Monday, December 9, 2013

Manga Mondays #171: Boys Over Flowers vol. 2 by Hana Yori Dango

Manga Mondays Meme

It's been far too long since I've done a Manga Mondays. I'm going to try to get back into the habit.

I've been doing Manga Mondays every week since I started my blog 3 years ago. It started out as a personal feature, but I decided to turn it into a meme last year. There are quite a few people who do Manga Mondays. I don't claim by any means that I owned or created the idea of Manga Mondays - it's an obvious choice given the alliteration. I think a meme is a great way for everyone to publicize their own Manga Mondays and get a little more publicity.

The linky will be below my review.

Boys Over Flowers vol. 2 by Hana Yori Dango


Tsukushi Makino has been accepted into the snobbish Eitoku academy. From a middle-class background and poor compared to her classmates, Tsukushi is determined to get her diploma. Standing in her way is the gang known as F4 -- four handsome but vicious rich boys who rule the school and attack anyone who gets in their way This popular series features drama, romance, humor, strong girls, and cute boys. Because she stood up to the F4 gang, Tsukushi is now a celebrity But not everyone has joined her fan club. A boy playing a violin is rude to her. A trio of girls tricks her at a party. And she gets kidnapped and taken to Tsukasa's mansion, where she and her sometimes enemy have a fight and he spreads cruel gossip about her around the school Tsukushi's resourceful, but how will she handle this one? (courtesy of Goodreads)


*Warning: Potential spoilers. My manga reviews tend to be more of a summary than a review. I find it hard to review manga in the same way I do regular books.

In some ways volume 2 of Boys Over Flowers is a mess. It starts off in the middle of a scene without any context. If it's a continuation from volume 1 I've forgotten it. To make matters worse, it feels like there's a dozen separate subplots.

I also didn't like that Tsukushi came off as a crying, weak girl for some of the volume. Granted, she becomes brash and defiant once again when her friend is threatened by the F4 but still. I particularly disliked when she was love sick over Rui's childhood love coming back from France. But when I get sick of one subplot or characterization it changes for the better. The leader of the F4 is a jerk but I still kinda like him. Rui's quasi girlfriend turns out to be super nice and much stronger than Rui. If you can put up with a lot of silliness Boys Over Flowers is great fun. I'm still having a good time.

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  1. Yes, you have to take the silliness along with the great characters. Tsukushi does have her weak moments, like we all do, but I love to see her bounce back with renewed confidence. I also have a love/hate relationship with Tsukasa. He can be sweet at some moments but then a complete jerk the next. As for Rui, still up in the air about him.

  2. It's been so long since I've read this series but I remember it being cute. I remember how it ends lol that's about it though.

  3. I didn't read this Manga but I have watched the series (hana yori dango, meteor garden and boys over flower).

    If you like reading Manga, you might want to try Orange Marmalade and Maid-Sama. Those two are my current favorite however, I'm not sure if it's available worldwide. I read it online though.

    Here are my other manga list:
    1. Fruits Basket
    2. Ouran High School Host Club
    3. Tenshi Ja Nai (I'm no Angel)

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