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Keiji (manga)

Hana no Keiji
Cover of the first volume of the Jump Comics edition
花の慶次 -雲のかなたに-
(Hana no Keiji -Kumo no Kanata ni-)
Written by Tetsuo Hara
Published by Shueisha
English publisher Gutsoon! Entertainment
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
Original run 19901993
Volumes 18
Developer TOSE
Publisher Yojigen
Genre Fighting
Platform Super Famicom
Released November 18, 1994
Gifu Dodo!! Naoe Kanetsugu - Maeda Keiji Tsuki Gatari
義風堂々 直江兼続 -前田慶次月語り-
Written by Tetsuo Hara &
Nobuhiko Horie
Illustrated by Yuji Takemura
Published by Shinchosha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Weekly Comic Bunch
Original run 20082010
Volumes 9
Gifu Dodo!! Naoe Kanetsugu - Maeda Keiji Sake Gatari
義風堂々!!直江兼続 -前田慶次酒語り-
Written by Tetsuo Hara
Nobuhiko Horie
Illustrated by Yuji Takemura
Published by Tokuma Shoten
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Monthly Comic Zenon
Original run October 25, 2010January 25, 2014
Volumes 10
Anime television series
Gifu Dodo!! Kanetsugu to Keiji
義風堂々!! 兼続と慶次
Directed by Bob Shirahata
Produced by Naoki Miya
Written by Yasuhiro Imagawa
Music by Kazsin
Studio Studio Deen
Licensed by North Stars Pictures
Network TV Tokyo
Original run July 2, 2013December 17, 2013
Episodes 25
Gifu Dodo!! Naoe Kanetsugu - Maeda Keiji Hana Gatari
義風堂々!!直江兼続 -前田慶次花語り-
Written by Tetsuo Hara
Nobuhiko Horie
Illustrated by Masato Deguti
Published by Tokuma Shoten
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Monthly Comic Zenon
Original run March 25, 2014 – ongoing

Keiji (花の慶次 -雲のかなたに- Hana no Keiji -Kumo no Kanata ni-, lit. "The Flowery Keiji: At the Other Side of the Clouds") is a period manga authored by Tetsuo Hara, which was serialized in the Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1990 to 1993. It is an adaptation of the novel Ichi-Mu-An Fūryūki (一夢庵風流記) by Keiichiro Ryu and serves as a fictionalized account of the life of Keiji Maeda. Hana no Keiji is one of Weekly Shōnen Jump's best-selling manga series of all time, with over 17 million copies sold.[1]


  • Main characters 1
  • Publication 2
  • Related media 3
  • Related works 4
    • Cast 4.1
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Main characters

Maeda Keiji (前田 慶次)
A tall military commander who is said to be the best "kabukimono" on Earth. Although the son of Takigawa Kazumasu, he was adopted by Maeda Toshihisa, Toshiie's older brother. Despite this, Toshiie dislikes him. A free-spirited warrior who lives by his own will. His beloved horse is named Matsukaze (松風).
Sutemaru (捨丸)
A pint-sized shinobi who formerly served Yotsui Shume. Even though his younger brother was trampled to death by Keiji and his horse Matsukaze, he becomes fascinated with Keiji to the point of infatuation and becomes his follower.
Ganbei (岩兵衛)
A character original to the manga. A resident from the Village of Seven Faces who has the face of an oni. He fought against Keiji at first in order to rescue his adoptive daughter Ofū, but comes to admire Keiji's character and eventually becomes one of his followers. He possesses enormous strength, as well as the ability to read minds.
Ofū (おふう)
Matsu (まつ)
Maeda Toshiie (前田 利家)


Hana no Keiji was originally published as a one-shot manga published in issue 50 of 1989 of the Weekly Shōnen Jump. The serialized version was published in Weekly Shōnen Jump as well from issue 13 of 1990 to issue 33 of 1993. 18 tankōbon editions were published under the Jump Comics imprint. The series was republished in a 10-volume bunkokan edition by Shueisha and a 15-volume kanzenban edition by Tokuma Shoten from 2004 to 2005.

An English version of the manga was serialized in the short-lived anthology Raijin Comics published by the now-defunct Gutsoon! Entertainment, where the first 24 chapters were printed, although no collected volumes were published. Solicitations were released for the first two unpublished collected volumes under the Raijin Graphic Novels imprint.

Related media

  • Shueisha released an audiobook version of Hana no Keiji on December 1993. The audiobook stars Akio Ōtsuka as the voice of Keiji Maeda.
  • A Hana no Keiji video game was developed by TOSE and published by Yojigen for the Super Famicom on November 18, 1994. It is a competitive weapon-based fighting game which adapts the storyline of the manga from the beginning and up until the Fūma Kotarō arc.

Related works

After the conclusion of Keiji, Tetsuo Hara adapted another of Keiichiro Ryu's novels titled Kagemusha Tokugawa Ieyasu, centering around Tokugawa Ieyasu '​s body double. It was followed by a spinoff titled Sakon, centering around Sakon Shima. In 2008, a Keiji spinoff titled Gifū Dōdō!! Naoe Kanetsugu, written by Tetsuo Hara and Nobuhiko Horie and illustrated by Yuji Takemura, began to be serialized in the Weekly Comic Bunch.[2] The latter title has been adapted into a TV anime aired first on July 2, 2013, entitled Gifū Dōdō!! Kanetsugu to Keiji, and streaming on Crunchyroll.[3]



  1. ^ "Top Manga Properties in 2008 - Rankings and Circulation Data". Comipress. 2008-12-31. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
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