Hana Yori Dango

Whew! It’s been a long time since I last updated this blog. The biting cold of the season is making me lazy. Lately, I’ve been spending my time just catching up on my favorite TV shows. The latest being the J-dorama “Hana Yori Dango” based on the “manga” with the same title. Remember the hit Taiwanese TV series “Meteor Garden” starring F4 and Barbie Hsu? It was also based on the same “manga”. I was one of the millions of Filipinos who tuned in regularly to the Tagalized Taiwanese drama but I never really got hooked on the actors. I also didn’t buy the whole series the way my friends did.

I found out about the J-dorama three weeks ago, right after the third episode of the series was shown in Japan. I was able to download the three episodes from the “japaneseguy” complete with subtitles. I watched all the episodes available in one sitting twice!

Unlike “Meteor Garden”, the characters in “Hana Yori Dango” play high school students at the very exclusive and rich school “Eitoku Gautuken.” The actresses in the series are a pretty bunch while the “F4” guys aren’t really eyecandies but they make up for it with their acting. “Domyoji” isn’t as hunky as “Dao Ming Sze” but at least he can act. 😀 Production design is good. I was actually shocked at the mansions used in this series. You don’t get to see those houses in Korean dramas! The best thing about this J-dorama is the pacing. The series is quite short with only nine episodes but I prefer it that way. Last night, the sixth episode was shown in Japan. I, of course, can’t wait to see it but I still have to wait for the subtitles to be available. Kudos to those guys who give their time translating this enjoyable series for the Japanese language illiterates like moi!


  1. hello 🙂 i’ve been reading your blog for quite some time now. anyway, i watch this series too – my first jdorama actually – and i like it! i was a big fan of MG too noon. the taiwanese version has the cuter guys pero mas gusto ko nga acting dito sa HYD, hehe!

  2. The F4 of HYD may not be “hunky” like MG, but in Japan, the prettier (in a girly way I guess) the guy is, the more girls like them, aka bishounen which literally translates to pretty boy.

    MatsuJun the one who plays the lead, is quite popular, so for the Japanese population (and the japanese avids like me) they’re just perfect for the role. I’ve really tried my best to like MG, but after 4 episodes, I gave up.

  3. Yeah I could still remember the craze with the taiwanese F4. And also, I didn’t bought the cd or anything. My craze actually ended earlier than the drama itself, I can’t even remember the ending for MG1. I also like Hana yori dango, it’s really a big budget drama and the actors can really act. Through hana yori dango, I came to discover jdorama series.

  4. hello! Truthfully speaking, i’ve enjoyed watching MG and HYD, but I think HYD’s better.

    MAtsujun may not be that hunky, but he’s hot, i totally hate his looks in HYD, but he’s so gorgeous. ^^

    HYD isn’t boring, and it’s sequel is the best as compared to MG2 which is really boring.

  5. I love HYD because the story is so great and I prefer Japanese version a lot better than the korean and taiwanese versions (sorry!!!)… I like Jun’s acting so much… Khit hndi gnung kasikat dito sa Pilipinas ang HYD kesa s MG at BOF… Love ko pa rin ang HYD..

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