Sano humiliated

Sano Izumi as appeared in manga

Sano Izumi is the male protagonist, who is the guy that Mizuki Ashiya likes and he is an excellent high jumper. He finds out that Mizuki is a girl early in the series, but does not tell anyone else and actually becomes very protective of her secret. Before Mizuki came to Japan, Sano had been injured in an accident when he saved his team captain from being hit by a car, causing him to quit high jumping for a while because he thought that he couldn't handle the pressure. But thanks to Mizuki's deal with her brother (Sano had to jump while her brother was in Japan, or Mizuki would have to come home), he was able to try again and was given a second chance to high jump. Sano soon falls in love with Mizuki, but cannot tell her because she thinks that if he found out her secret, she would have to leave. In the last chapter, he followed Mizuki to California, pursuing both his college and high jump career at UC Berkeley. He eventually is able to confess and even proposes to her in the special chapter. He originally never got along with his father or younger brother Shin, however with Mizuki's help, he does end up reconciling with them.

Differences in MediaEdit


Sano is humiliated while begging to rejoin team

Oguri Shun

Sano Izumi portrayed by Oguri Shun in Japanese 2007 series

In the Japanese live-action of Hana Kimi, Mizuki enrolls in Sano's school in order to get him to high jump again because of the guilt she feels (he had gotten injured saving her from a gang when he was in America for a competition. He did not realize that she is the girl he had saved).

In the Taiwanese drama, Sano got injured saving a friend from being hit by a car, not his coach and Mizuki decided to join the same school as him because he inspired her to lose weight.