Skip to main content

Boys Before Flowers

'Kgotboda Namja' ('Boy Before Flowers') - 25 episodes

This is the third remake of Yoko Kamio's 'Hana Yori Dango' manga. First, the Taiwanese drama 'Meteor Garden'; second, jdorama 'Hana Yori Dango' and third, the kdrama 'Boys Before Flowers'. Geum Jan Di is a swimmer, part time-waitress and a daughter of a drycleaner who suddenly finds herself enrolled in the prestigious Shin Wa High School and the target of the F4 , meaning of the whole school.



Kudos to G8 for producing a very addictive drama. The kdrama version tweaked the original story to their advantage and made most out of the stories of other minor characters. Even if this is the third time that we've seen the story, it doesn't feel predictable and it still has a sense of familiarity. You'll feel a lot of deja vu's especially in scenes like kissing againt the sun or GJP running after the bus. Acting-wise and drama factor, the jdorama is still the best but BBF was able to make it's own magic with great casting and over the top production.

At first, I think Lee Min Ho is just a mixture of Jerry Yan's look (but hotter) and (inferior to) Matsumoto Jun's acting. But as the story progress I totally fell for his character. He was able to own Gun Jun Pyo with his potrayal and built. Koo Hye Sun also has a different attack to being Geum Jan Di. I think it has something to do with cultural differences. 'San Chai' and 'Makino' actesses have different treatments to the character like facial expressions or acting natural to their country. Kim Hyun Joong's acting is the only thing that I hated among the characters especially when he makes his eyes pop. But as the drama goes on his skills improved that I began rooting for him too. I'm still not convinced if the third crying scene was real or fake. First it was raining. Second it was all sounds and no close up and last it was a close up with a single drop of tear. Kim Bum has boyish charm but I find his acting exaggerated at times. I felt bad for Kim Joon's charcater who had no backstory at all. I wish they added more comic scenes like when he was dancing by himself and I find his English words funny. I was awaiting for the Jin-Sun-Mi trio but they never made an appearance maybe as not to address that Sunny character has passed away while the drama is still filming.

The casting, direction, scenes, clothes and music are all glossy and eyecandy. The over-all casting and stylized fashion is distracting at times. Everybody looks like they stepped from magazine covers. Even the layman clothes of Geum Jan Di looks so made up in a cute ways. There's a lot of elements in the cinematography, location, props and direction. I can only imagine how many shoots, wardrobe changes, editing etc. that they spent. They maximized the lifestyle of the rich from the sportcars, the overseas locations, the instruments, sports etc. I felt bad that I didn't watch it in HD right away.The music is very poppish and I read in one of the reviews that it was overplayed but it really grew on me. There was a backlash with the use of CGI effects, in the first half but it's not new at all. Remembere the very fake chopper with roses in 'Meteor Garden' and how about the F4 plane in HYD movie? I felt sad that the deal is for 25 episodes only. I felt it was short-lived but worth watching again. The third time is indeed a charm. Sa Rang Hae Kgotboda Namja.

Comments

  1. Thanks For Sharing!!!



    Regards,
    Ep Drama

    ReplyDelete
  2. Don't know if anyone recommended this yet but currently Playfull kiss is airing, it's not the first drama, based on the anime 'Itazura na kiss'
    It has a familiar feel to it, but somehow it keeps surprising me.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Asking "Where I can find this?" will not be published. Thanks!

Also, I do not approve spam comments. :P

Popular posts from this blog

Reverse Harem Anime 2020

This page will be dedicated to reverse harem anime with the airing date of 2020. Be warned, some may turn out to be not reverse harem after all. This page will be updated with new or upcoming reverse harem anime.

This will also be listed under the main tab of the blog, Upcoming/Watchlist. Please also subscribe to Reverse Harem Garden Youtube Channel, I will create an updated video too if there are new anime.





1. "Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika Nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shiteshimatta…animts"- ("My Next Life As a Villainess") TV anime series| based on light novel
Official Site 
First Impression and Anime Review 
Airdate: April 4, 2020

Synopsis from MAL: Eight-year-old Katarina Claes is the only daughter of a duke, living her life peacefully and without incident until she hits her head on a rock... and then remembers that she is not actually the duke's daughter. She used to be an otaku who died on her way to school after spending the previous night playing Fortune …

Reverse Harem Dramas 2020

This page will be dedicated to reverse harem dramas with the airing date of 2020. Be warned, some may turn out to be not reverse harem after all. This page will be updated with new or upcoming reverse harem dramas.

This will also be listed under the main tab of the blog, Upcoming/Watchlist. Please also subscribe to Reverse Harem Garden Youtube Channel, I will create an updated video too if there are new dramas.





1. "Oh My Baby"|kdrama
Official Site
Airdate: May 13 First Impression and Drama Review Synopsis from Asianwiki
Jang Ha-Ri (Jang Na-Ra) is a single woman and 39-years-old. She works as a deputy manager at parenting magazine company "The Baby." She has a beautiful appearance, but she hasn't dated in the past 10 years. This is because Jang Ha-Ri is a workaholic. She has given up on finding love or getting married, but she still wants to have a baby. Jang Ha-Ri soon becomes involved with 3 men. Han Yi-Sang (Go Joon) works as a freelancer photographer. He conti…

Winter Reverse Harem 2019

Waiting for Spring (Harumatsu Bokura) film on December 14 | Official Site Not a reverse harem




B-PROJECT ~Zechhou*Emotion~ tv series on January 11 | Official Site Not a reverse harem - My review


Anime Review: Kiskis! My Boyfriends are Mint Candies!

Kiskis! My Boyfriend are Mint Candies!- 4 episodes

Tang Tang meet guys who each represent a flavor of mint candies. It has a catchy, cute opening. At first there's a different feel on it which I can't pinpoint. And then I realized that they are talking in Chinese! This is my first completed Chinese animation. Well since it was way too easy to finish it. It's 5-minute ONA for 4 episodes. I think this premiered last June 4. But the first Chinese animation I watched is still currently airing (unconfirmed reverse harem), Phantom in the Twilight, which is a collaboration between Japan and China. Oh back to back Chinese reviews after The Flame's Daughter. Is China going to be booming with reverse harem now?

Related Anime Review: Sweet Punishment

Sweet Punishment (Amai Chōbatsu: Watashi wa Kanshu Senyō Pet)- 13 episodes based on web manga by Sho Izumi

The story is set in 2038. Hina Saotome 3077 was framed and was sent to an all-male prison. She is placed under the supervision of prison guard, Aki Myojin, who she must obey...absolutely. Warning for adults only! 

UPDATE 2/5/2020:
I already mentioned this before that I'll be transferring adult-themed reviews to Patreon. They will under the tag "adult-themed".



Love Reverse Harem Garden? Follow on: Youtube  |  Facebook  | Twitter  | Instagram
You can support through Kofior please whitelist! 

News Round Up: 3B no Koibito manga gets drama adaptation, Japanese actors with covid19 and more

Special Notice: "News Round-Up" will be released once a month. If its breaking news, it will be posted as "Freshest News". Some may not fall strictly under reverse harem. See Levels of Reverse Harem.


Moyo Yokoyama's LINE manga, 3B no Koibito, gets a drama starting January 2021. Haruka Kobayashi just got her heartbroken and soon after she meets 3B boys or boys you should avoid: bandman, beautician and bartender. Fumika Baba (pictured above) plays the lead. Source: Natalie



The live-action series adaptation of Mairu No Vich manga is delayed to early 2021 due to covid-19. It was originally set to air this fall. Source: ANN (Not a confirmed reverse harem drama).

Levels of Reverse Harem

Reverse Harem titles were very limited when I first started the blog eleven years ago. I was flexible with many titles where it's only one or two guys interested in the female protagonist and other gray areas. But we are now at a point where I can be strict with labeling reverse harem. Let's start with the classification of reverse harem-ness. This is for my sake too if in case I run off course again.

1. Five Flowers - This is literally reverse harem. The heroine has a harem of her own in her inner chamber. And we only have one example for this, manga and drama, Ooku. I'm not sure if this has already been used in Western Fiction though. I found one but for grownups only. lol

First Impression: Mr Love: Queen's Choice episode 1-3 I have unreasonable love already

The heroine is a producer of the show, Miracle Finder, which features all things strange. She meets four different men who in one way or another is connected to the show...and her. They will also lead her to the existence of evolvers, humans with powers.
Finally a straight-up, honest to goodness four flower reverse harem anime. (see Levels of Reverse  Harem) Even though the official site synopsis already mentioned the heroine, I was not having it until we see her visual. She finally showed up in the promotional video a couple of months before the premiere. Then we hear her voice in the final PV. And come premiere, she didn't have a name! But I did like how they script the dialogues or use clever devices to ensure she never gets to introduce herself or mention her name. They also announced her seiyuu only after the first episode aired. Hisako Kanemoto who also voiced B-Project's heroine, Tsubasa Sumisora. Unnamed female protagonists are common in otome games but for anime adap…

Freshest News: Ikemen Vampire Live Action Movie

Cybird's smartphone game, Ikemen Vampire, will get a live-action movie adaptation set in the modern world. It is slated to be released in the spring of 2021. Source: Ikemen Vampire Twitter  (Not a confirmed reverse harem drama)
Plot of the game from VNDB: A chance encounter in the Louvre leads you into a mansion full of some of the greatest men from history! But there's a twist: they're all out for blood. Your blood. Can you survive a month living under the same roof as these deadly handsome men? Or will you give into temptation?
Love Reverse Harem Garden? Follow on: Youtube  |  Facebook  | Twitter  | Instagram
You can support through Kofior please whitelist! 

Reverse Harem Anime 2019

Here is the list of the reverse harem anime which premiered in 2019. Dig in below if you need to catch up. This will also be listed under the main tab of the blog, Upcoming/Watchlist.



1. "Meiji Tokyo Renka TV" TV anime series| 12 episodes| based on otome game
Anime Review
Official Site 
Airdate: January 9, 2019

Synopsis: Mei keeps to herself because of her ability to see ghosts.  Not wanting to be the center of attention she finds herself chosen in a magic trick. She's then brought to the past where she meets popular men of Meiji history.