Hanazakarino Kimitachihe

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This article is about the Taiwanese television series. For the Japanese manga, see Hana-Kimi. For the Japanese television series, see Hanazakari no Kimitachi e. For the Korean series, see To the Beautiful You.
Hanazakarino Kimitachihe
Hana Kimi-poster.jpg
Promotion poster for Hanazakarino Kimitachihe
Also known as 花樣少年少女
Hua Yang Shao Nian Shao Nu
Genre Romance, Comedy
Created by Gao Wu Song
Written by Qi Xi Lin
Directed by Mingtai Wang (王明台)
Starring Ella Chen
Wu Chun
Jiro Wang
Danson Tang
Opening theme "怎麼辦" (What Should I Do?) by S.H.E
Ending theme "專屬天使" (Personal Angel) by Tank
Country of origin Republic of China, (Taiwan)
Original language(s) Mandarin
No. of episodes 15
Production
Location(s) National Chi Nan University, Puli, Nantou County
Running time 90 mins (Sundays at 21:30)
Production company(s) Comic Productions Co.
Broadcast
Original channel Chinese Television System (CTS)
Original run 19 November 2006 (2006-11-19) – 4 March 2007 (2007-03-04)
Chronology
Preceded by Love Queen (戀愛女王)
Followed by Summer x Summer (熱情仲夏)
Related shows Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (2007)
Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (2011)
To the Beautiful You
External links
Website

Hanazakarino Kimitachihe (traditional Chinese: 花樣少年少女; simplified Chinese: 花样少年少女; pinyin: Huā Yàng Shào Nián Shào Nǚ; literally: "The Tricks of Boys and Girls"), is a 2006 Taiwanese drama starring Ella Chen of S.H.E, Wu Chun and Jiro Wang of Fahrenheit and Danson Tang. It was based on Japanese shōjo manga series Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, (花ざかりの君たちへ, For You in Full Blossom) more commonly known as Hana Kimi, written by Hisaya Nakajo.

The series was first broadcast in Taiwan on free-to-air Chinese Television System (CTS) (華視) from 19 November 2006 to 4 March 2007, every Sunday at 21:30 and cable TV Gala Television (GTV) Variety Show/CH 28 (八大綜合台) on 25 November 2006, every Saturday at 21:00.

Hanazakarino Kimitachihe was nominated for Best Marketing Programme of the Year at the 42nd Golden Bell Awards in 2007.[1]

Production[edit]

The series is the first live-action television adaptation of the manga, followed by Japanese version Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, starring Shun Oguri as Izumi Sano, Maki Horikita as Mizuki Ashiya and Toma Ikuta as Shuichi Nakatsu, broasdacast on Fuji Television in 2007; its remake Hanazakari no Kimitachi e 2011; and the South Korean adaptation To the Beautiful You in 2012.

This drama was produced by Comic Productions (可米製作股份有限公司)[2] and directed by Mingtai Wang (王明台). It was filmed on location at National Chi Nan University in Puli, Nantou County.

Although the original manga's title is "For You In Full Blossom," the Chinese title means "The Tricks of Boys and Girls," referring to student life within the drama. The official English name is an alternate romanization of the original manga's title. When VIZ media translated the manga from Japanese to English, "Kimitachi e" became "Kimitachihe." The Chinese title is also the name used in the Chinese translation of the Hana-Kimi manga by Tong Li Publishing.

Synopsis[edit]

In America, Lu Rui Xi (Ella Chen) watches a documentary on Taiwanese high jumper Zuo Yi Quan (Wu Chun). Inspired by his jumps, Rui Xi decides that she wants to meet her idol and therefore transfers to Ying Kai University which he attends in Taiwan. However, the school is an all-boys school and thus Rui Xi disguises herself as a boy in order to attend the school. There she befriends Jin Xiu Yi (Jiro Wang). During a friendly soccer match between the two, Rui Xi gets knocks unconscious and so Quan aids by taking her to the school's doctor, Mei Tian. Mei Tian, being gay, detects that Rui Xi is a girl. As Quan grabs Rui Xi to carry her to the sick bay, he also discovers that she is in fact a girl. He keeps her identity a secret from everyone, including Rui Xi. Unbeknown to Rui Xi, before her arrival Quan had given up high jumping after a road accident whilst trying to save his high school friend from being run over. Their relationship begins to blossom when Rui Xi convinces Quan to return to high jumping.

Many events passed, including a visit by Rui Xi's half brother Lu Jing Xi (JJ Lin), who threatens to take Rui Xi back to America, their summer break working at a vacation house, owned by Mei Tian's sister, since Dorm 2 needed some construction done, the school's festival where the three dormitories compete with each other in various games and Rui Xi being entered into the beauty pageant and a school trip to hot springs resort to Quan's home town, where Rui Xi helps Quan to deal with his family. Meanwhile, Rui Xi's manliness cannot pass Xiu Yi's girl radar and so Xiu Yi begins to develop feelings for Rui Xi. However, since Xiu Yi is unaware that Rui Xi is a girl, he begins to question his own sexuality. He even announced to the whole school that he is, in fact, gay.

In the end, Rui Xi was talking to herself inside hers and Quan's room thinking about the past two years she spent with Quan, Xiu Yi and the others. Eventually, she thought about leaving Ying Kai secretly, but unbeknown to Rui Xi, Quan was quietly listening to every word she was saying. Thus, Quan gathers up their group to stop Rui Xi from leaving, reasoning that Rui Xi has go back to America to have a double eyelid surgery to stop his comrades from asking her secret.

Characters[edit]

Most characters in the series have names which are close approximations of the Chinese transliterations of the names found in the original manga.

Major characters[edit]

Drama character Actor Manga character Remarks
Lu Rui Xi (盧瑞希) Ella Chen Mizuki Ashiya Female protagonist who masquerades as a boy to attend Quan's school
Zuo Yi Quan (左以泉) Wu Chun Izumi Sano Male protagonist who is an athlete, Major in High Jumping. He is usually quiet but defends those he cares about. When Rui Xi (Ella Chen) comes to Ying Kai, every person notices that Quan changes due to her influence. He had given up high jumping at the beginning of the series but was persuaded to return by Rui Xi
Jin Xiu Yi (金秀伊) Jiro Wang Shuichi Nakatsu Ying Kai's self-declared soccer star. He begins to question his sexuality when Rui Xi arrives

Minor characters[edit]

Drama character Actor Manga character Remarks
Mei Tian (梅田) Tang Zhi Ping Hokuto Umeda He is gay and is the school health official. He keeps Rui Xi's secret, and she often comes to him for advice and support
Liang Si Nan (梁思南) Danson Tang Minami Nanba Flirtatious leader of the No.2 dormitory. He is Mei Ying Hua's son, and Mei Tian's nephew. Yang Yang has a crush on him
Jiang Ye Shen (江野伸) Chen Wen Xiang Noe Shinji He is a part of Rui Xi's group of friends and is often seen together with Guan Ri Hui and is frequently seen preening his hair
Guan Ri Hui (關日輝) Xie Zheng Hao Sekime Kyougo He is a part of Rui Xi's group of friends and is often seen together with Jiang Ye Shen
Da Shu (司馬樹) Hsie He-hsian Taiki Kayashima Xiu Yi's roommate, and amateur spirit-chaser. He is never seen without a chopstick in his hair. He usually is seen being scolded by his friends to stop talking about his ghosts as well as waving and speaking to imaginary beings
Julia Nissa Marion Julia Rui Xi's best friend from America. She comes from America and speaks with sporadic English when she visits
Yu Chi Lang Yujiro Quan's dog whom he rescued from being taken away by the local animal control. Because the people who attempted to take him away were men, Yu Chi Lan has a particular dislike for male humans, except Quan
Shen Le (申樂) Ethan Juan Makoto Kagurazaka Quan's rival. He has a superficial altercation with Quan, but casts it aside to assist him in times of trouble
Lu Jing Xi (盧静希) JJ Lin Shizuki C. Ashiya Rei Xie's older half brother. A Harvard graduate who specializes in cardiology. He is possessive of his sister and was originally unaware that she had transferred into an all-male school
Mei Ying Hua (梅穎華) Guo Chin Chun Io Nanba Mei Tian's sister; Liang Si Nan's mother. She owns an inn that Rei Xie, Quan, and Xiu Yi stay and work at over the first summer. She too knows Rei Xie's secret, and helps to offer a girl's perspective on the situation
Wang Tian Si (王天寺) Zhang Hao Ming Megumi Tennouji Leader of the No.1 dormitory
Li Cheng Yang (李承央) Yang Hao Wei Senri Nakao He is known as Yang Yang (央央) by classmates. He is a cynical and girlish student. He's also Ying Kai's token "Sweetheart" and has a huge crush on Liang Si Nan
Chi Jun Li (池君莉) Vivienne Lee Komari Imaike She was Xiu Yi's girlfriend until he admitted that he loved someone else
Ri Ben Qiao (日本喬)[3] Fu Tou Wataru Nihonbashi School photographer who freely harasses and stalks other students
Oscar Andy Gong Masao Himejima Leader of the No.3 dormitory
Yuan Qiu Ye (元秋葉) Duncan Chow Akiha Hara A photographer, former classmate of Mei Tian at Ying Kai and appear to have a crush on him
Wu Wan Juan (吳琬絹) Alexia Gao Kinuko Karasuma A sports reporter who wrote most, if not all, of the articles on Zuo Yi Quan throughout his days as a high jump champion under the pen name of KK. She was Mei Tian's junior during their days at university and is unaware that he is gay; she believes they had a one-night stand
Abby Joelle Lu Ebi Kotobuki Yuan Qiu Ye's assistant and ex-wife. She initially thought that Rei Xie was a girl
Ke Yu Xiang (柯語湘) Chen Xiang Ling Rika Quan's high school friend. One day, she inadvertently found herself in the middle of a road, prompting Quan to save her. Quan would end up suffering a knee injury from the incident, and would pull out of high jumping for the next two years. She harbors a crush on Quan, which she confronts Rei Xie over (and resulting in the first fight between Rei Xie and Quan)
Jiu Duan (九段) Kao Chi Hung Itsuki Kujou Taekwondo master, and one of Wang Tian Si's henchmen
Bei Hua Ke (貝華克) Yuan Ming Zhe One of Wang Tian Si's henchmen. His loyalty to Wang Tian Si leads him to take drastic measures against Rei Xie
Men Zhen (門真) Zhang Yong Zheng Shoutaro Kadoma Freshman who lives in the No.1 dormitory.
Ah Shen Shin Sano Zuo Yi Quan's younger brother

Soundtrack[edit]

The Hanazakarino Kimitachihe Original Soundtrack was released on 1 December 2006 by HIM International Music.

Reception[edit]

Hua Yang Shao Nian Shao Nu 's pilot episode started off strong, posting a rating of 3.05[4] The show encountered little competition until the premiere of Show Luo and Barbie Hsu's Corner With Love. Before Corner With Love 's pilot episode was aired, Hsu bet that Corner 's highest rating would hover around 2.9, while Chai Zhiping bet on ratings of around 3.3. Corner would end up posting a final average of 2.81, with a peak at around 3.25, but it was no match for Hua Yang Shao Nian Shao Nu 's average rating of 3.91 that week.[5] The Corner With Love threat would be held off for yet another episode, as Hua Yang Shao Nian Shao Nu 's 8th episode posted ratings of 3.88, compared to Corner 's 3.17 - a difference of nearly 150,000 viewers per minute.[6] As both series fought for viewership, Hanazakarino never relinquished its weekly ratings crown.[7] By the 12th episode, the series had already cracked 5.0.[8] The final episode achieved a rating of 5.98.[9] The ratings for Hua Yang Shao Nian Shao Nu were so high that television channels in Japan and South Korea dished out over 30,000,000 NTD for the rights to broadcast the drama.[10] The drama's ratings performance resulted in a nomination at the 2007 Seoul International Drama Awards in the Best Juvenile Drama category.[11] Gala Television had originally placed Hua Yang Shao Nian Shao Nu in the Best Drama Series category, alongside Beijing dramas Tang Dynasty and The Great Revival, but changed their mind at the last minute.[11] Following the drama's 15-episode run, media sources speculated that Ella, Wu and Wang will all sign on to star in the drama's sequel.[12] In September 2007, Producer Huang Wang Bo officially denied this claim.[13]

The single episode ratings are as follows: [14]

Episode # Original Broadcast Date Nationwide Average Ranking Peak
01 19 November 2006 32.5% 2.39 1
02 26 November 2006 30.5% 3.05 1 3.54
03 3 December 2006 34.6% 3.46 1 3.86
04 10 December 2006 38.8% 3.88 1 4.35
05 17 December 2006 36.8% 3.68 1 3.98
06 14 December 2006 42.4% 4.24 1 4.71
07 31 December 2006 31.1% 3.11 1 3.83
08 7 January 2007 39.1% 3.91 1 4.30
09 14 January 2007 38.8% 3.88 1 4.30
10 21 January 2007 43.9% 4.39 1 4.48
11 28 January 2007 42.9% 4.29 1 4.69
12 4 February 2007 50.9% 5.09 1 7.15
13 11 February 2007 48.3% 4.83 1 5.67
14 25 February 2007 36.7% 3.67 1 4.13
15 4 March 2007 36.3% 3.63 1 4.68
average 38.9% 3.83
  • Special Episode: 5.98% [1]

International broadcast[edit]

The show was later re-broadcast on Singapore's Channel U as well as Hong Kong's TVB network.

  • Malaysia - May 24, 2007 - channel 8TV
  • Canada - August 3, 2007 - Talentvision
  • Philippines - March 24-May 30, 2008 ; re-broadcast - June 7 at 10 am - ABS-CBN 2. In 2013,

It was re-broadcast again in a Filipino cable channel Fox Filipino.

  • In Indonesia, the series was broadcast by Indosiar in June to August 2011

Trivia[edit]

  • One of Wu Chun's other dramas, Tokyo Juliet, was mentioned by Rui Xi. Quan denied that he ever watched the show.
  • Rui Xi was watching "It Started With a Kiss" at one of the scenes.
  • Someone always makes the comment 'what do you think I'm filming an Idol Series?'.(Senior Nan)
  • Occasionally, songs from boyband Fahrenheit (Taiwanese band) were played in the dormitory.

Personnel[edit]

  • Producer: Gao Wu Song
  • Director: Niu Cheng Ze / Wang Ming Tai
  • Screenwriter: Qi Xi Lin

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Chinese) Azio TV 42nd Golden Bell Awards noination list Retrieved 2011-06-23
  2. ^ (Chinese) Fahrenciti.com Jiro Wang filmography profile info Retrieved 2010-11-11
  3. ^ In Chinese, "Ri Ben Qiao" literally means "Japanese guy." The humour lies in the fact that the drama, although filmed in Mandarin, is based on a manga where it is assumed that nearly every character is from Japan.
  4. ^ (Chinese) S.H.E surprises Jolin Tsai at her performance; Ella Baitch pretends to be a general. November 29, 2006. Retrieved March 19, 2007.
  5. ^ (Chinese) Da S gambled on TV ratings and happily lost NTD20,000. January 8, 2007. Retrieved March 19, 2007.
  6. ^ (Chinese) Da S's role as a rich girl earns criticism for being old. January 17, 2007. Retrieved March 19, 2007.
  7. ^ (Chinese) Taiwan's 2007 Drama Battle a Complete Whirlwind. August 28, 2007. Retrieved September 3, 2007.
  8. ^ (Chinese) China Daily News (ROC). Hua Yang Shao Nian Shao Nu ratings break 5.0; Ella, Wu Chun and Jiro Wang crack hazelnuts in celebration. January 22, 2007. Retrieved March 19, 2007.
  9. ^ (Chinese) Summer x Summer cast shows up at premiere; Fahrenheit wishes them luck. March 18, 2007. Retrieved March 19, 2007.
  10. ^ Xinhua Xieyixin (2007-03-19). "Wu Chun's address is leaked out, fans line up outside". Liberty Times (in Chinese). Retrieved 2007-04-04. 
  11. ^ a b (Chinese) China.com.cn. 2nd Annual Seoul International Drama Awards - Chen Daoming and Kimura fight for the title of TV King. August 28, 2007. Retrieved September 3, 2007.
  12. ^ (Chinese) Feels as if Beatrice Hsu was at the ceremony; Ariel Lin and Joe Cheng extremely nervous when acting wedding scene. March 30, 2007. Retrieved March 31, 2007.
  13. ^ (Chinese) Producer Huang Wan Bo discovered Wu Chun. September 05, 2007. Retrieved September 05, 2007.
  14. ^ "Show schedule and ratings". Chinatimes Showbiz (in Chinese). Retrieved 2007-04-04. 

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