Boys over Flowers (
The series was first adapted into a series of audio dramas in 1993 and 1994 starring SMAP member, Takuya Kimura. It was followed by a 1995 film starring Yuki Uchida, and a 1996 anime series. The manga was also adapted into several television series, including Meteor Garden (2001) in Taiwan, Hana Yori Dango (2005) in Japan, and Boys Over Flowers (2009) in South Korea, as well as various unauthorized and/or loosely-based versions. In January 2016, a musical adaptation premiered.
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.
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.
- 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". It was licensed and released in North America by Viz Media.
In 1996, the manga won the 41st Shogakukan Manga Award for the shojo category. The series is currently the best-selling shojo manga of all time, having sold over 53 million copies with a total 61 million copies in circulation.
- 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. The series' seventh volume was published on August 4, 2017.
- See also: List of adaptations of Boys Over Flowers
- 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. All three were released on cassette and CD book. 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.
- 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. The movie was released on VHS and DVD in Japan.
- 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. The anime has been released on video cassette in 1997 and on DVD in 2006. It was licensed for released in North America by Viz in 2003, and by Discotek Media in 2015.
Hana Yori Dango: The Movie, a short film, was released on March 8, 1997 at the Spring Toei Anime Fair. The film is set in alternate universe, where Tsukushi is an aspiring dancer on Broadway.
- Main article: Meteor Garden
Meteor Garden was the first television drama adapted from Boys Over Flowers. 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).
- 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. Mao Inoue, Jun Matsumoto, Shun Oguri, Shota Matsuda, and Tsuyoshi Abe starred in the drama as Tsukushi and the F4 members. The drama had high ratings with it peaking at 22.4%.
Hana Yori Dango Returns, a sequel, was released in 2007 for broadcast on TBS. The sequel also enjoyed high ratings, peaking at 27.6% for the final episode. The series was concluded with the film, Hana Yori Dango Final in 2008. The film was a box office success in Japan, earning over seven billion yen. An upcoming adaptation of Boys Over Flowers Season 2 is also a sequel to Hana Yori Dango.
- Main article: Boys Over Flowers (Korean drama)
In late 2008, a South Korean television adaptation of Boys Over Flowers was announced. 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).
OtherThe 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. The series was remade in 2017 as Siapa Takut Jatuh Cinta Reborn.
- 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.
- 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.
- Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan (2014; India): an Indian teen soap that is loosely adapted from the Korean Boys Over Flowers. It only follows the basic premise of Boys Over Flowers, before diverging into different story lines.
- Main article: Hana Yori Dango: The Musical
Hana Yori Dango: The Musical was annouced on April 19, 2015, 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. 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. A press conference for the musical was broadcast live on October 23. Practice for it began on November 18, 2015. The musical premiered on January 5, 2016 at Theatre Creation in Tokyo, Japan.
- Main article: Boys Over Flowers: The Musical
A Korean adaptation of the Japanese musical was first announced in November 2016. 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.
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.
Video gamesThree video games have been produced based on Hana Yori Dango:
- Hana Yori Dango: Another Love Story: released for the Game Boy Color on July 27, 2001. The game is based on the manga and shares much of its storyline.
- Hana Yori Dango: Koi Seyo Otome!: a dating simulation (or otome game), where the player can date the members of the F4. It was published by Konami on July 10, 2008 for the Nintendo DS.
- Hana Yori Dango: F4 and First Kiss: a similar otome game, released by Voltage as an app for smartphones on July 3, 2015.
- See also: Category:Books
- Hana Yori Dango: Romantic Story: a series of fifteen light novels by Shimako Takeuchi and published from 1994 to 1998.
- Hana Yori Dango Illustrations: published in 1995 by Shueisha. It features art previously seen in Margaret and other media during the early 90s.
- Hana Yori Dango Love Psychology Analyzed: written by Sachiko Aoki and the "Hana Yori Dango" analysis committee. It was released in October 2001 and explores the relationships in Boys Over Flowers.
- Shueisha Girls Remix: a loose republishing of Boys Over Flowers. Eighteen books were published in the line by Shueisha from 2001 to 2007.
- Hana Yori Dango FF: a fanbook of Boys Over Flowers, published after the end of the series on October 24, 2003. It features a wide array of bonus material, including character profiles and color illustrations.
- Hana Yori Dango Step Up English Book: an English learning book by Kogyoku Ikeda with the cooperation of Yoko Kamio. It teaches the reader English by utilizing plot and pictures from Boys Over Flowers.