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Machi
Posted: Jul 05, 2007 1:46 am Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 12 Apr 2007 Posts: 20 Location: Canada


Title: 花ざかりの君たちへ
Title (romaji): Hanazakari no Kimitachi e
Tagline: イケメン♂パラダイス / Ikemen Paradise
Format: Renzoku
Genre: High school, Romance, Comedy
Episodes:
Viewership ratings:
Broadcast network: Fuji TV
Broadcast period: 2007-Jul-03 to 2007-Sep
Air time: Tuesday 21:00
Theme songs;
Opening theme: Ikenai Taiyo by Orange Range
Ending song: PEACH by Otsuka Ai
Related drama: Hua Yang Shao Nian Shao Nu

Synopsis :
The drama is based on the popular manga of the same name by Nakajo Hisaya, which has already been dramatized in Taiwan. Horikita plays the protagonist Ashiya Mizuki, a Japanese girl in the U.S. who one day sees the young athlete Sano Izumi (Oguri) compete in the high jump on television. She begins to idolize him, and decides to move to Japan to attend the same school as him. However, Izumi goes to an all-boys school, so Mizuki disguises herself as a boy to achieve her dream of being with her idol.

Cast:
Horikita Maki as Ashiya Mizuki
Oguri Shun as Sano Izumi
Ikuta Toma as Nakatsu Shuichi
Kimura Ryou as Senri Nakao
Okada Masaki as Sekime Kyogo
Mizushima Hiro as Nanba Minami
Yamamoto Yusuke as Kayashima Taiki
Konno Mahiru as Hara Akira
Kamikawa Takaya as Umeda Hokuto
Shirota Yuu as Kagurazaka Shingo
Kyou Nobuo as Himejima Masao (Oscar M. Himejima)
Matsuda Seiko as Tsubaki, the School Principal
Ishigaki Yuma as Tennouji Megumi
Iwasa Mayuko as Hanayashiki Hibari
Matsuda Madoka as Kishizato Juri
Kiritani Mirei as Amagasaki Kanna
Kurose Manami as Imaike Komari
Ukaji Takashi as Sawatari
Taira Airi as Abeno Erika
Kobayashi Susumu as Yoshioka

I only recently found out about this drama and the initial episode aired yesterday so it is still airing. It is based on a shojo manga series by Hisaya Nakajo. There is also a taiwanese version drama titled Hanazakarino Kimitachihe and in mandarin; Hua Yang Shao Nian Shao Nü. I haven't watched the first episode yet but I will let you know when I do. Although my friend told me the beginning part of this episode had a hanayori dango essence to it. After hearing that I'm more eager to watch it Boogie The ending theme song is "Peach" by Otsuka Ai Wink If any of you watched either versions of this drama what was your opinion?

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lurve_ya
Posted: Jul 05, 2007 6:47 am Reply with quote
上塩タン焼680円 上塩タン焼680円
Joined: 02 Feb 2006 Posts: 364 Location: Singapore
yeah i've watched the first episode.. not subbed by d-addicts.. mine is chi subbed..=] Love

i think the chinese ver. is much more happier and crazier.. like their actings are more exagerated and funny.. but this dorama is kinda opposite i think..in the first episode, the beginning was pretty funny when Ashiya was bullied by her classmates(i think that's why your friend said that it got a hana yori dango feel to it...) but i expected Nakatsu Shuichi to be more hyper (like the one in chinese ver. but hey, he's not.. but maybe after few more episodes his character will change?) Ashiya looks pretty in this drama Love

in the chinese version Sano Izumi already knew Ashiya's a girl in the 1st episode, but in this dorama, I don't think he had found out yet.. next episode perhaps?

overall, i think its a pretty good episode and i'm looking forward to the next episode because the trailer looks super interesting. heheh. i'll give it a 3/5 for the 1st episode.. =\

for people who can read chinese, you can download here
 
rainbow12
Posted: Jul 07, 2007 8:46 am Reply with quote
大好きだよ。 大好きだよ。
Joined: 10 Dec 2005 Posts: 262 Location: Mexico
I haven't watched the tw version, but I did watch the first episode of the jp version Meow
I found it completely adorable. Maki looks so cute. I adore her acting Meow I have to agree with the Hana Yori Dango essence.
I'm 80% sure this is going to be my favorite dorama of the season. I'm still waiting for First Kiss, though Meow
 
harajuku-chan04
Posted: Jul 08, 2007 6:41 am Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 08 Mar 2007 Posts: 19 Location: Philippines
It's a fun episode overall, garnering a viewership rating of 15.9% It's quite cool but I was disappointed that Sano wasn't able to notice Ashiya's true gender. But PEACH fitted well with Hana-Kimi.

The JP Version did not depend on the manga chapter flow and decided to make a few twists, which was rather exciting!

I'm expecting a lot for Episode 2.
 
tsukiko
Posted: Jul 08, 2007 6:43 am Reply with quote
Planetarium Planetarium
Joined: 06 Oct 2006 Posts: 686 Location: Singapore
I've watched the Chinese subbed version too, and I must say this didn't exactly live up to my expectations. I felt that it was too fast paced, and the changes from the manga were too much for me to take. I'm still gonna continue watching though, I'm hoping the good acting and storyline will win me over. I must say Ikuta Toma is real Ikemen material! He's going to me by number 1 eye candy in this show definitely Giggle
 
Naru
Posted: Jul 08, 2007 10:35 pm Reply with quote
Happy Days Happy Days
Joined: 02 Aug 2006 Posts: 119 Location: USA
I didn't like it at all. I had to skip to the end to hear "PEACH". Oguri Shun looks too old to be a what? First year high school student, so like 16? They are going for a more "real" aspect of the story changing it around, etc....but how can you make it a story like HANAKIMI real? No way, especially with the plot arcs that was what made the manga so funny. Because it was unbelievable that all these people really thought that Mizuki was a boy. And Ikuta Toma...don't get me started. He wasn't in the slightest bit funny. He was just...an ass.( I have'n't read the manga in like a year but isn't he supposed to be a stereotypical "funny person" from Osaka?) It was only the first episode, so I will give it one more to redeem itself, but as of now it it not on my "watch" list. Especially after two things: Nakasu touched Mizuki's chest in like the first 5 minutes! WTF?! Mad 2nd was they didn't make Mizuki a fast runner. She's supposed to be like crazy good, instead they made her...trip and bleed? yeah....
 
orange_ka
Posted: Jul 09, 2007 1:42 pm Reply with quote
ユメクイ ユメクイ
Joined: 01 Jul 2005 Posts: 1117 Location: *mentally in: yamapi/keita's world*
I absolutely love this drama!! I didn't watch the taiwan version, so I'm not going to compare. the storyline is really cute and I think maki did a pretty good job. she is so adorable! shun and toma did a good job too, they are "not" super cute...but they have the "style". and I think "PEACH" fit the drama perfectly! I just can't wait to watch the second episode~

I know some parts might not be realistic, but this drama is not seriously in the first place anyways. you'll just have to "adjust" your mood accordingly while watching this drama~
 
Michi
Posted: Jul 11, 2007 3:17 pm Reply with quote
甘えんぼ 甘えんぼ
Joined: 15 Dec 2006 Posts: 51 Location: Norcal.
I absolutely LOVE this drama and prefer it than the Tw version.

In the Japanese version, I think it was made to be seen as a drama, not a manga adaptation. This would mean loads and loads of things would have to be cut out, since it's only 11 episodes. It was easier for the Taiwanese version to follow the manga closely since they have 20+ episodes and another season coming up. The Japanese version can only follow the main plot because they can't really fit everything in.

I don't really like the speed of the story either, but I think Horikita Maki is the best Ashiya Mizuki by far. Shun as Sano is fitting, but I do agree that he looks a bit too old to play a first year. Nakatsu's character is the only thing I'm disappointed at. He's really mean in the beginning and doesn't have the Osaka-ben dialect. I'm also somewhat surprised that Sano hasn't figured out that mizuki was a girl. Hopefully next episode?

I think this would be more appealing to drama fans than to manga fans because they would want something that is more accurate, but when you see the perspective of the producers, maybe this approach would be better.
 
lurve_ya
Posted: Jul 12, 2007 6:50 am Reply with quote
上塩タン焼680円 上塩タン焼680円
Joined: 02 Feb 2006 Posts: 364 Location: Singapore
^
tw have another season of hana kimi coming up?? hmm i ddnt know that =X haha.

the 2nd episode is better than the 1st episode i think. maki is really prertty in the dress! and toma is SO CUTE! he suspects that he is a gay and this is so funny! hahaa! and the story about how sano saved ashiya is abit touching.. i almost cried when sano was injured. =(

i think sano will know that ashiya is a girl in the next episode.. cant wait!!
 
orange_ka
Posted: Jul 12, 2007 9:21 am Reply with quote
ユメクイ ユメクイ
Joined: 01 Jul 2005 Posts: 1117 Location: *mentally in: yamapi/keita's world*
watched the second episode last night....I'm always eager to watch the next episode next week!!!!! this episode was REALLY funny...especially when toma was suspecting he was "gay"...haha, that was totally funny. I've never actually watched toma act, so this is the first time....he is doing a pretty good job! and I like the speed the drama is going...I kept thinking all taiwan dramas were rather "long"....which kinda make the drama boring. but the speed "hanakimi" is going, its good. I was so touched when sano saved mizuki too....so thats how he got injured...I think its actually better than I didn't watch the taiwan version....so I don't have to compare.

ahhhhh, sano is gonna find out mizuki is a girl next episode....next tuesday...please come quick!!!!! Tongue
 
Essie
Posted: Jul 12, 2007 9:34 am Reply with quote
甘えんぼ 甘えんぼ
Joined: 11 Jan 2007 Posts: 55
There's a second twseason? How did the first season end? XD I couldn't finish it - like orange_ka said, Taiwan dramas are kinda long. I never watch them.

To be honest, usually I'm a manga purist and wouldn't like the drama if it doesn't stick close to the manga. Which, you know, Hana Kimi doesn't. But it's too fun to pass up!. And pretty boys, I am weak towards them. Laughing

I wonder how they'll compress so many volumes of manga into such few episodes though, unless they don't and have some ambiguous ending. Sad
 
lurve_ya
Posted: Jul 13, 2007 6:00 am Reply with quote
上塩タン焼680円 上塩タン焼680円
Joined: 02 Feb 2006 Posts: 364 Location: Singapore
^ the tw version of hana kimi was great. but the ending is not good, really. haha.
 
Michi
Posted: Jul 16, 2007 1:06 am Reply with quote
甘えんぼ 甘えんぼ
Joined: 15 Dec 2006 Posts: 51 Location: Norcal.
^I agree. The ending totally asked for another season. Which is coming in 2008 I think. I just hope there's some closure.
 
sE
Posted: Jul 16, 2007 8:12 am Reply with quote
甘えんぼ 甘えんぼ
Joined: 15 Feb 2007 Posts: 63
I saw the first episode and it was quite funny, shun was really cute here!! Boogie
 
Pandemonium
Posted: Jul 17, 2007 6:26 am Reply with quote
さくらんぼ さくらんぼ
Joined: 30 Mar 2007 Posts: 33 Location: Melbourne, Australia
ah, i found horikita maki dressed as a guy really appealing.
she has this tomboyish aura.
moemoe. w
 
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