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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).

Summary

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]

Cast and characters

Starring

Costarring[29][30]

Guest starring[30]

Minor voices[31]

Staff

  • 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

Episodes

Main article: Boys Over Flowers (anime)/Episodes

Short film

Anime-movie

Promo photo for Hana Yori Dango: The Movie

Main article: Hana Yori Dango: The Movie

Hana Yori Dango: The Movie premiered at the Spring Toei Anime Fair on March 8, 1997.[33] The staff and cast of the anime series also worked on the film. The movie is set in an alternate universe, where Tsukushi has aspirations of becoming a dancer on Broadway.[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.[34][8] In 2006, they released the series and the film on a DVD box set.[35] 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.[36] Discotek Media bought the license in August 2015[10] and re-released the anime on a DVD box set on October 25, 2016.[11]

Music

Encore-Piece

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.[37] The ending theme was switched to "Todoku Kana" by CaYOCO at the end of the thirty-third episode.[38] It was also released as a single in May 1997.[39]

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.[40] The soundtrack, Encore Piece from Tsukushi, was released in May 1997.[41] It is also considered the soundtrack to Hana Yori Dango: The Movie.

Merchandise

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.

Gallery

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Notes

References

  1. The series has also been released as Hana Yori Dango by Discotek Media in North America.
  2. Boys Over Flowers: Jewelry Box
  3. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/hanadan/001.html (Japanese)
  4. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/hanadan/051.html (Japanese)
  5. 5.0 5.1 https://www.toei-video.co.jp/special/hanadan/ (Japanese)
  6. http://corp.toei-anim.co.jp/en/film/detail.php?id=318 (Japanese)
  7. 7.0 7.1 http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/movie/Animfair97/dango/home.html (Japanese)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 http://niko-niko.net/hana/anime.html
  9. 9.0 9.1 http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2003-05-26/hana-yori-dango-anime-licensed
  10. 10.0 10.1 http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-08-27/discotek-adds-hana-yori-dango-07-ghost-beelzebub-kyousougiga-getter-robo-armageddon-z-x-ignition-karate-master/.92209
  11. 11.0 11.1 https://www.amazon.com/Hana-Yori-Dango-Anime-Movie/dp/B01L7JFJ9O/
  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. Hana Yori Dango: Margaret Anime Album
  30. 30.0 30.1 Hana Yori Dango on Japanese Wikipedia
  31. https://www.mau2.com/anime/hanayoridango/casts (Japanese)
  32. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/hanadan/story1.html (Japanese)
  33. http://wikimon.net/File:1997_spring_toei_anime_fair_poster.jpg
  34. Hana Yori Dango FF
  35. http://www.oricon.co.jp/news/17631/full/ (Japanese)
  36. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00080Z76E/ (Japanese)
  37. https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B000064CBQ/ (Japanese)
  38. http://hyd.owarinai.net/music.php
  39. https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B000064CC4/ (Japanese)
  40. https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B000064C7T/ (Japanese)
  41. http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B000064C89/ (Japanese)
  42. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/hanadan/index.html (Japanese)

See also


v - e - dBoys Over Flowers anime
Episodes

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30
31 | 32 | 33 | 34 | 35 | 36 | 37 | 38 | 39 | 40 | 41 | 42 | 43 | 44 | 45 | 46 | 47 | 48 | 49 | 50 | 51

Music

Encore Piece from Tsukushi | "Ordinary Sunday" | "Todoku Kana" | Variations "Hana-Dan"

Other

Anime Album | Hana Yori Dango: The Movie | Home media | Merchandise | Toei Animation 80s-90s Girls

External links

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