• An ongoing manga series - 21 volumes with over 3 million copies sold to date in Japan!
• Originally serialized in Japan’s manga anthology Monthly Flowers.
• Awarded the 48th Shogakukan Manga Award in 2004.
• Series characters featured in a Kyoto city guidebook.
• Rich blend of history and romance echoes the classic Rurouni Kenshin (with a healthy dose of gender confusion).
• Was serialized in VIZ Media’s Shojo Beat magazine.
• Releases every 3 months.
In the year 1863, a time fraught with violent social upheaval, samurai of all walks of life flock to Kyoto in the hope of joining the Mibu-Roshi--a band of warriors united around their undying loyalty to the Shogunate system. In time, this group would become one of the greatest (and most famous) movements in Japanese history...the Shinsengumi!
A new member arrives from Edo to join the Shinsengumi--the renowned Ito Kashitaro, an intellect and master swordsman. The positive reinforcement he brings to the group and his emphasis on strengthening the mind alongside the body make him popular among the men. But his romantic pursuit of Kamiya brings yet another crisis to those who know her true identity.
Taeko Watanabe debuted as a manga artist in 1979 with her story Waka-chan no Netsuai Jidai (Love Struck Days of Waka). Kaze Hikaru is her longest-running series, but she has created a number of other popular series. Watanabe is a two-time winner of the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award in the Girls' category-her manga Hajime-chan is Number One! claimed the award in 1991 and Kaze Hikaru took it in 2003. Watanabe read hundreds of historical sources to create Kaze Hikaru. She is from Tokyo.