Hana Nochi Hare: Hanadan Next Season (花のち晴れ 〜花男 Next Season〜) is a television drama based on Yoko Kamio's sequel to her hit manga Boys Over Flowers. The drama was directed by Yasuharu Ishii and produced by Katsuaki Setoguchi, who both worked on Hana Yori Dango (2005) and its sequels.
The story takes place after Hana Yori Dango Final (2008). Hana Sugisaki stars as the series' heroine, Oto Edogawa. Sho Hirano and Taishi Nakagawa play opposite her as Haruto Kaguragi and Tenma Hase. Hana Nochi Hare premiered on April 17, 2018 on TBS and concluded on June 26. It was released on DVD in October 2018.
Oto (Sugisaki) is a student at Eitoku Academy, which is now ruled by the C5. She keeps her "commoner" status a secret, so she may remain at school. One day, she and the C5's leader, Haruto (Hirano), learn each other's secret. After a bad first impression, the two eventually become friends.
After her father's company went bankrupt, Oto Edogawa (Hana Sugisaki) has kept it a secret from her classmates at Eitoku Academy. She tries her best to avoid the C5, who "hunt" down the school's poor students. Haruto Kaguragi (Sho Hirano) formed the group with his comrades Kaito Taira (Tatsuomi Hamada), Airi Maya (Mio Imada), Sugimaru Eibi (Keisuke Nakata), and Issa Narumiya (Jin Suzuki). One day, Haruto sees Oto at her part-time job and she learns about his secret hobby. He tries to intimidate her into leaving school, though she gets the upper hand by blackmailing him. Haruto then attempts to make her fall in love with him. Oto, however, slaps him with a piece of meat, after he insults her friend and coworker, Arisa Konno (Haruka Kinami). Haruto chases after her and ends up saving her from a male coworker.
Oto later reveals to Haruto that staying at Eitoku is a condition of her arranged engagement to Tenma Hase (Taishi Nakagawa). In shock, Haruto insults Oto. The C5 disguise themselves and sneak into Momonozono Academy, Eitoku's rival. They are quickly spotted, but Tenma, the student president, covers for them. After meeting Tenma, Haruto finds himself at Oto's work and he apologizes for his earlier comment. The next morning, Haruto admits his feelings for Oto to Kaito. Airi leaks to the whole school about Oto being a "commoner". Oto decides to quit, but the other students begin bullying her anyway. Tenma, having paid her tuition, arrives in time to save her. Haruto feels guilty about the incident and visits her at the hospital. Oto and Haruto are friends again, when Konno invites them to hang out with her and boyfriend, Mi-tan (Kenta Hamano).
Airi asks Oto to be her friend, after apologizing. She wins Oto over by telling her about her childhood. A few days later, Airi goes out with Oto and Haruto. She tricks Oto into a walk-in freezer, in which she trapped Tenma earlier. Haruto rushes to help them and severs his friendship with Airi. The next day, Airi goes missing but Haruto is unconcerned. Oto finds her at an abandoned factory. Haruto then arrives and carries Airi home. At Issa's ikebana exhibit, Haruto accidentally meets Megumi Nishidome (Marie Iitoyo) in the onsen. She visits Eitoku the next day to return his wallet. Seeing them together makes Oto jealous and she refuses to listen to Haruto's explanation. Several days later, Oto goes on a date with Tenma. They run into Megumi, who asks if she can pursue Haruto. Oto says "Go right ahead." She later asks Tenma to be her official boyfriend, not just a fiancé.
Megumi attempts to cheer up a depressed Haruto by taking him to an amusement park. There they happen to see Oto and Tenma. The two couples spend an uneasy day together, after Megumi suggests a double date. That night, Oto realizes that she has to settle things with Haruto in order to reassure Tenma. Haruto tells Oto that he loves her. She thanks him for being honest but restates that she is dating Tenma. After being rejected, Haruto tries to focus on being the C5's leader and start "peasant hunts" again. Oto worries that she caused Haruto's change as she prepares to transfer to Momonozono. After a fight with his father (Kenichi Takito), she finds Haruto and reminds him to be himself. The next day, he makes an impassioned speech to his classmates, deciding to quit "peasant hunts."
After Eitoku is vandalized, Haruto decides to seriously consider dating Megumi and starts planning her birthday party. Meanwhile, Tenma's parents Kazuma (Tet Wada) and Rie (Saki Takaoka) are convinced that he is being treated poorly by Oto. They arrange a dinner to discuss things, causing her to miss Megumi's party. She ends up going anyway to warn the others about a shady waiter, the vandal from earlier. Haruto later explains everything to Tenma's parents. The next day, Oto is attacked by a stranger with mace. She later learns that Tenma's friend Jin Konoe (Riku Kashima) is behind all of the attacks on Eitoku. Tenma thinks she is mistaken, but Haruto believes her. Tenma later confronts Haruto, who admits that he has not giving up on Oto. Haruto's father witnesses his son's attempts to fight Tenma and proposes a competition between the two.
Oto realizes that she has feelings for Haruto, but decides to stay with Tenma. Nevertheless, she becomes upset with the C5, whom do not believe Haruto has a chance against Tenma. They are moved by her words to support him and later recruit the help of Sojiro Nishikado (Shota Matsuda). Meanwhile, Megumi struggles with her emotions since Haruto has to stay with her if he loses per his father's conditions. After losing the first round, Haruto pulls a surprise win in the second. Megumi makes up her mind to support him and breaks up with him, though it causes her pain. Haruto ultimately wins the whole competition, earning a bit of approval from his father. Tenma later ends his engagement with Oto and encourages her to "follow [her] feelings." Oto then rushes toward Yebisu Garden Place, where Haruto had promised to wait for her earlier.
Cast and characters
Class 2-D students
- Original work: Boys Over Flowers Season 2 by Yoko Kamio
- Screenplay: Erika Yoshida
- Producer: Katsuaki Setoguchi
- Cooperation producer: Ayana Saito
- Directors: Yasuharu Ishii, Toshio Tsuboi, Shingo Okamoto, Aya Matsuki
- Production: TBS
- Music: Takashi Ohmama, Yoshihisa Hirano, Masato Suzuki, Yuri Habuka
- Main article: Hana Nochi Hare: Hanadan Next Season/Episodes
|1||"A new chapter of Hanadan opens!"|
"Hanadan shinshō kaimaku" (花男新章開幕!)
|April 17, 2018|
|2||"Sneaking into the rival school!? Clash!! Weakling guy vs. the fated fiancé"|
"Raibaru-kō ni sennyū!? Gekitotsu!! Hetare danshi vs. unmei no konyakusha"
|April 24, 2018|
|3||"A commoner's desperate situation! Her savior...a weakling!? Or her fiancé!?"|
"Shomin bare zettaizetsumei! Kyūseishu wa...hetare otoko!? Konyakusha!?"
|May 1, 2018|
|4||"Sadistic devil's counterattack, parting tears... New rival appears!"|
"Do S koakuma no gyakushū, namida no wakare...shin raibaru tōjō!
|May 8, 2018|
|5||"A rival in love appears! Love square starts!? First time confessing love!?"|
"Koigataki genru! Shikaku kankei sutāto!? Jinsei hatsu no ai no kokuhaku!?"
|May 15, 2018|
|6||"Fateful double date!! Confession tears, and then a first kiss"|
"Unmei no W dēto! ! Namida no kokuhaku, soshite hajimete no kisu!"
|May 22, 2018|
|7||"Domyoji's house again!! Bye-bye, young man"|
"Dōmyōji-tei futatabi!! Bai bai hetare danshi"
|May 29, 2018|
|8||"A birthday party of love and friendship! Staking an engagement on a dinner party"|
"Ai to yūjō no tanjō pātī! Konyaku o kaketa shokujikai"
|June 5, 2018|
|9||"Love's destiny and marvel, really liking someone!?"|
"Unmei no koi to kiseki no koi, hontō ni sukina hito wa!?"
|June 12, 2018|
|10||"Risking love and pride on the final battle! The victor is..."|
"Ai to puraido o kaketa saishū kessen! Katsu no wa..."
|June 19, 2018|
|11||"The strongest love comedy finally concludes! I can be myself with the person I like"|
"Saikyō rabukome tsuini kanketsu! Jibun rashiku irareru sukina hito"
|June 26, 2018|
ProductionOn January 24, 2018, an adaptation of Yoko Kamio's Boys Over Flowers Season 2, a sequel to her Boys Over Flowers, was announced. Up-and-coming actors Hana Sugisaki, Taishi Nakagawa, and singer Sho Hirano were cast as the series' leads Oto Edogawa, Tenma Hase, and Haruto Kaguragi. Hana Yori Dango's Katsuaki Setoguchi and Yasuharu Ishii returned as producer and director with Heroine Shikkaku writer Erika Yoshida. Hana Nochi Hare is a sequel to Hana Yori Dango Final (2008), which in turn is a sequel to TBS's Hana Yori Dango (2005) and Hana Yori Dango Returns (2007).
Auditions for various roles were held on January 28, 2018, while wardrobe fittings began on February 9. The Correct 5's jackets were made by the French company, Dormeuil. On February 17, Tatsuomi Hamada, Marie Iitoyo, Mio Imada, Jin Suzuki, and Keisuke Nakata were added to the cast. Shooting begin in late February. Some of the locations were also used for Hana Yori Dango, notably Yebisu Garden Place.
Hana Nochi Hare began airing on TBS on April 17, 2018. It aired on Tuesdays at 22:00 for eleven episodes. The average rating for the series was 8.3%. It was broadcast in Taiwan on the Videoland Japan Channel as Meteor Garden C5, starting in July 2018. In June 2019, Hana Nochi Hare began airing in the Philippines on the Asianovela Channel. The series has also aired in Hong Kong.
PromotionAn official Twitter account and web page for Hana Nochi Hare was created on January 23, 2018. On February 16, an Instagram account was launched under the username, "oto_edogawa". It is also referred to as "Oto Gram" (
Sugisaki, Nakagawa, and Iitoyo walked the runway at the Tokyo Girls Collection (TGC) show on March 31, 2018. On April 7, a special preview of Hana Nochi Hare was shown. Over 10,000 people applied to attend, but only 200 were selected. The stars of the drama walked the red carpet, before the preview.
On March 10, Sugisaki, Hirano, and Nakagawa were interviewed on King's Brunch as a part of the segment, "New Spring Drama Report". Hirano's band King & Prince performed the series' theme song, "Cinderella Girl" on "CDTV Special! Graduation Song Music Festival" in late March. Nakagawa and Sugisaki were also interviewed on the program. On March 31, Sugisaki, Hirano, Nakagawa, Hamada, Iitoyo, Haruka Kinami, Saki Takaoka, and Momoko Kikuchi appeared on TBS's All-Star Thanksgiving.
Hirano and Nakagawa were interviewed in the April issue of TVfan Cross. Sugisaki and Hirano graced the cover of Weekly The Television (
|Japan (DVD & blu-ray)|
|October 26, 2018|
(DVD and blu-ray)
- Main article: Hana Nochi Hare Original Soundtrack
King & Prince's debut single "Cinderella Girl" served as the show's theme song. It was released on May 23, 2018. Hikaru Utada performed the drama's insert song, "Hatsukoi" ("First Love"). Utada previously wrote and performed "Flavor of Life" for Hana Yori Dango Returns.
|97th Television Drama Academy Awards|
|Hana Sugisaki||Best Actress||Nominated|||
|"Cinderella Girl"||Best Theme Song|
- Author Yoko Kamio gifted illustrations to Sho Hirano, Hana Sugisaki, and Taishi Nakagawa of their respective characters in March 2018.
- Due to a policy of Hirano's agency Johnny & Associates, he was not featured on Hana Nochi Hare's social media accounts. Only one exception was made to celebrate Hirano's song debut with the show's theme song.
- Takashi Sorimachi, who plays Oto's father, is married to Nanako Matsushima. She appeared in the preceding series' as Tsubaki Domyoji.
- Hana Nochi Hare was one of several shows made available for free on Paravi in response to school closures during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.
|Hana Nochi Hare (2018)|
|Hana Yori Dango Final||None|