Speculations about Netflix finally getting ready to reboot Asia’s biggest teen drama, ‘Boys Over Flowers’, for season 2, is flying high. Is it true? Scroll down to find out.
You know one of those times when a story touches your heart and inspires millions so that the whole world wants a piece of it? That is exactly what happened with Japanese shōnen manga series ‘Boys Over Flowers’ by Yoko Kamio.
- Riding the train of fame
- Here’s why ‘Boys Over Flowers’ must be in your must-watch list
- Difference from the original manga
- When is season 2 airing?
Riding the train of fame
The manga was picked up by Tokyo Broadcasting System and made into an anime in 1996, and then a TV teen drama series of the same name. The Japanese series gained massive acclamation and made it to TV series in Taiwan, South Korea, and China, and even got two films.
However, this widely famous teen drama took the world by storm when Netflix bought the streaming rights of its South Korean version TV series ‘Boys over Flowers’ in 2009. Like most Asian drama, ‘Boys Over Flowers’ was wrapped up in one season. Since then, fans of this legendary series are waiting for season 2.
Here’s why ‘Boys Over Flowers’ must be in your must-watch list
If you are also a K-drama and a high-school drama fanatic (like me) and still have lived your life without watching ‘Boys Over Flowers’, you are, for sure, looking in the wrong corner of the internet for K-Drama suggestion. ‘Boys Over Flowers’ is the story of Geum Jan-di, who comes from a working-class family. One day, she visits the most elite school, Shinhwa High School, where she saves a student from committing suicide because of F4’s bullying. This leads Jan-di to receive a scholarship to attend the school of her choice for her heroic act.
This is where Jan-di finally meets the notorious F4 – Gu Jun-pyo, Yoon Ji-hyu, So Yi-jung, and Song Woo-bin – the most popular and elitist group of boys. Her life at school starts out miserable, as she doesn’t fit in with other students because of her social status and later gets worse when she becomes the next bullying target of the F4.
Soon, the proud and persistent leader of F4, Jun-pyo falls hard for feisty Jan-di, but she secretly loves the quiet and sensitive Ji-hu. This classic story of a love triangle is way ahead of its time and gives an important message to all – never succumb to bullying, always fight back.
The difference from the original manga
- Yoon Ji-hoo has a more significant role in Geum Jan-di’s life than the South Korean, Taiwanese, and Japanese versions have shown.
- Woo-bin is not interested in older women. His family also does not appear in this version.
- Why Jan-di decided to attend the same school as F4 has been changed completely. In the original manga version, Jan Di’s parents sent her to Eitoku Academy against her wish because they thought if Jan-di goes to an elite school, that is full of rich kids, it will increase her chance to marry a rich guy.
- The South Korean version depicts Jan-di saves a student from committing suicide because of F4’s notorious bullying while delivering laundry, and in order to subdue the negative press from the incident, Shinhwa Group offers her a scholarship. Jan-di declines to attend the school initially but comply later because of the parental pressure.
When is season 2 airing?
The original Japanese series ‘Boys Over Flowers’, also known as ‘Hana Nochi Hare’, rebooted for the 2nd season in 2018. Since the Japanese series does not come with English subtitles and is owned by Tokyo Broadcasting System, fans will have to wait until the South Korean show creators see enough demand in the international market to create season 2.
What possible plotlines can be explored in the second season? Do you any theories? If you too are eagerly waiting for season 2, let us know in the comments below.