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Saturday, April 14, 2007

After the successful debut of Gokusen 1 and 2, the Philippine’s no. 1 network station – GMA 7 is going to present another manga series. Japan’s version of Hana Yori Dango which was aired in TBS Network last Fall 2005 is going to invade the Philippines this Summer 2007. The basic story is similar to Taiwan’s Meteor Garden which was already introduced by ABS-CBN last 2003 if I am not mistaken. It became very popular here in the Philippines because of the appearance of F4 group and thus, Filipinos started to appreciate Asian series.

The basic story goes like this: Tsukushi is a girl from a lower-middle class family who goes to a snooty expensive high school where everyone else comes from rich families - and I mean unrealistically and ridiculously manga-style rich. They all get dropped off by their chauffeurs in expensive cars every morning, bringing lunch boxes filled with caviar. This school is ruled by four boys who call themselves the "Flower 4" or "F4" for short. They are among the richest of the students and their parents make generous grants to the school, thus they are allowed to do whatever they want and not even the teachers are allowed to stop them. They are Doumyouji Tsukasa (Matsumoto Jun), Hanazawa Rui (Oguri Shun), Nishikado Soujirou (Matsuda Shouta), and Mimasaka Akira (Abe Tsuyoshi). Tsukasa and Rui are played by current popular male idols while the other two are played by newcomers.

Whenever anyone at the school does something that the F4 doesn't like, they get an "F4" flag in their locker and they are ostracized and bullied by the F4 and the whole school until they leave. Tsukasa is the ring leader and the meanest of the bunch.

Tsukushi hates the whole school and doesn't actively go along with the F4 or any of the school's other strange traditions. However, she doesn't openly oppose them either as she doesn't want to make any enemies there. Her family is very proud of the fact that she was able to enter such a prestigious school, and she doesn't want to disappoint them, so she is doing her best to survive her three years there.

She manages to get through her first two years and most of her last year without encountering any major problems, but when her new friend, Sakurako gets on F4's bad side, she decides to defend Sakurako. By openly opposing the F4, they forget all about her friend and give Tsukushi the F4 flag the next day. Tsukushi is at the top of F4's blacklist now. The school's hate for her is compounded and amplified by her family's lower class status.

Instead of giving in and leaving the school as everyone in the past has, Tsukushi decides to fight against the F4. In the first episode, she even punches Tsukasa. The repercussions that Tsukushi will face for opposing the F4 and damaging Tsukasa's pride are unimaginable. Lucky for her, another equally powerful F4 member, Rui has taken a liking to her, so she won't be alone in her fight.
Apparently, she will end up in the middle of several love triangles, hexagons, etc. involving the F4 boys; but since they are bigger actors and appear to be much bigger characters, most of the attention will be from Tsukasa and Rui.

The whole nine episodes of this drama and comedy series will surely be a hit and I really can’t wait to watch it.


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