‘Hana Yori Dango’ is a Japanese television drama series based on the Japanese shojo manga series, ‘Boys Over Flowers’, written by Yoko Kamio. It is directed by Yasuharu Ishii. It tells the story of Makino Tsukushi, an ambitious girl who joins a new school following in her idol’s footsteps, with high hopes, only to realize the problems that await her.
A sequel titled, ‘Hana Yori Dango Returns’ also aired in 2007. The series was later also been adapted as a film titled, ‘Hana Yori Dango Final’ in 2008. Following the successful Season 2, fans have been left wondering if ‘Hana Yori Dango’ will get a Season 3. We plan on delving into that question, right after we give you a quick look at the series.
Hana Yori Dango Cast: Who is in it?
Mao Inoue stars as Makino Tsukushi. Mao has been working in the Japanese entertainment business for almost two decades. She is best known for her roles in many television dramas like ‘Kids War Special Ai Koso Subete da! Zaken Na Yo’ (2002), ‘Anmitsu Hime’ (2008) and ‘Hana Moyu’ (2015). She has also worked in many films including ‘Check it Out, Yo!’ (2006), ‘I Give My First Love to You’ (2009) and ‘The Snow White Murder Case’ (2014).
Jun Matsumoto plays Domyouji Tsukasa, one of the bullies who later falls for Makino. Besides acting, Jun is also a professional musician and part of the boy band Arashi. Some of his most notable work includes roles in television dramas like ‘Yonimo Kimyona Monogatari’ (2006), ‘Bartender’ (2011) and ‘Bokura No Yuki: Miman Toshi SP’ (2017).
Shun Oguri plays Hanazawa Rui. Shun is known for his roles in ‘Pure Soul’ (2001), ‘Stand Up!’ (2003) and ‘Tokyo Dogs’ (2009).
Shota Matsuda plays Nishikado Sojiro. Shota is best known for his work in ‘Liar Game’ (2007) and ‘Love Shuffle’ (2009).
Tsuyoshi Abe plays Mimasaka Akira. Tsuyoshi is known for her roles in ‘The Proof of Memories’ (2004) and ‘Koizora’ (2008).
Hana Yori Dango Plot: What is it about?
‘Hana Yori Dango’ begins by introducing us to Makino Tsukushi. Makino is a polite, kind and ambitious girl who comes from a middle-class family. Her humble upbringing has a great impact on her personality. She dreams of going to Eitoku Gakuen, one of the most elite schools in the country. She also wants to be part of Eitoku since her idol and international model, Todou Shizuka is an alumnus. Makino is ecstatic about the prospect of going to Eitoku when she gets an opportunity and dreams of all the great things that lie ahead for her.
However, at the school, Makino realizes that things are very different than she imagined. Eitoku is filled with students from the rich, privileged class. They all come from a world that Makino has never seen. Their upbringing, lifestyle, and thoughts are radically different than Makino’s and she finds it hard to relate with them. To add to this, Makino then gets to know about the F4, a group of four boys who are the biggest bullies in the school.
The F4 consist of Domyouji Tsukasa, a violent young man who is the heir of the wealthy Domyouji group, the mysterious and introverted Hanazawa Rui, Nishikado Sojiro, a playboy and heir of the Japanese Tea Ceremony school, and Mimasaka Akira, the son of a crime boss who enjoys the company of older women. Each member of the F4 belongs to the richest families in the country and dominates the school with their violent and abusive behavior.
Makino decides to stay away from trouble and maintain a low profile. However, she ends up crossing paths with the F4 when she stands up against Domyouji to protect her only friend in school. The next day her locker is marked with the feared red tag. The red tag is the F4’s way to declare who their enemy is. With the red tag, the whole school turns against Makino. The F4 begin their bullying towards Makino and make her life in school miserable. Makino, however, faces their bullying bravely and is strong enough to not get easily affected by their antics.
It all comes boiling down to an incidence when Domyouji crushes the prawns her parents have lovingly cooked for her. Makino is furious and challenges Domyouji. She knocks him out and to everyone’s surprise, declares war against him and the F4. Everyone assumes the worst for Makino after this incident but this unexpected retaliation impresses Domyouji. He realizes the strength and courage in Makino and starts developing feelings for her.
Meanwhile, Makino has feelings for the mysterious and introverted Rui. Rui, however, is in love with his childhood friend, Shizuka and eagerly waits for her return. As the story progresses we get to see bonds forming as the members of the F4 mellow down. The series then moves on to explore the depth of every character.
The series ends with Domyouji and Makino finally uniting after realizing their true love for each other.
Hana Yori Dango Season 3 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Hana Yori Dango’ Season 2, titled ‘Hana Yori Dango Returns’, premiered on the TBS network on 5th January 2007 and ran until 16th March 2007 for 11 episodes. It was later followed by a film in 2008. There is no official news of another season as of now.
However, if ‘Hana Yori Dango’ Season 3 does get renewed, it will likely get a release date in 2022. We will keep you updated as and when there is any official news.
Hana Yori Dango Trailer:
Here’s a trailer that will give you a better idea of the show.
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