2011’s Hana-Kimi

It’s all happening this month for manga dramatisations! We recently revealed the upcoming Ouran High School Host Club live-action, due to be aired on the 22nd of July; now a second familiar title has reared its head! Hanazakari no Kimitachi e: Ikemen Paradise (‘Hana-Kimi‘ for short) is another highly anticipated drama derived from a popular shōjo manga of the same name (published in the UK by Viz Media).

The story follows Mizuki Ashiya, a Japanese girl who leaves her home in the USA to join Osaka High School, all in the name of love. There’s just one problem…it’s an all-boys school. Mizuki overcomes this obstacle by cutting her hair and dressing as a male, though naturally this guise is hard to maintain and it’s a constant battle to keep her identity a secret. Sounds pretty familiar, doesn’t it? Actually, Hana-Kimi‘s original manga series was released six years before Ouran!

The manga has already seen two adaptations, one Taiwanese (2006) and the other Japanese (2007), with the latter being a great success. The 2011 version is a remake of its Japanese predecessor, and interestingly will air on the same channel (Fuji Television), but will feature a completely different cast. Girl-group AKB48‘s Maeda Atsuko will play the lead role, while Aoi Nakamura and Shohei Miura will play her love interests, Izumi Sano and Shuichi Nakatsu respectively.

So what do you think about this reboot? Are you looking forward to it, or are you worried this year’s line-up won’t be able to fill the old cast’s shoes? Are you new to Hana-Kimi altogether? Check out the recently released trailer for a taster of what’s to come, and post your thoughts in the comment box below!


Have a look at the drama’s official page – but be aware it’s all in Japanese!
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