I read this after I watched the drama, and having watched the drama - which I liked a lot - I didn't think the manga would be as good.
My expectations were blown away; the manga is absolutely fantastic, and despite its age compared to the newer dramas, the newer films etc... it still shines. The characters are absolutely fantastic - Kamio Yoko managed to turn around the high school genre on its head, and managed to produce a female teenage protagonist that actually WORKED. She was a brilliant character, with her own flaws, and her own strengths, and is definitely a character I and others
can look up to, rather than the 2D static characters I'm used to reading highschool manga.
Her love interests were brilliant; a main female character in an anti-harem of attractive, respected males, in a school where everybody hates her? It doesn't sound very original, and yet Kamio manages to pull it off spectacularly.
It's interesting watching her progress; at the beginning, the art was not the best, but over time she improved an immense deal. If you compare the art near the beginning to the art near the end... it's almost unrecognisable.
The plot was brilliant, and as original as you can make this genre be. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and also plan to re-read at some point - considering how I rarely re-read manga, and how long it is, I can assure you that's quite some achievement for this manga!
If you've seen the drama, or watched the anime, and are interested in the manga... this is a must-read.
And if you haven't seen any of this series at all, then this is also a must-read!
Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers) is a excellent example of why not all things popular are good. (In fact, they're usually the furthest thing away from being good).
Hana Yori Dango is long running manga considered to be the cream of the crop of Shoujo series in Japan. It has spawned several TV dramas in different countries, an anime series and three movies, one of which is an anime. It's story is very well known in many Asian countries, and is very much beloved and popular as well.
It is also the best selling Shoujo manga of all time in Japan, having sold 54 million
copies in Japan alone as of 2005.
...A title however, which it utterly does not deserve in the slightest. Why is that? Well, read on and see.
★ Story (1) - If there ever was a plot built entirely upon Shoujo manga cliches, this would be it. What starts off deceivingly about bullying in an outrageously top-tier school and the lone girl who rises up against it very quickly falls into a bubbling little mass and mess of one cliche after another.
As bullying is a serious problem in many parts of the world, but more so in places like Japan where the suicide rate is very high, the bullying aspect of this manga should have been treated seriously, and not used as a "romantic" plot device as the author makes it to be. The main female of this manga starts off strong and independent, promising to "take down" the bullies of the school and not give in to them whatsoever.
Guess what? She does, and very easily as well. What I find sickening and annoying, is how she feels she is constantly at fault and how she always apologizes to the bullies of the school who treat her pretty badly. Even after she dates one of them, when he treats her badly (physically abusing her far more than once, and really putting her down in other ways over the course of the series) she STILL feels like SHE and not him is in the wrong. The number of times she apologizes to him is too many to count. How many times does he say sorry to her? About two times during the entire 36 volume run of the series.
Other than how lightly the grave matter of bullying is treated, there is also the main plot problem, a plot (as I have said earlier) is built entirely upon cliches. Here's a list of what happens during the course of the series:
- Good girl falls for bad, abusive boy who bullies her to show his "love".
- Bad boy is outrageously rich and the good girl is dirt poor.
- There's attempted rape.
- Stolen first kiss, que cliche line, "Omg that was my first kiss oh noes I will never forgive him!!!"
- Other member of the bullying group falls for main girl.
- Main girl loses her house and *le gasp* then works as a maid for the male lead.
- Main male lead's mom hates his girlfriend, so she makes life a cliche hell for them.
- Relationship woes. Slap slap, kiss kiss, fight, kiss, break up. Rinse and repeat 50 more times please.
- Male lead rescues girl several times throughout the series in the nick of time.
- Male and female lead see each other in underwear/naked due to stupid series of events like getting locked in a cold cabin. "How should we keep warm?" "Let's take off our clothes and lie down together to preserve body heat!" Where have I heard that before.
- Every single other cliche you can think of. I'm dead serious.
Seriously, this is the entire story. You do not even have to read this manga to know what will happen, it's THAT cliche and predictable.
★ Art (8 and 5) - The artwork of this manga really needs two different scores as it is such a long running series, the artwork changes very significantly and obviously over time.
(8) The earlier volumes of this series feature quite detailed, unique artwork that pretty much screams 90's, so perhaps that is an acquired taste for some. Everything about the character's clothing, hairstyles, even makeup is very much individual to that character and well done. Shading, textures and detail are added on to all the characters and even the world they live in making everything stand out vividly.
(6) Later volumes of the series however fall rather short of the uniqueness that the earlier volumes had down to a T. While the lines are very clean and neat, the artwork is incredibly washed out and dull. There's no texture, no detail, no nothing. The pages look very neat and smooth, but very plain and boring. Not one thing stands out or is memorable. Everyone and everything is drawn much more sleekly, but unfortunately the author seems to have gone for clean, simplistic lines over artsy, original art.
★ Character (1) - Remember how I said the story was so cliche? The characters are pretty much reflections of that. Take whatever crappy stereotypes of Shoujo manga characters there are, group them all together, and you have the entire cast of Hana Yori Dango in a nutshell. There is not one unique of interesting personality among the lot, and every single character (even the side ones!) fall into already per-appointed characterization.
★ Enjoyment (2) - Really nothing is enjoyable here unless you love cliche, stereotypical, predictable series. If not, move along.
★ Overall (2) - Do yourself a favor and don't read this manga. Sure, it is not the worst series out there but it comes close to it.
If you want a series with a unique, wonderful cast of characters in a school (or rather, college) setting, check out something like the beautiful and bittersweet Josei series, Honey and Clover.
If you want a manga where a good girl does fall for a troubled boy BUT it is done very well and also features very realistic problems like abuse, drugs, etc that is handled well, check out the Josei manga, Mars.
If you want a comedy manga about an outrageously high class high school and a girl who becomes part of a group of filthy rich guys, check out the Shoujo, Ouran High School Host Club.
There are so many mangas out there that are truly worth your time. So don't waste it reading garbage like this.
At 37 volumes, Hana Yori Dango first seemed like a daunting read for a strictly-shoujo-reader such as myself. However, I won’t hesitate to say that the length of the series plays to its strength. I don’t think that the manga would have had such an emotional resonance if it had been a short series.
Starting out, HYD is very much like your typical shoujo. It features this seemingly meek heroine who, in fact, is much tougher than her exterior suggests. I would daresay that it’s Makino Tsukushi that really keeps the manga afloat for some of the early volumes.
At times it felt like much of a
chore having to sludge through the first half of the series - dated art, and an inordinate amount of dissembling from the often dense heroine. The ever-revolving door of love interests that kept appearing in the story got old and frustrating really fast. Yet, like almost everyone here, I couldn’t stop once I got started.
Thirty-seven (36) volumes flew by, and like many other people have mentioned, the manga actually gets better after the first 20 volumes. Of course, our beloved manga-ka exhausts a fair amount of clichés to get there, but because HYD is so character-driven, it’s nearly impossible to stop once you’ve begun.
It is the characters, above all else, that endears you to its story. Youko Kamo strikes a delicate balance of a strong, but vulnerable teenager in the admirably bold and earnest Makino. Tsukasa Doumyouji, similarly, is an exceptionally vibrant character. At first, he appears to be the typical bully bishonen archetype (with bad hair at first ^_^), but unlike many other shoujos, Doumyouji is a surprisingly rounded character. His demanding, spoiled, and violent personality is redeemed by his unrelenting determination to fight for what he wants. He’s honest to himself regardless of everything and anything else, and it’s probably this particular quality that makes him so attractive.
My biggest complaint about this manga would probably be the gradual loss of Doumyouji’s perspective later on down the road. For a good portion of the manga, the budding romance between the two seemed to be told as much from his view as it was from Makino’s. Nonetheless, with all its flaws, Hana Yori Dango has been well-worth the time and emotional investment. It is my regret that I never gave this manga a chance when I had first heard about it, so don't make the same mistake I did, give Hana Yori Dango a chance.
Hana Yori Dango is the first shoujo manga I read, therefore it always hold a special place for me. If you have seen the anime or any of its drama adaptations, you should definitely check out this manga as well.
In the times when feminism is yet to conquer Japan, Makino Tsukushi (the heroine) retaliates against the F4's bullying. Yes, I'm aware that she doesn't have the fighting skills of Wonder Woman but what makes her strong is the strength of her spirit. She's spunky, independent, hard-working, refuses to be a subject of social humiliation and stands up for what she believes is right - traits
that, I believe, perfectly define her as a "weed." And yet, despite all this, Makino has a warm and forgiving heart and sees people the way they are. It's true that she had her own moments of weakness but that just makes her more human and realistic in my opinion. However, the bullying part only covered like 20% of the manga - and the rest is your typical shoujo/romance plot between a rich troubled guy and a poor plucky girl.
And because of this, I'm not surprised at the number of readers who complain about how cliche it was. This manga is supposed to be a CLASSIC and since it was the best-selling shoujo manga of all time, it's no wonder that it's one of biggest inspirations from all the cliches you've been reading in the mainstream shoujo titles now.
But what makes this manga stand out for me are the CHARACTERS. Each of them are multi-faceted and well-rounded and for that, I was too emotionally invested with them more than the plot. They have their good and bad traits that you can actually love or hate them as the story progresses on.
Perhaps there are even a few people aware of the fact that Hanadan was Yoko Kamio's "experimental" work. Back then, she planned to make Makino end up with Rui - which explains why the Domyouji/Makino ship doesn't seem like a "match made in heaven" in the earlier volumes and "doesn't seem right" for super feminists.
But since the mangaka changed ships, transforming Domyouji from a mess to a human being (so Makino will change her opinion about him) became the basic premise of Hanadan - and I believe that it's one of the biggest strengths of this manga.
Both the character growth (especially that of Domyouji) and how the pairing development was handled is quite impressive. Every mistake and transgression he caused her, he pays for it a thousandfold. How he does it? Words of apology are the hardest things to come out especially from a character who has the biggest pride in this manga - but he did show it by RISKING HIS LIFE for her a lot of times. Not to mention that he has to undergo one hell of an emotional rollercoaster just to win her over. He suffered as much or even more than she does. I wouldn't date a guy like Domyouji in real life but since Makino is a character neither me or you can insert yourself into, I believe he and Makino suit each other well.
The change wasn't one-sided since you get to see that happen in Makino as well. Throughout the course of their relationship, they both became mature and better people. If you compare Domyouji in the beginning and in the end, you get yourself two different people. And not just Domyouji, you can also see how much influence Makino brought to the rest of the F4 as well.
As for the art, I'm probably part of the minority who wasn't bothered by the earlier style since I began reading this during the 90's. Trust me though - the more you read, the more you see how much both her art + story-telling improved.
Well, what can i say i didn't first read the manga i watched the anime then the live-action show then i thought you know what i'm going to read the manga. It is like the anime but more detailed stuff.
At first i wasn't really going to read it since i had watched the anime but now i'm glad that i read the manga also. What i liked about this manga was that the story line was different from your typical boy meets girl and they fall in love.In this manga you will find many different things love triangles, fights,some things make you sad, other
things make you want to yell at makino, and there are the moments when you just are smiling without realizing it
And yes sometimes in the manga makino(a poor girl in a rich highschool talk about feeling out of place) can kinda piss you off because of her attitude but i still liked her character very much. She was nice(except to tsukasa whom since the beginning she doesn't like, but peoples feeling change ), she also had a strong character to be able to take all that bullying, and she had her weed power haha if you read it you will know what i mean. Other than her there is tsukasa or domyoji(the leader of the f4 and someone who makino just can't stand or can she?) now he was one violet guy, but he did have his funny moments in the manga and when he wanted to he could be nice, but most of the time he was an ass.
Rui(makino's savior and crush) now he was a mysterious character, while reading you want to know more about him as to why is he silent and stuff. Rui also had many funny moments and he was like makino's prince in shining armor.
Well i'm guessing that i like this manga because of the character's and the plot i mean this manga can make you have so many different feelings. Many times i would find myself laughing, feeling sad, worried, angry, and happy. well i can explain to you in detail why i felt all these things since i would probably spoil the story which i will not do.
Well, writing this review i want to say so much more about it, but as i said i will not spoil it. i really do recommend that you read this manga it is a great story
or if you don't want to read it watch the anime(graphics are a little old haha but that didn't stop me from watching it) or you can watch the live-action.
well, hope this review was in the least bit helpful
What can I say? I absolutely adore this manga. I love it so much that I decided to write my first review for it.
I should start by saying that in order to read Hana Yori Dango, I feel like I had to overcome a few crucial things.
First: the art: I'm a stickler for pretty drawn manga (I'm shallow, hah), so when I first saw HYD, i was skeptical. It was a bit dated, with the characters all looking kind of...heavy? But the story was so funny and so engaging, that I kept going.
Second: the shoujo "cliches". Yeah, they are to be expected of
this genre, but when I encountered the first one in HYD, I wondered how it would be handled. Yokio Kamio knows how to write in cliches with panache and A LOT of humor, trust me. And her characters make what would be boring situations into something funny, heartfelt, and marvelous . And so I kept reading...
Third, and final: translation gaps. This wasn't a problem with the manga itself, but with my own resources. I'm not a native Japanese speaker, so I had to rely on the English Scanlations I found online. At a certain volume, I think in the late teens, there would be a lot of empty speaking bubbles. This is understandable, since this manga is long, and it has to be difficult to translate the entire thing. At first it frustrated me, especially since I was so hooked into the manga, but I went on, drawing my own conclusions from the pictures alone. Thankfully, these weren't very crucial scenes. I kept reading.
And was it was all worth it. The art grew significantly better, the plot just kept getting more exciting, and the translated speaking bubbles came back again (side note: the missing bubble encouraged me to buy the manga all the more!)
Before I knew it, 3 days passed had by, and I had read all 200 + chapters and extra side stories. Since that time, I have reread some of the chapters too.
Overall: I love this manga. It is one of my favorites. I love the characters, the story, the art. It is a masterpiece. It is no wonder that it is Japan's bestselling shoujo manga of all time. Braw Yokio Kamio, bravoo!
To be honest, I was really expecting more out of this manga. I had heard so much ranting and raving from the readers, but the art was very disturbing (epecially domouji's hairy) and the story was shallow. It's hard to explain, but i felt as if the characters were being developed too quickly, and there were too many problems all piled up at once.
The japanese show turned me on more than this manga did
When I first was recommended this manga, I thought to myself "Wow...why would anyone want to read this story? For one thing, it's too long. And for another thing, one of the guys in it has the weirdest-looking hair I've ever seen in a shoujo manga." However, I would soon find out that I would have to eat my words.
Hana Yori Dango is by far the best manga I have EVER read, and believe me, I read tons of shoujo manga. The storyline is typical, but the characters are so unique. Here's a girl, Tsukushi, who isn't afraid to say what she feels. She isn't
clingy like most females in manga are. She's upright and self-reliant. She's competent of taking on the tasks that no other individual, male or female, would be capable of taking on. She's amazing, both mentally and physically. And then there's Domyouji Tsukasa, the male lead of the story. He's violent, self-centered, hot-tempered, and doesn't know how to treat the woman he loves. However, deep inside, he is extremely caring and reliable. He's willing to sacrifice all his fame, wealth, and family name all for the sake of love, a feeling that he's not used to due to his cold childhood. Although he's not the ideal image of a shoujo male who can sweep a woman off her feet, he's definitely sweet and has his nice moments. Another thing I liked about this story was that it didn't focus so much on starting a relationship. Most shoujo mangas are about a girl and a guy who like eachother but can't admit it to one another until the very last chapter. This typical kind of story is SOO boring and OVER-USED. However, Hana Yori Dango is contrast because the relationship between the main characters initiate from the beginning chapters. The rest of the story is rather focused on building UPON the relationship and strengthening it when outside forces try to break them up. Hana Yori Dango teaches the reader to keep their head held up high and their hopes ignited even when it seems as if their love was falling into the depths of shadows and despair. The lessons of love, life, friendship, family, unity, and acceptance will forever hold a place in my heart.
Believe me, I read Hana Yori Dango in less than 3 days [and it's 240+ chapters!] I also read the top-rated shoujo manga such as Vampire Knight and I still would choose this manga over it because its lovable storyline and the unforgettable characters.
I'm currently watching the Japanese drama and it's wonderful as well.
DEFINITELY WORTH READING. This manga will be in your mental list of best mangas for years to come :D
Don't underestimate old manga!
I myself avoided it, because it seemed so old fashioned and out-of-date.
First several chapters, if you are not accustomed to the old style, you'll feel almost disgusted. Save your dissatisfaction for the later to be completely swept away. I don't remember the point when I got hooked on this manga. Tell you one thing. After reading it I reread it two months later. Even with more pleasure.
One of the strongest points of this series is a very composed and consistent development of characters.
May seem quite ordinary due to the pattern setting, of a girl falling for her savior. However this manga
got 10 for its great turnover and smooth story development. It drags you along and never lets go. There are no chapters I would like not to exist. Not fast nor slow development of the story. Not much, nor too little space given to characters hesitation, making decision and moving on (hate it,either if too exaggerated or cut off). The whole story is enough dramatical to capture you completely.
First of all I considered it a weak point of HYD. But on the other hand it gives this manga a peculiar taste, never met anywhere else. Can only compare it to Gokusen. Quite simplistic face drawing leaves room to your own imagination. All the characters have their attributes, for which they are recognized easily, so it really a pleasure to follow the story. By the way the hair of the main bully actually made me seriously irritated at the beginning, although I came to love it in the end. Also keep in mind that throughout the series art develops a great deal.
As I said earlier the character development is one of the strongest points of this manga. It is really rare to meet such a consistent, logical and multifaceted, yet compact development of characters' persona. You are able to follow the growth of person not only due his/her environment and circumstances, but also because of his/her lover's influence, support and even decisions. Also liked the setting of supporting characters. The author uses their presence and actions to the fullest, sometimes to emphasize the problem or look from different angle, sometimes, to resolve it. In a nutshell, the story revolves around the couple, but it is well-balanced with the surrounding world of manga.
Really tired of same shoujo mangas. There sometimes can be several differences, but in the end almost all of them roll down to same old "prince-princess" fairytale. Uncommon and deeply elaborated Hana Yori Dango wins a lot over them. And gives a very warm and satisfied feeling.
I entered this manga having little to no experience in involvement in a long-term series. Before finishing Hana Yori Dango, the longest series I had ever finished was Hana-Kimi with twenty three volumes. Hana Yori Dango, or Boys Over Flowers as it is known in the U.S., is a shojo manga by Yoko Kamio, who mostly had small works published in the weekly shojo magazine Margaret prior to HYD. The thirty-six volumes of HYD show Kamio's eleven year progression with the series, beginning with the transformation in artwork early on to the development of her characters, which began unfocused and one-dimensional to relatable and understandable.
Although the "F4" men, or the Flower Four, are quickly explained as extremely wealthy and good-looking, they each have real problems of their own. Domyouji's mother is demanding and are the main reason for any sort of turmoil within Domyouji's and Makino's relationship. Hanazawa Rui is the most complex character of them all, although we don't understand the true him until later on in the series. The other two members of the F4 are unrepetant playboys, one of whom, Nishikado, truly has a deep meaning for his behavior. Nishikado seems friendly and personable at first, however later within the series there is a large arch describing his dark past. Nishikado is my favorite character in this series for his overwhelming "realness" and skill to demand reader sympathy.
Eventually, the relationship between Domyouji and Makino becomes annoying and drawn out, but credit must be given to Domyouji to sticking it out for Makino and all her issues for as long as he does. The art was a little bare and naive in the beginning. Domyouji's hair looked as though he had corkscrews randomly attatched to his head! However, the art gradually evens out beautifully and is a result of Yoko Kamino's love for her work.
Overall, the story becomes repetitive but never boring despite the obvious "we have seen this before" archs. The character development is one of the best I have ever seen within a manga and is certaintly worth a read for that alone. If the thirty six volume commitment shocks you, do not worry because HYD is a very fast, yet enjoyable read. I finished the series in one school week and still rant and rave about it. Stay tuned for more reviews.
I tend to stay away from long mangas, just because of the time consumption. After realizing that I had limited options left within my comfort range, I decided to pick up HYD. To my surprise, it was a quick read, but not in the sense that it was lacking plot. The character development was fantastic in all the characters, which is something you don't always see in a shoujo manga. I was thoroughly impressed with the constant pace and overall plot. Basically, I would recommend this manga to anyone, because it fits most manga cravings. I plan to watch the drama next!
Hana Yori Dango, or Hanadan, as I call it, may seem like a stereotypical shōjo manga, UNTIL you realise it set half the stereotypes followed by shoutouts manga today. It is internationally famous and has spawned countless dramas in different parts of Asia and also has an anime adaptation. This, right here is what started it all.
This manga follows the story of Makino Tsukushi, a middle class girl going to a school for rich people. All she wants to do is fit in and graduate, but then enter the F4, the group of popular and rich boys in the school. They are well
revered and feared. One day, Makino’s friend falls off stairs and injures the leader of the F4, Makino stands up for her and insults them, and Doumyouji Tsukasa, the leader of the F4 is impressed by her courage and the fact that she isn’t swayed by his influence. He develops a crush on her, but Makino likes Hanazawa Rui, the quiet and aloof member of the F4.
Shōjo manga underwent huge reforms in the 1990s, with hits like this and sailor moon, so for its time, Hanadan has a pretty unique plot, at some points, I felt like it was unnecessarily stretched out, but that’s fine.
Since this manga came out in the late 90s, the art and overall character designs looks quite dated. But, it keeps improving over the course of the manga, and towards the end, it looks more or less like the style followed today.
The strongest point of the story, the characters develop extremely well over the course of the manga.
Back in the 1990s, Japan hadn’t really jumped on the feminism bandwagon, but we have three extremely strong female characters- Makino Tsukushi, Shizuka Tōdō and Tsubaki Dōmyōji.
Makino is the inspiration for the “poor hardworking girl with a lot of perseverance” trope followed today. But, I have to hand the baton of my favourite characters to the Doumyouji siblings- Tsukasa is somewhat close to my ideal man and he develops wonderfully along the course of the series- from a violent bully to a kindhearted boyfriend, but occasionally his violent side does show. Tsubaki is also a character I love- she is simply hilarious and reminds me of how I fought with my own brother as a kid.
The rest of the F4 is nice too- Hanazawa Rui starts off as an introvert but ends up opening up to Makino after sorting out his feelings, my second favourite character development. Mimasaka and Nishikado deserved better, in my opinion, but you can see the impact Makino had on this group of boys who were feared as bullies.
I enjoyed this manga, and I simply couldn’t put it down, I laughed and cried with all the characters and I just felt so happy and warm inside, and I closed the book with a smile on my face.
This manga is definitely worth a read, please don’t judge it to be stereotypical simply because it’s an older manga, but look at its strengths- being such an impactful manga that has inspired countless other such stereotypes, Hanadan is a rollercoaster ride of emotions, and I’d definitely read it again and again. When I want to read it, I’ll make sure to see this review before I engross myself in that ride.
I'm so happy to finally write a review on this one!
I started it last week and finished it at the end of it(this Friday).All I have and want to say is that it's a magnificent manga.If you haven't read it then you should.Sure it might like a bit old but don't let it fool you.I too was fooled.I would have read it earlier but the cover just wouldn't inspire me enough to do so.I had come across this title many times but always thought it was not worth it,until a decided to try it a few days ago.After all I didn't have anything to lose,right?
was nothing like I expecting,it was way better and I'm glad I gave it a try.
So after expressing all my enthusiasm let's get into the real review.
Would have given it a 10 to 10 but it's not that original,at least today.At that time I bet it would have been different.We've all seen the poor girl who falls in love with the rich guy and it goes on.That the only thing ticking me off,but the whole F4 was a pretty good mix.Also the twists were pretty entertaining.The story is told well,and has pretty fun moments.I'm also glad that it's not all so lovey-dovey cause it handles some mature pretty well.That's what I liked the most about it.
Might have given it a ten but at first it really sucked for me.Sorry if I offended anyone but I want something good to look at and Tsukasa's hair were a bit weird at first,but funny.As you read through the chapters it improves a lot and it's enjoyable and beautiful.The characters' designs were also interesting,except for Tsukushi's that was more simple but it was to be expected,it had to match her role.
All had depth,especially the protagonists,you could totally understand them and feel them or feel sorry for them.I actually feel in love with Tsukasa,haha.Well maybe the ones lacking backgrounf were the mean girls threesome,but I doubt that their role was of any importance later on the manga.Maybe the only disappointment I can think of in the characters' development was Tsukushi's.She should have continued being strong even after falling in love with Tsukasa,I think her crying was a bit exaggeratted to me,but I guess it's a matter of personal preference.That's all I had to complain about.The rest were very interesting,Tsukasa,Rui),Soujiro and even Akira(although we ot some of his background a lot later in the manga).
Totally enjoyed it,so I had to finish it within a week.I'd also neglect some of my homework just so I could sit and read it.Haha,that's how much I enjoyed.I even think of reading it again and fall in love with it all over.Plus it has affected me so much,positively.It's being long since I ever felt so optimistic about something.Long live Hana Yori Dango!
It's been listed in my favorites and I'll always remember the sweet memories of reading it.It was fun,and I didn't expect it to me that good.I'm so glad it surprised me.
I really liked this manga but it got a little bit annoying. What was probably the most annoying thing for me was that almost EVERY guy liked her. I mean seriously? Yeah, obviously most mangas aren't that realistic, but this is going a bit too far.
Although I liked the main female protagonist, she could be a bit annoying.
"Do I like him?"
"I don't like him!"
"I do like him!"
"I don't like him!"
"Wait...I'm not sure"
I swear it felt like she was confused about her feelings for more than half of the manga.
All in all though, this is a great read.
I really liked the main male
protagonist, and I liked how his character changed as the manga went on.
(but the dude is seriously screwed up in the head without Makino and he needs to stop slapping girls)
I really liked how long the manga was, Makino and Domyouji's relationship and the characters in general.
Hana Yori Dango is probably the most perfect shojo manga and anime series ever created haha! I read the manga series first and was immediately addicted to the crazy drama and romance. It is by far the manga that is closest to my heart and I think if anyone is a shojo-lover (like me
Ugh I am so disgusted beyond belief. I could not believe a manga of this popularity and seemingly the "classics" of manga, anime, and dramas was such a flop. This was probably the rise for the cliche tropes we see in the other shoujo mangas today. In the first few chapters you think the MC will be a strong, stubborn woman who doesn't take shit from no one. THE ONLY THING SHE IS IS STUBBORNLY STUPID (as well as everyone around her). Not only does she pine after this guy who walks all over her, she forgives others for almost FUCKING RAPING HER. This manga
continues to romanticize possessive, childish, IMMORAL behavior JUST BECAUSE THE PERPETRATORS WERE HOT AND RICH. All these people who left good reviews are brainwashed; imagine all the F4 being greasy ugly guys doing those same actions. Honestly, all these double standards smh.
This is my first review and not intended to be a review but a way to express my burning hatred for this series:
NOTHING happens in this godforsaken manga. All we get to see is the genuinely wonderful and likeable people that Makino COULD'VE ended up with but of course, she had to be with the arrogant, selfish, egocentric brat that had NO reedeeming qualities which the other characters try to explain why the way he is with wishy washy garbage. I just LOOOVEE boys who causes everyone in school to bully and humiliate me in public. nearly rape me and walk away when I'm being
dragged by a car with my hands tied because he was ~insecure~. My experience reading this was beyond infuriating and I have to warn others to not be convinced with the title of "best selling shoujo manga of all time" like I was. To the never ending cliches and the wide array of unlikeable characters, I wish I could give my enjoyment score a 0.
I expected good things. Good things don't exist in Boys Over Flowers.
I have never hated a character as much as Domyouji Tsukasa. I am not good at articulating myself and I feel as if I cannot do my deep burning hatred for him justice but if you read the top 2 reviews which both give this series a very low score should help explain my feelings towards him. I started this series about 8 hours ago and he is the singular entity I despise with all my being.
It should be noted that I only read 14 volumes before I remembered I didn't have to waste my time reading this series. I could tell that this was going to be the same washed up sh*t every "arc".
tl;dr: the story goes nowhere, the characters never develop and domyouji is a infuriating piece of shit that i would literally give everything away for a chance to strangle him to death
For me, the way that the artist draws is very important. In the begining, the characters are drawn very, very bad. The f4 (which is what the hotest guys around call themselves) are drawn very akwardly, well just plain horrible to put it bluntly! But I got over thr drawings and later on they slowley changed and stared looking actually cute.
I really did like the story, it had drama, romance scenes that make you saw, "aww!" and it just makes you smile. I wished the ending was more of a happier union but it was still good.
The characters have depth and you start to really like them. The heroine in here is a bit slow but it all seems real and in real life people are sometimes slow to realize they like someone and it takes a while to know what to do next. I really do recomend this manga to anyone who wants to read a sweet story.
At the beginning of the manga, u think the art looks lame, but later on it gets better 100%! The story line is great. This is hilarious. The characters are great. Definitely a must read for shoujo/romance manga-lovers. This is my favorite. At times u may get annoyed by mixed feelings like yelling "OH SHUT UP! Just go with it!" but we all have those moments while reading manga. This is just fantastic/cute/funny/lovely.
Hana yori Dango or "Boys over flowers" is one of the best selling shoujo manga of all time in Japan. It's simple, predictable and to be honest there's nothing new to find for a veteran shoujo reader, yet it's highly enjoyable and to be honest quite well deserved of its popularity.
There's nothing that puts HyD above others in the same category because it really is your typical shoujo manga - poor girl enrolls in a rich high school and accidentally makes the richest guy in school her enemy. Thus her quiet life makes a 360 turn and rich guy also realizes that "oh she's different
from others" once he "gets to know her".
That's the start of 244 chapters of love drama that you've surely seen before in another shoujo.
The only thing that sets it apart from others of its kind is probably the two MC's personalities AND relationship. A poor, tomboyish, violent and strong willed girl and a rich, incredibly immature, violent and short tempered guy? It's quite a sight to behold watching the two converse, and also very frustrating at times.
HyD also touches on heavy themes such as attempted rape, abuses and more. The later is meant to be taken jokingly - much like small kids fighting over petty things.
Though I understand if people feel offended since it's not always handled very well.
Hana yori Dango is at it's core just a typical shoujo manga who does what it's supposed to do - entertain the reader. Which I think it has done an amazing job.
If you're looking for an incredibly fun and romantic read - this is the one.
Shut your brain off, don't question too much and just enjoy. :) Because entertaining the reader is where it shines the brightest.