Flower of Life (フラワー·オブ·ライフ Furawa obu Raifu?) is a manga by Fumi Yoshinaga revolving around a group of friends in a high school. The manga is serialised in Shinshokan's Wings. It was nominated for the first annual Manga Taishō award in 2008 and one of the Young Adult Library Services Association's 2008 Great Graphic Novels. The manga is licensed in North America by Digital Manga Publishing.[1][2]


Harutaro Hanazono, a cheerful and outspoken boy, enrolls at his new high school a month late, as he has been recovering from a bone marrow transplant to treat his leukemia. He is befriended by Shota Mikuni, who is also friends with Kai Majima, an otaku. Harutaro finds Kai annoying. The story follows the school life of Harutaro.


Four bound volumes were released in Japan between April 2004 and March 2007 published by Shinshokan.[3][4] Digital Manga Publishing released the manga's four tankōbon between January 17, 2007 and May 20, 2009.[5][6]

<tr ><th rowspan="2" style="width: 4%;">No.</th><th colspan="2">Japanese</th><th colspan="2">English</th></th></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF"><th style="width: 24%;">Release date</th><th style="width: 24%;">ISBN</th><th style="width: 24%;">Release date</th><th style="width: 24%;">ISBN</th></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol1">1</td></td><td> April 2004[3]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-40361-749-2</td><td>January 17, 2007[5]</td><td>ISBN 978-1-56970-939-9</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol2">2</td></td><td> March 25, 2005[7]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-40361-792-8</td><td>April 11, 2007[8]</td><td>ISBN 978-1-56970-873-6</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol3">3</td></td><td> April 2006[9]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-40361-829-1</td><td>July 11, 2007[10]</td><td>ISBN 978-1-56970-829-3</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol4">4</td></td><td> March 2007[4]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-40361-867-3</td><td>May 20, 2009[6]</td><td>ISBN 978-1-56970-055-6</td></tr> </table>


Comics Worth Reading's Johanna Draper Carlson criticises the first volume of the manga for its plot which "jumps around a good deal".[11] A later review by Johanna Draper Carlson comments on the diversity of personalities in the second volume of the manga.[12] Johanna Draper Carlson at Comics Worth Reading comments on Fumi Yoshinaga's treatment of the manga like an anthology from her previous work, Antique Bakery.[13]'s Deb Aoki commends the manga for its "charming mix of slice of life comedy and high school romance" but criticises it for the author's assumption that the "reader knows and understands manga culture and otaku slang". She also criticises the manga for having too much dialogue.[14] Erin Finnegan at Pop Shock Culture comments on her uncertainty of the demographic of the manga.[15]'s Patricia Beard comments on the manga's realistic "small glimpses of school life".[16] Jason Thompson, writing for the appendix to Manga: The Complete Guide, describes Flower of Life as being Yoshinaga's "take on the high school comedy genre". While there is use of the "same basic elements" in terms of the plot, Thompson regards the characters as being "entirely original" and as being able to "carry the story".[17]

The fourth volume of Flower of Life was ranked 8th on the Tohan charts between May 29 and June 4, 2007.[18] In 2008, Yoshinaga was nominated for the Eisner Award for her work on The Moon and the Sandals and Flower of Life.[19] Flower of Life was nominated by the Young Adult Library Services Association for inclusion on its list of 2008 Great Graphic Novels for Teens.[20] Flower of Life was nominated for the first Manga Taishō award in 2008.[21]


  1. "Digital Manga Licenses Flower of Life". Anime News Network. 2006-08-05. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  2. Scott, Sheridan. "Flower of Life". (January 2007) Newtype USA. Volume 6, Number 1, page 145.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Script error
  4. 4.0 4.1 Script error
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Flower of Life Vol. 1". Digital Manga Publishing. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Flower of Life Vol. 4". Digital Manga Publishing. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  7. Script error
  8. "Flower of Life Vol. 2". Digital Manga Publishing. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  9. Script error
  10. "Flower of Life Vol. 3". Digital Manga Publishing. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  11. Draper Carlson, Johanna (July 7, 2007). "Flower of Life Book 1". Comics Worth Reading. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  12. Draper Carlson, Johanna (July 9, 2007). "Flower of Life Book 2". Comics Worth Reading. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  13. Draper Carlson, Johanna (July 20, 2007). "Flower of Life Book 3". Comics Worth Reading. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  14. Aoki, Deb. "Flower of Life Volume 1". Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  15. Finnegan, Erin (March 26, 2007). "March Manga Madness Reviews". Pop Shock Culture. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  16. Beard, Patricia (September 17, 2007). "Flower of Life Vol. #01". Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  17. Thompson, Jason (December 30, 2009). "365 Days of Manga, Day 106: Flower of Life". Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  18. "Japanese Comic Ranking, May 29–June 4". Anime News Network. 2007-06-06. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  19. "Manga Listed Among Eisner Award Nominees for 2008". Anime News Network. 2008-04-14. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  20. "Library Group Finalizes 'Great Graphic Novels' Nominations". Anime News Network. 2007-12-13. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  21. "12 Titles Nominated for 1st Ever Manga Taisho Awards (Updated)". Anime News Network. 2008-01-23. Retrieved 2009-04-15. 

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