him with an incredible zest for life. Coming to a new high school to resume his schooling after a difficult year, Hanazono meets and befriends sweet, chubby Mikuni and prickly, obnoxious Majima, both members of the school's manga club. That's pretty much it for the plot, as the series is less a specific story than a collection of short episodes involving these characters and others.

It's refreshing to see a depiction of Japanese high school life that doesn't make it sound like either a soap opera or Abu Ghraib. These are just ordinary kids, dealing with ordinary issues, and if sometimes those issues seem larger-than-life or unbelievably silly, well, that's just because high school is like that. The characters are really what make this story. Hanazono is a cheery goofball whose silliness sometimes masks the sorrow he feels at the sacrifices he and his family have made to deal with his illness. Majima is a real treasure -- an incredibly handsome guy whose rotten personality (he's a "final-stage otaku") completely destroys whatever advantage his looks offer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A&M Junkie on February 21, 2007
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Being a Fumi Yoshinaga fan I was eagerly anticipating the prospect of her new release Flower of Life, and I did not only really enjoy it, I was also surprised by its warmth and uplifted by its underlying message of optimisim. This is more like Antique Bakery rather than Gerard & Jacques, in that it is NOT a yaoi or shonen-ai, but rather a tale of the importance of friendship and living life to the full. Fumi does hint at shonen-ai but in a really unexpected way that made me just as surprised as the characters.

For those who already love her work, you will already be familiar with her rather unique drawing style, her strong characterisation, and her heavy use if narrative. However just like in Antique Bakery the narrative serves a purpose. Before you know it you become familiar with the characters and what drives them - much more than in usual manga fare.

In this story Harutaro starts school late in the term year after recovering from leukemia and the story charts his time at school and touches upon the lives of those around him who he meets - now before you start thinking OMG this is either going to be a weepy or totally depressing it is not. True it does get a bit serious and emotional at the end and Fumi does deal with serious issues like the consequences the disease has for Harutaro, bulling and adulterey, but it is all handled in a sensitive manner. We see all these things through Harutaro's eyes who is optimistic, energetic, upbeat, though a bit immature.

Through surviving his illness he appreciates life and makes use of every opportunity. He has a strong sense of right and wrong and is not shy from telling his opinions to others. He appears to have, at least on the surface, a freedom in that he is not constrained by fears that usually affect teenagers.
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i'm a fan of fumi yoshinaga, and i've read and enjoyed this series several times now. this particular series is very much "slice of life" as opposed to yaoi, but it shows how a group of high schoolers make connections with each other and eventually form a tight-knit group, each person bringing her/his own personality and revealing more of her/himself. a great cast of characters, and although the moments are often small they resonate and the cumulative emotional impact is extremely rewarding. highly recommended.
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