Voltage Streams Boys Over Flowers Romance App's Opening Movie
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official website of Voltage's Hana Yori Dango - F4 to First Kiss (Boys Over Flowers - First Kiss With the F4) "romance drama app" began streaming the game's opening movie on Thursday. The video previews the game's characters from Yoko Kamio's Boys Over Flowers manga.
Text: Eitoku Academy, where celebrities go to school.
Text: The people who rule this academy are...
Text: The F4, a group of four people more beautiful than flowers.
Text: Hanazawa Rui: Hey, you're kinda annoying.
Text: Sōjirō Nishikado: Want to do something once-in-a-lifetime with me?
Text: Akira Mimasaka: If only you were 10 years older than me...
Text: Tsukasa Dōmyōji: Hey, commoner. You ready for this?
Text: To think I'd have my first kiss with them...
The website also began streaming a promotional video for the app on June 23.
Text and Narrator: The famous comic Boys Over Flowers makes its debut as a smartphone app! Hana Yori Dango - F4 to First Kiss
Text and Narrator: The arrogant F4 leader, Tsukasa Dōmyōji
Text and Narrator: The cool prince who dances to his own tune, Hanazawa Rui
Text and Narrator: The moodmaker that exudes Japanese refinement, Sōjirō Nishikado
Text and Narrator: The beauty who makes older women fall for him, Akira Mimasaka
Text and Narrator: Change your cute avatar's clothes and go on a date with the F4!
Text and Narrator: Who will you fall in love with?
Text and Narrator: Now accepting pre-registration!
The app features an original story, and will allow users to "fall in love" with the F4 members, as well as collect visuals and illustrations featuring the F4. Voltage released the app on iOS and Android on Friday.
The original Boys Over Flowers manga followed 16-year old Tsukushi Makino, a bright girl from a middle-class family who gets accepted into the ultra elite Eitoku Academy. She finds herself on the bad side of the school's F4, the four most elite male members at the school. The manga has more than 64 million copies in print.
The manga had already been adapted into Japanese anime, a 1995 Japanese live-action film, and a more well-known 2005 Japanese television drama which spawned a sequel and a hit film. Taiwan also remade the manga into a live-action university drama titled Meteor Garden. Crunchyroll streamed a Korean live-action adaptation in 2011. Viz Media released the manga and anime versions in North America. A stage musical adaptation of the manga was announced in April.
Since Boys Over Flowers ended in 2004, Kamio drew two side stories in 2006 and 2007. Kamio debuted the Boys Over Flowers Season 2 manga in Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ digital magazine on February 15. The series is titled Hana Nochi Hare ~HanaDan~ Next Season (Flowers, Then Sunny Skies ~Boys Over Flowers~ Next Season) in Japan. The story is set at Eitoku Academy two years after the legendary F4 group graduated and follows the next generation of characters.
Viz Media is publishing the sequel manga in English as a free simultaneous digital release.