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Hana yori Dango  
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Manga

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Associated Names
Boys Over Flowers
Boys Over Flowers: Jewelry Box
Con Nhà Giàu
Dumplings over Flowers
End of the Century
HanaDan
Meteor Garden
No me lo digas con flores (Spanish)
สาวแกร่งแรงเกินร้อย
流星花园
花より男子
花样男子
꽃보다 남자

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Arr!! Here There Be Manga
HYD Scanlations
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Latest Release(s)
v.8 (ver1.5) by Humanist over 14 years ago
c.Omake by Shoujo Manga Maniac over 14 years ago
c.Oneshot by Shoujo Manga Maniac over 15 years ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
37 Tankoubon Volumes (Complete)
20 Kanzenban Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Ch. 1 (Skips Character and encompassing story from vol. 9-12, Abridged volume 13,14)
Ends at Vol 18, Ch. 112 (EP44 then becomes anime original)

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Hana Yori Dango by dulcie
Hana Yori Dango by HYDh8er

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User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (1376 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.36 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 30th 2021, 9:47am PST


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Year
1992

Original Publisher
Shueisha (1992; 2005)

Serialized In (magazine)
Margaret (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (37 Volumes - Complete)

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3 Month Pos #1504 decreased(-111)
6 Month Pos #1541 decreased(-317)
Year Pos #1240 decreased(-350)

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The definition of shoujo  
by Pandoreye
May 15th, 2021, 12:32am
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
This is basically the ultimate shoujo. It has everything expected of a shoujo. I watched the anime many years ago and decided to come back and devour the manga in three days. I thought it was a fun ride.

Some haphazard thoughts:
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Favorite Arc: Canada trip
Least favorite arc: amnesia arc. I will count myself lucky if I never have to see an amnesia plot again. It was excruciating.
Favorite character: Sakurako - she had so much growth. Wow. And I definitely shipped her with Kazuya, although he kind of disappears after a while.
Most hated character: Umi. Stab stab stab.

I definitely preferred the beginning of the manga the best. In my opinion, this went downhill a bit after Tsukasa went to New York the first time. The plot just became agitating. I mean, can someone explain that part where they go to the island? No one is on the ship with them, but they magically arrive at their destination (or maybe there's a ghost captain or they just didn't see the crew?). And then there's that time that Tsukasa's psycho mother hires people to literally break into a guest house...

I had a few issues as well. Like, why does Tsukishi have 800 love interests? And why are all these love interests so flashy? Where are the normal dudes?

Will Tsukishi ever get a hobby that isn't just her earning money?

Wow, the art got so much better as the story progressed. It really hit me around chapter 90 or so that the characters looked good and didn't just look like sad potatoes. (Tsukasa's hair was sooo weird in the beginning.)

I wish some of the side characters got more side plots. Mimasaka doesn't get enough attention. And Nishikado's plot felt aimless at the end of it all. And Rui's breakup with Shizuka is literally skimmed over. Kazuya gets forgotten about. And it took me until chapter 112 to realize Tsukishi's brother actually had a name. I think this story could have fleshed out more side character plots and skipped useless amnesia plots.

Overall though, I very much enjoyed this. I never reread manga, but I can see why people would reread this (or at least reread until Tsukasa's mother is introduced).


... Last updated on May 15th, 2021, 12:41am
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One of the Classics  
by RAGApeace
April 29th, 2021, 9:10am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Can't help but to love it. Others have stated but it does start off rough (all characters, plot, and art) but it's also an easy and engaging read that gets a whole lot better the further it goes. Everything gets better development (and in terms of characters, not just the main couple, but even the side characters get their development and story told) and it completes itself well. I love the resolution the FMC comes to when she finally establishes her relationship and how much she both develops but never loses the core of herself (even when it looked like it was going to bee too much, she still managed to find her strength again and in a way that felt realistic and inspiring).

There are a lot of what would be shoujo clichés today though, so any new reader should be prepared for those (but it's an old story that probably codified some of these clichés in the first place, so keep that in mind).

I do want to add, and others have pointed this out as well, that a lot of the negative issues with the story are probably bc of how dated the views of these content are. The worst of the violence is resolved a little too casually, especially by today's standards and can be uncomfortable to read.

I'd touch on the absurdity of it, but tbh, after reading up on school violence and power imbalances/abuse in SK, I'm not sure if some of this wasn't inspired by real life events. I remember reading and thinking, 'where are the teachers?' or 'this is too much.' But then I saw the clips of teachers beating up students or hear from Koreans about how often they don't see teachers get involved in student conflict out of fear of losing their jobs or worse bc of rich students and their rich parents and it makes me wonder.

... Last updated on April 29th, 2021, 9:23am
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Telling it like it is  
by MASTER GUYVER
March 30th, 2021, 7:34pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
Hana Yori Dango despite being a shoujo isn't just some fluffy sugar coated fairytale where the heroine has her way, if that's what your looking for, then this isn't for you.

This is about a adolescent girl trying not to make trouble but trouble comes right to her, and you know why because she stands up for herself the best she can.
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She's not a Mary sue or the perfect heroine but she's a decent human being.
The boys aren't sunshine and rainbows either, they each have there flaws but it's realistic.
This is a drama more than it is a romance, about an adolescent girl developing , struggling through society, developing frenemy type relationships, calling out fake friends, being betrayed while also a bit naive in trusting others.
If you like the tomboy life style then this is more up your ally.
The style is old but not astro boy level old. It's stand out on it's own because the author puts in diversity.
At the end of the day this story is about a weed trying to prove she's just as good as the flowers.


Also the bullying can be pretty brutal for those who can't stomach it, not the worst, but it's nothing too simple either and that turns a lot of people off but I read this twice and am about to go in for a third read.

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PS. Drama's of this aren't as entertaining and mess up the order ruining the story. The best way to enjoy this series is through the manga and anime first. If you watched the dramas first then you may have ruined the series for yourself.
Also the Anime and manga have different endings. That's if you don't mind watching the anime though it's old.


Update:
So yeah I read it again and still enjoyed it. It was a whirlpool of emotions. One thing I forgot to mention is that the art improves over time so be a bit patient with it. The improvement shows in just a few chapters so you don't have to wait forever. You may not enjoy it for it's romance alone but you will enjoy the story itself. It refuses to be a dark manga despite having dark themes, so nothing too tragic just incase you're worried.

... Last updated on April 13th, 2021, 12:10am
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Never have i read a manga have been more conflicted on whether or not i should recommend it.  
by Shellshock
January 14th, 2021, 7:06am
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
Never have i read a manga have been more conflicted on whether or not i should recommend it.

https://myanimelist.net/reviews.php?id=371863 Anime review Which adapts the first 18 volumes. I'm writing this review presuming that you have read anime review.

Boys over flowers is a reverse harem romance comedy series about this heroine who is really poor who attends this really super duper rich school. In this school there is 4 top dogs. Known as the F4. As well as the really poor FMC who has some of the worst parents ever. The story is about her appearance and how it changes not just the F4 but the people around her too.

The beginning part of the story sucks. Like hard. In my anime review i talk about how complete piece of shit the characters and this is still true. The first 15 volumes this series is trash. Though there are some light hearted moments and enjoyment to be had its just too little compared the absolute garbage the characters usually do in the series.

So imagine my surprise when this series just goes uphill and keeps going albeit with some bumps on the road. The series takes a massive turn as the MMC's mom shows up. This woman is easily the best character in the series. She pulls such massive plots to make sure that her son doesn't date the FMC but she has such a dominating presence that i just cannot wait for her show up. She easily carries the series and is responsible for many many femdom fetishes that is to come.

But its not just her the characters grow evidently but not like ridiculously. They mature and grow in a reasonable rate to the point that you would notice but the author wouldn't dump 1000 words of exposition to make sure you know that they have changed and this is one my favorite parts about this series. The character change in both of the main characters is astounding yet subtle. It is incredibly well done.

Its hard however for me to recommend this series however. The FMC actually starts making rape jokes... WHEN SHE WAS THE VICTIM. Maybe the comedy is too high for my brain to truly understand. Some of the other issues include the amnesia arc which seemed entirely pointless. Even the new character that was introduced was just.... weird. She practically served no purpose. Also how the amnesia arc is resolved is pretty damn stupid too.

2 more things I'd like to talk about is the fact that how important it is for a series to pick itself back up again rather than start strong but lose steam. Its harder to get hooked on this manga because of its weak start but the overall experience feels better. Another thing I want to add is the fact that an age of the series does not matter. Berserk, Hajime no ippo, Lone wolf and the cub. These are all series i hear are phenomenal yet I've never heard anyone use the term "you have to cater in the fact it was released in the 80's". When i reviewed Love Hina the whole catering in cuz its old is something i heard a lot. which is weird because when people say that its practically admitting the fact thats its a piece of shit if you read it now. So if you have reached this far in the review i would like to you know that I'm reviewing Boys over flowers not as if it was released in the 80's but rather im reviewing based on the quality of the manga now.

So back to the review would i recommend Boys over flowers? I don't know. Is it worth wading through 15 volumes of shit for 22 volumes of fun? 2/5ths of the manga sucks. But the question is, is 3/5ths of the manga good enough to forgive the 2/5ths.

I have no idea.

I did enjoy the manga. I did start liking the characters. The romance made more and more sense as the series progressed. The ending is a bit disappointing but nothing majorly upsetting. The series still has its downs but goddamn i could not stop reading this manga. I tried to put it down but i just wanted to know what happens. What keeps its going. I could not wait for what happens which is such a massive difference between the first 15 volumes.

TLDR: if you are willing to wade through garbage..... 15 volumes. Then your in for a solid albeit a bit of a broken series. 6/10

Fuck me.

... Last updated on January 18th, 2021, 8:57am
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hahaha i read this when i was kid  
by Miachann
September 17th, 2020, 12:09am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
i still remember the scene hangin upside lololol, but still this is so good bring back memories and me myself, i love all drama adaption, really i love thisss
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Makinos personality  
by Krnscream
July 23rd, 2020, 7:37am
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
Makinos personality is very annoying and irritating. Shes always in denial and in defensive mode. I just wish she wasn't such a b-@ch all the time to Domyouji. For someone to be in that type of relationship is just nasty and toxic.
To read the whole thing with her aggressive personality was annoying.
I loved the live action, but I knew I just had to read the manga to understand what Im missing for the past 10 years lol. I love discovering new things about Hanayori Dango, but Makino needs to chill and stop running away. It was getting getting old and hella tiresome.
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It just missed so many chances to be truly great.  
by MermaidAiera
October 21st, 2019, 6:22pm
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
One thing I really enjoy about longer manga like this one is that there is a chance to develop side characters, and this manga really shines in that aspect. The few arcs dedicated to the character development, especially to Nishikado and Yuki, were especially satisfying. That said, the character development for Domyouji was excruciatingly underwhelming, and Makino seemed to have gone in a backwards direction. I would have liked to have seen more organic/drastic character growth for the mains instead of constantly stunting that growth with the same fight/drama routine that consistently derailed the plot.

There were various problematic elements highlighted by other reviews, including the abuse directed towards women and downplaying/excusing of assault. This especially bothered me since
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Domyouji was one of the main offenders, and yet despite all the violence and mistreatment directed towards Makino he was always forgiven, making it a classic example of what a toxic and abusive relationship looks like
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I may be scoring lower than others considering I was rooting for a different ending, but in my eyes
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Rui was such a clear choice compared to Domyouji. It almost seemed like the author knew this as well since they kept depicting their relationship in such stark contrast, like an oasis to the drama filled abusive roller coaster Makino endured. Rui, along with many of the other potential love interests, were all opportunities for Makino to be in a healthy relationship
. It's such a damn shame considering if things had turned out differently, I feel like this manga could have been so much more empowering and showcased some amazing themes that just fell so flat with the ending it was given.
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Couldn't do it  
by firewolf19
August 10th, 2018, 7:21am
Rating: N/A
I'll first start by saying that I know a lot of people love this manga and consider it a classic, and I bet a good amount of fans read this when they were younger and thus have a nostalgic love for it. I can appreciate that. I just picked this up, wanting to read one of the shojo "classics", and got to around chapter 87 before I just had to give up.

I'm actually typically a fan of romances that begin with the two leads hating each other and than later falling in love. But there is just no way to get around all the crap Tsukasa put Tsukushi through. [spoiler] He hired people to rape her and at one point attempts to assault her himself, and only stops when she cries. And then he later leaves her to be dragged behind a car by her ridiculous classmates because he finds a (fake) photo of her "having an affair," even though they're not dating and she has never expressed an inkling of love towards him. On that subject, he gets pissed at her for "dumping him" for Rui during their time at his family's private island. And then she even feels remorse for "betraying him." But, again, they're not even dating and she didn't owe him anything just because he told her he loved her, especially given their history. [\spoiler]

Again, being a shojo fan, I can often overlook unrealistic plots and relationships for the sake of drama, because it's sort of just part of the genre. I was hoping to see Tsukasa go through a redemption arc where he sincerely regrets and feels remorse for his actions and then develop their relationship from there. And he does get better and is not AS mean; he's even cute when he's being nice. But he never once admits his wrongdoings or even gives an inkling of regret. And don't get me wrong, I actually like the character of Tsukasa; I appreciate that the author went all in on his spoiled, violent brat (but not evil) personality. I just hate that (in the chapters I've read) he never seems to move past that tears down anyone who upsets him. And Tsukushi, whom I like for her don't-take-no-crap personality, seems to break down as the series goes on and loses that spunk. I honestly don't know how she could fall for either Rui or Tsukasa, the former was never really that nice to her and the latter is her former bully and a selfish brute.

I really wanted to like this, and I probably would've liked it if I were back in my teens, but it's just so unrealistic and I find most of the characters to be tolerable at best.
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Enjoyable read, great comedy, but...  
by 9redrain
December 8th, 2017, 12:17am
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
I first know Hana Yori Dango from its Taiwanese adaptation. It was good and entertaining, I watched it times and again. I never interested in reading the manga because I am never really into shoujo romance, until recently that I finally decided to give it a try. Surprisingly, Hana Yori Dango is among the very few of its kind that I can read for over a dozen of volumes. It was entertaining, its comedic aspect is probably the one that got me hooked and the romance does not make me cringe somehow. Now I understand why this manga has been adapted into screenplay in so many countries. Putting into account its publication year, this manga is a masterpiece for its genre.

I, however, would have given it a much higher rating if not for a few things that have been bugging me.

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First, I found it hard to tolerate the way the mangaka treated and pictured violence and attempted rapes in this manga. Doumyoji is a likeable character, but hitting your partner is never okay whatever the situation is. I found him slapping Makino a number of times, and the fact that they went without being further addressed is bugging me. They were treated so lightly I am concerned that some of those who read this might get the wrong idea that, it is okay for your partner to hit you, it is part of love. This is just so wrong. And the attempted rape scenes when Makino was being bullied... Man, they deserve punishment or something. It should have been a traumatic experience. But it went poofed just like that like it was nothing big.

Second, the prolonged drama. Sometimes I think it is just way too much and the manga is being dragged for too long. I understand that it is a popular manga, and most popular mangas published in the later 20th century are over 30 volumes... But well, for this, I am hoping for a more conclusive ending... And all those drama make the supposedly strong Makino into a typical clueless shoujo protagonist, oh well...


Anyway, I still find this manga entertaining, and is up for a second read when I have time.

... Last updated on December 9th, 2017, 2:27am
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loved it  
by victoriamoon
June 8th, 2017, 11:56pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Ive watched the anime about 4 times within a long period of time. I really loved the anime each and every time I have watched. This last time I watched it, I was really curious about what happened after the anime ended so I decided to read the manga. I have never read manga before and never really wanted to because Im more into watching the animation and listening to the voice actors. This time I had to try it out because I was really interested in knowing what all went on afterwards. I felt that in the manga, bad things just constantly kept happening and it annoyed me that Makino was constantly over think about how she felt towards Tsukasa....I guess that was all part of her character growth. I like how Tsukasa became a better person and wasn't a selfish, arrogant and immature kid towards the end. Some have the opinion that he was forceful when it came to being intimate with Makino but I saw it as him wanting to be more connected with her. The storyline was all over the place as well but like I said, i loved this manga and anime. Now about the ending.. it felt extremely rushed.. I wish the writer would of taken more time going into detail about what was going to happen between the main characters relationship, all the other characters growth and just how everything was falling into place. I didn't like how the manga ended but I feel that maybe within time the writer will go on and add more to the story. We never got a glimpse into the future and how everything just turned out for the characters. Wishful thinking! Im really hoping that they will remake the anime (with all the same voice actors because I loved them), they'll go by the whole manga and make it wayyyy longer to where it ends just like the manga does. I mean they did remake Sailormoon and theres so many episodes to Bleach, so based off of that knowledge and some hardcore wishful thinking. I really hope they remake the anime and make it into the full series just like the manga. I recommend both to watch and read, its for sure my favorite.

... Last updated on June 9th, 2017, 12:04am
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