WARNING, Proceed with caution! This post contains spoilers for those who haven't seen the first season of Hana Yori Dango.
(view HYD season 1 review)
Alternative Titles: 花より男子, Boys Before Flowers, Boys Over Flowers
Broadcast Year: 2007
Starring: Inoue Mao as Makino Tsukushi, Matsumoto Jun as Doumyouji Tsukasa
Related: Hana Yori Dango season one review
Hana Yori Dango 2 takes place a few months after the events in the last season. If you've seen season one you'll know that Doumyouji goes to New York to study business. Meanwhile, Makino hasn't seen Doumyouji for several months so she goes to New York. When Makino finally meets Doumyouji, he is a completey different person and he rejects Makino so she returns to Japan. Shortly after, Doumyouji's mother decides to go back to Japan to celebrate his birthday. At his birthday, Doumyouji's mother plans to announce something that is very important.
In my review of HYD season one, I said that HYD was an addictive drama. Season two still holds that advantage of keeping viewers hooked through every episode. However, I thought that season one was slightly better than season two. Mainly, season one had a better story than season two. This is because in season two, there were too many reused love-triangle story lines. Let me explain, in the first few episodes, Rui likes Makino, but then later on, Rui stops liking her then he suddenly starts liking her again. Obviously, it's more complicated then that but the point is that HYD2 keeps on switching the "who-likes-who" storyline just to make the story interesting.
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- VERY addictive, plot will get you hooked
- Inoue Mao is still the best J-drama actress I've seen
- Same cliffhanger endings as season one keeps the story interesting
- Matsumoto Jun!!! (that one's for the female J-drama fans (-_-')
- Reused story lines from season one
- Too many "who=likes-who" (love-triangle) changes between several characters
- The dancing at the stadium in the last episodes was terrible
Even though I thought season one was slightly better, I still think all J-drama fans should watch both seasons of HYD.