[Jdrama] Hanazakari no Kimitachi e

September 25, 2007 at 6:26 pm 7 comments

Starring:
Horikita Maki as Ashiya Mizuki
Oguri Shun as Sano Izumi
Ikuta Toma as Nakatsu Shuiichi
Kono Mahiru as Hara Akiha
Kamikawa Takaya as Umedo Hokuto
Yamamoto Yusuke as Kayashima Taiki
Mizushima Hiro as Nanba Minami
Okada Masaki as Sekime Kyougo
Kimura Ryou as Senri Nakao
Ishigaki Yuma as Tennouoji Megumi
Kyo Nobuo as Himejima Masao (Oscar)
Iwasa Mayuko as Hanayashiki Hibari

Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (roughly translating into For You in Full Blossom, nicknamed Hana Kimi) is a Japanese dorama that aired in the summer of 2007 on Fuji TV. It aired on Tuesday nights at 9:00 PM. Its average ratings were 17.3%, though the finale hit 21%. Hana Kimi is one of the few dramas that has both an opening and ending theme song. The opening is Ikenai Taiyou by ORANGE RANGE and the ending is PEACH by Otsuka Ai.

Hana Kimi is a live-action adaptation of the popular manga of the same name. Though the drama uses the same storyline as the manga, the scriptwriters modified a few key point and a few minor characters. It chronicles the high school life of Ashiya Mizuki, a Japanese-American girl who admires a Japanese youth athlete, Sano Izumi. He was injured and quit high jump. Mizuki is determined to change his mind, so she decided to study abroad in Japan and tranfers to his high school, Osaka Gakuen. The only problem with this is that Osaka Gakuen is a boys’ boarding school.

So that’s the basic premise for the show. Mizuki is hiding her true gender from her classmates while trying to become friends with Sano, so she can convince him to start jumping again. While she is trying to accomplish this, she comes across various problems – her identity almost being exposed, unexpected family visits, rivalries, etc.

Watching Hana Kimi feels very much like a manga. Effects such as little hearts, flowers, special framing give the entire show an overdone comedic feeling. It makes the series very fun to watch and it’s hard to not to laugh out loud at certain points. As funny as some portions are, there are very dramatic moments as well that sometime come right after the high comedy parts. So, comedy and drama are written really well.

One big problem I had with the changes made to the script was the seemingly lack of friendship between Sano and Mizuki. In the manga, they were very clearly best friends. (So why are they always saying Mizuki and Nakatsu are best friends?) Mizuki helped Sano train; they were very comfortable with each other. Halfway into the dorama series, Sano and Mizuki still didn’t seem to be friends yet. Other characters would say things like “Mizuki is the one who made Sano start jumping again,” but it sure wasn’t shown. It wasn’t really until the eighth episode that Sano started being overprotective of Mizuki.

Plus, Sano’s character is kind of moody. I like Oguri Shun, but it’s hard to say if I liked him in this particular role, since the way his character was written is sort of iffy. I also didn’t like how Sano was written to be so aloof and not friendly with anyone. It made his character a lot harder to like and relate to, which definitely does not add to the drama. I began to like his character in the last third of the series, since his role became less moody and stand-offish and more friendly like Sano was in the manga. Well, in the end I liked him.

I did like the way Mizuki’s character was portrayed, though it got pretty cheesy at times. I also really enjoyed the Nakatsu falling in love with Mizuki storyline. The comedy was really well done and Ikuta Toma did a fantastic job with that portion. Well, he did a great job with the whole thing. Nakatsu could easily be my favorite character in the drama. The special framing of Mizuki in Nakatsu’s thoughts was a little over the top, though, as was many portions of the series (like with Umeda and Hara and the school events).

One of the things I missed most about the manga was the ending; I really liked the way the series ended in the manga. There were a lot of elements that were the same, but the key things I loved about the end were changed.

While Hana Kimi was not the best drama of the season, it was really entertaining. High in comedy but not lacking in drama, it’s something that can make you laugh out loud and pull on your heartstrings. I liked some of the changes the scriptwriters made to the series, but there were also a lot of things I really appreciate in the manga that weren’t present in the drama. Unless you hate over the top comedy, you’ll mostly likely enjoy this one.

Buy the boxset: Japan Version – Part 1 | Japan Version – Part 2

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. K-Sama  |  September 26, 2007 at 1:17 am

    Finally! Some agrees with me that the manga is better..Sano was too mean torwards Mizuki in the beginning of the Drama, he was much nicer in the manga and I think that would have made the drama much better. As always I love you reviews! Ja Ne!

  • 2. Aryka  |  September 30, 2007 at 7:42 pm

    I also agree, the manga was much better than the drama. There were a lot more sweet moments between Mizuki and Sano, and more interaction with the other characters too. (Well, I guess that’s what you get when you try to fit 23 volumes into 12 episodes, right?)

    I also think they dragged out the ending part too much, especially all the flashbacks. However, I really did enjoy watching it =]

  • 3. shobie  |  December 19, 2007 at 7:03 am

    shun is so cute and he fits the part as sano izumi.

  • 4. stormi  |  January 4, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    YEESHthe manga is SO much better… i mean… theres like… 10…oh 12 episodes… GEEZ… but i guess it was not so bad.

  • 5. itendtoflail  |  January 10, 2008 at 12:34 am

    omg, the sano thing… i really couldn’t agree more. i hated that he was distant for so long. i love oguri shun, i just wish his character was written better. i liked wu chun’s portrayal of the character in the taiwanese version of hana kimi.

    i really liked that this drama gave more meaning to some of the characters. like, we got to know more about them and stuff.

  • 6. tarzo  |  March 7, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    I really liked Hana Kimi japan it was funny and made me laugh i loved the actors in it xD but Hana Kimi Taiwain was gOod but ut dragged a bit the jap versoin was straight to the ponit.

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  • 7. Maylyn  |  April 6, 2008 at 1:23 am

    I love hana kimi of japan. I raelly like the actors and actresses. It’s just that the ending is not so good. Does it have a PART II?

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