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Brain Sucking Show Intro!

Welcome to "alia explains it all!" today, she is here to introduce you to the show that has sucked her brain right out of her head and is busy gnawing on her innards RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND!

Disclaimer: I have no idea what im talking about! go find someone who knows more about jdrama or Japan or manga or anime or ANYTHING to tell you about this show, as im bound to misspell names, mangle explanations and abuse language in a horrible way. This is an extremely basic intro, with the bare minimum of information, because really, its much more fun to watch and not know who's good and who's evil and who's about to do something insanely stupid or overdramatic.

Ok, so first point of confusion - Hana Yori Dango has been a manga, an anime, AND two different live action shows. We're talking about the Japanese one.

Lets meet a couple of peoples!

Makino Tsukushi is a) adorable and b) poor. She likes eating, standing up for people, and dreaming about her first kiss. She hates bullies.

She attends school at BIG!SCARY!SCHOOL! where everyone is richrichRICH. Except for her. Her main goal in life is to get through school without being noticed.

This is working fine until she stands up for a girl who is getting picked on by F4, the boys who basically own the school. They have more money than god, absolutely no taste in clothes, and have a hobby of handing out "red notices" to people who've gotten on their bad side. If you get a red notice, the whole school turns against you, torments you and takes joy in your pain. And then F4 beats you up until you cry and quit school.


I cant introduce you to all of F4, because I havent yet figured out how to spell the names of 2 of them, but out of those two, one only sleeps with women 10 years older than him, and the other sleeps with anything female.

But! I can introduce you to the other two!

Meet Doumyouji Tsukasa, the leader of F4. He enjoys beating people up, doing jigsaw puzzles, and mangling the Japanese language beyond all recognition. Thanks entirely to sarahtales, i started out calling him Dorkface, and now I cant stop.

Hanazawa Rui is the "mysterious" member of F4, who sometimes wanders off while the others are beating someone up because he's bored. He likes to read on the fire escape and pine over a model. He is hot like burning.

So! Our lovely lady stands up for another student who is getting picked upon, and gets herself a red notice. She gets garbage dumped on her head, water poured on her, the other students throw her desk away, and F4 keeps picking at her - destroying her lunch and breaking her lunchbox and all kinds of things. Including one briefly disturbing scene of an almost sexual assault. However, Makino doesnt give in so easy, and keeps going to school, which is driving Dorkface crazy. Also, Rui keeps randomly being in places where she is when she's being attacked, picked on, and whatever, and she owes several close saves to an idle, bored word from him. She thinks she might love Rui, as he is a)hot and b)her savior.

Of course, eventually, she snaps, at which point, she punches Dorkface IN THE FACE in front of the entire school and declares war. It is quite the awesome.

And also at this point, Dorkface, who is rather inept in dealing with, understanding, or even being the same space with other people, starts getting funny feelings that he doesnt know how to label about this girl. Which leads to him "accidentally" being in the same place she is to offer her a ride to school. Which she refuses. As you should when you think someone might want to kill you. And then, y'all, HE CHASES HER DOWN THE STREET trying to get her to get in the car as she flees in fear from this weirdo!

I cant tell you anymore, except, really, it is full of awesome. It is totally insane and I LOVE IT. There are kidnappings! makeovers! ridiculous clothes! love! wealth! hilarious evil girls! Rui looking hot! HOW CAN YOU RESIST?

There are so many more awesome characters, and so much going on, but ive just gotten through episode 5, and I dont want to give too much away!

You can stream the episodes online here, i think, but jdramas is a fabulous resource for links and downloads and stuff. You have to join the comm, but this link is a good place to start.


PS. This scene makes me flail wildly.


That does look pretty awesome! Okya, HYD is *definitely* on my Must Watch list.

(The two male leads are both in Gokusen 1, and Rui's actor is the main love interest in Hana Kimi, if you're interested in seeing more of them later on.)
Ive heard good things about Hana Kimi, so that's on my list. As is Meteor Garden, Summer Snow, and a whole bunch of other things. But those might have to wait until after we get out of Alaska. Because, honestly, it's taking me two to three days to download each episode, and it's MAKING ME CRAZY.

and yes, it is awesome.

Now, I just need to find some freaking ICONS, and Ill be all set.
Because, honestly, it's taking me two to three days to download each episode, and it's MAKING ME CRAZY.

I go crazy after a couple of hours; no way could I stand to wait several days for my next hit episode! You're a strong, strong woman.

Hana Kimi is fantastic, cracky goodness.

Try doramacon (I did a quick scan of the first couple of pages and found several entries containing HYD icons).
Im not strong, Im desperate. Im clawing at my computer screen, begging it to hurry!

And really, if my computer and my internet are both cooperating, it takes about a day to download each ep. However, when i keep getting bounced offline, or the connection is so slow the download times out...then i cry, because it takes DAAAAYS and i cannot wait that long! im watching SPN s2 while im downloading, because at least the pretty is distracting.

yay! thank you! i already see a couple that i like!
Wait, are you saying there's a live action series for Hana Kimi? O_O I LOVE the manga and I'm really sad that the next manga coming out next month (or later this month) is the last one.
yep yep. I havent watched it yet, cause like i said, downloading takes forever, and im very happily absorbing everysinglebit of joy from Hana Yori Dango, but check for it on jdramas. i know ive seen posts of it.
I got hooked on the anime several years ago... never tried the live action drama though. I'll definitely check them out.

want me to see if I can rustle up some of the anime? They're probably low quality real files.
Sure! As long as the files are smallish. My internet connection sucks out here, and it's taking me days to download one ep at a time.

Im usually not much for anime, but I definitely want to see how different the storylines are in both.

the liveaction is hilarious and over the top. i just watched ep 5 last night, and there is a perfectly normal nice person who just turned COMPLETELY INSANE and tried to stab people! AWESOME!
I checked with a friend to see if she could snail mail me copies of the episodes I had on disc forever ago...

In the meantime... http://www.amazon.com/Boys-Over-Flowers-Declaration-Vol/dp/B0000A1HVR/ref=pd_bbs_4?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1207858018&sr=8-4

**grins through tired eyes** OMG, I'm hooked! I'm running to the bookstore later today to pick up the manga.

Thanks for the last link. I couldn't get the vids I downloaded to play. I'll have to get my brother to help me later. So instead, I searched youtube for it and found the other live version, "Meteor Garden". I'm on episode 7 of that. I stayed up until eight in the morning to watch them and I couldn't stop myself from watching one more each time an episode ended. lol, Comments say that the version you watched is much better, so I'm going watch that too. But I think "Meteor Garden" will also have a place in my heart as I've watched it first. ^_^

The rain scene? **dies** It was great. I can't wait to see the Japanese version of it. I so need icons of this show know.
um. oops? *angelic grin*

What setup do you have - mac or pc? what is your default player? mine play on real player..

OH. duh. you need to download a program called hjsplit to put them back together as avi files. its a free program and takes up very little space/memory. its really easy to use. id give a direct link, but i dont have one - google it.
Oh yeah. I've downloaded a program or two but it wasn't hjsplit. I'll download that. Especially as I saw there's downloads for ipod format. I can catch up on episodes at work. ^_^

Oh, and I brought the manga and remember why I haven't brought it before. I don't care for the style, but I'm sure I can ignore it for the storeline. ^_^

I still haven't decided if I should hate you or love you for introducing me to Hana Yori Dango.
yeah, you need hjsplit pretty much across the board for these. some of them might be in .rar format, but i think most of them are hjsplit. its a neat little program.

and somewhere deep down, you love me for it. i know it.
I should not be on LJ right now... but I ahve to say, I'm a little bit wildly intrigued.
ive already begun trying to get M to watch! i was waiting for you to get back from vacation so i could harass you about it too!
ARASHI: Sho and Aiba - Laugh

October 2014



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