Hana-Kimi: Hana-Kimi by Hisaya Nakajo is one of the first shojo series I read. I was helped in part by the local library having the complete set! I don't in fact own the complete set of 23 volumes but only one, which I bought for under a buck at Bullmoose. It's representational.
The series is delightful. The premise: Miyuki pretends to be a boy, so she can attend a boys' school in Japan and meet her idol, Izumi, a high-jumper. A few people learn her secret, including the school's gay doctor, Dr. Umeda. In fact, the idol, Izumi, discovers she is a girl early on (they are roommates) but keeps her secret from others and the fact that he knows the secret from her.
|One of my favorite realistic scenes--hey, I learned|
|English grammar from studying French.|
|The series is very "G"--but Dr. Umeda being Dr. Umeda|
|is allowed to ask the risque questions.|
|Note that he smokes.|
Keeping Dr. Umeda a confidant may be one reason for identifying him as gay but the series is full of operatic farce related to cross-dressing plus gender and sexual identify confusion, so his frank identification as gay makes sense (characters will occasionally break the fourth wall and inform readers that this is a SHOJO manga, not a yaoi one). I use "operatic" deliberately. The series is rather like one of those operas where men or women fall in love with boys, with boys who are actually girls, and with boys who dress up as girls who dress up as boys.
|Forthright, guileless, bleached-blond|
|soccer-playing Nakatsu is from Osaka.|