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Time is tricky in Boys Over Flowers since it takes place in a floating timeline, which "explains why [the] characters age little [...] over a period of time". While eleven years passed between the series' debut in 1992 and end in 2003, only around two years actually passed in universe. Unlike the manga, the television dramas Meteor Garden (2001), Hana Yori Dango (2005), and Boys Over Flowers (2009) are on a fixed timeline.

Manga

Meteor Garden

Hana Yori Dango

  • Hana Yori Dango takes place in 2005 during the exact time that the series airs. Likewise, Hana Yori Dango Returns is set during 2007, while the first episode also covers some of 2006. Hana Yori Dango Final, unlike its predecessors, takes place some five years later and not during its release year.
  • All ages from Hana Yori Dango are sourced from the official website. Some ages from the sequels, Returns (takes place about a year after) and (about five years), are guessed as they are not listed on the websites.
Hana Yori Dango and Hana Nochi Hare timeline
Month Day Year Event Source
January 1988 Tsukasa Domyoji is born [2]
December 28 Tsukushi Makino is born [3]
2000 Shizuka Todo graduates from Eitoku Academy [4]
June 2 2001 Megumi Nishidome is born [5]
December 15 Oto Edogawa is born [6]
April 2004 Tsukushi Makino begins attending Eitoku Academy
October 2005 Tsukushi interacts with the F4 for the first time [4]
30 A homecoming party for Shizuka is held at her home [7]
November Shizuka returns to France; Rui Hanazawa follows her [8]
Tsukushi and Tsukasa go on their first "date" [9]
Rui returns to Japan; Tsukushi and Tsukasa go on a double date with Yuki Matsuoka and her boyfriend [10]
December 23 Tsukushi competes in the Teen of Japan competition [11]
24 Tsukushi and Tsukasa start dating; Tsukasa leaves to study in New York
March 2006 Rui, Akira Mimasaka, and Sojiro Nishikado graduate from Eitoku [2]
April Tsukushi begins her third year at Eitoku
December Tsukushi goes to New York to see Tsukasa around Christmas
January 2007 Tsukasa's 19th birthday; His mother announces his engagement to Shigeru Okawahara
October 15 2016 Miyoko Hase passes away from cancer [12]
April 2017 Oto begins her first year at Eitoku
October The Edogawa family go bankrupt [6]
April 2018 Oto's second year at Eitoku begins; she interacts with the C5 for the first time
May Megumi transfers to Eitoku [13]

References

See also