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"Declaration of War!" (
The F4 have free reign of Eitoku Academy and use their power to bully their classmates. Tsukushi Makino challenges their leader Tsukasa Domyoji after her friend incurs his wrath. She is made the bullying target instead.
Tsukushi Makino, a poor student attending Eitoku Academy, listens to her rich classmates boasting. She tells herself "Just hang on for two more years," before continuing to clean the courtyard. Tsukushi then bumps into her friend, Makiko Endo. They witness Tsukasa Domyoji, the leader of the F4, bully another student whom apparently got dust on his pants. The F4 is a group of four handsome boys from rich families who are allowed to do whatever they want at Eitoku. Tsukushi is bothered by the bullying but does not step in. Tsukasa walks by her and knocks over the wastebasket she was holding. Rui Hanazawa picks it up and briefly makes eye contact with Tsukushi.
Later, Makiko asks Tsukushi "We're friends, aren't we?," voicing her concerns that perhaps only she considers them to be so. Tsukushi is touched and readily assures her that she also thinks of her as a friend. Makiko begins making plans for after school with Tsukushi, when she accidentally trips down the stairs. She lands on Tsukasa, who is extremely angry. Makiko apologizes but Tsukasa threatens her anyway. Tsukushi steps in to ask him to forgive her, to which he insults her by saying "Is this an example of cheap middle-class friendship?" She snaps and yells "You've never worked for your money, so quit mouthing off!" She realizes her mistake when the F4 and her classmates glare at her.
After school, Tsukushi meets up with her best friend, Yuki Matsuoka. She shows her a toy that "checks emotions," from which Yuki knows something has happened. Tsukushi confides in her about the events of the day voices regret for getting involved. Yuki says "You were never so timid when you were in junior high school." Tsukushi starts to think differently, recalling "It was people like me now that I hated the most". While the two are eating ice cream, Yuki asks questions about the F4. Tsukushi describes them as "They may look good, but they're dirtier than manure." Her mind drifts to Rui, when Yuki asks if they are all like that. Before work, Yuki gives Tsukushi the toy to cheer her up.
Tsukushi finds a red card in her locker the next day. Makiko sees and runs away from Tsukushi, leading Tsukasa to say "That's the way it goes with cheap friendships." Later, the other students start bullying Tsukushi. They start by throwing eggs at her and then hide her desk. To stop herself from crying, Tsukushi runs to the emergency exit and yells out her frustrations about the F4. Rui happens to be there and they start to talk. Once she attempts to gain information on the F4, he brushes her off. Tsukushi returns to her classroom, where she finds Makiko returning her desk. She gives Tsukushi a voice recorder, which has a message saying "I'm sorry, Tsukushi."
After school, a group of males students circle around Tsukushi. She declares "I won't let people like you lay a finger on me!" and attempts to run away. When she trips, they pin her down to the ground. Rui suddenly appears and orders them to stop. Tsukushi thanks him, though he replies "Don't get the wrong idea. I just don't like this sort of thing." The next day, she easily blocks her classmates' bullying attempts. Next, Tsukushi confronts Tsukasa by kicking him in the face. She then puts a red card on his face, calling it a "declaration of war." Dazed, Tsukasa, murmurs something about his sister before passing out. Though nervous about her future, Tsukushi celebrates her first triumph against the F4 nonetheless.
Cast and characters
- Script: Yumi Kageyama
- Director: Shigeyasu Yamauchi
- Animation director: Yoshihiko Umakoshi
- Art directors: Shinzo Yuki, Yuki Yukie
- The episode covers part of the first arc of the manga, specifically chapters one, two, and three.
- Two toys, which were released by Bandai as tie-ins, were introduced in this episode.
- In Viz Media's release, the first DVD set is titled "Declaration of War!" after this episode.
- The first episode of the Japanese drama shares part of its title with the anime.
- http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/hanadan/001.html (Japanese)
- Titled "A Declaration of War!" in Discotek Media's release.
- https://www.mau2.com/anime/hanayoridango/casts (Japanese)
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