Hanazakari no Kimitachi e

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This article is about the Japanese television series. For the Japanese manga, see Hana-Kimi. For the Taiwanese television series, see Hanazakarino Kimitachihe. For The 2011 Japanese remake, see Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (2011 TV series). For The Korean television series, see To the Beautiful You.
Hanazakari no Kimitachi e
Ikemen Paradise
花ざかりの君たちへ
イケメン♂パラダイス
Hanazakari no Kimitachi e Ident.png
From left to right: Toma Ikuta, Maki Horikita, and Shun Oguri.
Also known as Ikemen Paradise
Genre Comedy, Romance, Romantic comedy, Drama
Written by Muto Shogo
Yamaura Masahiro (Ep. 8 & 10)
Directed by Matsuda Hidetomo
Tsuzuki Junichi
Sato Genta
Starring Maki Horikita
Shun Oguri
Toma Ikuta
Opening theme Ikenai Taiyō by Orange Range
Ending theme Peach by Ai Otsuka
Country of origin Japan
Original language(s) Japanese
No. of episodes 12
Production
Running time 54 minute episodes
Broadcast
Original channel Fuji Television
Original run July 3, 2007 (2007-07-03)  – September 18, 2007 (2007-09-18)
Chronology
Related shows Hanazakarino Kimitachihe
Hanazakari no kimitachi e (2011)
To the Beautiful You
External links
Website

Hanazakari no Kimitachi e: Ikemen Paradise (花ざかりの君たちへ イケメン♂パラダイス Hanazakari no Kimitachi e: Ikemen Paradaisu?), also known as Ike-para, is a Japanese drama produced by Fuji Television and first aired on July 3, 2007. It is based on the comic by Hisaya Nakajo, published in English as Hana-Kimi. Filming locations include the Ryutsu Keizai University.

A TV Special has already aired with the regular cast reprising their roles. The story starts off half a year after Mizuki's secret of being a girl has revealed. It is near Valentine's Day, and Sano and Nakatsu are talking about the last week of Summer vacation. This is when the story gets back to the last week of Summer holidays, which is between episode 7 and 8. The shooting started on March 19, 2008.[1] A conference was held on September 18, 2008 announcing the completion of the special, subtitled Sotsugyoshiki & 7 to 1/2 wa Special (卒業式&7と1/2話スペシャル?).[2]

A remake of this drama with an entirely different cast was aired on Fuji Television during the 2011 summer season.[3]

Plot summary[edit]

The drama is based on the popular comic of the same name by Nakajo Hisaya. Horikita plays the protagonist Ashiya Mizuki, a Japanese girl in the United States who one day sees the young athlete Sano Izumi compete in the high jump on television. She begins to idolize him. Sano gets injured one day in America while trying to help Mizuki escape from some gangsters. He stops high jumping ever since. Mizuki blames herself for the incident and decides to go to Japan and help Sano find his love for high jumping.

Izumi goes to an all-boys school, so Mizuki disguises herself as a boy to meet with him again. Sano found out about Mizuki when her brother came to Japan. Sano hides the fact that he knows Mizuki's gender so that she doesn't go back to America. Sano, who gets closer to Mizuki, tries to high jump again. In the middle of the story Mizuki, falls in love with Sano. Nakatsu falls for Mizuki. Nakatsu was searching for shampoo when he opened Mizuki and Sano's bathroom and saw Mizuki in the shower — that's when he found out about Mizuki. Nakatsu and Sano try to not let Mizuki go back to America.

When Mizuki rushes to Sano's competition to bring his lucky charm, she bumps to Hibari; Mizuki drops her wallet and was found out by Hibari. Hibari showed the passport inside the wallet to the three dorm heads; she was unable to let the dorm heads see what is inside because Nakatsu interrupted. She was only able to tell that there is a girl in the school. The search began and Mizuki felt nervous, but Nakatsu and Sano had plans to cover her. The dorm heads saw a girl changing in the office and called Mizuki. They now know that Mizuki was a girl. Sano and Nakatsu also confesses that they knew about her gender before the dorm head learned. The dorm heads let Mizuki stay until graduation, but she collapsed when she fell from the stairs where her classmates were setting the maid cafe. The classmates opens her clothes and figured out she was a girl. Mizuki decides she will go back to America. Sano and the school nurse brought her to the airport where Sano gave Mizuki a goodbye kiss.

For the Hana Kimi special, Nakatsu and Sano reminiscence about when Sano fell in love with Mizuki. This takes us back to the weeks between episodes 7 and 8, where Mizuki's friend, Julia, from America comes to Osaka Gakuen to take Mizuki back to America. While Julia is in Japan, she decides to act as Mizuki's girlfriend to see if Sano really cares for her.

Cast[edit]

Group Cast Role
Second Dormitory Maki Horikita Ashiya Mizuki
Shun Oguri Sano Izumi
Toma Ikuta Nakatsu Shūichi
Hiro Mizushima Nanba Minami
Yūsuke Yamamoto Kayashima Taiki
Masaki Okada Sekime Kyōgo
Ryō Kimura Nakao Senri
Junpei Mizobata Saga Kazuma
Shunji Igarashi Noe Shinji
Hiromi Sakimoto Kyōbashi Arata
Shōta Chiyo Yodoyabashi Taichi
Ryō Tajima Arashiyama jō
Enoku Shimegi Tannowa Kyōichi
Hikaru Okada Takaida Riku
Jun Ikeda Kamishinjō Itsuki
Kōta Suzuki Uenoshiba Kanata
Keisuke Shibasaki Minase Manato
Matsushima Shota Katsura Masashi
Mamiya Shotaro Awaji Keisuke
Kurihara Goro Hanaten Kota
First Dormitory Yuma Ishigaki Tennōji Megumi
Mitsuomi Takahashi Daikokuchō Mitsuomi
Kouhei Takeda Kitahanada Kōhei
Ryōhei Suzuki Akashi Sōichirō
Yūichi Sato Tezukayama Shōta
Sōsuke Nishiyama Shichidō Sōma
Ryō Hayakawa Gotenyama Sakyō
Tatsuya Hagiwara Ishikiri Hiroto
Kōji Matsushita Shōjaku Ren
Maeda Goki Kitahanada Takeshi
Horii Arata Kumatori Jin
Yamamoto Ryosuke Kiyoshikojin Akira
Ando Ryu Mukonoso Andrew
Asaka Koudai Takatsuki Subaru
Kanai Sonde Obitoke Kazuki
Kotani Shotaro Moriguchi Hiroto
Okayama Tomoki Kadoma Shotaro
Third Dormitory Nobuo Kyō Himejima Masao/Oscar
Keisuke Katō Yao Hikaru
Toshihiko Watanabeas Imamiya Shō
Yūta Takahashi Shijō Haruki
Shōichi Matsuda Kuzuha Junnosuke
Naoki Miyata Saiin Tsukasa
Yasuhisa Furuhara Ōgimachi Taiyō
Naoya Ojima Kaizuka Kōhei
Yuya Nakata Katabiranotsuji Ken
Yū Kawakami Kōrien Genji
Miyajima Kusuto Yaenosato Nobuhiro
Takami Ozora Kyobate Sansui
Katoono Taikou Kawachimori Hisashi
Kasai Shige Mozu Yasushi
Kawahara Kazuma Narayama Sakon
Okazaki Kazuhiro Izumigaoka Hideharu
Kettaro Minamikata Shin
Tōkyō High School Yū Shirota Makoto Kagurazaka
Shunsuke Daito Shin Sano
St. Blossom's High School
  • Hanayashiki Hibari and Hibari 4
Mayuko Iwasa Hanayashiki Hibari
Mirei Kiritani Amagasaki Kanna
Airi Taira Abeno Erica
Madoka Matsuda Kishinosato Juri
Manami Kurose Imaike Komari
Teachers Seiko Matsuda Principal Tsubaki
Takashi Ukaji Head teacher Saruwatari
Susumu Kobayashi Yoshioka
Takaya Kamikawa Umeda Hokuto
Others Mahiru Konno Hara Akiha
Yoshinori Okada Ashiya Shizuki
Hajime Yamazaki Ashiya Takumi
Mariko Tsutsui Ashiya Eiko
Yoko Moriguchi Nanba Io
Natsuki Harada Tanabe Kanao
Tetta Sugimoto Sano Takehiko

Episode list[edit]

Episode Broadcast Date Episode Title Viewership
1 July 3, 2007 Getting into the Forbidden Boys' Dormitory 15.9%
2 July 10, 2007 Wrong Kiss 16.8%
3 July 17, 2007 Bizarre Big Brother 16.5%
4 July 24, 2007 Dangerous Three-Person Room 16.6%
5 July 31, 2007 Hopeless Coast Story 15.3%
6 August 7, 2007 The Beginning of Stormy Love 14.7%
7 August 14, 2007 Suddenly in Bed 14.7%
8 August 21, 2007 I Like Mizuki 17.5%
9 August 28, 2007 Exposed! 18.2%
10 September 4, 2007 Depend On Me 17.8%
11 September 11, 2007 I'll Jump for You 19.5%
Last September 18, 2007 We'll Protect You 21.0%

Average viewership as 17.33%. Highest viewership recorded was on September 18, 2007 at 22:11 at 23.1%. (In Kantō region).[1]

Differences[edit]

There are many differences from the manga and drama. Though the concept and characters are the same, the story is described differently. For example Sano got injured from saving his friend, while in the drama he got injured from saving Mizuki. Genders are also different in the drama as well. Akiha is supposed to be a guy, however the character is portrayed as a woman in the drama. In the manga Sano found out Mizuki's true gender when he accidentally "felt her up", but in the drama Sano finds out Mizuki's a girl when he overhears Mizuki talking to her brother. Nakatsu also found out about Mizuki's gender a lot earlier, while in the manga he finds out Mizuki's true gender along with everyone else.

Music[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

  1. Peach [Performed by: Otsuka Ai]
  2. Ikenai Taiyou [Performed by: Orange Range]
  3. IKEMEN Boogie
  4. Men of Paradise
  5. St.BLOSSOM
  6. Go to School!
  7. HA.NA.ZA Carnival
  8. Save Me
  9. Early Summer
  10. IKE-MEN 2007
  11. I can't tell you why
  12. Boyz be ambitious!
  13. Beautiful Enough
  14. Into a Nap
  15. Be Silent
  16. OSAKA♂Boyz
  17. IKEMEN Boogie Nights
  18. I am Lady
  19. I can't tell you why (reprise)
  20. Emergency
  21. Sand Time
  22. Is This Spiritual
  23. Trap Happy
  24. PEACH (IKEMEN☆instrumental version)

Insert songs[edit]

  • Oh My Julia by Checkers

International broadcasts[edit]

Philippines[edit]

Hong Kong[edit]

  • Airing date: May 4, 2008 to July 27, 2008
  • Broadcast network: TVB Jade

China[edit]

  • Airing date: January 16, 2009 to January 26, 2009
  • Broadcast network: Xing Kong[5]

Indonesia[edit]

  • Airing date: June 18, 2011 to July 15, 2011
  • Broadcast network: Indosiar

Malaysia[edit]

  • Airing date: October, 2008 to January, 2009
  • Broadcast network: 8TV

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "短髪&男装のホマキが帰ってくる!フジ系「花ざかり-」SP" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2008-03-20. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  2. ^ "イケメン・石垣 客席の母に「あぁ!」" (in Japanese). 2008-09-18. Retrieved 2008-09-18. [dead link]
  3. ^ "前田「イケ☆パラ」で連ドラ単独初主演! (2/2ページ)" (in Japanese). 2011-05-13. Retrieved 2011-06-24. 
  4. ^ Japanese TV series Hana-Kimi premieres today, March 24 Philippine Entertainment Portal
  5. ^ 创新娱乐 首选星空 -- 亚洲风剧场 Retrieved January 25, 2009. In Chinese. Page subject to change as broadcasting of newer drama series begins.

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