What can measure the popularity of manga series Hana Yori Dango written by Yoko Kamio in the early 1990s? The Hana Yori Dango franchise has a great number of popular merchandise. It has its own Japanese live action adaptation which made many faces in today’s entertainment industry very popular. Furthermore, it even has its own animated series which was released much earlier than the live action adaptation. In fact, it is one of the only Manga series that has been reproduced multiple times. Popular broadcasting stations all over Asia, particularly the most popular from Taiwan (A.K.A Meteor Garden) and South Korea (Boys over Flowers) had made their own renditions of the Hana Yori Dango franchise. Though the concept of their stories changed a little bit, the overall essence of the plot still exists. There is even a rumor of an American rendition for the said franchise.
The reason behind its worldwide popularity would be the irresistible and dreamy group called the F4. The story is set in an elite school for the children of prominent families where the F4 (a.k.a Flower Four) are the children of Japan’s most elite and the school’s richest donors. On top of the fact that these boys are super rich and popular, they also seem to have received all possible gifts from the heavens because of their handsome, gentleman-like looks. This may also be among the reasons why their group is very popular.
With their popularity and wealth comes a great deal of power which somewhat turned them into the Kings or Princes of the campus. They go through lengths to bully other students from the school, especially those they think that cross them. In fact, everyone was afraid of them. They were especially afraid of the leader of F4 and the son of the wealthiest – Domyouji Tsukasa. They seem to have perfected their rule over the campus until their worlds started tumbling when a feisty girl entered their school. For the F4, especially Domyouji, everything seems to feel right and wrong at the same time.
These characters seem to have gained popularity for all ages and gender because of their fantasy like lives. Everyone wants to be a son or daughter of a wealthy family and become second-generation heirs to large and powerful corporations. On top of that they are very attractive. Since this combination does not really happen in real life, it has somehow become a fantasy for many of the fans. Furthermore, many girls wish to be like the female lead role who is fierce and has caught the sweetest, most romantic and richest out of the F4. It is like a fairy tale come true – finding a prince in this modern world.
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