Sonoko Maekawa (
Teen of Japan
When Seinosuke announced he intended to marry Tsukushi Makino, Sonoko and her friends went to confront her. Sonoko challenged her to compete against her in the Teen of Japan contest. Seinosuke then showed up and forced them to leave Tsukushi alone. Sonoko did not see Tsukushi again until the day of Teen of Japan. In the first round, Sonoko carefully selected an outfit which judge Jody Grand described as being elegant with an "ethnic flair." She passed on to the next round. In the dressing room, Sonoko and her friends badmouthed Tsukushi. Ayano Kurimaki criticized them for not focusing on the competition. Sonoko became upset and yelled at Ayano until her friends lead her away. In the second round, a nervous Sonoko was disqualified for breaking a tea cup.
Like her fellow Teen of Japan contestants, Sonoko was a pretty girl. Her hair was a pixie cut, making it the shortest of all the contestants. She likely wore name-brand clothing regularly as she was shown to have a familiarity with it during the contest. Sonoko was also seen wearing her school uniform.
Personality and traits
It was hinted on several occasions that Sonoko had a crush on Seinosuke. However, he never paid any attention to her, possibly making her feel insecure. Sonoko was jealous of Seinosuke's object of affection, Tsukushi. Due to Tsukushi's background, Sonoko viewed her as inferior to herself. She also displayed some animosity towards Ayano, whom was Seinosuke's informal fiancée.
Behind the scenes
- Sonoko first appears in chapter sixty-three of Boys Over Flowers.
- She shares her surname with Maekawa, a party guest who flirted with Yuriko Asai in volume two.
- Kurara Kotomi portrays Sonoko in the Takarazuka musical, Hana Yori Dango (2019). Kotomi also plays another minor role, Hiroko. Sonoko's role is significantly lessened as she has no lines.
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