|This article is about the audio drama. For other uses, see Hana Yori Dango.|
Hana Yori Dango (
Tsukushi Makino (Chisa Yokoyama), a commoner attending Eitoku Academy, has a crush on the handsome and rich, Rui Hanazawa (Takuya Kimura). Unfortunately, the other members of Rui's group, the F4, are becoming troublesome, particularly the leader Tsukasa Domyoji (Takumi Nishio). Things take a turn for the worse, when Tsukushi and Tsukasa accidentally kiss at the party on his ship. Meanwhile, Rui's first love Shizuka Todo (Saeko Shimazu) returns to Japan.
Tsukasa attacks Tsukushi after learning that she likes Rui. Later, Shizuka announces her intentions to return to France. Tsukushi begs her on her hands and knees to remain in Japan. Rui overhears and yells at Tsukushi for interfering.
Cast and characters
- Original work: Boys Over Flowers by Yoko Kamio
- Script: Mami Watanabe
- Recording: Shigeharu Shiba
- Sound effects: Yasufumi Yoda
- Music: Shoichi Tama
ProductionPrior to the release of the audio drama, a survey was taken in Margaret's offices about cast suggestions for a possible movie. Takuya Kimura (of SMAP fame) was the most suggested to play Rui Hanazawa. Author Yoko Kamio also agreed. Margaret's editorial staff later negotiated with Kimura for him to voice Rui Hanazawa in a drama CD. It was Kimura's first time voice acting. The recording lasted for a total of seven hours from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Kamio sat in for part of the recording and was happy about the results, also feeling that the voice actors suited her characters.
The first drama CD was released on July 16, 1993. It was followed by two more installments in December 10, 1993 and July 20, 1994. Kamio was unable to sit in for the recording of the second CD. However, she listened to the final product and was pleased with Kimura's performance.
- To promote the first installment, Kimura was featured on the cover of Margaret's fifteenth issue of 1993. It also contained an informal interview of Kimura conducted by Kamio. She wrote about it and her other experiences with the audio drama in volume four of the series.