While in California, I stopped by a Japanese bookstore and bought all four volumes of Kaze Hikaru that they had on impulse.
Volumes 36, 37, 38, 39.
The last time I had a chance to skim through them at a manga cafe was around 36, and I had hoped that buying these would bring me closer to whatever conclusion they are doomed to head toward.
But. It's. Still. Going.
It looks like it will stretch out forever, what with the characters who are still alive and kicking for now (or in Okita's case, at least alive). And now that I've started I'm afraid I'm going to keep.