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From Viz: Although Tsukushi Makino is from a poor family, she attends an elite school for the super rich, where her life has become intertwined with the "F4," the ruling boys of the school, in a whirlwind of love and confusion!
Note: Won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo in 1996 and is the best selling shoujo manga in history.
Boys over Flowers officially ended with volume 36, but Yoko Kamio, just couldn't stay away from her beloved characters! Boys Over Flowers: Jewelry Box (Boys Over Flowers: Hana Yori Dango Some call it Volume 37) contains two short stories that take place 1 year after the end of Boys over Flowers volume 36. It also contains a section with some of the important events in the series that show the characters maturing, plus a special bonus strip! .
流星花园 花より男子 花样男子 꽃보다 남자 Boys over Flowers Boys Over Flowers: Jewelry Box Con Nhà Giàu Dumplings over Flowers Hana Yori Dango - Ore no Hanashi wo Shiyouka (spin-off) HanaDan Meteor Garden No me lo digas con flores (Spanish) Ore no Hanashi wo Shiyouka (spin off)
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My First Love
If you are questioning whether or not to read read it, I only have one thing to say... FOR THE LOVE OF GOD READ IT!!!!!!!
This manga will always have a special place in my heart. It wasn't the first manga I read, and definitely not the last. But this manga had something. Something that made me go completely insane. I literally lived, ate and breathed Hana Yori Dango for about a year. Eagerly waiting for the scanlations to upload and trying to find time to read it... And re-read it. I can absolutely say, that no manga, no book or movie EVER made me as obsessed as this story made me. I couldn't stop thinking about the plot, the characters. It's just simply addictive!! This is pure genius! It's got everything: great plot, wonderfull characters wich you learn to both love and hate, and surprising twists and turns when it comes to the relationships and events following the main characters.
I sincerely urge you to read this manga. If you don't, I'll haunt you in your sleep >]
Joke aside, I actually have trouble findig words to how much this manga has affected me and how much I love it. And I'm not saying it as an otaku, I'm saying it as any person with a sane mind would say about any story wich you could relate to and learn from. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry and it makes you angry. It's simply just wonderful.
I've watched the anime and the dramas... and well, they don't live up to the manga, but that's expected with them. Usually the book/manga is always better than the movie. But I've been a little afraid of reading the others of her works, like "Cat Street". I know it's not Hana Yori Dango, but I'm afraid I'll compare them too much. Is there anyone out there who's read other mangas from this Mangaka? And did you think it was worth it?
... Last updated on August 9th, 2016, 4:43am
One Of The Best
I highly recommend this manga. It's funny, sad, making angry, joyful to read, one of a kind! Although the drawings are a little bad (especially at the beginning, but they become progressively better as the story progresses), I just can't help but read and reread this series. Kamio Youko is a great mangaka and I love the stories that she draws. To make it short, READ HANA YORI DANGO AND YOU'LL LOVE IT!
READ THIS MANGA!
i really liked this one, but i liked the movie of this the most, so i recommend this manga! READ IT!!! the story line is good! and it really made me cry in some parts! READ THIS!!!!
that took a while
this was a slightly frustrating read since it was so long...and the first 20 volumes were odd..i didn't like it at all...it gets better tho even tho the
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amnesia twist was very very cliche. sweet that he finally got rid of that umi on his own but otherwise unnecessary maybe?
it gets slightly better later on, i wanted to see what happened and couldn't put it down...but it definitely is not one of my favourite mangas..was a bit painful to read.
Holds up almost twenty years later...
For starting in 1993, it's pretty impressive that this manga still holds up today even in the early bits. Although there is certainly a difference in the quality and style of the artwork, the change happens very gradually and is not disruptive. In fact it's kind of cool to see her style evolve, especially if you've read her later series Cat Street before.
Actually, I would have to say that I love the first half of the series, maybe even first 2/3rds but the last part is sort of boring...
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There was a certain point, after Makino went to New York the first time, I was sort of...over the whole Romeo and Juliet-esque "we can not be together because of our families" thing. Not only did Domonji's mom suck hardcore style but Makino's family was idiotic as well. Actually, Makino's family was so annoying I started skipping over scenes of them.
I was also at that point secretly routing for Rui and was all sad face when Makino did take him up on his fabulous adorable Rui-ness. They were so natural with each other in a way that is probably go to always bug Domonji. Heh heh heh, Rui will probably milk that for all it's worth.
However, I do feel like a lot of the problems with the manga came from the long length and distribution over the years. It would be hard to keep up the same tone in the storyline that long! But even though it has faults, the manga remains one of the shojo greats! It may seem a bit cliched today but it does the cliches right and, well, probably was one of the mangas that inspired the cliches. Definitely worth a read for any Kamio Yukio fan but also for anyone who likes more "mature" shojo.
... Last updated on April 1st, 2010, 9:59pm
I look at the art, the cover of the last volume. No. That's definetly not Hana yori Dango, it just can't be. I look again at the title. I still don't want to believe it, I refuse. How can such horrible art get so much better? The characters actually look nice....? Why? Why wouldn't the mangaka start already with such a nice art style? I - and surely lots of other people - would have read it. Maybe even till the end, who knows. But like this, I don't want to read Hana yori Dango. Stupid characters, stupid story line.... I would have born it if at least the art was good. But it isn't just one volume with horrible art. It's more.
By the way, I would love to recommend it to all hardcore-shoujo-fanatics (& my enemies ).
... Last updated on February 19th, 2010, 3:33pm
I've read shoujo for MANY years, and I've never read this classic. I'm glad that I finally did read it. Even though Hana yori Dango is OVERLY SUPER STUFFED with clichés, it wears these with style. It is the ultimate shoujo love story, and the series is so long (over thirty volumes ftw!), that you can't but fall in love with Makino, the F4 and all the other characters (gosh there were many characters, I had to write all the names down on paper to keep track of them all).
It is amazing that this manga has kept me entertained through out all volumes. The moments where I felt irritated were few, and the art is characteristic and sweet. If you don't love it from the start, don't worry - it'll grow on you. <3
One thing though. Poor scanlations / translations irritated me a lot sometimes! From volume 10 and forward, you'll often encounter LQ scans, but the worst is the translations. I'm rather sure that many puns and jokes were lost in translation, and it makes me quite sad, when the mangaka intended to fill in these bits to tie the plot together. *Sigh*... But I can't really complain, since I haven't bought one single volume.
Every girl who loves a sweet romance - THIS IS A MUST (as many others may have mentioned before me). But what the heck,
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why did Tsukasa and Makino not sleep together, aaaarh it actually really disappoints me. OVER THIRTY VOLUMES, there should have been room for that. :D
The only time when I was seriously about to rip out my eyes was when
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Tsukasa lost his memories of Makino. DAMN. That was just a tiny winy bit too cliché. And one or two volumes before it happened I thought: "No... It'd be soooooo lame if he actually lost his memory. I don't want to read that. AAARGH!!" ... And then it happened. Jeez. Well, I got over it when his memory was restored. Nice. <3
Well, even though there were a few flaws in the story, it still deserves at least 9. Hana yori Dango. You'll always be with me ... Euwie, I was kind of cliché there too right? Ah, nevermind!
... Last updated on April 6th, 2011, 3:05pm
What can i say about Hana Yori Dango? This manga it's so good that all the good things I want to say about it have been told here already. This story it's just for people meant to love and live romance.... Such a great Plot i love it
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The ups and downs Doumyouji and makino went through melted my heart. I love how Doumyouji always shows how much he cares for her and the crazy things he's willing to do just for seeing her happy, I love the end... If Makino didn't remain with him i know many readers would've upset...
love it love it
Hana Yori Dango, I love
A little embarrassed to say, I've only finished reading this about a day ago. Because of it's popularity, I've come across this manga several times years ago, but never bothered to read it due the given plot synopsis putting me off. I was like, "'F4'?? You gotta be kidding me".
However, years later, with all the hype going on with the drama being aired on our local channel, I had to give it a try.
And boy, am I glad I did. This is officially one of my faves. I won't even talk about the art, as i'm sure it's already been mentioned in past posts (surprisingly, I didn't have such a big problem with it) ---in fact, the art made it much funnier to read.
This is one intensely emotional manga. Whenever I read this, I was either laughing, smiling at myself, or even crying (or on the verge of -).
Hana Yori Dango is a very typical shoujo, with it's cliché plot and scenes, but it's the detail within and in the characters and how they respond to the situation that makes it truly a great read. It is, without a doubt, the characters and their development throughout that give this manga it's charm. Never before have I cheered on both sides of a love triangle (sort of) as both Doumyouji and Rui are two very alluring male characters. Rui is the emo-loner-man who we see open up and show us the ever-caring and understanding person he is, while Doumyouji is the spoiled, violent brat who undeniably changes from boy to man as we see him become one of the most loving and determined men I have ever read. The heroine, Makino, is very appealing, herself. Unlike most shoujo heroines, her strength and independence despite her situation and confusion is truly admirable. I could go on about each character, but I'm sure that would eventually bore you.
It's true, this manga is very long, but once you find yourself enjoying it, 241 chapters fly by, and before you know it, you'll be on the last chapter hoping it doesn't end.
The one thing I loved most about this manga was the comedy. It definitely balanced out the drama, and I even enjoyed how it sometimes ruined the romantic moods.
Hana Yori Dango, overall, is an enjoyable read for those who are patient enough to read through it's flaws. Now I see why it is so popular.
... Last updated on October 26th, 2009, 10:07am
I honestly gave it a shot
I had heard this was good, and I saw it recommended at the same time as Skip Beat. I read both, but while I very quickly caught up on Skip Beat.. this series just killed me. As others have stated, the art is horrible and it does NOT get better. I don't know what later chapters others read, but as of chapter 71, the art skill sucks. The eyes are just... like half full fish tanks.
The story is annoying, and while I gave this series a serious try due to not wanting to say something is horrible based on only a few chapters, by 71 chapters and not much has actually happened and impacted the story... I just have to put it away. It isn't the worst series I have ever read, so it doesn't get a 1 or a 2, but I can't in all honesty give it more than what I do. The characters are uselessly annoying, the story is bland and goes nowhere quickly, and the art is already talked about. Read if you are a -hardcore- shoujo only type person, or someone who can forgive no story, bad art, bad characters, and generic bubbley backgrounds every other frame.
Oh yeah, and the eyelashes on these people.. they are almost scary. I would run from someone who walked up to me with eyelashes like that. >_<