|Not to be confused with Chapter 1 of Boys Over Flowers Season 2.|
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At Eitoku Academy, Tsukushi's friend, Makiko Endo, angers the leader of the F4, Tsukasa Domyoji. Tsukushi stands up for Makiko, placing all of the F4's wrath on herself. In the end, Tsukushi decides to fight back instead of leaving quietly.
Tsukushi Makino attends the affluent school, Eitoku Academy located in Yamanote, Tokyo. She and her friend, Makiko Endo are both from middle-class families, unlike most of their rich classmates. The two walk into their classroom and see Kimoto pack his belongings and leave. He had previously stood up to the F4, a clique "at the top of the food chain". He was given a red slip, the F4's "declaration of war." Despite being popular, no one helped him and he ultimately decided to leave Eitoku.
Tsukushi is frustrated by her classmates callousness and feels angry that she cannot help Kimoto. She runs to an emergency stairwell, where she yells out her frustrations by calling her classmates "stupid fools". Unseen by Tsukushi, Rui Hanazawa witnesses the spectacle and calls her "amazing". Later, Tsukushi remembers how her mother forced her to enroll at Eitoku, despite her protests. She resolves to "stay quiet and unnoticed" and repeats her mantra to "just hang on for two more years."
After school, Tsukushi and her classmates are cleaning the classroom, when a student gets dust on Tsukasa Domyoji's pants. Tsukasa, the F4's leader, orders him to blow the dust away and knocks over a trashcan on his way out. Another F4 member, Rui, picks up the trashcan and looks at Tsukushi briefly. She then blushes. At work, Tsukushi recounts her day to her best friend, Yuki Matsuoka. Yuki wonders out loud what has happened to Tsukushi, who regularly defended others when they were in middle school.
The following day, Tsukushi and Makiko walk to music class together. Makiko slips and falls down a flight of stairs. She lands on Tsukasa, who refuses to just accept her apology. Tsukushi stands up for Makiko and insults Tsukasa. She arrives at school the next day and finds the F4's notorious red slip in her locker. Makiko begins avoiding her. Later, Tsukushi decides to fight back against the F4. She gives them each red slips of her own making, saying "This is my declaration of war!"
- Akira Mimasaka (Debut)
- Chieko Makino (Flashback only)
- Haruo Makino (Flashback only)
- Kimoto (Debut)
- Makiko Endo (Debut)
- Proprietress (Debut)
- Rui Hanazawa (Debut)
- Sojiro Nishikado (Debut)
- Tsukasa Domyoji (Debut)
- Tsukasa Domyoji's father (First mentioned)
- Tsukushi Makino (Debut)
- Yuki Matsuoka (Debut)
- Yuriko Asai (Debut)
Yoko Kamio originally based Tsukasa's image off of Christian Slater, an American actor whose "malevolent expressions" Kamio was a fan of. Over time, she jokingly stated that he began to look more like the musician, Prince, whom she was also a fan of. Kamio also said that she wanted Tsukasa's hair to be dreadlocks, though it ended up looking like tight curls. One of her assistants compared his hair to Marie Antoinette's.
The author launched Boys Over Flowers in the March 1992 issue of Margaret, a shojo manga magazine published by Shueisha. It was Kamio's second long-running series, after Mary-san no Hijitsu, which she finished a few months prior to starting Boys Over Flowers. Kamio worked solely on this series until its end in August 2003.
- In its original 1992 release, chapter one was accompanied by a two-page color spread. Tsukushi and the F4 were featured in the illustration. Excluded from the volume release, it has since been republished in the art book and volume one of the complete edition.
- An aside compares Tsukushi screaming her frustrations at the stairwell to an ancient Greek myth. In the story, King Midas has donkey ears and asks his barber to keep it a secret. The secret drives the barber to dig a hole and yell "the king has donkey ears!" in order to still keep his word.
- Sojiro sings the chorus of "You're No Good" after Tsukasa kicks over a trash can on purpose.
- In this chapter, Tsukushi's father is shown to be temperamental, the opposite of his later genial and rather silly personality.
- The quote "If an apology was good enough, we wouldn't need the police" has become popular, especially from Jerry Yan saying it episode one of Meteor Garden. A similar line was said in episode eleven of F4 Thailand, leading another character to joke that they sound like a "comic."
- Hana Yori Dango (drama CD)
- Hana Yori Dango (film)
- Episode 1 of Boys over Flowers (anime)
- Episode 1 of Meteor Garden
- Episode 1 of Hana Yori Dango
- Episode 1 of Boys over Flowers
- Hana Yori Dango: The Musical
- Boys Over Flowers: The Musical
- Episode 1 of Meteor Garden (2018)
- Hana Yori Dango (2019 musical)
- Episode 1 of F4 Thailand
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