This article is about the series. 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), officially abbreviated as Hana-dan (花男 () ),[2] is a manga series written and illustrated by Yoko Kamio. The manga was published in the magazine, Margaret by Shueisha from March 1992 to August 2003.[1] Viz Media licensed the series for release in North America, including the anime in 2003.[3][4] Discotek Media re-released the anime in October 2016.[5]

The series was first adapted into a series of audio dramas in 1993 and 1994 starring SMAP member, Takuya Kimura.[6][2] It was followed by a 1995 film starring Yuki Uchida, and a 1996 anime series.[1] The manga was also adapted into several television series, including Meteor Garden (2001) in Taiwan,[7] Hana Yori Dango (2005) in Japan,[8] and Boys Over Flowers (2009) in South Korea,[9] as well as various unauthorized and/or loosely-based versions.[10][11] In January 2016, a musical adaptation premiered.[12]

The manga follows pauper, Tsukushi Makino at the elite school, Eitoku Academy, and her run-ins with the school's clique, the F4. Kamio began a sequel to the series in February 2015, also set at Eitoku with a new clique, the Correct 5.[13]


Tsukushi Makino, a second-year student, comes from a poor family, but attends the rich and prestigious school, Eitoku Academy. The school is ruled by the F4, four handsome sons of billionaires, who bully anyone who defies them. Tsukushi attempts to ignore their antics, until her friend anger their leader, Tsukasa Domyoji. She stands up for her friend and receives a red card, the F4's "declaration of war". Tsukushi is then constantly bullied by the other students and Tsukasa, who sends goons to scare her. The F4's mysterious member, Rui Hanazawa saves her and Tsukushi begins to have feelings for him. Meanwhile, Tsukasa begins to harbor a crush on Tsukushi, after she punches him.

Unfortunately for Tsukushi, Rui only holds affections for his first love, Shizuka Todo, who has returned from France. Shizuka declares her freedom from her family and moves back to France. Tsukushi encourages Rui to follow her. In Rui's absence, Tsukasa and Tsukushi begin to grow closer.



Viz Media eBook release

Main article: List of Boys Over Flowers chapters

Boys Over Flowers was serialized in the manga magazine, Margaret from March 1992 to August 2003. The series reached thirty-six volumes in length by the end of it's run. Yoko Kamio penned a special chapter of the series in 2006 and another two in 2008, leading to the release of the thirty-seventh volume, titled Boys Over Flowers: Jewelry Box by Viz Media. Shueisha published all thirty-seven volumes of the manga in Japan, and later reprinted the series into twenty volumes for the "Complete Edition".[1][14] It was licensed and released in North America by Viz Media.[3]

In 1996, the manga won the 41st Shogakukan Manga Award for the shojo category.[15] The series is currently the best-selling shojo manga of all time, having sold over 53 million copies[16] with a total 61 million copies in circulation.[17]


Main article: Boys Over Flowers Season 2

Yoko Kamio began a sequel to the series titled, Boys Over Flowers Season 2 on February 15, 2015. It is simultaneously released on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+, and Viz's official website and app.[13] The series' seventh volume was published on August 4, 2017.[18]


See also: List of adaptations of Boys Over Flowers

Drama CDs


Cover of the first CD

Main article: Hana Yori Dango (drama CDs)

Hana Yori Dango was adapted into a series of three audio dramas from July 1993 to July 1994.[6] All three were released on cassette and CD book.[1] The audio drama starred Takuya Kimura (from the boy band SMAP) as Rui Hanazawa, Chisa Yokoyama as Tsukushi Makino, and Takumi Nishio as Tsukasa Domyoji. Yoko Kamio sat in for part of the recording and was happy with the results. Kamio and Kimura later posed for pictures, which were published in Margaret.[19][2]

Live-action film


Hana Yori Dango DVD

Main article: Hana Yori Dango (film)

The first live-action adaptation of Hana Yori Dango was released on August 19, 1995. The film starred Yuki Uchida as Tsukushi Makino, Shosuke Tanihara as Tsukasa Domyoji and Naohito Fujiki as Rui Hanazawa.[20] The movie was released on VHS[21] and DVD in Japan.[22]

The theme songs for the film were Uchida's "Baby's Growing Up" and TRF's "Overnight Sensation".



DVD box set release

Main article: Boys Over Flowers (anime)

The anime was directed by Shigeyasu Yamauchi and produced by Toei Animation, Asatsu-DK, and ABC TV. It originally aired from September 8, 1996 to August 31, 1997 for fifty-one episodes.[23] The anime has been released on video cassette in 1997 and on DVD in 2006.[24] It was licensed for released in North America by Viz in 2003,[4] and by Discotek Media in 2015.[25]

Hana Yori Dango: The Movie, a short film, was released on March 8, 1997 at the Spring Toei Anime Fair.[26][27] The film is set in alternate universe, where Tsukushi is an aspiring dancer on Broadway.[28]

Television dramas



Meteor Garden

Main article: Meteor Garden

Meteor Garden was the first television drama adapted from Boys Over Flowers.[29] It was produced by Angie Chai and directed by Tsai Yueh Hsun. The series aired on the free-to-air CTS from April 12, 2001 to August 16, 2001. Barbie Hsu, Jerry Yan, and Vic Chou starred as Shan Cai (Tsukushi), Dao Ming Si (Tsukasa), and Hua Ze Lei (Rui).

The drama was followed by a side story, Meteor Rain (2001), and a sequel, Meteor Garden II (2002).[30] Chai is currently working on a reboot of Meteor Garden to be released sometime in 2018.[31]



Hana Yori Dango drama

Main article: Hana Yori Dango (Japanese drama)

A Japanese adaptation of Hana Yori Dango aired from October 21, 2005 to December 16, 2005 for nine episodes.[32] Mao Inoue, Jun Matsumoto, Shun Oguri, Shota Matsuda, and Tsuyoshi Abe starred in the drama as Tsukushi and the F4 members.[8][33] The drama had high ratings with it peaking at 22.4%.[1]

Hana Yori Dango Returns, a sequel, was released in 2007 for broadcast on TBS.[34] The sequel also enjoyed high ratings, peaking at 27.6% for the final episode.[1] The series was concluded with the film, Hana Yori Dango Final in 2008.[35] The film was a box office success in Japan, earning over seven billion yen.[36] An upcoming adaptation of Boys Over Flowers Season 2 is also a sequel to Hana Yori Dango.[37]

South Korea


Boys Over Flowers

Main article: Boys Over Flowers (Korean drama)

In late 2008, a South Korean television adaptation of Boys Over Flowers was announced.[38] The drama aired from January 5, 2009 to March 31, 2009 for twenty-five episodes on KBS2. It starred Ku Hye-sun (Geum Jan-di), Lee Min-ho (Gu Jun-pyo), Kim Hyun-joong (Yoon Ji-hoo), Kim Bum (So Yi-jung), and Kim Joon (Song Woo-bin).[39]

The drama had high viewership ratings throughout its entire run.[40] The popularity of the drama extended throughout Asia, including Japan,[41] Thailand,[42] the Philippines,[43] and Taiwan.[44]



Meteor Shower

The series concept has become popular among many countries, inspiring several unlicensed and/or loosely-based adaptations:
  • Siapa Takut Jatuh Cinta (2002; Indonesia): loosely-based on Boys Over Flowers and Meteor Garden, it was produced by Prima Entertainment. It has been accused of plagiarizing Meteor Garden.[45] The series was remade in 2017 as Siapa Takut Jatuh Cinta Reborn.[46]
  • Meteor Shower (2009; China): prompted by the success of the Korean Boys Over Flowers. Meteor Shower was unable to obtain the rights because of a clause in Shueisha's contract with the Korean production.[47]
  • Boys Before Friends (2013; America): the production has not disclosed if they obtained the rights to Boys Over Flowers or not. However, they have since claimed the work is original and not based on the manga.[48][49]
  • Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan (2014; India): an Indian teen soap that is loosely adapted from the Korean Boys Over Flowers.[50] It only follows the basic premise of Boys Over Flowers, before diverging into different story lines.




Hana Yori Dango: The Musical

Main article: Hana Yori Dango: The Musical

Hana Yori Dango: The Musical was annouced on April 19, 2015,[51] and the main cast announced on August 19, 2015. Ririka Kato won the role of Tsukushi Makino out of 3,000 other participants. Yuya Matsushita, Jin Shirasu, Mackenyu, and Ryuji Kamiyama will play the F4 members.[52] The musical will be held at Theatre Creation in Tokyo, Japan from January 5, 2016 to January 24, 2016. Performances will also be held in Fukuoka, Nagoya, and Osaka.

The full cast of the musical was revealed on September 18, 2015, including Nao Furuhata, Ryo Kimura, Nami Tamaki, Keigo Yoshino, and Tomoko Ikuta.[53] A press conference for the musical was broadcast live on October 23.[54] Practice for it began on November 18, 2015.[55] The musical premiered on January 5, 2016 at Theatre Creation in Tokyo, Japan.[12]

South Korea


Boys Over Flowers: The Musical

Main article: Boys Over Flowers: The Musical

A Korean adaptation of the Japanese musical was first announced in November 2016.[56] Yumi Suzuki (director), Go Aoki (scriptwriter), and Akimitsu Honma (composer) all returned from the original production. Boys Over Flowers: The Musical premiered on February 24, 2017 at Hongik University Daehakro Art Center in Seoul, South Korea.[57]

The star-studded cast of the musical was revealed in January 2017, including singers J-Min and Min as Tsukushi. Tsukasa was played by Lee Chang-sub, Ken, and Kim Ji-hui, while Lee Sung-min, Jeong Whi, and Kim Tae-oh portrayed Rui.[57]

Related media

Video games


An icon for the app produced by Voltage.

Three video games have been produced based on Hana Yori Dango:


See also: Category:Books

Hana Yori Dango FF

Several books dedicated to Boys Over Flowers have been published with only two by Yoko Kamio:


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Boys Over Flowers: Jewelry Box
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Hana Yori Dango FF
  3. 3.0 3.1
  4. 4.0 4.1
  6. 6.0 6.1 (Japanese)
  8. 8.0 8.1
  10. (Chinese)
  12. 12.0 12.1 (Japanese)
  13. 13.0 13.1
  17. (Japanese)
  18. (Japanese)
  19. Boys Over Flowers volume 4, side-columns
  20. (Japanese)
  21.花より男子-だんご-VHS-内田有紀/dp/B00005F9Y4/ (Japanese)
  22.花より男子-DVD-内田有紀/dp/B00005MIC9/ (Japanese)
  23. Japanese Wikipedia
  28. (Japanese)
  29. Media Across Borders: Localising TV, Film and Video Games, Andrea Esser, Iain Robert Smith, Miguel Á. Bernal-Merino, Routledge, 2016, 9781317610793, page 156
  32. (Japanese)
  34. (Japanese)
  37. (Japanese)
  45. (Indonesian)
  46. (Indonesian)
  47. (Chinese)
  53. (Japanese)
  54. (Japanese)
  55. (Japanese)
  56. (Japanese)
  57. 57.0 57.1 (Japanese)
  59. (Japanese)
  60. (Japanese)

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