Boys Over Flowers

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Boys Over Flowers (花より男子 Hana Yori Dango?) is a Japanese shōjo manga series written by Yoko Kamio. It was serialized in the bi-weekly anthology magazine Margaret, which is aimed at high-school-age girls. The manga series ran continuously from October 1992 to September 2003, and was collected into 37 tankōbon volumes. In 1996, it received the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo.[1] It has also been repackaged and released in deluxe editions with larger pages and color artwork reproduced from the magazine. Hana Yori Dango is the best-selling shōjo manga in Japan of all time, having sold 54 million copies as of 2005.[2]

The manga has been adapted into three (3) television drama productions in Taiwan, Japan and Korea, as well as two live action movies, an anime movie and an anime series.[3]



The title Hana yori Dango, is a pun on a Japanese saying, "Dumplings before Flowers" (花より団子, "Hana yori Dango" lit. "dango (rice dumplings) rather than flowers"). "Dumplings before flowers" is a well-known Japanese expression that refers to people who attend Hanami, but rather than enjoying the beauty of the flowers, head straight for the food vendor booths, preferring tangible things like food and drink to the abstract appreciation of the flowers’ beauty.[4] The author creates the pun by changing the kanji of the title to mean "Boys over Flowers" (花より男子?). Note that "boys" (男子?) is normally read danshi (だんし?), but the furigana indicates that it reads dango (だんご?).

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