Synonyms: Hanasakeru Seishonen
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2009 to Feb 14, 2010
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisA very powerful industrialist directs his daughter to pick a husband from three candidates he has chosen for her. They are to come into her life, and their uniqueness would cause her to recognize them immediately. All three of the candidates are outstanding. Well, it’s actually four...
The story evolves along the lines of a power political mystery involving a small middle eastern country.
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"I love the happiness and the suffering. Because the only emotions I feel... are the ones you grant me."
At first, Hanasakeru Seishounen appears to be a rather typical reverse harem story. Young girl surrounded by several beautiful men, nothing new for the given genre. But don't let this throw you off. Soon enough, our protagonists, along with the three marriage candidates, get involved in a complicated political conspiracy of a small Middle Eastern country. They face great dangers as they travel across the world, learn to trust and support each other, discover new emotions within themselves, and mature in order to survive and reach their goals.
The story was nicely paced and very intriguing, with numerous plot twists -- I could not bring myself to stop watching it or to let any other anime interrupt it. I loved that although the story set off with romance in mind, it was not the main focus. I will even say that if the whole husband-choosing piece was not present, this anime would still be just as good.
At the end of the series, there was a certain sense of completeness, all questions were answered, all characters found their place in the world; it was a perfect spot to drop the curtain. I did feel a little sad, however, that such a great series came to a finale.
Kajika is not your typical damsel in distress constantly being saved by her male harem. She is strong and confident, is able to stand up for herself and to speak her mind when she has to. She is, however, rather slow when it comes to love and realizing her own feelings; but that is also understandable, considering that she grew up away from society and did not get a chance to experience romance until the husband game began. But even despite that, she treats each man with equal respect and consideration, which is very admirable.
To me, however, the most interesting characters are the men surrounding Kajika. Needless to say that they are also not your typical male stereotypes found in a reverse harem. What grabbed me the most is how each one of potential candidates represented a different kind of love. Li Ren's love is strong and deep, to the point of becoming possessive of Kajika, yet his pride as a head of his clan stops him from being honest. Eugene's love is noble and selfless; he is willing to spend an eternity just watching over Kajika, whether she chooses him or not. Lumati, a young heir of Raginei, is blunt and straightforward about his love, but is also ready to admit defeat if his rival is worthy. And lastly, Carl is rather reserved and indecisive, but is equally sincere with his love and respectful toward his rivals. I really loved that these characters are not at each other's throats all the time, despite "fighting" against each other and feeling jealous, and instead act like mature adults and take both Kajika and each other seriously. Li Ren and Eugene may be an exception to that, but I don't believe they were ever serious during their quarrels.
One character whose purpose I am still not sure about is Yui, Kajika's first female friend. She does not seem to do anything aside from exchanging letters with Kajika and fangirling over the male cast. She definitely belongs in a more typical shoujo setting, but thankfully her occurance was not frequent enough to cause a distraction.
Somewhere around episode 10 I found out that starting from episode 24 the series will have a different director. I was not worried about that. In fact, I was sure the series would become even better, considering that the second director is more experienced with shoujo anime and is famous for series like Fushigi Yuugi and Ayashi no Ceres. But unfortunately, as I later discovered, that change was not the best idea. It was obvious how the series became more "shoujo", with more diverse and less realistic facial expressions, and a couple super-deformed scenes here and there. However, Hanasakeru Seishounen is a dramatic story that had no need for comedy elements; if anything, they were a distraction. Kajika, who was now blushing and showing her "girly" side more often, almost started to look like a typical shoujo heroine. Semi-chibi elements seemed completely out of place in such a serious setting. The character designs also went through a slight change, and although it was not major, some general inaccuracies emerged; for example, Kajika described Eugene's eye color as "topaz" in the beginning, but with the direction change, his eyes became a mix of light green and yellow instead of a golden brown from the first twenty-three episodes.
The animation quality itself seemed to have improved in the second half and toward the end, and the opening animation also became more appealing, but I would still prefer that it did not undergo such a drastic change in the middle. Also, all the CG vehicles stood out too much and were a pain to look at; especially considering that cars, planes, and helicopters appeared on the screen very often because the characters moved around a lot between cities and countries.
The background music was pretty good; it did not really grab my attention though, so there isn't much to discuss. I was not too impressed by the opening and ending songs either -- they were too "pop" for my tastes. read more
Story (9 out of 10):
Personally, I tend to like reverse-harem animes that have good character development. To appreciate this story, one needs give it more than a few episodes. The series spends a good 10 episodes setting up the storyline and getting a feel for the roles of the characters. From here on, the story is filled with plot twists, one (sometimes 2-) dimensional political strategy and good fun that makes you want to watch the next episode....this is especially true around episode 20 when things really start getting complicated. Every episode is adds a new dimension and piece to the storyline, exploring different types of love and the varying criteria of functional companionship for different types of relationships.
Art (7 out of 10):
The art itself isn't too bad but sometimes the movement of characters is a little stiff. For the most part, the color scheme, contrasts, and proportions are good. I like the style and delicacy of the lines, the eye animation is especially good in exhibiting more "serious" emotions such as "determination" or "pain."
Sound (7 out of 10):
The ending theme and opening theme (so far) has been the same for the whole series. I ike the opening theme and it does a nice job of setting up the tone of the show. However, I think the ending theme song is gorgeous.
Character (9 out of 10):
The characters are wonderful. Kajika is a little ridiculous....she isn't stupid just pretty reckless and willful (but you don't really see these qualities until later in the story where it is tested). She is really weird but that's what I liked about her. You really get swept into "her" way of thinking even if it may be a little naive at times. The guys are wonderful...I think the author pretty much just listed the sexy archetypes of male anime characters than made a character for each characterization. Then, beyond that, developed back stories that would explain why there were the way there and what characteristics would be necessary in an emotional partner for each. That may sound boring but it is actually really well done and entertaining in the storyline....it later is put more together (in relation to each other) as the story progresses.
Enjoyment (10 out of 10):
If you like stories with well-developed romance, not too intense political intrigue, interesting character interplay, and amusing philosophical one-liners, then you will like Hanasakeru Seishounen. I thought this show was pretty addictive and great for more mature audiences who can appreciate the idiosyncrasies of the characters.
Overall (10 out of 10):
JUST TRY IT!! XD
Even though it might not look it at first both anime are kind of similiar.
Both have strong-willed heroines with no physical strength, even though Shuurei is much more clever in my opinion.
Both heroines have no clue whatsoever about love.
Both turn out to be more than the cliche reverse harem and include political intrigue as well as some action and adventure.
Both series show some unexpected plot twists.
Both offer a great deal more quality than the Angelique/Hanasakeru series (thank god <.<).
Both are reverse harem.
Both series have a female protagonist with a strong character, with heaps of bishounen surrounding her.
They both reverse harem animes, with a strong female lead characters surrounded by multiple bishounen suitors.
They both have politics and romance in them. Saiunkoku Monogatari is set in the past but history plays its part in Hanasakeru Seishounen as well. They're both a reverse harem (lots of guys liking one girl) and have a very similar feeling to them.
Like Saiunkoku, Hanasakeru Seishounen has it all that makes a great Anime ( not just in a sense of Reverse Harem): Drama, Action, Suspense, Romance and a hint of light comedy. Did I forget to mention all the good looking male leads too!
Though the settings are vastly different, both are reverse harem (Hanasakeru Seishounen moreso than Saiunkoku Monogatari), have strong political intrigue storylines, and have a determined, likeable heroine who is slightly clueless about the romantic polygons around her but undauntedly pursues whatever path she believes is right. Both heroines, though especially Shuurei of Saiunkoku Monogatari, give a very positive "girl-power" vibe without demeaning the men around them.
Both of the anime have a girl versus many guys. The guys in both anime are quite good-looking and interesting.
Both are harem, one girl and bishounen guys. Another think that is similar is the wealth part (only Haruhi wasn't rich). But the difference is that Ouran is more lighter than Hanasakeru Seishounen.
In both, the female heroin is intelligent and strong, as well as surrounded by a number of shining male leads
Reverse harem, Shoujo, Bishounen, affluent characters, romance. Hanasakeru is more plot oriented though and has little or no comedy. Watch Hanasakeru Seishounen if good-looking and wealthy characters were things you found most captivating in Ouran High School Host Club.
both are about a group of boys liking one girl, and their adventures. although hanasakeru seishonen takes place around the world, ouran high school host club takes place mainly in school.
Both anime have reverse harem, although neither of them are extremely predictable. Ouran High School Host Club is more comedic, while Hanasakeru Seishounen is more of a drama
Opening Theme"Change" by J-Min
Ending Theme"One" by J-Min
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