花より男子 is my all time favourite drama, anime and manga.
I am a proud owner of all 37 volumes of 花より男子. Now sitting quietly and collecting dust in my cupboard.
Author：神尾叶子, 37 volumes from 1992 to 2004. The above is volume 1. I have to admit the illustration does not look very impressive but it did improve over the years.
Volume 36. Told you, didn't i? Her drawning improved!
I watched the tv anime too. It was boardcast on SCV (its was called SCV then) during my JC days. I remember rushing back home just to catch the 20mins anime (minus advertisement) and cannot stop thinking about what's going to happen next.
In 2001, Taiwan made it into a drama which marks the start of all the 偶像剧craze. I remembered being very excited when i came to know of this news on 娱乐新闻, a daily MUST watch during my secondary school days. Was even more excited when i saw 言承旭 acting as 道明寺. Very 帅 in my opinion.
流星花园 - Only first half of the story follows the manga and 言承旭 whom acted as 道明寺 had the signature curly hair for only the first few episodes. Though i had to agree that he looks better with his long and flow-y hair.
In 2003? Taiwan release Season 2,
流星花园2. This has totally no connection with neither the animation nor the manga thus i don't really like it.
In 2005, the Japanese version was out.
花より男子 - Seriously, i was very disappointed with the cast. 道明寺司, leader of F4 is my favourtie character thus i was especially disappointed with 松本润 whom acted as 道明寺司, whom i think just does not have the looks and height for this role. As for the others, it was a-ok only.
In 2007, Japan had the season 2.
花より男子2 - To be honest, i gave it a miss.
In 2008, Japan had the movie.
花より男子F - I watched it on the plane. I think it was quite a flop with not even a bit of the 花より男子 element instead there was a very long chase scene and them stranded in a tropical island. The plot and ending was crap and very lame.
In 2009, the Korean version.
꽃보다 - To be honest, i did not watch was it was first out as i was afraid it might be another flop just like the Japanese version but there was a lot of rave and hype about this Korean version of 花より男子 thus, i decided to give it a try and thank goodness i watched! Not only did i watch, i RE-watched!
*thumbs up* they follow the manga closely with the very important ski trip scene which was missing in the Taiwan version and
李 敏鎬 whom acted as the leader of 4, renamed as Goo Joon Pyo had the signature curly hair through out the drama and i must said he looks good in it! The only actor who can pull of such an outrageous hairstyle. They developed the relationship between 花澤類, renamed as Yoon Ji Hoo and 牧野杉菜, renamed as Keum Jandi which makes the drama even more addictive.
Frankly, for all the 4 characters in 花より男子, the Korean version is my no. 1 choice, though i like 言承旭 as 道明寺 too. By the way, don't you agree that 李 敏鎬 and 言承旭 look very alike?
Btw, China Hunan TV is joining in this 花より男子 craze too.
流星雨 - I'm wondering if i will watch, the guy acting as 道明寺司 is not my cup of tea.
Labels: Drama, Manga