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Hana Kimi (Hanazakari no Kimitachi e) Japanese Drama

Updated on January 13, 2011

All about Hana Kimi and why you should watch this entertaining Jdorama!

If you're looking for a fun Japanese drama series to watch, give Hana Kimi (or Hanazakari no Kimitachi e) a try.

Literally translated as For You in Full Blossom, Hanazakari no Kimitachi e is based on a popular manga by Nakajo Hisaya. The story follows the chaotic, troublesome and bizarre situations that ensue in a boys' boarding school after a girl who disguises herself as a boy enrolls as a student.

Now why on earth would she do that? If you want to find out more about the wacky and campy Hana Kimi Jdorama, please read on.

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Mizuki Ashiya, the new student of Osaka Gakuen, a private academy for boys. Notice anything strange about "him"?

Mizuki Ashiya, the new student of Osaka Gakuen, a private academy for boys. Notice anything strange about "him"?
Mizuki Ashiya, the new student of Osaka Gakuen, a private academy for boys. Notice anything strange about "him"?

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Hanazakari no Kimitachi e Synopsis - What the Hana Kimi Japan Drama is all about.

Hanazakari no Kimitachi e
Hanazakari no Kimitachi e

Ashiya Mizuki (Maki Horikita), a Japanese girl who was raised in California, USA comes back to Japan with one goal in mind: find Sano Izumi (Shun Oguri), a hopeful high jump hero who quit after an accident and get him back into the sport. One late night while training in the US, Sano sees Mizuki being cornered by a group of thugs and helps her escape from them. She manages to escape but the bad guys were able to catch up with Sano and one of them inflicts a nasty slash on his ankle. He is then unable to jump properly again so he quits the sport. Mizuki blames herself for the incident and vows to make him jump again. Sano goes to Osaka Gakuen, a boys' private boarding school that places a premium on looks, so she disguises herself as a guy - short hair, flat chest, lowered voice and all - and enrolls in the school. She finally meets him there and even ends up living in the same dorm room with him.

Sano overhears by chance that Mizuki is actually a girl but he feigns ignorance so as not to scare her away. Meanwhile, Mizuki falls in love with Sano but it takes a while before he reciprocates since he is too caught up in his own problems. On top of this, Mizuki's friend Nakatsu Shuichi (Toma Ikuta) is finding himself strangely attracted to Mizuki even while he thinks that she is a boy, leading him to question his sexuality.

In the Hana Kimi Special, Nakatsu and Sano reminisce about the time Sano falls in love with Mizuki. This takes us back to the weeks between Episode 7 and 8 where Mizuki's friend Julia from America comes to Osaka Gakuen to bring Mizuki back. While Julia is in Japan, she decides to act as Mizuki's girlfriend.

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Hanazakari no Kimitache e Credits / Closing Sequence - Watch the fun and wacky Hana Kimi Jdrama closing sequence below.

The Hana Kimi Jdrama has a humorous, tongue-in-cheek mood all throughout. In fact, the beginning of the first episode contains a disclaimer: "This drama is fiction. Please pardon the foolishness" and so the ending sequence for each episode maintains that same campy feel.

Watch the cute and silly closing credits sequence below.

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Japanese Drama : Hanazakari No Kimitachi E w/ English Subtitle
Japanese Drama : Hanazakari No Kimitachi E w/ English Subtitle

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. (Language: Japanese; Subtitles: Chinese & English; Video Format: NTSC; Region Code: ALL

 

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Hanazakari No Kimitachi E Special
Hanazakari No Kimitachi E Special

This special takes place half a year after the end of the television series. With Osaka Gakuen getting ready for an upcoming Valentine's Day event, Sano (Shun Oguri) and Nakatsu (Toma Ikuta) reflect on the final week of their last summer vacation, which falls into the timeline of the original series between episodes 7 and 8. This special also includes a graduation scene and addresses the relationship between Mizuki (Maki Horikita) and Sano.

 

Main Characters

Horikita Maki as Ashiya Mizuki

Oguri Shun as Sano Izumi

Ikuta Toma as Nakatsu Shuichi

Extended Cast

Mizushima Hiro as Nanba Minami

Konno Mahiru as Hara Akiha

Kamikawa Takaya as Umeda Hokuto

Matsuda Seiko as Tsubaki, the School Principal

Ukaji Takashi as Sawatari

Kobayashi Susumu as Yoshioka

Okada Yoshinori as Ashiya Shizuki

Daito Shunsuke as Sano Shin

Shirota Yu as Kagurazaka Makoto

Moriguchi Yoko as Nanba Io

Harada Natsuki as Tanabe Kanako

Yamazaki Hajime as Ashiya Takumi

Tsutsui Mariko as Ashiya Eiko

Inagaki Goro as Kitahama Noburo

Sugimoto Tetta as Sano Takehiko

Go to the D-Addicts Wiki for the complete cast list.

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Hanazakari no Kimitachi Setting - The world of Hana Kimi

Osaka Gakuen
Osaka Gakuen

Osaka Gakuen (or Osaka Academy) is the fictional setting for the Japanese drama adaptation of Hanazakari ni Kimitachi. It's an all-boys school known for its handsome male students, hence Hana Kimi's tagline "Ikemen Paradise" which translates to "Good-looking Men Paradise". Its sister school is St. Blossoms, an all-girls high school, where the students are the exact equivalent of those in Osaka Gakuen.

There are three classes for each of the three school years. These nine classes are divided into three dormitories, as most of the students do not stay around the school area. The culture within the individual dormitories are immensely different. Dorm 1

students are comprised mainly of athletes as most of them got into Osaka High on a sports scholarship. The dorm head student is Tennouji.

Dorm 2 has a mix of athletes and scholars since most of the students had sports or academic scholarships to enter the school. The dorm head is Minami Nanba. The main characters Mizuki, Sano and Nakatsu all belong to Dorm 2.

Dorm 3 consists mainly of artistic and intelligent people and is headed by Masao Himejima. Inter-dorm rivalries are common and would get particularly intense during the school's cultural festival.

Watch the first episode of Hanazakari no Kimitachi e with English subtitles - See why this Jdrama series is such a big success all over Asia.

Get a feel of the Jdorama by watching the entire first episode right here on this very page. Just hit play, sit back, relax and enjoy!

Hanazakari no Kimitachi e OST
Hanazakari no Kimitachi e OST

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Tracklist: 01. IKEMEN Boogie 02. Men Of Paradise 03. St.BLOSSOM 04. Go To School!

05. HA NA ZA Carnival 06. Save Me 07. Early Summer 08. IKE-MEN2007 09. I Can't Tell You Why

10. Boyz Be Ambitious!! 11. Beautiful Enough 12. Into a Nap 13. Be Silent 14. OSAKA Boyz

15. IKEMEN Boogie Nights 16. I am Lady 17. I Can't Tell You Why (Reprise)

18. Emergency 19. Sand Time 20. Is This Spiritual? 21. Trap Happy 22. PEACH

Hanazakari ni Kimitachi e Photo Gallery - Memorable scenes from Episode 1 of the Jdorama

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Mizuki and SanoThe girls of St. Blossoms"I finally met him" - MizukiMizuki and Dorm 2 head NanbaNakatsu and Kayasima in Dorm 2Students of Dorm 1, 2, and 3 clamoring for Mizuki's attention."Huh? He's fast!"The boys of Osaka Gakuen being mobbed by fans.Nanba, Senri and Mizuki"He didn't even help me up."
Mizuki and Sano
Mizuki and Sano
The girls of St. Blossoms
The girls of St. Blossoms
"I finally met him" - Mizuki
"I finally met him" - Mizuki
Mizuki and Dorm 2 head Nanba
Mizuki and Dorm 2 head Nanba
Nakatsu and Kayasima in Dorm 2
Nakatsu and Kayasima in Dorm 2
Students of Dorm 1, 2, and 3 clamoring for Mizuki's attention.
Students of Dorm 1, 2, and 3 clamoring for Mizuki's attention.
"Huh? He's fast!"
"Huh? He's fast!"
The boys of Osaka Gakuen being mobbed by fans.
The boys of Osaka Gakuen being mobbed by fans.
Nanba, Senri and Mizuki
Nanba, Senri and Mizuki
"He didn't even help me up."
"He didn't even help me up."
Hana Kimi Making Book
Hana Kimi Making Book

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If you absolutely cannot wait for your DVD copies of the Hana Kimi jdrama series and want to watch it with English subtitles, here are the places where you may do so.

"For you in full blossom."

"For you in full blossom."
"For you in full blossom."

Read the Hana Kimi Manga (English) by Hisaya Nakajo - Read the original version of Mizuki, Sano, and Nakatsu's story.

Hanazakari no Kimitachi e is based on a comic series of the same title written by Hisaya Nakajo. The manga was serialized in Japan in Hakusensha's semi-monthly shouju manga magazine, Hana to Yume and ended with volume 23 in August 2004 in Japan. It was then published in English as Hana Kimi by Viz Media with the final volume released in the United States in April 2008.

There are some differences between the manga and the drama, alhough the concept and characters are the same. For one, in the comic, Sano got injured while saving his friend. In the drama he got injured while saving Mizuki. Some genders are also different in the drama. I'll stop here so I don't spoil it for you so you can get a chance to read the original story too.

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Did you enjoy reading about Hanazakari no Kimitachi e? - What did you think of the series?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: yes the ending is hanging.. there is another special episode of this series.. go find 'em hanakimi SP

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      Inkhand 5 years ago

      Yes, Hana Kimi is very funny and Maki Horikita is brilliant at her role.

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      Li-Li-ThePinkBookworm 5 years ago

      Wow, fantastic lens! I LOVE this show(it is so funny), and you did a wonderful job of highlighting all the best parts, sharing cool products and information about it. I especially loved the sites where you can read the manga online. Keep up the great work!

      Li Li

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      neoglitch17 6 years ago

      Awesome! I'll watch this series once I re-start my Japanese learning (along with Densha Otoko and Trick). Thanks for sharing! :D

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @Antonette13: yeahhhhh..ur ryt its really fun to wacth...but the ending is verry hngging..........

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      Antonette13 6 years ago

      Yes. I've watched it and I really like it. :)