Boys Over Flowers
Boys Over Flowers (花より男子, Hana Yori Dango) is a Japanese shōjo manga series by Yoko Kamio. It was serialized in the bi-weekly anthology magazine Margaret, which is aimed at high-school-age girls. The manga series ran continuously from October 1992 to September 2003, and was collected into 37 tankōbon volumes. In 1996, it received the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo.
Recently, the series has started to be released in a deluxe edition (larger pages and with all the color artwork from the magazine reproduced). The manga has been remade into 3 drama productions in Taiwan, Japan, and Korea (with a 4th rumored for China), along with one spin-off, 2 live action movies, 1 anime movie and also an anime series. Hana Yori Dango is the best-selling shōjo manga in Japan of all time (54 million copies in 2005.)
The title Hana yori Dango, more correctly “Boys before Flowers”, is a pun on a Japanese saying, “Dumplings before Flowers” (花より団子, “Hana yori Dango” lit. “dango (rice dumplings) rather than flowers”). “Dumplings before flowers” is a well-known Japanese expression that refers to people who attend Hanami, but rather than enjoying the beauty of the flowers, head straight for the food vendor booths, preferring tangible things like food and drink to the abstract appreciation of the flowers’ beauty. The author creates the pun by changing the kanji of the title to mean “Boys over Flowers” (花より男子). Note that “boys” (男子) is normally read danshi (だんし?), but the furigana indicates that it reads dango (だんご).