Hana Kimi (花ざかりの君たちへ)
Synopsis: Ashiya Mizuki has just come back to Japan from California where she was raised. She fell in love with Sano Izumi, a hopeful high jump hero, who has quit after an accident. As she wants him to go back to the sport once again, she enters the same high school as a boy!
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Duration: 60 min
Casting: Oguri Shun, Ikuta Toma, Horikita Maki, Mizushima Hiro etc…
NB: I’ve never really loved the original plot. But that’s a thing about me: I always watch remake even if I’ve disliked the original story (like You’re Beautiful for example…I’ve watched ALL the version even though I’ve NEVER liked it from the start). Do not ask me why cause I don’t know!^^
“This drama is fictional, excuse the foolishness”. Here were the first words written in Hana Kimi‘s first episode. I was far from thinking that it would actually be that crazy. I already knew what the story was about and the absurdity of it (like all story involving girls disguised as boys) since I had watched the Korean version (To The Beautiful You), but this time it overstepped all my expectation. Hana Kimi was a drama full of gags and events that were more unreal than the last one. In my opinion, this kind of atmosphere matched more the ton of the original plot than the one displayed in TTBY (it was “too serious”, too close from reality). But if that atmosphere was more than welcomed at first, I can’t say that I was always happy about it. My main critic would be that they overdid lots of thing (especially Oscar’s character who was just pathetic, wtf, too much and thus not funny AT ALL). A light hearted ambience was a good idea (and probably more faithful to the manga) but some characters, events could have been less present (or even non-existent). I think it would have done some good to the drama! I don’t know if I’m the one with no humor but the foolishness was so overboard that it just gave me headaches. The more it went the less it made sense. Passed the period of “Cool I’m starting a new drama! I’m exciting to see new things” this drama became unbearable. At first I thought I would preferred this version to the Korean one because it seemed funnier and many people had liked it. But in the end I can’t really say which one I actually preferred. Hana Kimi was too foolish for me and TTBY was not enough to my taste (and the main lead were yeurk, no offense)…is there a balanced-version? The Taiwanese one? Maybe, who knows.
Miyuzuki (Horikita Maki) was a real pain! I never really liked her character anyway. But somehow she was worst than Goo Jae Hee (TTBY) -for the little I remember. She was more than obsessed by Sano. She was almost a stalker. She was CONSTANTLY interfering in his business! She almost killed me when I saw her spying the conversation between him and his father (plus she was soooo not discreet behind her bush with her ugly dress…awful AWFUL) and trying to interfere in their relationship. The guy had no intimacy, she knew EVERYTHING about him. I don’t know how he bore it honestly. I had only one wish: see her go back to America! But, despite all her attempt to fulfil my wish, I had to wait the very end for that *sigh*.
Sano (Oguri Shun) was not really present, though he was the keystone of the drama. He was the only normal guy in the school. That was a good point but on the other hand it didn’t help him outshining the other characters. He was actually too plain for his own good. And slow! He took him years to realize his true feeling for Miyuzuki and I kind of hated that point cause it prevented us to have an interesting romance. Miyuzuki was always the one chasing him. B.O.R.I.N.G. Thus it was not surprising to see such crappy ending. One poor hug, one poor kiss and bye bye Miyuzuki. This was actually the same end as in TTBY but at least Minho and Sulli had more chemistry (I never though I’d say that one day and that kind of kill me! But Oguri Shun and Horikita Maki…worst!-even if it’s hard to believe). Not an unforgettable hero in short.
Nakatsu or the one-who-doesn’t-know-when-to-give-up. Those characters are just painful to watch cause they always end up being pathetic to my eyes. It’s scientifically impossible for me to like them. Well I can’t say that I entirely disliked Nakatsu. If he was on the whole very unsubtle, he sometimes managed to get a laugh out of me with his wild imagination. Ikuta Toma did a pretty good job when he had to act like an idiot (but physically I missed Lee Hyun Woo).
As for the other characters I can’t say they helped raising the quality of the show. Dorm 1 and 3 were just the straw that broke the camel’s back. Oscar’s character (head of Dorm 3) just killed me. I was always grinding my teeth when we were with him (and what’s with those outfits?! So ridicule! I think jokes should know their limits).
Tennoji Megumi was not better (head of Dorm 1) honestly. He was a little more stable than Oscar…but just slightly more =_= The only character I liked was Nanba Minami (head of Dorm 2). After Sano he was the most “normal”. Besides Mizushima Hiro was more than credible in the role of the lady-killer huhu.
In fact every time I was starting to like a character -cause he was less of a drag than an other- I ended up being disappointed by the turn the scriptwriters were giving to them. Too bad.
In short not a single character managed to really grab my attention and I think that summarizes pretty well why I couldn’t love this drama. I think I would have forgiven more easily the flaws of the script and the bubblegum humour if at least the main couple had been worthy of any interest.
I recently learnt there was another Japanese version of this drama…kind of crazy to hear that! It would be interesting to compare the two versions but I’m not ready yet to board this new adventure (besides the Taiwanese version is still first on my list so…maybe in 20 years!)
Note de Dushbadou: 5.5/10
Note de Whoovy: 5.5/10
Note finale: 5.5/10