Hey Potatots! I know it had been a while since I’ve posted any anime related content here. My semester break for my January semester had just came and went. I had spent my last weeks of my freedom watching a really old anime to fill up my time.
OMG, why did I even do that?!
The anime that I had chosen to watch is Hana Yori Dango. It is better known as Boys Over Flowers; which is a classic 90s anime with all the cheesy and corny tropes found in modern shoujo manga series. However, most of us would better know this franchise as Live Action TV dramas instead due to the various, I repeat various adaptations found. Notable adaptations are Hana Yori Dango (same name, aired year 2005; Japanese); Meteor Garden (2001, Taiwanese)
my personal favorite cause the boy-band F4 had been my crushes for 20 years Boys Over Flowers (2009, Korean) the rise of K Drama Last but not least, Meteor Garden (2018, Chinese) which is the remake of the 2001 version. I really don’t know why the fuck would I go and dig out the old anime to watch it.
HanaDan is filled with cringy lines and plot to put it briefly. However, I would not blame it too much as it was the 90s cringy and corny plots are common back then and it also helps define the modern shoujo genre that we all know. The story pacing of HanaDan is decent to understand, however all the would they won’t they moment really dragged the whole enjoyment to watch it with decent sanity. ISTG, each time the lead; Domyoji Tsukasa blurts out his undying love to Tsukushi the main girl I gagged each time. The plot is also somewhat predicable and its suffocating to watch with all the cheese and corn produced. HanaDan is a cringe fest and height of sappy romantic drama. I hate to admit it; I really do enjoy the anime even though I feel like gagging each time.
Lastly, Hana Yori Dango is a worth it anime for helpless romantics and those that could handle cringe of 90s anime.
Character Development: 7/10
Minami’s Free Talk
Honestly saying, I really don’t know why the fuck that I re-watch meteor garden during my last days of freedom and went to the anime streaming sites to find this anime. I have to admit that I did shed a few tears when Domyoji declared his undying love for Tsukushi, GDI my romantic side.