"If it happens, it happens. If not, it won't. There are some things you can't do anything about."
—Rui to Tsukushi[src]

Rui Hanazawa (花沢 類 (はなざわ るい) Hanazawa Rui) was a student at Eitoku Academy. He was a member of the F4 with his best friends, Tsukasa Domyoji, Sojiro Nishikado, and Akira Mimasaka. Rui had feelings for Shizuka Todo and followed her to France, though he later returned home. He became good friends with Tsukushi Makino during high school.


Early life

Rui and Tsukasa as children

Rui was born into the wealthy Hanazawa family. His father was "super strict" with him, due to Rui being his only son and heir. Rui subsequently became extremely "introverted." His friends, Tsukasa Domyoji, Sojiro Nishikado, and Akira Mimasaka, were unable to help him. Shizuka Todo, whom was two years their elder, came along and slowly "drew [Rui] out" of his shell.[4] Later during elementary school, he had a teddy bear which Tsukasa wanted. When Rui refused to give it to him, Tsukasa grabbed the bear and ripped it by accident. Instead of being mad, Rui told him "good morning" the next day with a smile.[5]

High school

He and his friends had gained the name, F4, by the time they were in high school. It stood for "Flower 4." The group was known for giving red cards to students who annoyed them. Rui had no interest in handing out red cards, being more concerned with finding a spot to nap.[6]

Meeting Tsukushi

Rui meets Tsukushi at the emergency exit

"I like it here. You can't hear the noisy fighting in the halls. Oh yeah... Do you know the time difference between Japan and France?"
Shizuka's arrival puts Rui in a good mood while speaking to Tsukushi[src]

Rui had briefly made eye contact once with Tsukushi Makino, before her friend angered Tsukasa. Tsukushi protected her and later got a red card for insulting the F4. Rui next saw Tsukushi when she screamed her frustrations at the emergency exit. The two began talking and Tsukushi tried to get information about the F4 from him. Later the same day, Rui saved her from being assaulted. She thanked him, but he responded "Don't get the wrong idea. I just don't like this sort of thing."[6] The next day, Tsukushi thanked him again, though he told her that he would not have done it if he knew she was going to be a "pest." Tsukushi then told that she hoped to see him at the emergency exit again. He responded "Then I won't go there again." Later that day, Rui ran into Tsukushi on his way home. She asked him if there was something money could not buy. He answered "air" and smiled.[3]

The next day, Rui was in a good mood since Shizuka was due to return to Japan soon. He went to the emergency exit again, despite saying he would not earlier. Rui spoke much nicer to Tsukushi, even asking her to sit down. Later that day, Rui was kissing Shizuka's poster for her Tahiti campaign when Tsukushi happened by. She criticized his behavior. Rui then guessed correctly that Tsukushi had a crush on him. He kissed her on the cheek, saying "You were wishing for that, weren't you?"[4] Rui embraced Shizuka when she arrived at Eitoku Academy the next day. That night, Rui was somewhat "glum" seeing Shizuka interact with the other guys. When Sojiro and Tsukasa pointed out his mood, he became embarrassed. He attempted to cover it up by blaming it on Shizuka's "practically naked" photos. She assured him that it was just her job as a model.[7]

Later, Rui protected Tsukushi when she and her friend, Kazuya Aoike, were targeted by bullies. Tsukasa became angry and questioned his actions, but Rui stood firm. He tried to grab Tsukushi out of Rui's arms, resulting in them both dropping her. Tsukasa then declared "Our friendship is over," before storming off. Tsukushi later thanked Rui and apologized about Tsukasa, to which he replied "It wasn't your fault." The next day, Tsukasa ran into Rui who asked him "Come to make up?" Tsukasa stormed off again.[8] For summer vacation, Rui went to Atami on Tsukasa's yacht. Akira, Sojiro, and Shizuka brought him without telling Tsukasa since he was still angry at Rui. Once there, they met Tsukushi on the beach. Shizuka invited her to that night's party and had Rui encourage her to come, which he did. At the party, Rui danced the first dance with Shizuka.[9]


Rui kisses Tsukushi's forehead before going to France

Rui: "You play with people's feelings, then smile as if it's all a game, and disappear when people get hurt."
Shizuka: "Rui, that's not what I meant..."
Rui: "You're toying with me! Stop it! You think I care about Tsukushi Makino? Get real. The only one I want in my arms is..."
— Rui becomes angry when Shizuka insinuates he likes Tsukushi[src]

The following night, Shizuka outright said that Rui liked Tsukushi. He laughed and accused her of playing with people's feelings. He then dragged her into a room, where he kissed her. He stopped, concerned about calm demeanor. She told him that she was alright and leaned in to kiss him, just before Tsukasa burst in and invited them to go up deck. There Rui spoke to Tsukushi about his frustrations with women. She started to cry and said "Please don't hate me," to which he answered "If I hated you, would I have helped you?"[10] Back to school, Rui met Tsukushi at the emergency exit. He was a bit rude, though still nicer and seemed to have something on his mind.[11] A few minutes later, Shizuka walked up the stairs. She asked him to accompany her to a photo shoot to avoid being asked out by the guys there. He agreed to take her.[12]

Some days later, Rui attended Shizuka's twentieth birthday party at her house. He was blindsided when she announced her decision to France and renounce her family name. Rui quietly left the party, asking Tsukushi to tell the others about his departure. The following day, he briefly spoke about Shizuka leaving to Tsukushi. He told her "Once she makes up her mind, she's set."[13] Later the same day, Rui overheard Tsukushi begging Shizuka to remain in Japan for his sake. He waited for Shizuka to leave before confronting Tsukushi. He yelled at her for speaking on his behalf. She eventually ran off in tears. Frustrated with himself, Rui exclaimed "Damn it!" Some days later, he watched Shizuka's departure from behind a pillar. He then revealed to his friends that he was going too, after Tsukushi yelled at him to follow Shizuka. He kissed Tsukushi's forehead as a way of thanking her.[2]

Return to Japan

Rui surprises his friends when he returns home

"Shizuka started college again. During the day she went to school, and at night she worked as a secretary to a lawyer. From the time the door closed until it opened again, I twiddled my thumbs alone. I thought of the time you first told Tsukasa off. It was true. I realized that once I left our school I was completely helpless."
—Rui tells Tsukushi about his time with Shizuka[src]

He described his time with Shizuka in France as "It was the first time in my life that every single day was filled with happiness." It ended up being "short-lived." Shizuka returned to school and worked at night, leaving Rui alone at home for long periods. He returned to Japan shortly after rumors of Shizuka's engagement to French politician broke out.[14] Rui arrived at school the day after landing, wanting to surprise his friends. Tsukasa declared to him that he and Tsukushi were dating. Rui replied "That's too bad." The F4 then went out together. The next day, Rui and the others went out to a club where he flirted with some random girl. The day after that, Tsukushi met him at the emergency exit. She tried to ask about Shizuka, but he cut her off to ask if she was really dating Tsukasa. When she said no, he replied "Why don't you forget Tsukasa and go out with me?"[15]

Rui laughed, saying he was only "joking." He continued to flirt nevertheless, suggesting "We could date on the sly." Tsukushi laughed, before standing up to leave. Rui said one last thing, "You've gotten a lot cuter," as she left. Later that day, he accompanied the others on their way to Tsukasa's island. Rui went to beach that night. Tsukushi happened to walk up. He asked her to hold him.[16] After a few minutes, Rui let go and began telling her about his time in France. They were interrupted by Tsukushi's pager which she then left behind. The next day, he gave the pager to Tsukasa to pass on to Tsukushi. Kazuya arrived shortly with news of Shizuka's betrothal. When Sojiro questioned him, Rui replied "It's over." That night, Tsukushi met him at the beach again. She admitted that she could not stop thinking about him. He then kissed her, saying "Why didn't I fall for a woman like you?"[14]

Tsukasa discovered the pair together and proceeded to punch Rui in the face. In the morning, he and the others took Kazuya's boat home after Tsukasa departed on his jet. Rui held Tsukushi's hand, saying "Don't worry I'm here." When they returned to school, Akira and Sojiro confronted him. Rui admitted "I know what I did to Tsukasa was wrong." Tsukasa interrupted shortly to declare Rui was no longer in the F4. Later that day, Rui asked Tsukushi on a date.[17] Before meeting Tsukushi that weekend, Rui had his hair cut short since "it was getting too long." He told Tsukushi during the date that "This is the first time I've gone out with a girl." They then went to a restaurant, where he accidentally walked in on Tsukushi in the bathroom. He later insisted it was not his fault. At the end of the date, Rui invited her back to his house. He soon fell asleep exhausted from the day.[18]

F4 Showdown

Rui kisses Tsukushi to distract Tsukasa during the match

Sojiro: "You're still not over Shizuka?"
Rui: "That's part of it. But I do have to try to forget her."
Sojiro: "So what else is there?"
Rui: "I just can't betray Tsukasa. He and I have been friends for thirteen years. Since we were kids."
— Rui decides not to pursue Tsukushi[src]

The next day, Rui overhead Yuriko Asai accusing Tsukushi of deceiving him. He interrupted and told her "Sounds like the pots are calling the kettle black." Before she could retort, Tsukasa arrived with the announcement "Rui Hanazawa is no longer a member of the F4."[19] He then announced his intentions to have Rui and Tsukushi expelled within a week. Rui was seemingly resigned to it, saying "Well, I guess that's it." The next day, Tsukasa attempted to blackmail the principal but was stopped by his sister Tsubaki. Rui stepped in and said "I won't allow for Makino to be expelled." Tsubaki suggested they settle the matter with sports and Rui proposed a game of three-on-three basketball. That evening, Tsukushi and Kazuya were nervous about their chances of winning. Rui reassured them both and told Tsukushi "I won't let him expel us, I have something I want to protect, too."[20]

Despite Rui's best efforts, Tsukasa's team held the lead for most of the time. Rui got an idea and kissed Tsukushi on her forehead, thus using Tsukasa's jealously against him. Rui scored several points due to Tsukasa's fouling him. At less than a minute, Rui tried a two-point throw with Tsukushi but she missed. Kazuya scored one point, resulting in a near tie. Tsukasa then surprised everyone by calling off the match.[21] Afterwards, Rui and the others, except Tsukasa, went to the Domyojis' house to celebrate. Sojiro asked Rui how far he and Tsukushi had gone. Learning that they had only kissed, Sojiro and Akira locked the couple in a room together. There Rui told Tsukushi that he was unsure of his feelings for her and that it was possible he had been using her to forget Shizuka. He apologized to her, though she insisted that she had "no regrets" about the situation.[22]

The following day, Tsukasa told his friends that he was going to New York. He informed Rui "I'm not doing this because of you." Rui later asked Tsukushi "Is this what you want?," to which she answered "I have no right to stop him." He then borrowed her voice recorder, which he recorded the message "Nothing happened between Makino and me." Rui gave it to Tsukasa just before he boarded the plane.[5] A couple days later, Rui went with the others to get Tsukasa in Canada. Tsukushi later asked him about her friend Yuki Matsuoka, whom he had not noticed. She ran outside after Yuriko claimed she saw Yuki leave. Rui went upstairs to borrow the car keys and finally noticed Yuki. He confronted Yuriko for lying.[23] Tsukasa went out after Tsukushi. Rui was worried he would get lost too, but Tsukasa assured him "I'm going to save her." They returned safe the next morning.[24]

Tsukasa's mother

Tsukasa wakes up Rui to show off his present

Sojiro: "Tsukasa's mother... I've only met her three times, but she hasn't changed at all."
Rui: "Remember what she said when we visited during middle school?"
Rui, Sojiro, and Akira: "If you insist on associating with these boys, your brain will rot and melt away!"
— Rui discusses Tsukasa's mother with Sojiro and Akira[src]

The F4 returned to school sometime later. Rui noticed a blank look on Tsukasa's face after he had had a fight with Tsukushi earlier. He asked Tsukasa "What are you daydreaming?," leading the other two guys to tease him. An angry Tsukasa then yelled at them.[25] A few days later, Tsukasa seemed to have gone missing. The guys went to his house to ask him about Tsukushi receiving a red card. When he seemed confused about it, Rui said "I figured it wasn't you." A message then arrived for Tsukasa to go alone to the old gym. After he had been gone for a while, Akira wanted to go after him but Rui insisted that they kept waiting.[26] Tsukasa was later sent to the hospital, where the guys played a trick on Tsukushi by pretending he was dead. Rui and the others then left to beat up Tsukasa's attackers. They later brought him photos of them getting revenge by beating the guys up.[27]

After Tsukushi was released from the hospital, she came to school with a strange new haircut. Rui offered to fix it for her. Tsukasa found him cutting Tsukushi's hair at the emergency exit. Rui ignored Tsukasa's annoyance and left after finishing her hair. The following Sunday, he, Sojiro, and Akira greeted Tsukushi when she arrived at Tsukasa's party. They talked to her about Tsukasa's mother who they all called "scary."[28] During the party, Kaede began interrogating Tsukushi. Rui lied for her by saying her father was the "president of Makino & Co." Eventually, the lie was exposed which lead to Tsukasa and Tsukushi escaping together. Later that night, Rui went out to a bar with Sojiro and Akira. He brought up the time they met Kaede, who said to her son "If you insist on associating with these boys, your brain will rot and melt away." The guys grimace, realizing the troubles ahead.[29]

The following morning, Rui was awoken early by a visit from Tsukasa. He came to show Rui some cookies, which Tsukushi had baked for him. Rui said "That's great" and took a bite of one of the cookies. Tsukasa then kicked him and yelled at him to "spit it out!"[30] Afterwards, Rui and Tsukasa met the other guys at Sojiro's house. Tsukasa was still happily showing off the cookies. Sojiro and Akira asked him questions about his night with Tsukushi. Rui joined in a little but was mostly silent.[31] A couple days later, Rui did not sleep well and ended up going to school late. He met Tsukushi at the emergency exit. She offered to give him a head massage. After a few minutes, he noticed that her face was red and thought she had a fever. However, upon a closer look, Rui realized she was blushing. He told her "Don't look at me like that" and then quickly left.[32]

Enter Shigeru

Rui and Tsukushi hear a loud noise at Shigeru's villa

"You like to stuff everything inside of you like that, huh? Why don't you just be honest, for once? How long are you going to pretend you don't feel what you do? You and Tsukasa..."
—Rui criticizes Tsukushi for ignoring her feelings[src]

That night, Rui was at Tsukasa's house with Sojiro and Akira. Sojiro felt that they had to get Shigeru Okawahara. away from Tsukasa. Rui refused to help, saying "If we get involved, it'll just get more complicated." Tsukasa then arrived home after walking in the rain and passed by without acknowledging them.[33] Some days later, Tsukushi told Rui about Shigeru's nightly visits. She asked him to talk to Tsukasa about being nicer to Shigeru. He refused to get involved. They then overheard Tsukasa and Shigeru arguing below them.[34] After seeing them kiss, Rui asked Tsukushi if she was shocked. She denied it and began to ramble. When Rui pointed that out, she threw her shoe at him. Some days later, he met Tsukushi. They stopped for tea and found Shigeru and Tsukasa there. She invited them to her family's villa, which Rui accepted because of the hot springs.[35]

Shortly after arriving at the villa, Rui left Tsukushi with Shigeru and Tsukasa to go soak in the hot springs. Once Rui was finished with his bath, Shigeru ran past him shouting about Tsukushi passing out. He carried her still unconscious to a room, which Shigeru said they were to share. Tsukushi woke up soon and became embarrassed about Rui seeing "all of [her]." He insisted "I couldn't help it in that situation."[36] Once they laid down to go to sleep, Tsukushi asked him to hold her hand which he obliged. Rui was eventually able to make Tsukushi laugh. They then heard a noise coming from Tsukasa and Shigeru's room. Despite Rui's warnings, Tsukushi went to investigate and returned in nervous state. The next morning, on their way home, she talked to Rui about it. He told her "You feel bad because it was Tsukasa," which she thoroughly denied.[37]

Later, Rui told Sojiro and Akira about everything that happened at Shigeru's villa. Tsukushi became angry with him for telling them about it. Rui started to criticize for "stuff[ing] everything inside" including her feelings for Tsukasa. She then suddenly said "What about you? You came running back from Paris... from Shizuka." Hurt, Rui explained that she had "something precious" but refused to reach for it, adding "How can you possibly understand how I feel?"[38] The following day, Sojiro and Akira invited him and Tsukasa to go to a new club. They both declined, much to their friends disappointment. Rui played his violin in the courtyard the next day. Tsukushi made a comment that he had not played in a while, leading him to confess he felt he could not hear the "violin's voice anymore." She questioned if it was because of Shizuka, but Rui replied "No. I'm the one who ran away."[39]

Shizuka returns

Rui and Shizuka are reunited

Rui: "I hear you're taking the exchange program exam. Why would you do that?"
Tsukushi: "You're going away. I want to go away and reinvent myself, too."
Rui: "Is that really what you want? Going far away won't guarantee that you'll change. Don't run away. Take stock of your feelings."
— Rui's advice to Tsukushi[src]

The next day, Tsukushi informed Rui about Shigeru transferring to their school. He was one of the few students unaware of it. Shigeru herself joined the pair shortly. She suggested for them to go on another trip. He agreed as long as there was a hot spring bath.[40] Then Shizuka walked up saying "I've come for you." Tsukushi and Shigeru quickly left, allowing Shizuka to say that she wanted him to come back with her. Rui told her "I can't do anything for you." She smiled and said "You can play your violin for me." Rui then embraced her, saying "From now on, I'll always stay by your side." Later, he told Tsukushi about his plans to leave school to be with Shizuka in France. He then played his violin for her, able to hear it once more. Sometime later, Rui learned about Tsukushi's plans to study abroad. He questioned her about it and advised her to "take stock of [her] feelings."[41]

When the exam results were posted, Rui and Tsukasa were both silent upon seeing that Tsukushi had passed. He then followed Tsukasa, who left almost immediately.[42] The following day, Tsukushi asked him, Sojiro, and Akira if they had seen Tsukasa. None of them had. Later, Shigeru informed them that she was turned away at Tsukasa's house. After school, they all decided to go there to see him. Tsukushi had a confrontation with Tsukasa's mother there. Ultimately, she ended her relationship with Tsukasa after he jumped through two windows to get to her.[43] Rui later departed Japan to be with Shizuka in France. However, he still played a part in Shigeru's scheme to bring Tsukasa and Tsukushi together. Rui forged a letter in Tsukasa's handwriting, believing it was the only way to make Tsukushi angry. He was right and it lead to the couple finally being together.[44]

Physical appearance

Like his friends, Rui was known for being handsome. Their group was dubbed "F4," meaning Flower Four, because of their good looks. Rui had short, brown-colored hair which paired well with his down-turned, blue eyes. His wardrobe consisted of stylish but comfortable clothing.

Personality and traits

Rui was a quiet, introverted individual. He first developed these qualities as a child, due his father's strictness. His family became worried he would need psychiatrist, before Shizuka helped him come out of his shell. Rui could come off as callous at times. This was due to him having little interest in strangers. He generally only cared about his small group of friends. It was rare that he opened himself to new people, making Tsukushi an exception.

Behind the scenes

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Rui in the film

  • Yamamoto also voices Rui in Hana Yori Dango: The Movie (1997).[47] It is set in a different universe, in which Rui is a talented songwriter and musician at a dance studio, where his friends work as well. Rui has feelings for Shizuka, a ballerina who asks him to come to Paris with her. He kisses her though their ending is kept ambiguous. Rui also develops a friendship with Tsukushi, an aspiring dancer.



  1. (Japanese)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Episode 11: "Love Beyond the Horizon," Boys Over Flowers
  3. 3.0 3.1 Episode 2: "No Brand Girl!," Boys Over Flowers
  4. 4.0 4.1 Episode 3: "I Won't be Hurt!," Boys Over Flowers
  5. 5.0 5.1 Episode 27: "Tsukasa Goes to New York!!," Boys Over Flowers
  6. 6.0 6.1 Episode 1: "Declaration of War!," Boys Over Flowers
  7. Episode 4: "The Ordinary Duo!," Boys Over Flowers
  8. Episode 5: "Me, Him... and the Other Guy!," Boys Over Flowers
  9. Episode 6: "Cinderella for a Night," Boys Over Flowers
  10. Episode 7: "Atami Night Love," Boys Over Flowers
  11. Episode 8: "The Nightmare of the Fall Term!!," Boys Over Flowers
  12. Episode 9: "Tsukasa Domyoji Snaps!," Boys Over Flowers
  13. Episode 10: "The Woman Who Gave Up Everything," Boys Over Flowers
  14. 14.0 14.1 Episode 20: "Night of Betrayal," Boys Over Flowers
  15. Episode 18: "Will You Go Out with Me?," Boys Over Flowers
  16. Episode 19: "Be Still My Beating Heart," Boys Over Flowers
  17. Episode 21: "The Crime and Punishment of a Kiss," Boys Over Flowers
  18. Episode 22: "A Bewildering First Date!," Boys Over Flowers
  19. Episode 23: "The Arrival of Tsubaki Domyoji!," Boys Over Flowers
  20. Episode 24: "Love's Tempest! Being Expelled!?," Boys Over Flowers
  21. Episode 25: "Two Ways to Love," Boys Over Flowers
  22. Episode 26: "Sleepless Night!," Boys Over Flowers
  23. Episode 28: "Tsukushi Goes to Canada!!," Boys Over Flowers
  24. Episode 29: "His Body Against Mine," Boys Over Flowers
  25. Episode 30: "Do You Want a Friend?," Boys Over Flowers
  26. Episode 32: "Tsukasa Won't Come...?," Boys Over Flowers
  27. Episode 33: "Someday We'll Laugh...," Boys Over Flowers
  28. Episode 34: "The Woman in My Life!," Boys Over Flowers
  29. Episode 35: "Lovers on the Run!?," Boys Over Flowers
  30. Episode 36: "Tsukasa's Mother's Secret Plan," Boys Over Flowers
  31. Episode 37: "It's Showdown Time!," Boys Over Flowers
  32. Episode 39: "Love Triangle from Hell!," Boys Over Flowers
  33. Episode 40: "The Turning of Love's Tide," Boys Over Flowers
  34. Episode 41: "The Dawning of a New Day," Boys Over Flowers
  35. Episode 42: "Surprise! A Double Date!," Boys Over Flowers
  36. Episode 43: "Deep Wounds of the Heart," Boys Over Flowers
  37. Episode 44: "You're Not the One," Boys Over Flowers
  38. Episode 45: "Open Up Your Heart," Boys Over Flowers
  39. Episode 46: "Hurricane Approaching," Boys Over Flowers
  40. Episode 47: "New Student Shigeru Causes Shockwave!," Boys Over Flowers
  41. Episode 48: "Study Abroad!?," Boys Over Flowers
  42. Episode 49: "Our New Relationship," Boys Over Flowers
  43. Episode 50: "Time to Call It Quits," Boys Over Flowers
  44. Episode 51: "Neverending," Boys Over Flowers
  45. Hana Yori Dango: Margaret Anime Album
  46. (Japanese)
  47. (Japanese)
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