Boys Over Flowers – Manga, Anime & Drama

   ‘Boys Over Flowers’

Boys Over Flower (Hana Yori Dango ) is the most popular name in the  shoujo manga/drama industry. It’s the best-selling shoujo manga in Japan of all time, having sold 54 million copies as of 2005. The Manga got adopted into an Anime in 1997.  Hana Yori Dango had been adapted into several live-television dramas as well.

  • 2001 – Meteor Garden (Taiwan)
  • 2002 – Meteor Garden II  (Taiwan)
  • 2005 – Hana Yori Dango  (Japan)
  • 2007 – Hana Yori Dango Returns (Japan)
  • 2009 – Boys Over Flowers (South Korea)

Meteor Garden was hugely successful and set Asian drama phenomenon in the country at that time. The japanes drama was a succesful one as well. The Korean version of ‘Boys Over Flowers’ was a bumper hit. It created another Korean wave throughout Asia. The cast members became household names and shot to stardom overnight. *Source  – Wikipedia

I started watching the Korean drama first and I got addicted. 😛 Afterwards I watched the Anime, and then ended up reading the Manga as well. So I’ll just share my opinions on the different versions of ‘Boys Over Flowers’ here in this article. 🙂

Korean Drama – 
Genre – Comedy, Romance, Drama, School Life, Shoujo, Slice Of Life
Episodes – 25
Status – Completed

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Orange Manga Review

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Name – Orange
Author & Artist – Takano Ichigo
Genre – Romance, Drama, Psychological, School Life, Slice Of Life, Tragedy.
Volume – 5 (22 Chapters)
Status – Completed

Summary Of Story – One day, Takamiya Naho receives a letter written to herself from ten years in the future. As Naho reads on, the letter recites the exact events of the day, including the transfer of a new student into her class named Naruse Kakeru.The Naho from ten years later repeatedly states that she has many regrets, and she wants to fix these by making sure the Naho from the past can make the right decisions—especially regarding Kakeru. What’s more shocking is that she discovers that ten years later, Kakeru will no longer be with them. Future Naho asks her to watch over him closely. *Source Mangafox

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My thoughts – Author Takano ichigo did a great job with this Manga. It was short but covered lots of emotional/serious issues like first love, friendship, regret, sacrifice, depression, suicide and much more. Though its premise may not seem extraordinary at first glance, the execution of the story was mind blowing. Once you start reading the manga you won’t be able to stop, the urge to know what’s gonna happened at the end will keep you engaged.

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The story compelled me to start reading this. Everyone has something in their life that they wish they could change. If I had the chance to change some of the decisions I made in my life, how would I react to this? Would I rewrite those moment completely? And If I did … how would that effect my present life? All those thoughts were lingering on my mind while reading the Manga. And that was the most interesting part of the story. It will give you a bittersweet feeling. Some moments will make move you to tears, and some moments will put a smile on your face.

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Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki Kun – Review


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  Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun Review

 

Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 7, 2014 to Sep 22, 2014
Producers:  TV Tokyo, Frontier Works, Doga Kobo, Media Factory, AT-X,Sentai Filmworks, Sony Music Communications.
Genres: Comedy, Romance, School, Shoujo
Rating: PG-13

Summary Of Story – Chiyo Sakura confesses her feelings to her schoolmate Nozaki. Due to a misunderstanding, Nozaki thinks Chiyo is just a fan. She then discovers Nozaki’s other identity; a shōjo manga artist. As she gets closer to Nozaki, she befriends Nozaki’s quirky acquaintances who assist him and serve as inspirations for his manga. *Source AnimeNewsNetwrok

 


My thoughts – 
Gekkan shoujo is one of the most funniest show I’ve watched recently!! Want a good laugh? Watch this Anime, trust me you wont regret it one bit. 🙂 It’s very refreshing & entertaining and it will make you laugh uncountable times.

The Anime didn’t have a solid plot to be honest. The show mostly focused on the characters and their daily interactions with one another. The story was nothing extraordinary but the constant turns of interesting events was what made the Anime worth watching. One of the most praiseworthy attribute of the show was how wonderfully it combined romance & comedy in the story. That was one of the key selling points of the show.

The best part of the show was the characters and their interactions. Starting from the main protagonists to the supporting ones, every single character was thoroughly likable. They never failed to make me laugh with their silly & weird activities.

Interactions between Sakura & Nozaki-kun were enjoyable to the fullest. Nozaki’s obliviousness when it comes to romance was beyond hilarious and Sakura’s undying attempts to win his heart over was downright adorable. And I personally think that given the chance, Sakura & Nozaki-kun will be an adorable couple. 😀 Continue reading “Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki Kun – Review”

First thought on ‘Tsubaki-Chou Lonely Planet’

“Manga Review – Tsubaki-chou Lone Planet”

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Name – Tsubaki Chou Lonely Planet
Author & Artist
– Yamamori Mika

Genre – Comedy, Romance, Drama, School Life, Shoujo, Slice Of Life
Status – Ongoing

Summary Of Story – Ohno Fumi is the main female lead, who is a poor 2nd year high school student. Due to her father’s debts, she’s kicked out of her own home and having no other options left, she starts living with a young writer named Akatsuki Kibikino.

My Thoughts 

Girl ends up staying under the same roof with the boy, what’s so interesting about the story? The answer is ‘Yamamori Mika‘. If you have read her previous works you know what an amazing Mangaka she is! Even though the plot of the Tsubaki-chou Lonely Planet is nothing extraordinary, her way of executing the story is what makes the Manga worth reading. Simple, sweet and emotional; this Manga has become my recent favorite. Only a few chapters are out till now so nothing can be said about the progress of the story, but I’m quite sure that it’s only going to get better. 🙂

The characters were perfect for a shoujo Manga. I’m in loove with Sensei right now. (Akatsuki Kibikino) I guess I have a thing for guys with long hair. 😛 Besides his good looks I just loved how he was soo protective and caring towards Fumi-chan. ❤

As a female protagonist, Fumi was cute and adorable. I liked the fact that even though she was naive and quite young, she was a hardworking person and didn’t prefer to rely on others to survive. I hope I get to see satisfactory character development of these characters throughout the series.

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Pinocchio – Kdrama Review

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Drama – Pinocchio
Genre – Romance, Drama
Episodes – 20
Airing Time – November 12, 2014 – January 15, 2015
Rating – 8.7 (IMDB)

Summary Of Story –  The story starts with a fire incident and all the firemen who entered the building in the blaze were killed by the fire. The fire incident news report was focused on the story of Kim Ha Myung’s father, chief of the fire brigade sent his men in the blaze and caused them all to die and then he fled the scene as an error of his misjudgement as reported by the news reporter, Song Cha Ok. This caused a chaotic situation for Ha Myung’s family and end up causing his mother to commit suicide with him and his brother ends up in jail over night due to Song Cha Ok’s untruth story. However, the led to Ha Myung growing up with hatred for reporters especially Cha Ok. Fatefully, as he is growing up he meets with Cha Ok’s ex-husband and daughter, Choi In Ha and takes on a new identity as Choi Dal Po. In Ha is someone with Pinocchio Syndrome hence she cannot lie.
The story is about how important news reporting the truth. It revolves about how life’s at stakes if lies are reported as news. *Source dramawiki

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My Thoughts- 

The show was unique and exciting. It had drama, romance, emotion, mystery, action, suspense and everything else that anyone would look for in a drama. The story was well handled, there wasn’t too much unnecessary angst or forced romantic scenes. Everything just fell into pieces as the stories progressed. It didn’t just focus on the leading couples and their romances, it explored lots of other issues which made the drama different from what we get to see these days.

Pinocchio Cute momentAccording to me the romance part was just perfect and beautifully executed. It was pure and soothing with lots of emotional and ‘aww’ moments. Some scenes were soo cute that I watched them over and over again. Lee Jong Suk is like the king of Romance. He can execute the romantic scenes soo perfectly that you’ll fall in love with him in an instant. While watching the drama the chemistry between him & Park Shin just melted my heart.

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Loved the character buildup. Not only the main leads, but other minor characters were portrayed nicely as well. Beside Ki Ha-myung’s character, one thing that I personally loved was how they portrayed the character of Choi In ha. She was a strong character as a female lead, she was tough & confident, definitely not a damsel in a distress. And I also just looved cute Yoon Yoo-rae (Kim Young Kwang). All of their acting was superb as well.

OST was mind blowing. Pinocchio Ost 2 ‘First Love’ sung by ‘Roy Kim’ is my current fav right now. I just cant stop listening to this song. 😛 Fell in looove with Roy Kim after listening to this song. He has such a nice voice omg!! ❤ And the opening song ‘Non-Fiction’ is my another fav. ❤

Story – 8.5/10.
Enjoyment – 9/10
Characters – 8.5/10
OST – 8.5/10

Overall – 8.5 out of 10 From Me!! 😀

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