- "Hi, I'm Yoko Kamio. Thank you so much for buying a copy of my Boys Over Flowers manga.♡ "
- —Yoko Kamio, 1992
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Tsukushi Makino, an ordinary girl, attends a school populated by the children of Japan's wealthy. Four of these people call themselves the F4 and basically control the school. After months of witnessing them bully others, Tsukushi defies the F4 and angers their leader, Tsukasa Domyoji.
- "Tsukushi Makino is accepted into the prestigious, Eitoku Academy. Life changes dramatically for Tsukushi when her friend falls on Tsukasa Domyoji. Tsukasa is the explosive leader of the "F4," a group of the most powerful, rich and handsome boys. Domyoji refuses to accept Makiko's apology and Tsukushi steps in to protect her friend. A red tag appears in the Tsukushi's locker the next morning which is a sign from the F4 that she is to be bullied by the school. Tsukushi continues to stand up to her oppressors."
- —Viz description
Tsukushi Makino is an ordinary, middle-class girl attending the elite, Eitoku Academy. She tries her best to avoid the F4, a group of rich and handsome boys, who control the school's students and faculty. However, Tsukushi becomes disgusted with herself and her classmates for allowing the toxic environment to continue. One day, she protects her friend Makiko Endo, when the F4's leader, Tsukasa Domyoji, refuses to forgive her for accidentally falling on him. Tsukushi receives a red card, their "declaration of war", the next day. Makiko begins to avoid her, fearing the F4's wrath. Tsukushi decides to fight back and declares her own war on the F4.
Later at school, the other students start to bully Tsukushi by throwing eggs at her and hiding her desk. She holds back tears as she runs to an emergency stairwell, where she meets the aloof F4 member Rui Hanazawa. He offers her no sympathy, though he later saves her, when some boys attempt to assault Tsukushi on Tsukasa's orders. Tsukushi returns to school with a new vigor, easily foiling her bullies. She then kicks Tsukasa in the face, saying "you cal yourself a man". The kick, reminds of his beloved older sister and sends him into shock. After the incident, Tsukushi's popularity rises among the students and Tsukasa decides his next move.
Tsukasa kidnaps Tsukushi and brings her to his mansion, where his servants give her makeover. He comments "that even an ordinary girl like [her] will shine when polished." Tsukasa then offers for her to be around him. Tsukushi does not fall for his attempt to buy her and storms out, telling him "I'm not for sale". She happens to meet Rui on his way home and learns a smile, especially Rui's, is one thing that cannot be bought with money. The next day, vicious rumors are written about Tsukushi on the blackboard of her homeroom. She immediately assumes Tsukasa is the culprit and confronts him.
Tsukushi finds three girls, Yuriko Asai, Erika Ayuhara, and Minako Yamano cleaning the blackboard, when she returns to her homeroom. They invite her to a party in Roppongi, a popular night life spot in Tokyo. Tsukushi hesitates at first, but eventually decides to go after consulting her best friend, Yuki Matsuoka. At the party, she quickly realizes they lied about it being casual. They make fun her dress and embarrass her in front of the other guests. Tsukushi realizes that they are the true perpetrators of the rumor. They are jealous of the recent attention Tsukushi has got from the F4.
- See also: List of Boys Over Flowers chapters
- Chapter 1: the first installment of Boys Over Flowers was published in Margaret No.8 in March 1992. The chapter introduces the series' main characters, including Tsukushi and Tsukasa.
- Chapter 2: first published in April 1992. Tsukasa sends goons to assault Tsukushi, after she declares war on the F4.
- Chapter 3: released in Margaret No.10 in April 1992. The chapter shows Tsukushi growing closer to Rui Hanazawa and ends with her being kidnapped by Tsukasa.
- Chapter 4: Tsukushi proves that she cannot be bought to Tsukasa. It was published in Margaret No.11 in May 1992.
- Chapter 5: published in Margaret in May 1992. Some vicious rumors are written about Tsukushi at school and three girls invite her out to a party.
- "End of the Century": a one-shot by Yoko Kamio that was published in Margaret No.3-4 in January 1992. The story follows Miki as she searches for a special someone to live out the rest of the 90s with.
- Side-columns: Yoko Kamio welcomes the reader and discusses her favorite music, Tsukasa's hairstyle and overall image, seeing Rie Miyazawa in Tokyo, becoming a manga artist, bullying, and professional wrestling.
- See also: Foreign editions of Boys Over Flowers
- France: Glénat published the volume in France as Hana Yori Dango Tome 1 on March 5, 2003.
- United States: Viz Media first published the volume on August 6, 2003. An alternative cover for the volume with a yellow background was also available. Viz released the volume digitally on October 29, 2013 for several platforms, including on Amazon Kindle and their website.
- Spain: volume one was published as No me lo digas con flores 1 on November 16, 2006.
- Taiwan: it was published by Tong Li Comics as Meteor Garden 1 (流星花園 1) on February 10, 1996.
- The cover image of this volume was first published on the cover of Margaret No.13 in June 1992. It was also included in Yoko Kamio's art book dedicated to Boys Over Flowers.
- This volume and volume two are the only ones of have "Story and Art by Yoko Kamio" on the spine of the book in Viz's edition. The following volumes list her name only.
- The sentence "saw Rie Miyazawa, the actress!" from the second side-column was accidentally reprinted in the third side-column after the sentence, "As a child, I had big dreams..." in Viz's edition.
- In the Viz edition, "to be continued in volume 2" is printed on the last page of the short story "End of the Century". This is an error and refers to Boys Over Flowers not the one-shot.