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Hana Yori Dango Final

During my last week in Japan, I finally stopped by a movie theater in order to watch the final chapter of the Hana Yori Dango TV drama—Hana Yori Dango Final the movie. While I’m not sure what movie ticket prices are like in other countries, tickets in Japan (1,800 yen) are noticeably higher than I’m what I’m used to back at home. With that said, the level of Japanese used in the dialogue was well within my abilities, so at least I got to enjoy my first Japanese movie theater experience to the fullest. I’ve included spoiler-free impressions below, plus a lengthy, fully detailed summary (written as accurately as possible from memory), for those of you who just can’t wait to find out what happened. Any additional pictures were scanned from the photobook that I bought.

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July 13, 2008 at 8:48 pm Comments (57)

Hana Yori Dango 2 – 11 (END)

Summary:
When Tsukushi returns to the hospital, she finds that Tsukasa is already gone from his room.

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March 17, 2007 at 12:25 am Comments (141)

Hana Yori Dango 2 – 10

Summary:
After having seen Ken on the street, Tsukasa chases his old friend until he corners Ken underneath a highway.

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March 9, 2007 at 5:43 pm Comments (63)

Hana Yori Dango 2 – 09

Summary:
Having seen Tsukushi and Tsukasa holding hands, Kaede orders Tsukasa to come see her tomorrow in her office.

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March 2, 2007 at 7:21 pm Comments (40)

Hana Yori Dango 2 – 08

Summary:
Seeing that Tsukasa is ready to say something that she doesn’t want to hear, Shigeru reminds him that he was the one who chose her.

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February 23, 2007 at 6:32 pm Comments (40)

Hana Yori Dango 2 – 07

Summary:
As the old lady Tama starts laying out Tsukushi’s new strict schedule, Tsukasa comes over to say that he won’t allow her to become a servant.

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February 16, 2007 at 5:37 pm Comments (30)

Hana Yori Dango 2 – 06

Summary:
After getting called and quickly hung up by Tsukushi, Rui rushes over to her apartment and arrives just in time to see her getting into the car with Nishida.

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February 9, 2007 at 5:00 pm Comments (49)

Hana Yori Dango 2 – 05

Summary:
After Shigeru caught Tsukasa on top of her and then runs out, Tsukushi wants to give chase and try to explain things so that Shigeru doesn’t get the wrong idea.

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February 2, 2007 at 6:44 pm Comments (58)

Hana Yori Dango 2 – 04

Summary:
After Tsukasa abandoned dinner to run to the hospital where Tsukushi was taken, his mother is forced to apologize to Shigeru’s parents.

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January 26, 2007 at 10:27 pm Comments (54)

Hana Yori Dango 2 – 03

Summary:
Having witnessed the kiss between Shigeru and Tsukasa, Tsukushi walks away from the meeting spot and doesn’t see Tsukasa push Shigeru onto the ground.

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January 19, 2007 at 11:48 pm Comments (52)

Utada Hikaru – Flavor Of Life -Ballad Version-

Utada Hikaru’s newest song Flavor of Life comes in several flavors, and the one featured in Hana Yori Dango 2 and this PV is the ballad version. Unlike her some of her other PVs which have been flashy and high production value, this feels more down to earth in showing the recording of the song with an orchestra. Of course that makes it less exciting to watch, but I don’t really mind because I love her voice and this song.

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January 15, 2007 at 12:29 pm Comments (26)

Hana Yori Dango 2 – 02

Summary:
As Shigeru gets on stage, the other members of the F4 explain that she is the daughter of the Ookawahara zaibatsu – the worldwide leader in oil production.

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January 13, 2007 at 12:12 am Comments (49)

Hana Yori Dango 2 – 01

Summary:
Tsukushi finds herself in New York asking for directions in English, but things don’t quite work out and she gets her bag stolen.

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January 6, 2007 at 2:21 pm Comments (63)

Random Musings – Hana Yori Dango Returns Edition

There’s not much going on today (Happy New Years!) so I’d thought I’d write up a quick reminder that Hana Yori Dango 2 is premiering this Friday, January 5th, at 9PM JST with a two hour special. TBS is doing tons of promotional stuff in preparation for this second series, meaning that Matsumoto Jun, Inoue Mao, and the others have been appearing everywhere on TV. Many of the commercials and promos show that Tsukushi and Rui are going to New York where Tsukasa is, and they even did a live broadcast to TBS’s Ping Pong program while they were filming there earlier last month. Anyway, Hana Yori Dango 2 is set to be 15 episodes long and the theme song (heard in all of the commercials) is Arashi’s Love So Sweet. I am tentatively planning to blog it, but that all depends on how my own schedule works out.

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January 1, 2007 at 4:07 pm Comments (37)

Random Musings – Hana Yori Dango Part 2

Very quick news item:

  • It was announced today that the Hana Yori Dango j-drama will be getting a second season (or as they call it, Part 2), set to air in January of 2007. This is good news for all you fans of the series or of Matsumoto Jun/Oguri Shun/whoever and couldn’t get enough of the show. I just hope that they don’t end it as cheesily as the first season did.
    Source: Yahoo News
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    August 4, 2006 at 12:05 am Comments (30)

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