I watched this drama on Youtube
I began down this path originally with To the Beautiful You, which to my surprise I immediately fell in love with. So I decided to watch its original Japanese counterpart, Hana Kimi and compare them. Even though the two share a common basic premise because they are based on the same manga, the Korean and Japanese interpretations turned out to be vastly different from one another.
Hana Kimi is more of a zany comedy with a few dramatic moments here and there. It focuses more on the lead female’s relationship with the school and her classmates rather than just her romance with the male lead. There were some major differences in plot, and I have only read about half the manga, but thus far neither drama really follows it very closely. However, Hana Kimi’s wildly comedic approach definitely reflects the feel of the manga more than To The Beautiful You’s dramatic teen romance.
There were some really humorous moments in this drama that I could appreciate, but actually I was surprised because at times I found myself not really enjoying the total lack of seriousness. I felt like a lot of the comedic scenes were kind of randomly placed and distracting from the main plot. I also was not overly smitten with Sano’s character. I felt like he was a more than prickly pear, and standoffish to the point where he was kind of uninteresting (although very nice to look at ;). Hikatsu was a fun character, not nearly as adorable as his Korean equivalent Eun Gyul, but genuinely likable and entertaining nonetheless.
One thing that was definitely done better in Hana Kimi was Mizuki, the female lead’s cross dressing skills. She actually looked and moved like a convincing boy. I feel however, that somehow her character lacked the depth that I was expecting.
I did enjoy Hana Kimi, though I think my overwhelming love for TTBY caused me to be a little disappointed in it. I will be watching the 2011 Japanese remake and comparing in depth the 2 jversions and the kversion soon. If you are interested in a quirky comedy with loud slap stick humor, Hana Kimi is your drama. 3.5 out of 5 stars for me.
For a synopsis and cast list visit http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Hanazakari_no_Kimitachi_e