Hana Nochi Hare: Hanadan Next Season (Japanese Drama) Review

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Hana Nochi Hare: Hanadan Next Season (Japanese Drama) Review

  • Genre: Romance, School, Youth
  • Related Dramas: Hana Yori Dango; Boys Over Flowers
  • Released Date: April 2018
  • Dorama: 10 episodes


  • Hana Sugisaki as Oto Edogawa
  • Sho Hirani as Haruto Kaguragi
  • Taishi Nakagawa as Tenma Hase
  • Tatsuomi Hamada as Kaito Taira
  • Marie Iitoyo as Megumi Nishidome
  • Mio Imada as Airi Maya
  • Jin Suzuki as Issa Narumiya
  • Keisuke Nakata as Sugimaru Eiibi

The story occurs 10 years after the original season.

Haruto Kaguragi is now the leader of the F4 or rather Correct 5. He is concerned that their once formidable school is falling into disrepute.

Kaguragi decided to do something about this.  He instigated a plan to pick up all the deadbeats and throw them out of the school.

Episode 1

It start with Oto Edegawa being a daughter of a rich family.  She became engaged to the son of their equally rich friends.  The engagement was due to the wishes of Tenma Hase’s mother, who was dying of cancer.

A year later, Edegawa’s father’s business went bankrupt.  But her family had to ensure that she remains in Eituko Academy until she reaches her 18th birthday, otherwise her engagement is cancelled.

At Eituko, Haruto Kaguragi happens to be the leader of C5 or Correct 5, the elites among the elites. Eituko is not as it used to be, it is going downhill.  Many of the students of Eituko had been transferring to a rival school, where Tenma Hase is the elitist or school leader.

Anyway, in order to take back Eituko’s former glory and reputation of excellence for the moneyed only students, the C5 took it upon themselves to perform a peasant hunt.

Peasant hunt is where they confront students’ whose parents have not been making any donations to the school and also for being behind with  their tuition fees.  They forced them to leave the school.

Edegawa was often scared that it would be her turn.  She had been so careful, often pretending to school mates that she lives in a mansion instead of their lowlier current abode.

To make ends meet, Edegawa works part-time at a convenience store.  One of the customer is Haruto Kaguragi, who is addicted to online shopping. 🙂

Haruto realised that his position is rather precarious the moment he met Edegawa while he was collecting his package of treasures from Mars from the store.

One word from her and he could end up a laughing stock.

To prevent this, he tried to bully Edegawa into quitting school.

As much as Edegawa wants to leave Eituko, she can’t for her parents’ sake.  They had put all their faith, hope and dreams in her to marry Tenma Hase for his fortune.

Consulting his C5 crew on how to best deal with Edegawa, Haruto was advised to make her his girl.

So Haruto started his pursuit of Edegawa but in a very hesitant manner, often telling her not to get the wrong idea, he was not into her.

Edegawa said that they can’t be anything else  anyway as she has a fiance already.

To his horror, the fiance was Tenma Hase, his nemesis.

Episode 2 – 4

I have a little confession.  I love Shun Oguri and Jun Matsumoto of the original Hana Yori Dango so much but for some reason I actually prefer this version.

Probably because these series is more comedy and the young actors really did their best in this drama.

It is a love triangle between Kaguragi, Oto and Hase.  The script is simple and very straight-forward, we know where we are all the time.  I supposed it is only episode four, so many more things could happen.

Including the pseudo nice stepmother of Hase.  She obviously has a hidden agenda.  Also the exacting, neglectful father of Kaguragi is potentially against any romance between his son and Oto, who is not deemed suitable.

I have to admit the young actress who played Ari was so good.  She made the character rather loathsome and yet pitiful at the same time.

Yeah, an enjoyable drama.  I just wish it is subbed soonest!

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