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JDrama: Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (花ざかりの君たちへ)

Posted on: June 22, 2008

As promised, I’ve started watching Hanazakari no Kimitachi e which I will sometimes refer to as Hana Kimi Japan. I like the Japanese version much better than the Taiwanese version with Ella and I absolutely adore Ikuta Toma as Nakatsu (Jiro in the Taiwanese Hana Kimi just can’t compare). Unlike the Taiwanese Hana Kimi where I accepted that Ella’s character would of course love Wu Zun’s character, I really really wanted Mizuki to be with Nakatsu. Ikuta Toma just played such a cute Nakatsu! I loved everytime he said: “Homo ja nai!”

Where To Watch? (with English Subtitles)

Episode 1

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Title: 花ざかりの君たちへ
Title (romaji): Hanazakari no Kimitachi e
Title (English): For You in Full Blossom
Nick Name: Hana Kimi (Japan)

Broadcast period: 07.30.2007 to 09.18.2007
Broadcast network: Fuji TV
# of Episodes: 12
Viewership ratings: 17.3 (Kanto)

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.

Horikita Maki as Ashiya Mizuki
Oguri Shun as Sano Izumi
Ikuta Toma as Nakatsu Shuichi
Mizushima Hiro as Nanba Minami (2nd Dorm Leader)
Konno Mahiru as Hara Akiha
Kamikawa Takaya as Umeda Hokuto

2 Responses to "JDrama: Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (花ざかりの君たちへ)"

I LOVED Ikuta Toma as Nakatsu!
He was pure genius in that role.

I liked the Japanese version TEN TIMES better than the Taiwan one because in the Taiwan, EVERYTHING was a joke, pretty much (even “Nakatsu” the Taiwan counterpart, in a way) but in Hana Kimi Japan, the director or whoever was sure to make serious scenes along with the other hilarious, laugh-out-loud moments, which all combined to make this a really great and worthwhile watch.

Hanazakari no kimitachi e is one of my favorite j drama, far better then the boring crap we get on tv, to bad crunchroll just have to **** things up, i really hate crunchroll!!!

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