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Boys Over Flowers Season 2 Manga Inspires Live-Action Series

posted on by Karen Ressler
Hana Sugisaki, Shō Hirano, Taishi Nakagawa star in sequel that takes place 10 years later

Yōko Kamio's Boys Over Flowers Season 2 (Hana Nochi Hare ~HanaDan~ Next Season) manga is inspiring a live-action television series. The show will premiere in April on TBS and air Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m.

Hana Sugisaki (Mary and The Witch's Flower, live-action Blade of the Immortal; pictured left in image above) will star as the protagonist Oto Edogawa, the daughter of a former company president. King & Prince's Shō Hirano will play Haruto Kaguragi, the leader of C5. Taishi Nakagawa (live-action ReLIFE, Kids on the Slope; pictured right in image above) will play Tenma Hase, Oto's fiancee who is the student council president at a rival school.

The story of the manga is set at Eitoku Academy two years after the legendary F4 group graduated and follows the next generation of characters. The drama, however, will change the story to take place 10 years after the F4 graduated.

The manga debuted in Japan on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ app in February 2015, and Shueisha published the eighth compiled book volume on January 4. Viz Media is publishing the manga as a free simultaneous digital release.

The original Boys Over Flowers manga has already been adapted into Japanese anime, a 1995 Japanese live-action film, and a more well-known 2005 Japanese television drama, the latter of 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. A Filipino company announced in November that it would produce its own adaptation. A stage musical adaptation ran in Japan from January to February 2016.

Kamio previously denied rumors of a supposed remake of the 2005 Japanese live-action series by TBS last October.

Source: Comic Natalie

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