30 Day Manga Challenge Day 2

Hmm, favorite. One above all others?

Day 02 – Your favorite manga?

I have a few series swirling through my head. But, I guess, it should be no surprise if I say Hana Yori Dango by Yoko Kamio, should it?

Hana Yori Dango

Seriously, while not my first manga, I fell obsessively in love with the series. Hence how I got started watching Asian dramas. The manga was originally serialized in popular comic magazine Margaret from October of 1992 until September of 2003. The series is comprised of 37 published volumes and is available in English under the titleĀ Boys Over Flowers (the Japanese title’s literal translation) thanks to Viz.

For those who don’t know the plot, Makino Tsukushi is a high school student who comes from a very poor family. Her mother insisted that she go to the exclusive and costly Eitoku Gakuen to raise the family’s status and possibly land a rich husband. Thus, the family uses a good portion of their meager income just to keep sending her there. Tsukushi, however, hates the school with a passion. The students there care more about outer appearance and money than anything else. Plus, there’s some pretty bad bullying going on. Tsukishi was originally spunky and full of justice, but since coming to Eitoku she masks her true personality and tries to lie low until graduation and her escape. Of course that plan goes awry when her best friend (and fellow commoner) accidentally gets on the bad side of the elites of the elites – the F4. Tsukishi sticks up from her friend, shocking the F4 and leading their leader Domyoji Tsukasa to give her the red slip which means it’s open season for bullying her.

Tsukishi refuses to give in and returns to her normal feisty self. She declares war right back and fights to stay alive. Her spunk and similarity to his beloved older sister has Tsukasa soon falling head over heels with her. However, Tsukishi is more interested in the reticent member Hanazawa Rui who just so happens to be in love with someone else. Thus we get this very complicated love plot, meddling and evil mothers, bullies, revenge plots, etc. Anything that can possibly happen to this couple, does.

Now some other honorable mentions that I really do love, too, and have read and reread.

  • Alice 19 by Watase Yuu
  • Imadoki by Watase Yuu
  • Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya
  • Aquarian Age: Juvenile Orion by Sakurako Gokurakuin

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