Time is tricky in
since it takes place in a Boys Over Flowers floating timeline, which explains why the characters age little over a period of time. Eleven years passed between the series' debut in 1992 and end in 2003, only about a year and a half actually passed in universe. Unlike the manga, the television dramas (2001), Meteor Garden (2005), Hana Yori Dango (2009), and Boys Over Flowers (2018) are on a fixed timeline. Below are notes on the passage of time in the manga and its various adaptations:
All ages listed on manga character pages are from before France Story. Ages have to be sourced and not guessed because of the floating timeline. For example, Amon Kunisawa's age is listed as 21 (sourced from ), though he has most likely turned 22 or 23 by this time.
Hana Yori Dango FF Ages of characters are current, since only a few months have past in the series.
Season 2 Birth years are included on several character pages, however these years are considered only partially canon. All the birth years were published before Yoko Kamio established the floating timeline of the series.
France Story and take place about two years after the events of Boys Over Flowers Season 2 chapter 241 and " Shall I Talk About Myself? Part 1" shortly after France Story.
A set time or year is not established in , though it is presumably 2001, the year the series was released. Meteor Garden takes place three years later in 2004, though the series was aired in 2002.
Meteor Garden II In the first episode, Dong Shan Cai and the other students are coming back from winter break, which could be the month-long break students get for Chinese New Year.
Teng Tang Jing celebrates her twenty-fourth birthday. Xi Men states in an earlier episode that she is three years older than the F4, making them around 21.
The episodes of take place before, during, and after Meteor Rain Meteor Garden.
Shan Cai's age is listed as 22 on the official Meteor Garden II website, while the F4 are 24. Since the F4 are two years older, this makes Shan Cai around 19 at the time of the first  Meteor Garden.
In Meteor Garden II, Si's birthday is revealed to be June 16, 1980.
Hana Yori Dango
takes place in 2005 during the exact time that the series airs. Likewise, Hana Yori Dango is set during 2007, while the Hana Yori Dango Returns first episode also covers some of 2006.
Despite being released in 2008, is set during 2011. Hana Yori Dango Final Tsukushi's birthday is revealed to be December 28, 1988 and her age is 22. She is also slated to graduate college in March.
is set in 2018. Hana Nochi Hare Haruto's and Tsukasa's meeting in the first episode takes place sometime after Returns.
All ages from Hana Yori Dango are sourced from the official website. Some ages from the sequels, Returns and Final, 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
December 28 Tsukushi Makino is born
1999 Tsubaki Domyoji wins the Teen of Japan contest
2000 Shizuka Todo graduates from Eitoku Academy
June 2 2001 Megumi Nishidome is born
December 15 Oto Edogawa is born
April 2004 Tsukushi Makino begins attending Eitoku Academy
October 2005 Tsukushi interacts with the F4 for the first time
30 A homecoming party for Shizuka is held at her home
November Shizuka returns to France; Rui Hanazawa follows her
Tsukushi and Tsukasa go on their first "date"
Rui returns to Japan; Tsukushi and Tsukasa go on a double date with Yuki Matsuoka and her boyfriend
December 23 Tsukushi competes in the Teen of Japan competition
24 Tsukushi and Tsukasa start dating; Tsukasa leaves to study in New York
2006 Tsukasa causes Domyoji Group's stocks to fall and massive layoffs
February 14 Sojiro Nishikado stands up Sara Hinata on Valentine's Day
March Rui, Sojiro, and Akira Mimasaka graduate from Eitoku
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
Tsukasa purchases the apartment complex Tsukushi is staying at
February 14 Tsukushi returns the Saturn necklace to Tsukasa on Valentine's Day
Sojiro sees Sara again
Tsukasa ends his engagement with Shigeru
March 3 Domyoji Group's failed merger with Okawahara Corp has a huge impact
19 News of Tsukushi and Tsukasa impending marriage are reported
Tsukushi graduates from Eitoku; Tsukasa proposes to her at prom
January 20 2011 Tsukasa announces his upcoming wedding to the world
Spring Tsukasa and Tsukushi are married
October 15 2016 Miyoko Hase passes away from cancer
April 2017 Oto begins her first year at Eitoku
October The Edogawa family go bankrupt
April 2018 Oto's second year at Eitoku begins; she interacts with the C5 for the first time
May Megumi transfers to Eitoku
Meteor Garden (2018)
The first thirty-one episodes of takes place during the 2017-2018 school year, while the rest of the episodes take place during the last half of 2018.
Meteor Garden (2018) Shan Cai states her age as 18 in episode one. Since her friends, Xiao You, Qing He, and Li Zhen, are freshman, they are also probably 18.
The F4 are seniors, so they are most likely 21.
Teng Tang Jing celebrates her 24th birthday in episode four, making her three years older than the F4.
Meteor Garden (2018) timeline (incomplete)
Month Day Year Event Source
October 21 1993 Teng Tang Jing is born
September 2017 Shan Cai, Qing He, and Li Zhen begin their first year at Ming De University
Shan Cai bakes Li Zhen a cake for her birthday
October Shan Cai, Qing He, and the F4 spend the National Holiday in Sanya
21 Jing's 24th birthday; she also renounces her family name
Jing returns to France and Lei follows her
November Lei returns to Shanghai; The F4 and Shan Cai go on a vacation
Dao Ming Zhuang comes to Shanghai to help sort out Si's relationship issues
December Shan Cai enters the Chinese Cuisine Culinary Competition
Shan Cai and Si go on their second date with disastrous results
January 1 2018 Shan Cai and Jiang Xiao You celebrate the New Year with the F4 in Canada
31 Si celebrates his birthday
February Si and He Yuan Zi's parents arrange their engagement
June The F4 graduate from Ming De University
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