Hana Yori Dango Returns (花より男子 リターンズ () ), also titled Hana Yori Dango 2 (花より男子2 () ), is the sequel to the 2005 drama, also based on the manga by Yoko Kamio.[1] The drama aired from January 5 to March 16, 2007 for eleven episodes.[2][3] Mao Inoue, Jun Matsumoto, Shun Oguri, Shota Matsuda, and Tsuyoshi Abe reprised their roles.[4]

Staff members Yasuharu Ishii, Mikio Satake, and Katsuaki Setoguchi all returned for the second series. The drama was produced for TBS Television.[5] It was released on DVD on July 11, 2007.[6] The drama was followed by Hana Yori Dango Final (2008)[7] and Hana Nochi Hare (2018).[8] A special edition of Returns aired in April 2016.[9]

Tsukushi Makino (Inoue) travels to New York to reunite with Tsukasa Domyoji (Matsumoto), only to have him reject her. Things are made more complicated, when his mother announces his engagement to Shigeru Okawahara (Natsuki Kato). She ends up becoming good friends with Tsukushi, who continues wrestling with her feelings for Tsukasa.


One year after Tsukushi Makino (Mao Inoue) and Tsukasa Domyoji (Jun Matsumoto) became a couple, the F4 have since graduated from Eitoku Academy and Tsukasa has started ignoring Tsukushi's calls. Eventually she flies to New York to see him. Their friends Rui Hanazawa (Shun Oguri), Sojiro Nishikado (Shota Matsuda), and Akira Mimasaka (Tsuyoshi Abe) arrive soon after to lend their support to her. Tsukasa gives no explanation for his strange behavior and coldly rejects Tsukushi. She returns home defeated, however, not long after she receives an invitation to Tsukasa's birthday party. At the party, Tsukasa's mother Kaede Domyoji (Mariko Kaga) announces his engagement to heiress Shigeru Okawahara (Natsuki Kato).[10]

Shigeru falls in love with Tsukasa and befriends Tsukushi. She bombards Tsukushi with questions about Tsukasa, not realizing that Tsukushi still has feelings for him. Tsukushi goes to meet with Tsukasa, but leaves as soon as she sees him kissing Shigeru.[11] Opposed to the engagement at first, Tsukasa reluctantly asks Shigeru to become his girlfriend after he is unable to clear the misunderstanding with Tsukushi. Meanwhile, Tsukushi works hard at two jobs and studying to get into law school, so much so that she passes out from exhaustion. At dinner with Shigeru's parents, Nishida (David Ito), Kaede's secretary, informs Tsukasa that Tsukushi has been hospitalized. Tsukasa immediately starts running toward the hospital.[12]

Tsukasa leaves upon seeing Rui, who stays by her side all night. In the morning, he confesses that he "might" like her and kisses her. Tsukushi does not take him seriously, insisting that he does not mean it "that way" while talking to Yuki Matsuoka (Aki Nishihara) later. At home, her brother Susumu (Satoshi Tomiura) informs her that their mother (Mako Ishino) and father (Susumu Kobayashi) have left to work as fishermen. The siblings find a new apartment and Tsukasa moves in next door.[13] Later, Tsukasa confronts Rui about kissing Tsukushi. His reply causes Tsukasa to explode with rage. At a celebratory lunch, Rui confesses his feelings to Tsukushi again and she realizes that he is serious. In the meantime, Tsukasa grows closer to Susumu as he helps him with first love. Susumu ultimately helps Tsukasa acknowledge that he still loves Tsukushi.[14]

Nishida informs Tsukushi about the tragic events between Tsukasa and his coworker Ken Uchida (Shingo Tsurumi), which were the cause of Tsukasa's cold behavior in New York. Later, the floor of Tsukushi's apartment collapses. Susumu goes to live with their parents and Tsubaki Domyoji (Nanako Matsushima) invites Tsukushi to stays at the Domyojis mansion.[15] Tsukushi agrees to stay there, but only if she can work as a maid. The head servant Tama (Sumie Sasaki) takes her under her wing. Meanwhile, Yuki and Sojiro have both gone missing. Sojiro visits his first love Sara Hinata (Shihori Kanjiya), only to find that she is now engaged. Back in Tokyo, Yuki, who has been searching tirelessly for a week, shows Sojiro proof that Sara had loved him once.[16]

Deciding that she wants to be with Tsukasa, Tsukushi tells Rui that she does not feel the same. He refuses to give up until Tsukasa sincerely begs him to. Next, Tsukasa resolves to end his engagement at a dinner with Shigeru and her parents. Shigeru winds up ending it instead. At the airport, Tsukushi tearfully says goodbye to Shigeru, before she goes back to New York.[17] Domyoji Group's failed merger with Okawahara Corporation creates a major ripple effect on Japan's economy. Tsukushi feels responsible and decides to end her relationship with Tsukasa, after visiting his mother. That night, Tsukushi breaks up with Tsukasa in the rain. She then boards a train to go live with her parents and brother.[18]

In Tokyo, Tsukasa spots Ken, who confesses that Kaede had him fake his death. Feeling manipulated, Tsukasa decides to go after Tsukushi. At the village, Tsukasa hurts himself protecting Susumu. He is hospitalized and it soon becomes apparent that he is suffering from memory loss, having forgot only Tsukushi. Meanwhile, Umi Nakajima (Erika Toda), another patient, gets closer to Tsukasa.[19] The F4 organize a skiing trip and Umi tags along with Tsukasa. He figures out that she is not the one he forgot, and out of anger Umi tricks Tsukushi into going out during a blizzard. Tsukasa rescues Tsukushi and takes her to a cabin. There he finally realizes remembers her. After graduating, Tsukushi makes her way to prom, where Tsukasa proposes to her in front of a large crowd. She says yes and believes now that they will be together forever.[20]

Cast and characters

Sachiyo SengokuTakako KatoYuki MatsuokaAki NishiharaShigeru OkawaharaNatsuki KatoTsubaki DomyojiNanako MatsushimaKaede DomyojiMariko KagaHaruo MakinoSusumu KobayashiChieko MakinoMako IshinoSusumu MakinoSatoshi TomiuraNishidaDavid ItoYuriko AsaiSaki SetoErika AyuharaAki FukadaMinako YamanoEmiko MatsuokaSakurako SanjoMegumi SatoShizuka TodoMayumi SadaJunpei OribeToma IkutaAkira MimasakaTsuyoshi AbeSojiro NishikadoShota MatsudaRui HanazawaShun OguriTsukasa DomyojiJun MatsumotoTsukushi MakinoMao InoueHanadan2-chart

Cast and characters of Hana Yori Dango Returns (click left for character and right for actor)



Cameo appearance[4]

Special appearance[4]

Guest starring

Minor roles[21]

Class 3-C students[21]

  • Ai Saikawa as Honoka Kikuchi
  • Aya Omasa as Yuzuki Morishita
  • Erina as Manami Yagami
  • Jo Komuro as Shinichi Nagaike
  • Koji Tashiro as Satoshi Chiba
  • Kyohei as Yusuke Omata
  • Manabu Omura
  • Michi Saito as Erina Nozoe
  • Risa Yamaguchi as Ayano Hayashi
  • Sayaka Yamada as Arisa Murakami
  • Tamaki Matsuda as Haruka Takasaki
  • Taro Sekikawa as Kentaro Tanaka
  • Yoshiki Kusanagi
  • Yuichi Sato as Atsuhiro Teraoka
  • Yuka Noguchi as Moe Kobayashi
  • Yuji Ikeda as Ryu Inagawa
  • Yuki Hoshino as Erika Shiraishi



Main article: Hana Yori Dango Returns/Episodes



Cast of Returns on Weekly The Television

A sequel to Hana Yori Dango (2005) was announced in the summer of 2006.[25] Mao Inoue and Jun Matsumoto returned from the previous series along with costars Shun Oguri, Shota Matsuda, and Tsuyoshi Abe. Megumi Sato's role was reduced to a cameo, while Natsuki Kato was cast as a regular. Toma Ikuta was also cast as a guest star for the series' two-hour premiere.[26] Filming commenced the following October.[25] The cast flew to New York City on November 29 to film on location, including Cafe Habana.[27] They returned to Japan for the production announcement on December 5.[28] Eitoku's prom was filmed at Nippon Budokan on March 9, 2007.[29]

Hana Yori Dango Returns was followed by a film, titled Hana Yori Dango Final in 2008. It was intended to serve as the series' conclusion.[30] A spin-off, Hana Nochi Hare, adapted from Yoko Kamio's manga was released in 2018.[31] It featured cameos from several Returns actors, including Matsumoto, Oguri, Matsuda, David Ito, and Sumie Sasaki.[32]

Home media


The special on DVD

The series was released in a box set on July 11, 2007 by TC Entertainment.[33] It was re-released in blu-ray format on August 6, 2008.[34] Both include a variety of bonus features, such as a director's cut for the first and last episodes.

A special titled, "Hana Yori Dango Returns Special: Makino family's first vacation in N.Y." (花より男子2リターンズ 番外編牧野家はじめての家族旅行珍道中 in N.Y.) aired on January 3, 2007 in Japan. The special was edited and released on DVD by TC Entertainment on June 6, 2007.[35]



Cover of the soundtrack

Main article: Hana Yori Dango Returns Original Soundtrack

Kousuke Yamashita, who had also worked on the Hana Yori Dango soundtrack, composed the background music for Returns. The soundtrack was released by Seikodo on February 28, 2007. It consisted entirely of Yamashita's compositions.[37]

"Love So Sweet" by Arashi, of which Jun Matsumoto is a member, served as the theme song for the drama. The song is certified Double Platinum by Recording Industry Association of Japan.[38] Utada Hikaru's "Flavor of Life" was used as an insert song for the drama. It was downloaded over three million times.[39][40]


Main article: Hana Yori Dango (Japanese drama)/Merchandise

Saturn necklace as sold by TBS

A number of items for Hana Yori Dango Returns were sold by TBS, including a Kewpie phone chain originally released for the first series.[41] Additionally, a replica of the Saturn necklace heavily featured in the drama was released. It was sold for ¥38,000.[42][43] Other items sold were a knit hat worn by Mao Inoue in the first episode, various hair pins inspired by Takako Kato's character, and stuff animals of Sanrio characters.[41]



Video Research Ltd.
Episode Kanto Source
1 19.4% [44]
2 20.1% [24]
3 19.2%
4 23.1%
5 20.3%
6 21.0%
7 21.0%
8 22.7%
9 22.3%
10 21.9%
11 27.6% [45]
Average rating: 21.57%


Recipient Category Result
52nd Television Drama Academy Awards
Hana Yori Dango Returns Best Drama Won
2007 Annual Drama Grand Prix Awards
Shun Oguri Best Supporting Actor Won
16th Hashida Awards
Mao Inoue Newcomer Award Won
Shun Oguri Newcomer Award
10th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix
Hana Yori Dango Returns Best Drama Won
Mao Inoue Best Actress
Jun Matsumoto Best Supporting Actor


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