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    Boys Over Flowers

    Boys Over Flowers

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    TV Tokyo (ended 1997)
    Boys over Flowers is the story of Makino Tsukushi, a 16 year old girl from the wrong side of the tracks who is a new student at Eitoku Gakuen, a very exclusive school that is attended by the richest of society's children. At first she choses to stay unknown for the remaining two years of her stay at the school. But her one and only friend gets in trouble with the F4 and Tsukushi stands up for her friend. She receives a red card and that's when all the confusion begins. The F4 are Hanazawa Rui 18, Nishikado Soujirou 18, Mimasaka Akira 18 and Doumyouji Tsukasa 17 who is the ringleader of the group. Tsukushi's unexpected resistance piques Doumyouji's interest. Her strength proves to be attractive to him, and he ends up having a crush on her, even though they are 'at war' with each other. Tsukushi, on the other hand, does not seem to be that impressed with the rich, arrogant Doumyouji, and instead finds herself attracted to another member of the F4, the quiet, sensitive violin player, Hanazawa Rui. This sets up an explosive triangle of love and hate relationships, as Tsukushi finds herself in the middle of a tug of war between Rui and Doumyouji. Tsukushi has to face the pressure of the school's rapidly shifting opinion of her, her status as a poor girl in a rich school, and her attraction to a cool but mysterious guy (Rui) while at the same time dealing with the advances of Doumyouji. If you should come across this series, I highly recommend checking it out!moreless
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    Fushigi Yuugi

    Fushigi Yuugi

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    TV Tokyo (ended 1996)
    Schoolgirls Miaka Yûki and her best friend, Yui Hongo stumble upon an ancient Chinese novel titled The Universe of Four Gods in Japan's National Library. When they try to read the book, they are transported back to the ancient world of China. Miaka becomes the Priestess of one of the four gods, Suzaku of the Konan empire. While Yui becomes her rival, the priestess of Seiryu in the land of Kutou. Whichever girl summons her god first is up to the courage and skill of the priestesses and her magical Celestial Warriors, as they both meet triumphs and tragedies along the way.

    The televised series is available on VHS through Pioneer and the full series is available on DVD through Geneon. Please see the Mysterious Play Guide for the original Japanese cast list.moreless