Title: Hanazakari no Kimitachi e
Also known as: HanaKimi
Translation: For You In Full Blossom
Broadcast date: 7/3/07 – 9/18/07
Genre: Romantic comedy
Cast: Horikita Maki, Oguri Shun, Ikuta Toma
Plot: Ashiya Mizuki (Horikita Maki) is a Japanese girl living in America. When her idol, athlete Sano Izumi (Oguri Shun), stops competing in the high jump, she moves to Japan to attend his all-boy high school in order to make him jump again.
What is good: Ikuta Toma steals absolutely every scene that he is in.
What is bad: It seems that Oguri Shun can only play one type of character.
Letter rating: A
Overall: I really enjoyed watching HanaKimi. While I started watching the show because it starred Oguri Shun, Ikuta Toma stole my heart. He was able to pull off goofy yet heart-warming at the same time. I’d like to see him in a ton of other projects. I was a little disappointed in Oguri Shun’s performance. I’ve seen a couple of his roles now and they all seem to be exactly the same – a cute yet distant loner. It would be nice if we could try something a bit different for once. Sadly, I don’t have much to say about Horikita’s Ashiya. Sure, the character was determined and charismatic but she just didn’t seem to come together totally. It was almost as if we, the audience, were missing something about her.
I would like to see a special episode though. I won’t give away the ending for the show but it definitely leaves an opening for an awesome one-shot special. This is definitely a show that everyone should check out.