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Monday, July 7, 2008

Himitsu no Hanazono



"Himitsu no Hanazono" ("The Secret Garden" / "Hanazono's Secret") 11 episodes

Tsukiyama is having the worst longest day of her life and to top it all, it's also her 28th birthday. But her monotonous single life will be soon be broken when she meets the four weird brothers who are behind the successful female mangaka, Hanazono.

I found no connection at all with the drama at first. The girl is such a pushover and the guys are just too weird. The opening credits feels like it was from the seventies and the song is..again weird. The subtitles are terrible. But as I've watched it I began to enjoy and laugh at HNH. I also liked the fact that it's about mangakas and we get to see how they create mangas. Editors are commonly depicted as people who pressures the artists with deadline. But if we notice in some of mangaka's talk page, their editors advises them with ideas and supports them in research or whatever. The drama was only at the latter part and it was really touching. The saving grace of the story is the bond between the brothers. Great acting by the cast except for the heroine because she's limited with her wallflower character. The only thing I like about her is her winter clothes and her small round table at her house. I want like those! Special mention to her previous female boss. I despises her at first but I was won over hilarious acting. It aired in winter 2007 the same season with "Hana Yori Dango 2". Thanks to Kevin who recommended this and "Lunch Queen".

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