In an era of violent social upheaval, a young girl named Tominaga Sei, hoping to avenge her wrongfully murdered father and brother, disguises herself as a man, takes the name Kamiya Seizaburo, and joins the Mibu-Roshi--soon to be known as the Shinsengumi--an elite corps of swordsman who risk their lives to defend Japan's shogunate system. Will she be able to become a warrior and keep her secret intact?
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.
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