Genres: Historical, Romance, Shoujo
Author (story &art): Momo Sumomo
Story: Sengoku Danshi Hana No Ran is about our protagonist Hana who has a rising star as a boyfriend and a grandfather that loves inventing stuff. Her life is quite complicated to begin with, but more trouble is to come when Hana runs into a burning building, trying to rescue her grandfather, and meets a man who seems to be a samurai from the past.
The story is quite straight forward. However, what makes Sengoku Danshi Hana No Ran stand out from other shoujo manga is its characters and very well executed drama.
Every (main) character is unique with their own little traits, and it already shows from their first appearance! I want to specially talk about our protagonist Hana. At first glance, Hana might look like a typical nerd. However, without spoiling anything, she had an incident when she was little and that has affected a particular aspect of her life, which makes her not want to stand out. Nevertheless, she is really strong, but the author lets us see her vulnerable side as well, which I really like. She is not just this strong protagonist that can face every difficult situation all alone, making her more easy to relate to. I also really like that Hana actually has a boyfriend. I feel like most female shoujo protagonist (of course it also depends on which shoujo manga you are reading, but generally) have never had a boyfriend and that getting one is their main goal and so on. So it was actually very refreshing to see that she is in a happy relationship.
The manga is well written and a heart warming story. I really like that there is some drama that occurs in it, and they are not your typical cliched ones too. The ending can feel a little rushed, with the drama really escalating at the end, but the author does manage to connect the most important loose threads and give us a quite satisfying end.
Sengoku Danshi Hana No Ran also has a nice flow and you can clearly see the red thread throughout the manga, making it an easy manga to read. Furthermore, Sengoku Danshi Hana No Ran starts right on the story. Moreover, the author also starts serving us a little drama/problem from the first chapter. I also really like the history aspect of the manga. It is interesting to learn about the feudal Japan without it feeling too overwhelming with crammed information.
The art is simple, neat and clean. If the scene needs it, the background can be detailed. The art can be viewed as typical shoujo, with big eyes and you know, many hotties (not that I am complaining(＝ω＝.) ) The characters are easily identifiable with their own distinct features.
Sengoku Danshi Hana No Ran is a manga I absolutely recommend! It has a nice and slow pace, building up to the climax. (✿◠‿◠)
If you liked Sengoku Danshi Hana No Ran you might also like:
- Shinobi Life: A very good story! Has time traveling, which is more focused on than in Sengoku Danshi Hana No Ran. Also has a strong female heroine, that matures with time and conflicts. The manga also has hot bishounen that can fight. ♥‿♥ ( ◕‿-)
- It was very different that Nobunaga Oda was portrayed as a calm and nice guy in the manga. I have only encountered him as a ruthless tyrant, so it was interesting that he was portrayed differently.
- I would also love to have a side story of Nobunaga and Hana’s grandfather’s adventures around Japan.
- I really like that Momo understands when she needs to back away, even though I feel bad for her. I wished we could have gotten to know her a little better, as her character is a little bland.
- I would like to see more of the struggles for Ran and his brother(s) to become actors, as well as adapting to the 21st century.
- I squeal so hard at one of the side stories was we saw Ran and Hana napping. How he lent his arm for Hana to sleep on and made sure his little brother did not wake her up!!!(^///^)