Hanazakari no Kimitachi e

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Hanazakari no Kimitachi e
Ikemen Paradise
花ざかりの君たちへ
イケメン♂パラダイス
Hanazakari no Kimitachi e Ident.png
From left to right: Toma Ikuta, Maki Horikita, and Shun Oguri.
Also known asIkemen Paradise
GenreComedy, Romance, Romantic comedy, Drama
Written byMuto Shogo
Yamaura Masahiro (Ep. 8 & 10)
Directed byMatsuda Hidetomo
Tsuzuki Junichi
Sato Genta
StarringMaki Horikita
Shun Oguri
Toma Ikuta
Opening themeIkenai Taiyō by Orange Range
Ending themePeach by Ai Otsuka
Country of originJapan
Original language(s)Japanese
No. of episodes12
Production
Running time54 minute episodes
Broadcast
Original channelFuji Television
Original runJuly 3, 2007 (2007-07-03) – September 18, 2007 (2007-09-18)
Chronology
Related shows
External links
Website
 
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Hanazakari no Kimitachi e
Ikemen Paradise
花ざかりの君たちへ
イケメン♂パラダイス
Hanazakari no Kimitachi e Ident.png
From left to right: Toma Ikuta, Maki Horikita, and Shun Oguri.
Also known asIkemen Paradise
GenreComedy, Romance, Romantic comedy, Drama
Written byMuto Shogo
Yamaura Masahiro (Ep. 8 & 10)
Directed byMatsuda Hidetomo
Tsuzuki Junichi
Sato Genta
StarringMaki Horikita
Shun Oguri
Toma Ikuta
Opening themeIkenai Taiyō by Orange Range
Ending themePeach by Ai Otsuka
Country of originJapan
Original language(s)Japanese
No. of episodes12
Production
Running time54 minute episodes
Broadcast
Original channelFuji Television
Original runJuly 3, 2007 (2007-07-03) – September 18, 2007 (2007-09-18)
Chronology
Related shows
External links
Website

Hanazakari no Kimitachi e: Ikemen Paradise (花ざかりの君たちへ イケメン♂パラダイス Hanazakari no Kimitachi e: Ikemen Paradaisu?), also known as Ike-para, is a Japanese drama produced by Fuji Television and first aired on July 3, 2007. It is based on the comic by Hisaya Nakajo, published in English as Hana-Kimi. Filming locations include the Ryutsu Keizai University.

A TV Special has already aired with the regular cast reprising their roles. The story starts off half a year after Mizuki's secret of being a girl has revealed. It is near Valentine's Day, and Sano and Nakatsu are talking about the last week of Summer vacation. This is when the story gets back to the last week of Summer holidays, which is between episode 7 and 8. The shooting started on March 19, 2008.[1] A conference was held on September 18, 2008 announcing the completion of the special, subtitled Sotsugyoshiki & 7 to 1/2 wa Special (卒業式&7と1/2話スペシャル?).[2]

A remake of this drama with an entirely different cast was aired on Fuji Television during the 2011 summer season.[3]

Plot summary[edit]

The drama is based on the popular comic of the same name by Nakajo Hisaya. Horikita plays the protagonist Ashiya Mizuki, a Japanese girl in the United States who one day sees the young athlete Sano Izumi compete in the high jump on television. She begins to idolize him. Sano gets injured one day in America while trying to help Mizuki escape from some gangsters. He stops high jumping ever since. Mizuki blames herself for the incident and decides to go to Japan and help Sano find his love for high jumping.

Izumi goes to an all-boys school, so Mizuki disguises herself as a boy to meet with him again. Sano found out about Mizuki when her brother came to Japan. Sano hides the fact that he knows Mizuki's gender so that she doesn't go back to America. Sano, who gets closer to Mizuki, tries to high jump again. In the middle of the story Mizuki, falls in love with Sano. Nakatsu falls for Mizuki. Nakatsu was searching for shampoo when he opened Mizuki and Sano's bathroom and saw Mizuki in the shower — that's when he found out about Mizuki. Nakatsu and Sano try to not let Mizuki go back to America.

When Mizuki rushes to Sano's competition to bring his lucky charm, she bumps to Hibari; Mizuki drops her wallet and was found out by Hibari. Hibari showed the passport inside the wallet to the three dorm heads; she was unable to let the dorm heads see what is inside because Nakatsu interrupted. She was only able to tell that there is a girl in the school. The search began and Mizuki felt nervous, but Nakatsu and Sano had plans to cover her. The dorm heads saw a girl changing in the office and called Mizuki. They now know that Mizuki was a girl. Sano and Nakatsu also confesses that they knew about her gender before the dorm head learned. The dorm heads let Mizuki stay until graduation, but she collapsed when she fell from the stairs where her classmates were setting the maid cafe. The classmates opens her clothes and figured out she was a girl. Mizuki decides she will go back to America. Sano and the school nurse brought her to the airport where Sano gave Mizuki a goodbye kiss.

For the Hana Kimi special, Nakatsu and Sano reminiscence about when Sano fell in love with Mizuki. This takes us back to the weeks between episodes 7 and 8, where Mizuki's friend, Julia, from America comes to Osaka Gakuen to take Mizuki back to America. While Julia is in Japan, she decides to act as Mizuki's girlfriend to see if Sano really cares for her.

Cast[edit]

Second Dormitory[edit]

First Dormitory[edit]

Third Dormitory[edit]

Tōkyō High School[edit]

St. Blossom's High School[edit]

Hibari Hanayashiki and Hibari 4

Teachers[edit]

Others[edit]

Episode list[edit]

EpisodeBroadcast DateEpisode TitleViewership
1July 3, 2007Getting into the Forbidden Boys' Dormitory15.9%
2July 10, 2007Wrong Kiss16.8%
3July 17, 2007Bizarre Big Brother16.5%
4July 24, 2007Dangerous Three-Person Room16.6%
5July 31, 2007Hopeless Coast Story15.3%
6August 7, 2007The Beginning of Stormy Love14.7%
7August 14, 2007Suddenly in Bed14.7%
8August 21, 2007I Like Mizuki17.5%
9August 28, 2007Exposed!18.2%
10September 4, 2007Depend On Me17.8%
11September 11, 2007I'll Jump for You19.5%
LastSeptember 18, 2007We'll Protect You21.0%

Average viewership as 17.33%. Highest viewership recorded was on September 18, 2007 at 22:11 at 23.1%. (In Kantō region).[1]

Differences[edit]

There are many differences from the manga and drama. Though the concept and characters are the same, the story is described differently. For example Sano got injured from saving his friend, while in the drama he got injured from saving Mizuki. Genders are also different in the drama as well. Akiha is supposed to be a guy, however the character is portrayed as a woman in the drama. In the manga Sano found out Mizuki's true gender when he accidentally "felt her up", but in the drama Sano finds out Mizuki's a girl when he overhears Mizuki talking to her brother. Nakatsu also found out about Mizuki's gender a lot earlier, while in the manga he finds out Mizuki's true gender along with everyone else.

Music[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

  1. Peach [Performed by: Otsuka Ai]
  2. Ikenai Taiyou [Performed by: Orange Range]
  3. IKEMEN Boogie
  4. Men of Paradise
  5. St.BLOSSOM
  6. Go to School!
  7. HA.NA.ZA Carnival
  8. Save Me
  9. Early Summer
  10. IKE-MEN 2007
  11. I can't tell you why
  12. Boyz be ambitious!
  13. Beautiful Enough
  14. Into a Nap
  15. Be Silent
  16. OSAKA♂Boyz
  17. IKEMEN Boogie Nights
  18. I am Lady
  19. I can't tell you why (reprise)
  20. Emergency
  21. Sand Time
  22. Is This Spiritual
  23. Trap Happy
  24. PEACH (IKEMEN☆instrumental version)

Insert songs[edit]

International broadcasts[edit]

Philippines[edit]

Hong Kong[edit]

Greater China[edit]

Indonesia[edit]

Malaysia[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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