Boys Over Flowers Anime Review

The Hana Yori Dango manga (Japanese comic) was published in a bi-weekly magazine from October 1992 to September 2003. The manga was adapted into a 51 episode anime series (which closely follows the manga) called Boys Over Flowers. It aired from September 8, 1996 to August 31, 1997. The 51 episode anime series is available on youtube, which is where I watched it.

There is a blog, Emily’s Hana Yori Dango, with recaps of the 51 episodes. She has extensive details on the anime, the manga, the TV versions (Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, and American (let’s forget that was ever attempted)) and the newest manga installment of the series.  It you can believe it, there is a musical slated for 2016.

Here’s an explanation of the title “Boys Over Flowers” from a review of the anime:

There’s a saying in Japan, “Hana yori dango,” that literally means, “dumplings before flowers”, with the connotation that a girl would rather prefer practical things (like dumplings) over frivolities (like flowers). In the title of this show, however, the “dango” is actually a reading for the kanji for “boy”, so in effect, the series title translates as “Boys Over Flowers”.

I watched the anime because it was the closest to the manga I thought I’d ever get. Later I found if you want to read the manga online, it is available.

I liked the anime overall. There are some excellent episodes. The strength of the series is the first half. Her struggle between the two guys is quite good. Once you watch the anime, you see a majority of the plot points in the Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese TV versions. It’s interesting the plot points that were used or ignored or created in each TV version.

Here is a playlist of the 51 episode anime. Check it out via the link or the embedded playlist below:

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