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Shizuka Todo (藤堂 静 (とうどう しずか) Tōdō Shizuka) was the former heiress of Todo Trading. She was a student at Eitoku Academy, and studied abroad in Paris where she began working as a model. Shizuka briefly returned to Japan and befriended Tsukushi Makino. She later renounced her family name to become a lawyer in France.

Biography[]

Early life[]

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Young Shizuka and Rui

Shizuka was born on October 4[2] in Tokyo, Japan as the heiress of Todo Trading. She studied ballet and piano from age three.[3] Shizuka befriended Tsukasa Domyoji, Rui Hanazawa, Sojiro Nishikado, and Akira Mimasaka, who were about two years younger than her. She was especially close to Rui who was a depressed, sullen child until she "drew [him] out".[7] Early in her childhood, Shizuka felt suffocated by her environment, comparing herself to a flower growing in a hothouse.[8]

In high school, Shizuka represented Eitoku Academy at Teen of Japan and won.[9]

Young adulthood[]

When she decided to study aboard, Rui begged her to stay in Japan.[10] She ultimately went anyway, taking a leave of absence from Eitoku University to attend the Sorbonne in Paris, France. While abroad, Shizuka began her modelling career and became the first Japanese woman to win the title, "Miss Teen of France".[3]

Return to Japan[]

Rui-and-Shizuka

Shizuka embraces Rui

Shizuka: "Rui! I've missed you so much! Let me see your face. You've grown into such a handsome man."
Rui: "All this time for so long. I've wanted to see you again."
— Shizuka and Rui are reunited[src]

After finishing her studies, Shizuka returned to Japan. She was greeted first by Rui, whom she embraced.[7] The rest of the F4 arrived shortly and invited her to go drinking. At a night club, Shizuka was chatting with the others, when Sojiro noticed Rui was being "moody." Rui admitted that one of Shizuka's modelling photos was bothering him. She thought it was "sweet" for him to worry.[11] The next day, the F4 joined Shizuka for lunch at the university. A few minutes later, Tsukushi Makino and Kazuya Aoike suddenly ran in, followed by their attackers.[12] Rui surprised Shizuka by protecting Tsukushi against Tsukasa's wishes. Afterwards, she took Tsukushi to the ladies' room, where she helped her clean herself up. Shizuka mused about whether Rui had feelings for Tsukushi.[10]

Shizuka accompanied the F4 on their summer trip to Atami. Upon arrival, they happened to meet Tsukushi on the beach. Shizuka invited her to the party that Tsukasa was holding later. She tried to refuse until Shizuka had Rui encourage her to come. Before the party, Shizuka fixed Tsukushi's hair and makeup and lent her a dress. The F4 in particular were impressed with Shizuka's work.[13] The next night, Shizuka asked Rui if he liked Tsukushi and admitted to being "a bit jealous." He was hurt by her statement, accusing her of "playing with [his] feelings." Rui then dragged her into an empty cabin.[14] They kissed, but Rui stopped and asked "How can you be so... placid?" Shizuka felt okay about it, telling him "We're a man and woman." She reached to kiss him again, just as Tsukasa interrupted to invite them to eat.[15]

Pursuing her dreams[]

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Shizuka cuts her hair after deciding to return to France

"To me, decision-making is like shopping overseas. If I hop on the plane and return to Japan without buying something I want, I may never get the chance to buy it again. People often think back and say, "I should have done this or that." But I don't to do that. That's why I'm going."
—Shizuka explains her reason for leaving to Tsukushi[src]

That fall, Shizuka returned to college for the new term. She went looking for Rui on the high school campus, finding him speaking to Tsukushi. Shizuka asked him to accompany her to a photo shoot. She wanted to deter a producer who was constantly asking her out. Shizuka then invited Tsukushi to her birthday party.[16] At the party, Shizuka made a huge announcement on stage to her guests. She revealed her plans to return to France, where she would study to become a lawyer for the less fortunate. Shizuka asked her parents to forgive her since she decided to "give up the Todo name." To show her resolve, she took a pair of scissors and cut off her long hair as it would not serve her in her new life.[17] Following her announcement, the press surrounded Shizuka, asking her questions and taking photos.[18]

The next day, Shizuka went to Eitoku to turn in her withdrawal notice. She ran into Tsukushi on her way out. Tsukushi asked Shizuka to stay "for Rui Hanazawa's sake." She replied "I can't," leading Tsukushi to get down on her hands and knees to beg her.[8] Calmly, Shizuka explained to her that she did not want to live her life with regrets. She compared it to shopping overseas, saying "I may never get the chance to buy it again." Tsukushi apologized, but Shizuka assured her that it was okay. She then kissed Tsukushi on the cheek, saying "I like you very much." Sometime later, Shizuka was seen off at the airport by friends and classmates, including Tsukushi, Tsukasa, Sojiro, and Akira. She asked them to "give [her] best to Rui," whom did not show up. Shizuka waved goodbye with a smile as she boarded the plane.[19]

Life in France[]

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Shizuka and Rui reunite in France

"Oh, I turned him down. There are still so many things that I want to do. Besides, I can't imagine marrying a man I don't love."
—Shizuka talking to Tsukushi and the F4[src]

Shizuka was pleased when Rui showed up on her doorstep in France. The two spent many happy days together, talking about their childhoods and walking around Paris. Shizuka soon became extremely busy when she started attending college and working as a secretary to an attorney. She spent the rest of her time studying.[20] Meanwhile, rumors of Shizuka's engagement to French politician Jean P. Mayol began spreading around France as well as Japan.[21] She had actually only met Jean once when he proposed to her, though she did not take him seriously. Rui later questioned her about the rumors. Shizuka told him that she had turned Jean down and then reminded Rui that she loved him.[6] Despite her assurances, Rui, who was often left alone in Shizuka's apartment, eventually returned by himself to Japan.[20]

In late December, Shizuka was sent on a business trip to Toronto. She decided to visit Vancouver first on the off chance that the F4 were staying at Tsukasa's villa. Shizuka was mistaken for a burglar by Tsukasa, whom attacked her and knocked her out. Shizuka was unconscious for the rest of the night and much of the next day. When she woke up, Shizuka was delighted to see her old friends again saying "I haven't seen you all in such a long time." She chatted with the F4 and Tsukushi near the fireplace that night. Tsukasa, Tsukushi, Akira, and Sojiro eventually left in order to gave Shizuka and Rui some time alone.[22] The two stayed up late into the night talking.[23][24] During their talk, Shizuka and Rui ultimately decided to officially end their relationship.[25] She left the following morning to meet her client in Toronto.[22]

Wedding[]

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Rui congratulates Shizuka on her marriage

Akira: "What were you writing, when you're the bride?"
Shizuka: "Notes on the divorce proceeding I'm working on. I'm due in court."
— Shizuka works even on her wedding day[src]

Nearly a year and a half later, in March, Shizuka married her husband. He was also an attorney and presumably French. She invited Tsukushi and the F4 to her wedding held in Paris. Before the ceremony, Sojiro and Akira found Shizuka going over the notes for a divorce proceeding while dressed in her wedding gown. Rui then greeted her warmly, saying congratulations in French. She replied "Merci, mon cher," which means "Thanks, my dear." Tsukasa arrived shortly, but had to leave to find Tsukushi. When he returned with her, the others watched the pair reaffirm their feelings for one another from the balcony. Shizuka then shouted down to Tsukushi to catch her bouquet.[5]

Physical appearance[]

Having a "doll"-like appearance, Shizuka was scouted by modelling agencies from early in her childhood. Tsukushi described Shizuka's features as "huge eyes," "flowing chestnut hair," "eyelashes like a doll's," and "translucent skin." She also commented that she had "never seen such a beautiful woman" as Shizuka. This opinion was widely held by others, considering Shizuka worked as a model and won the beauty contests, Teen of Japan and Miss Teen of France. Shizuka later cut her long hair as a symbol of her resolve. She then styled it in a short, curly bob.

Personality and traits[]

Tsubaki Domyoji described Shizuka as "strong-willed but feminine."[27] From early on, she felt suffocated by her privileged life, comparing herself to a flower in a hothouse. Shizuka long wanted to break free in favor of making her own life without help from her parents. She had high aspirations for herself, deciding to become a lawyer for the poor. Determined, Shizuka never strayed from her path once she made up her mind. Love and relationships took a backseat to her ambitions.

Called an "angel" by Tsukushi, Shizuka was an incredibly open and good-natured person. She was indiscriminately kind to everyone no matter their background. As such, Shizuka was a popular person and easily made friends with others.

Skills[28]
Financial strength
4/5
Looks
5/5
Intelligence
5/5
Queen attitude
2/5
Kindness
4/5
Power
2/5

Etymology[]

Shizuka's given name (静; しずか) contains a single kanji, which means "quiet".[29] Her surname Todo (藤堂; とうどう) has two kanji. The first means "wisteria," specifically the Japanese wisteria, and uses the on'yomi pronunciation.[30] The second kanji means "temple," "shrine," and "hall."[31]

Behind the scenes[]

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Character notes

  • Shizuka's existence is hinted at in chapters four and five, before she makes her first physical appearance in chapter seven.
  • Her allowance is given as "unlimited",[4] though only prior to her giving up her family name.
  • In an early character profile, Shizuka is revealed to be a Leo.[4] She would actually be a Libra, according to her October 4 birthday.
  • In chapter six, her birth year is stated to be 1973. However, it is considered non-canon since the series later established a semi-floating timeline.

Portrayals

See also: Category:Shizuka Todo portrayals
Shizuka-film

Marie Eguro as Shizuka

  • She is played by Japanese-American actress Marie Eguro in the 1995 film, Hana Yori Dango.[33] Possibly due to Eguro being born in America, Shizuka studied abroad in Boston instead of France. She returns to Japan after two years. At her birthday party, she announces that she will go to New York, where she will restart her life. Tsukushi later begs her to stay for Rui's sake. Shizuka then gives her some advice that is vital to the film's resolution.
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Shizuka in the anime

  • Keiko Imamura is the voice of Shizuka in the Boys Over Flowers anime (1996)[34] and the 1997 film.[35] She is a major supporting character after her first appearance in episode three. Following her departure in episode eleven, Shizuka is frequently referenced and appears via flashbacks. Overall, her portrayal is kept close to that of the manga, including such details as her being "Miss Teen of France." Near the end of the series, Shizuka returns to Japan to see Rui and convinces him to come back to France with her.
Teng-Tang-Jing

Winnie Chien as Jing

  • Winnie Chien portrays a version of Shizuka, renamed Teng Tang Jing, in Meteor Garden (2001)[36] and Meteor Garden II (2002). This version closely follows the manga, covering her relationship with Hua Ze Lei (Rui) and all the events leading up to her return to France. When Jing and Lei meet again in Meteor Garden II, she reveals that she still has feelings for him but he has already moved on.
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Mayumi Sada as Shizuka

Shizuka-musical

Nao Furuhata as Shizuka

Jing-2018

Sun Yi Han as Jing

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Fah Yongwaree as Mira

  • She is portrayed by Yongwaree Anilbol as Mira in the drama, F4 Thailand: Boys Over Flowers (2021).[46] This version takes some inspiration from the Japanese drama, such as showing Mira to be the reason Gorya (Tsukushi) attends Kocher High School. Like in the manga, Mira returns from France but decides to go back to be a lawyer, specifically for human rights in this version. She and Ren (Rui) briefly have a relationship in France. Mira is later engaged to Dominique Shun (Jean).

Appearances[]

References[]

  1. Shizuka first appears at nineteen-years-old and turns twenty in chapter seventeen. Based on her birthday, Shizuka is twenty-one during her appearance in chapter two hundred and forty-two.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Chapter 16, Boys Over Flowers
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Chapter 6, Boys Over Flowers
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Boys Over Flowers volume 2, side-columns
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Chapter 242, Boys Over Flowers
  6. 6.0 6.1 Chapter 51, Boys Over Flowers
  7. 7.0 7.1 Chapter 7, Boys Over Flowers
  8. 8.0 8.1 Chapter 19, Boys Over Flowers
  9. Chapter 63, Boys Over Flowers
  10. 10.0 10.1 Chapter 10, Boys Over Flowers
  11. 11.0 11.1 Chapter 8, Boys Over Flowers
  12. Chapter 9, Boys Over Flowers
  13. Chapter 11, Boys Over Flowers
  14. Chapter 12, Boys Over Flowers
  15. Chapter 13, Boys Over Flowers
  16. Chapter 15, Boys Over Flowers
  17. Chapter 17, Boys Over Flowers
  18. Chapter 18, Boys Over Flowers
  19. Chapter 20, Boys Over Flowers
  20. 20.0 20.1 Chapter 36, Boys Over Flowers
  21. Chapter 37, Boys Over Flowers
  22. 22.0 22.1 Chapter 82, Boys Over Flowers
  23. Chapter 83, Boys Over Flowers
  24. Chapter 96, Boys Over Flowers
  25. Chapter 195, Boys Over Flowers
  26. Boys Over Flowers Color Edition, Hana Yori Dango (app)
  27. Chapter 69, Boys Over Flowers
  28. Hana Yori Dango FF
  29. https://jisho.org/search/静%20%23kanji
  30. https://jisho.org/search/藤%20%23kanji
  31. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/堂
  32. Boys Over Flowers volume 4, side-columns
  33. http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_c.php?num_c=152613 (Japanese)
  34. http://lineup.toei-anim.co.jp/ja/tv/hanadan/character/ (Japanese)
  35. https://movie.walkerplus.com/mv45881/ (Japanese)
  36. http://www.cts.com.tw/prog/drama/meteorgarden/p05.htm (Chinese)
  37. http://www.tbs.co.jp:80/hanayoridango/cast07.html (Japanese)
  38. http://www.tbs.co.jp/hanadan2/cast/ (Japanese)
  39. Hana Yori Dango Final: Photo Book
  40. http://www.konami.jp/hanadan/chara_etc.html (Japanese)
  41. http://www.kbs.co.kr/drama/f4/about/cast/28454_index.html (Korean)
  42. https://natalie.mu/comic/news/163738 (Japanese)
  43. http://ameblo.jp/hanadan-musical/entry-12237166997.html (Japanese)
  44. http://ent.sina.com.cn/v/m/2017-11-10/doc-ifynstfh3321799.shtml (Chinese)
  45. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2019/hanayoridango/cast.html (Japanese)
  46. https://www.gmm-tv.com/contents/8Qex7 (Thai)

See also[]


Boys Over Flowers characters
Main characters

Tsukasa Domyoji | Rui Hanazawa | Tsukushi Makino | Akira Mimasaka | Sojiro Nishikado

Supporting characters

Seinosuke Amakusa | Kazuya Aoike | Yuriko Asai | Erika Ayuhara | Kaede Domyoji | Tsubaki Domyoji
Ryusuke Hayama | Sara Hinata | Amon Kunisawa | Ayano Kurimaki | Chieko Makino | Haruo Makino
Susumu Makino | Yuki Matsuoka | Umi Nakajima | Nakatsuka | Kiyonaga Narumiya | Nishida
Shigeru Okawahara | Junpei Oribe | Shingo Oribe | Sakurako Sanjo | Tama | Thomas | Shizuka Todo
Minako Yamano | Matsutaro Yoshimatsu

Minor characters

Aki and Chimura | Akira's girlfriend | Akira's father | Akira's mother | Beautician | Bob | Cindy | Makiko Endo
Junko Ekuni | Fortuneteller | Gen | Giuseppe | Jody Grand | Mike Hall | Harumi and Mako | Hatta | Hirayama
Hiroko | Hiromi | Hiromi | Hiroshi | Mayumi Isoda | Iwatsuki | Junpei's friend | Junpei's mother | K University students
Kaede's sister | Kimoto | Kirishima | Kobayashi | Koga | Kazuko Kubo | M | Maekawa | Sonoko Maekawa | Rio Makise
Mako | Makoto | Makoto | Jean P. Mayol | Mayuko | Midori | Miho | Mika | Emu and Memu Mimasaka | Mina
Mikihisa Minami | Misawa | Miya | Eri Miyazawa | Piromichi Nakano | New York enterpriser | Shoichiro Nishikado
Noriko | Hideki Oe | Akira Onagisa | Ozawa | Principal | Proprietress | Rie | Rika | Risako | Rui's father | Rui's mother
Saito | Sakurako's grandmother | Seinosuke's father | Shigeru's father | Shigeru's mother | Shingo's girlfriend
Shiori | Shizuka's parents | Arthur Smith | Sojiro's brother | Sojiro's father | Sojiro's mother | Sugiyama
Tama's husband | Kimiko Tamura | Teacher | Toda | Tome | Tsubaki's ex-boyfriend | Tsubaki's husband
Tsukasa's attacker | Tsukasa's father | Tsukasa's grandfather | Ueno | Umi's friend | Viola | Yatchan
Yoshida | Eisuke Yoshida | Yuki's father | Yuki's mother | Yuki's sister

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