Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers)
Hana Yori Dango (Hana Dan) is one of my favorite anime/manga/dorama shows. I'm currently watching the Korean version and am loving it! So, I thought I'd share a little about the different versions available. Obviously I'm not the only one who thought this story was great, as it's been remade many times in different formats. Choose your favorite!
The original story of Hana Yori Dango came as a Japanese Manga by Yoko Kamio. The title is an idiom "Dango (dumplings) preferred over flowers" which means that something necessary (like food) is more important than something frivolous like flowers.
My first introduction to Hana Dan was the anime, which is still awesome.
Now, it's not the "prettiest" of anime, but the story is gripping. It's a romance and it's got drama. I mean Tsukushi gets dragged behind a car because the other kids at school are "bullying" her. Excuse me? That goes WAY beyond the scope of bullying. But, it does give an excuse for great drama. The other thing that stood out to me about this version was Rui (the redhead) and his violin playing. The music had this eerie quality to that really gave the ambiance of the show it's own feeling. I highly recommend Hana Dan the anime if you're into romance and drama.
The Japanese Drama
|The Japanese Cast|
Many years after the anime came out, Japan produced a live action version. It wasn't 100% true to the story shown in the anime. However, the changes brought a new twist to the story. They focused a bit more on the other members of the F4 (the flower four, or the four hot guys), and their stories brought a new dynamic to the show that wasn't present in the anime. It felt more fleshed out because it didn't revolve entirely around the three main characters (the love triangle). Hana Dan the live drama was so popular, it came back in a second series and a movie.
The Korean Drama
My current obsession, the Korean version!
That being said, it makes it so you can watch/read all the different versions and still enjoy them. They're all different. There's always something new! And, they give you the feels.
Anyway, that's my random thing for now. Go enjoy Hana Dan. FYI the Korean drama is up on Hulu, which is why I'm watching it now. Have a great week