This article is about the anime. For other uses, see Hana Yori Dango.

Boys over Flowers (花より男子 (はなよりだんご) Hana Yori Dango)[1] is an anime series based on the manga of the same name.[2] It originally aired from September 8, 1996[3] to August 31, 1997 for fifty-one episodes.[4] The anime was directed by Shigeyasu Yamauchi, and starred the voices of Maki Mochida, Naoki Miyashita, and Koji Yamamoto.[5]

In 1997, a short film was released while the anime was still airing. It is set in an alternate universe.[6][7] Boys Over Flowers has been released on VHS and DVD in Japan.[8] It was licensed by Viz Media for North America in 2003 to promote their release of the manga.[9] Discotek Media bought the license in August 2015[10] and released the entire series in a box-set in October 2016.[11]

After Tsukushi Makino (Mochida) begins attending Eitoku Academy, a chance event has her entangled with the F4 forever. Their leader, Tsukasa Domyoji (Miyashita), ends up falling for her, though she hates him at first. At the same time, she starts to like his friend, Rui Hanazawa (Yamamoto).


Tsukushi Makino (Maki Mochida), a second-year student at Eitoku Academy, feels out-of-place among her rich classmates. After seeing the environment the F4 has createed there, she decides to keep a low profile and begins counting the days to graduation. The F4 is a clique that holds control over the school and amuse themselves by bullying other students. One day, Tsukushi's friend, Makiko Endo (Fuko Misaki), angers the F4's leader Tsukasa Domyoji (Naoki Miyashita) when she accidentally trips and lands on him. When Tsukushi defends her, he sends her a red card instead. This signals the other students to start bullying her. Tsukasa later orders a group of students to attack Tsukushi, but another F4 member Rui Hanazawa (Koji Yamamoto) protects her. The next day, Tsukushi retaliates by kicking Tsukasa in the face and declaring war on the F4.[12]

Just when things are looking up for Tsukushi, Tsukasa kidnaps her and brings her to his house, where she is given a makeover and spa treatment. After trying to impress her with his wealth, he offers to let her spend time with him but she outright rejects him. Tsukasa still seems interested in her. At school, Yuriko Asai (Yoshiko Shimizu), Minako Yamano (Nami Sato), and Erika Ayuhara (Sahori Kajikawa) invite her to a party. However, it turns out to be an attempt to embarrass Tsukushi.[13] She gets revenge by revealing the girls true intentions to the party. The next day, they deliver a devastating blow to Tsukushi by informing her about Shizuka Todo (Keiko Imamura), Rui's first love. She then runs into the F4 members, Akira Mimasaka (Yuta Mochizuki) and Sojiro Nishikado (Yoshihiko Akaida), who tell her that Shizuka will soon return from France.[14]

After Shizuka arrives, Tsukushi decides to distance herself from the F4 in order to avoid being hurt. Her childhood friend, Kazuya Aoike (Yoji Ietomi), transfers to Eitoku in the meantime. Tsukasa becomes jealous of him and issues him a red card. Tsukushi confronts Tsukasa, which leads to an explosive fight. She then tries her best to protect Kazuya, but the bullies corner them in the university's cafeteria. Rui saves her and demands that the bullying stops.[15] This angers Tsukasa, who ends his friendship with Rui. Afterwards, Shizuka shows kindness by helping Tsukushi clean up in the girls' bathroom. She immediately begins to admire Shizuka. The next day, Tsukushi stays home with a fever. Tsukasa surprises her with a visit. He offers to pay for her to go on the school trip. She refuses, telling him she plans to go to Atami with Kazuya instead.[16]

Tsukushi's mother (Rumi Watanabe) and father (Nobuaki Suzuki) tag along on her trip to Atami with Kazuya. Once they get there, they are surprised by the sudden appearance of Tsukasa on his yacht. That night, Tsukushi attends his party after being dolled up by Shizuka. She fantasizes about being "Cinderella for a night" until it all comes crashing down when she accidentally kisses Tsukasa.[17] Upset about losing her first kiss, Tsukushi promptly runs off. The next day, she tries to explain the situation to Rui. He only laughs her off, saying "I don't care who you kiss." Tsukushi later returns to the yacht with Shizuka's dress. There she sees Rui confessing his feelings to Shizuka. Tsukushi is devastated, realizing just how much she liked him. Tsukasa and Kazuya walk up, having just gone fishing for squid. Tsukushi is cheered up slightly once Tsukasa starts a cookout.[18]

On the first day of the new semester, Tsukushi prepares herself to return to a nightmare while Tsukasa wakes up early in a good mood. She finds Rui at the emergency exit. Sometime later, Tsukasa searches for Rui and finds him with Tsukushi. Yuriko and her friends sweep in to show Tsukasa a video of Rui and Tsukushi during the Atami trip. He then smashes the recorder out of anger.[19] Feeling he has been made a fool of, Tsukasa goes on a rampage through the school. Teacher Urara Aoi (Yoko Koyanagi) manages to stop him. After school, Tsukushi returns to retrieve her books at the emergency exit, where she finds Tsukasa waiting. She runs away from him, but he catches up with her when she trips. He pins Tsukushi down and kisses her, only stopping when she starts crying. A few days later, she recounts the ordeal to her best friend Yuki Matsuoka (Kanako Tobimatsu).[20]

At Shizuka's birthday party, Tsukushi becomes annoyed at Tsukasa's nonchalant attitude. She starts to overeat to distract herself. On stage, Shizuka reveals her decision to leave her family in order to become a lawyer in France. Tsukushi wanders over to where Tsukasa is. She becomes sick, forcing him to take her home which she does not remember in the morning. Tsukushi later wonders whether she can win Rui now that Shizuka is leaving.[21] She becomes disgusted with herself for scheming instead of thinking of what Rui wants. She then pleads with Shizuka to stay in Japan for his sake, which he also happens to overhear. He gets mad, though more at himself than her. At the airport, Tsukushi and the others say goodbye to Shizuka. When Rui appears, Tsukushi yells at him to go after her. He shows them his airline ticket and thanks Tsukushi with a kiss on her forehead.[22]

Tsukasa asks Tsukushi on a date, but she does not hear him initially. She later fails to realize his meaning, when he gives her a time and place to meet. That Sunday, she goes out shopping for several hours with her mother. Tsukushi eventually goes to see Tsukasa, finding him waiting in the snow. They go to a cafe, where they get trapped in an elevator. Tsukasa develops a fever, which forces Tsukushi to take care of him. In the morning, the doors are finally opened by construction workers.[23] At school, a photo of Tsukushi and Tsukasa is circulated, leading everyone to believe they are dating. Neither deny the news for various reasons. Yuriko and her friends are suddenly nice to Tsukushi and invite her to go clubbing. There she meets Thomas (Yusuke Oguri), who reminds her of Rui. The next morning, she wakes up in a hotel room with no recollection of the previous night.[24]

Tsukushi sees Thomas again when she visits the house of a new friend, Sakurako Sanjo (Rumi Shishido). He agrees to keep their night together a secret, if she agrees to see him again. Later, Tsukushi helps the innocent Sakurako with her fear of boys by introducing her to the F4. For that reason, she is surprised to see Sakurako dancing center stage at a night club the following night.[25] A couple days later, a photo of Tsukushi and Thomas is posted at school causing the others students to bully her again. She confronts Thomas about it at Sakurako's house. There she learns that Sakurako is the actual culprit. She reveals her true self in a series of mean comments, such as calling Tsukushi an "ugly waste." Tsukushi does not back down, saying in response "Take a good look at yourself in the mirror and you'll see how twisted and deformed you are!"[26]

The next day, Tsukushi is attacked by her classmates when she arrives at school. Tsukasa shows up and orders them to stop. Sakurako then shows him the photos of Tsukushi and Thomas, which sends him into a state of shock. He walks away from Tsukushi, despite her pleas for him to believe her. Tsukasa ends up at Sakurako's house, where she confesses her feelings for him. Snapping out of his stupor, he rushes back to school to save Tsukushi.[27] He carries Tsukushi to his house. His maids escort her to the bathroom and then his room afterwards. After dressing her wounds, Tsukasa apologizes for her getting hurt. He tells her "I love you" and kisses her. Though she allows him to kiss her, Tsukushi is confused about his feelings and has no idea what to do. The next morning, after Tsukasa punishes her attackers, they are greeted by the newly returned Rui.[28]

Tsukasa claims to Rui that he and Tsukushi are now dating. Rui responds "That's too bad," before the F4 head off together. That afternoon, Tsukushi discovers her family's small apartment overrun with furniture sent by Tsukasa. She confronts him at a night club to take it all back. Tsukushi, however, becomes distracted when she sees Rui flirting and kissing a random girl.[29] The next day, he shocks her again when he asks "Why don't you forget Tsukasa and go out with me?" He then calls it a joke. After school, Tsukasa drags her onto his jet and heads to his family's island with the rest of the F4 and their dates. There Tsukushi finds herself constantly thinking of Rui and looking at him from afar. That night, she slips out of the room she is sharing with Tsukasa. She runs into Rui on the beach. He asks her to hold him, which she does after hesitating for a moment.[30]

After Rui lets Tsukushi go, he tells her about his days in France with Shizuka. Once she returns to the villa, Tsukushi lies to Tsukasa about going for a walk alone. He learns the truth the next morning. Shortly later, Kazuya and Sakurako arrive with news of Shizuka's engagement. That night, Tsukushi returns to the beach. She reveals to Rui that she cannot stop thinking of him. He then kisses her.[31] Tsukasa discovers the two of them together and punches Rui. Tsukushi realizes how much she has hurt Tsukasa after he tells her "I gave all my heart to you. But, you just smashed it into a thousand pieces." He later leaves the island by himself, forcing everyone to take Kazuya's boat home. When they return to school, Tsukasa kicks Rui out of the F4. He then ignores Tsukushi's attempt to apologize. Later, Rui asks Tsukushi on a date to cheer her up.[32]

That weekend, Tsukushi meets Rui for their date. It takes several awkward turns due to Rui's silence and Tsukushi's attempts at conversation. She finds herself thinking of Tsukasa and wondering how he would have handled certain situations. Rui invites her to his house, where he quickly falls asleep. On her way home, Tsukushi sees Tsukasa and Sakurako happily laughing together.[33] She is sorting through her conflicting emotions when a guy tries to flirt with her. Tsubaki Domyoji (Chiho Okawa) scares him off. She then drags Tsukushi to her house to rest for a moment. Tsukushi hides in time but it is eventually found by Tsukasa. Tsubaki saves her from his angry tirade. She later inferences that something had happened between Tsukushi and Tsukasa. Tsubaki tells Tsukushi "I wish you wouldn't give up on Tsukasa." She, however, feels she no longer has the right to.[34]

Tsukasa declares his intention to have Rui and Tsukushi expelled within a week. Akira and Sojiro attempt to talk him out of it since Rui has been their friend forever. He responds "I can't forgive him, especially because he's Rui." The next day, his attempt to threaten to the principal is thwarted by his sister. She suggests they settle the expulsions through sports instead. Rui proposes a three-on-three basketball match.[35] That evening, Tsukasa promises Tsukushi that he will cancel the match if she says she loves him. She remains silent and resists his attempt to kiss her, which he takes to be rejection. The next day, Tsukasa's team quickly earns points. Rui comes up with an idea to use Tsukasa's jealously against him. It works and the teams are nearly tied. At the last second, Tsukasa declares "I quit," ending the match. He then leaves after telling Tsukushi to do whatever she wants.[36]

Following the match, everyone except Tsukasa gather at the Domyojis' house. A drunk Tsubaki decides to lock Tsukushi and Rui in a room, after learning that they have not slept together. In the room, Rui reveals to Tsukushi that he is not over Shizuka yet. She thanks him for his honesty, though still sad. When Tsukasa arrives home, Tsubaki tells him about Tsukushi and Rui. He takes it calmly, though he is only masking his feelings.[37] After Tsukushi's family moves into a run-down apartment, they put pressure on her to marry rich. She later learns that Tsukasa is moving to New York. Despite feeling upset about it, Tsukushi does not try to stop him. Rui gives Tsukasa a message saying "Nothing happened between Makino and me," which he listens to on the plane. Now in Canada, Tsukasa calls Tsukushi to come get him just as she hears about her family's money problem.[38]

Tsukushi agrees to go to Canada when Tsukasa offers to loan her money. The other F4 guys take her there, along with Yuki. Yuriko and her friends tag along, which puts Tsukushi in a bad mood. The next day, a jealous Yuriko watches Tsukasa and Tsukushi chatting. She later lies to Tsukushi by saying she saw Yuki go outside. She immediately runs into the blizzard to find her.[39] After learning about Tsukushi, Tsukasa goes to save her. He finds her passed out in the snow. Once he wakes her, Tsukasa carries her to an empty cabin. There Tsukushi ends up sleeping in his arms next to a fire. The next morning, they are able to return to the villa. Tsukasa tries to kick Yuriko and her friends out, but Tsukushi says they can stay. Later that night, he tries to confess his feelings to her again, but she assumes he talking about the loan and promises to pay him back.[40]

After returning from Canada, Tsukushi feels nervous about seeing Tsukasa again. The two start arguing quickly once Akira and Sojiro tease them about what happened. Later, Tsukushi meets Junpei Oribe (Hiroki Takahashi) who says something that reminds her of herself. He asks her if she wants to be friends and offers to show her his secret. Junpei then brings her to a photo shoot, where he ropes her into modeling with him.[41] One of the photos is chosen for the a magazine cover. An angry Tsukasa confronts her about it. Junpei provokes him into beating him up. Tsukushi then confesses to feeling "suffocated" by him. Before she walks away with Junpei, Tsukasa declares that he loves her. The next day, Tsukushi is nearly hit by a potted plant. Junpei speculates that Tsukasa is behind it. She does not think so until she receives a red card the following morning.[42]

Cast and characters



Guest starring[44]

Minor voices[45]


  • Original work: Boys Over Flowers by Yoko Kamio
  • Series director: Shigeyasu Yamauchi
  • Script writers: Aya Matsui, Genki Yoshimura, Reiko Yoshida, Yumi Kageyama
  • Episode directors: Akinori Yabe, Atsutoshi Umezawa, Ryo Tachiba, Shigeyasu Yamauchi, Takao Iwai, Yasuo Yamayoshi, Yoshihiro Oka
  • Producers: Hiromi Seki (Toei Animation), Takashi Horiuchi (Asatsu), Tetsu Rotake (ABC), Yasuo Kameyama (Asatsu)
  • Series coordination: Yumi Kageyama
  • Music: Michiru Oshima
  • Production chief: Atsunori Kazama
  • Art directors: Shinzo Yuki, Yuki Yukie, Tomoko Ide
  • Animation directors: Chuji Nakajima, Hiroyuki Kawano, Mitsuru Aoyama, Tomoko Ito, Toshie Kawamura, Yasuhiro Namatame, Yoshihiko Umakoshi
  • Color scheme: Kunio Tsujita
  • Character design: Yoshihiko Umakoshi
  • Costume design: Toshie Kawamura


Main article: Boys Over Flowers (anime)/Episodes



Promo photo for Hana Yori Dango: The Movie

Boys Over Flowers was a co-production between Toei Animation, Asatsu-DK, and Asahi Broadcasting Corporation. Similarly themed series, Marmalade Boy and Gokinjo Monogatari, had also aired on Asahi's 8:30 AM time slot on Sundays.[47] Boys Over Flowers creator Yoko Kamio was surprised when she learned the series was being adapted into an anime, considering it had already been made into an audio drama and film. Kamio met with the staff to approve the character sketches and cels. She was also able to meet the voice actors.[48]

Hana Yori Dango: The Movie premiered at the Spring Toei Anime Fair on March 8, 1997 while the anime was still airing.[49] The staff and cast of the series also worked on the film. It is set in an alternate universe, where Tsukushi has aspirations of becoming a professional dancer.[7]

Home media

Main article: Boys Over Flowers home media

Japan first released the anime on twelve video cassettes sometime in the late 1990s. The VHS release was for rental purposes only.[50][8] In 2006, they released the series and the film on a DVD box set.[51] It was also published onto nine separate DVDs in 2007.[5] Viz Media licensed the series for a North American release in 2003 to coincide with their publication of the manga.[9] Boys Over Flowers was released onto a total of twelve individual DVDs on the "Viz Video" label.[52] Discotek Media bought the license in August 2015[10] and re-released the anime on a DVD box set on October 25, 2016.[11]



Encore Piece from Tsukushi

Main article: Encore Piece from Tsukushi

The opening theme song for the anime was "Ordinary Sunday" performed by Tomohiko Kikuta. It was released in October 1996 as a single paired with the ending theme, "Kenka no Atode," also by Kikuta.[53] The ending theme was switched to "Todoku Kana" by CaYOCO at the end of the thirty-third episode.[54] It was also released as a single in May 1997.[55]

In December 1996, an album titled Variations "Hana-Dan" was released. Like the title suggests it consists of remixed versions of the main theme songs and background music.[56] The soundtrack, Encore Piece from Tsukushi, was released in May 1997.[57] It is also considered the soundtrack to Hana Yori Dango: The Movie.


Main article: Boys Over Flowers merchandise

Boys Over Flowers partnered with Bandai to create several toys and beauty products for the anime. Several of which are featured heavily throughout the series, notably the "Inspee" and "Voicel." Banpresto also released a series of plush dolls modeled after the main characters. Other miscellaneous items include coloring books, calendars, pencils, stationary, and sketchbooks, as well as several series' of cards. A guide book to the anime was released in June 1997.


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  • Since the anime ended before the manga was completed, episodes forty-six through fifty-one are original in order to wrap up the story.[58]
  • All fifty-one episodes were rebroadcast on Niconico Live for four days from May 21 to 24, 2016.[59]


  1. The series has also been released as Hana Yori Dango by Discotek Media in North America.
  2. Boys Over Flowers: Jewelry Box
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  5. 5.0 5.1 (Japanese)
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  7. 7.0 7.1 (Japanese)
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  12. Episode 1: "Declaration of War!", Boys Over Flowers
  13. Episode 2: "No Brand Girl!", Boys Over Flowers
  14. Episode 3: "I Won't be Hurt!", Boys Over Flowers
  15. Episode 4: "The Ordinary Duo!", Boys Over Flowers
  16. Episode 5: "Me, Him... and the Other Guy!", Boys Over Flowers
  17. Episode 6: "Cinderella for a Night," Boys Over Flowers
  18. Episode 7: "Atami Night Love," Boys Over Flowers
  19. Episode 8: "The Nightmare of the Fall Term!!," Boys Over Flowers
  20. Episode 9: "Tsukasa Domyoji Snaps!," Boys Over Flowers
  21. Episode 10: "The Woman Who Gave Up Everything," Boys Over Flowers
  22. Episode 11: "Love Beyond the Horizon," Boys Over Flowers
  23. Episode 12: "A Date in the Snow," Boys Over Flowers
  24. Episode 13: "Love Moves Too Fast," Boys Over Flowers
  25. Episode 14: "Sakurako's Secret," Boys Over Flowers
  26. Episode 15: "Get Lost!!," Boys Over Flowers
  27. Episode 16: "Please Believe Me!," Boys Over Flowers
  28. Episode 17: "Mine at Last," Boys Over Flowers
  29. Episode 18: "Will You Go Out with Me?," Boys Over Flowers
  30. Episode 19: "Be Still My Beating Heart," Boys Over Flowers
  31. Episode 20: "Night of Betrayal," Boys Over Flowers
  32. Episode 21: "The Crime and Punishment of a Kiss," Boys Over Flowers
  33. Episode 22: "A Bewildering First Date!," Boys Over Flowers
  34. Episode 23: "The Arrival of Tsubaki Domyoji!," Boys Over Flowers
  35. Episode 24: "Love's Tempest! Being Expelled!?," Boys Over Flowers
  36. Episode 25: "Two Ways to Love," Boys Over Flowers
  37. Episode 26: "Sleepless Night!," Boys Over Flowers
  38. Episode 27: "Tsukasa Goes to New York!!," Boys Over Flowers
  39. Episode 28: "Tsukushi Goes to Canada!!," Boys Over Flowers
  40. Episode 29: "His Body Against Mine," Boys Over Flowers
  41. Episode 30: "Do You Want a Friend?," Boys Over Flowers
  42. Episode 31: "Shock! Horror! Another Red Card!," Boys Over Flowers
  43. Hana Yori Dango: Margaret Anime Album
  44. 44.0 44.1 Hana Yori Dango on Japanese Wikipedia
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  47. Boys Over Flowers on Japanese Wikipedia
  48. Boys Over Flowers volume 14, side-columns
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  50. Hana Yori Dango FF
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