Hanazakari Kimitachi e ~ Ikemen Paradise 2011


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Sundays, 9.00 – 9.54 p.m. from 10 July 2011

Fuji TV

Ashiya Mizuki, a girl who has returned to Japan from California, conceals her gender and gets admitted to the male boarding school, Sakurazaki Academy. Her motive is to meet Sano Izumi, a second year high jump athlete in the school. Sano was one of the most promising high jump athletes, but quit jumping due to an injury to his pivot leg. Learning about this, Mizuki has a strong wish for him to jump again one more time because he had changed her own destiny in the past. When she arrives at Sakurazaki Academy, she meets Nakatsu Shoichi, a soccer player who is Sano’s good friend; Sekime Kyogo, the captain of the track team; Kashiyama Taiki, who is able to see a person’s aura; the beautiful Nakao Senri; and Noe Shinji, the president of the manga-anime society. All of them are Mizuki’s second year schoolmates. There are three dorms on campus. The first dorm houses the sporty type who are led by dorm leader, Tennoji Megumi, the captain of the karate team. The third dorm houses the arty type who are led by the dorm leader, Oscar M Himejima, president of the drama club, while the second dorm has a mixed bunch led by dorm leader, Namba Minami, the school’s playboy. Mizuki joins the second dorm which Sano and Nakatsu belong, and somehow becomes Sano’s roommate. Meanwhile, Mizuki finds out that the ball game competition that has been a long tradition between Sakurazaki Academy and Tokyo Academy, which Sano’s rival and fellow high jump athlete Kagurazaka Makoto attends, will be cancelled this year. Enlisting the help of Nakatsu, Namba and the others, she runs about to try to make the competition take place … …

* Maeda Atsuko as Ashiya Mizuki
* Nakamura Aoi as Sano Izumi
* Miura Shohei as Nakatsu Shuichi
* Kiriyama Ren as Namba Minami
* Sekime Kyogo as Yamada Shintaro
* Yanagishita Tomo as Kashiyama Taiki
* Sakai Yukito as Nakao Senri
* Suzuki Katsuhiro as Noe Shinji
* Mitsushima Shinnosuke as Tennoji Megumi
* Tokuyama Hidenori as Himejima Masao
* Sato Yuki as Kagurazaka Makoto

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8 Responses to Hanazakari Kimitachi e ~ Ikemen Paradise 2011

  1. ct says:

    I still can’t figure out why fujitv would like to remake this, especially when the first one is still fresh in everyone’s mind. Not to mention, it looks like an exact same remake.

    • jadefrost says:

      My exact thoughts as I was translating the synopsis. I thought it would be a continuation of the story from where it left off. Not that there was anything else to tell for that matter. But to do a remake with a different cast is just a bloody waste of screen time and an insult to TV viewers.

  2. junny says:

    Have they run out of plots and decent actors? *facepalm*

  3. ennie says:

    I haven’t left a reply in a while, and here I am about to rage out. Honestly, this season.. lots of horrible shows I won’t give a cursory glance at. This one really takes the cake though. It’s such a disappointment to see most new shows haphazardly ripping off of manga, let alone the most obnoxious ones so we can have a bunch of idols who don’t even need to attempt any acting what so ever. (shrugs)

  4. tendoXryuzaki says:

    most of the guys look less ikemen than the previous actors

    • jadefrost says:

      Indeed. The picture on the homepage says it all. I didn’t watch all of Hanakimi back then but who can top Shirota Yu, Okada Masaki or Mizushima Hiro in their respective roles? I can’t visualise other guys playing those characters. It sort of smacks of a very desperate attempt to launch some wannabe actors and actress into stardom, but in the least imaginative way.

  5. Glasswatar says:

    What I don’t get is why they are remaking it? I mean, this manga has been way over used and admittedly the last version did not follow the story very well… What’s weird about this one though is that it contains more elements from the manga story, which is what i like. But the fact that it is using the same background music is strange… idk, i’m not a huge a fan of this, but at the same time, it is truer to the original story

    • jadefrost says:

      Fuji TV must have thought that they would get another hit out of it and Maeda Atsuko’s management probably convinced themselves that she’d soar to stardom just like Horikita Maki. After all, it is a remake of a drama that enjoyed high ratings, has a national idol as its lead actress, and rides on the ‘ikemen’ trend too. But the same sentiments here have greeted the drama in Japan, “The cast is too plain.” “Can’t make any sense of the reason why they would make a remake when its been just 4 years.” “What possessed Maeda Atsuko to sign on for this drama?” Coming on the back of a very successful Marumo no Okite, it is looking quite bad for Fuji TV.

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