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Boys Over Flowers Vol. 1: Declaration of War (2003)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Viz Video
Genre: Anime, Shojo
Running Time: 104 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Tsukushi Makin's only wish is to peacefully graduate from rich and snobbish Eitoku High. When her friend gets in trouble with the F4 - wealthy, good-looking bullies at her school - her priorities change. When the F4 is against her, so is everybody. Now, Tsukushi's school life is all about fighting the F4 and suriviving their horrible bullying.

Contains episodes 1-4:

  • Declaration of War!
  • No Brand Girl!
  • I Won't Be Hurt!
  • The Ordinary Duo!
Special Features:
  • Tsukushi's Profile and Sketches
  • Storyboards


GreenCine Member Reviews

Cue the sweatpants, gallon of ice cream, and chocolates... by Ursus February 24, 2006 - 9:21 AM PST
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2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
At 6'4", 232lbs., and a practioner of Krav Maga and Jujitsu, I really shouldn't have giggled like a pre-teen girl reading "Tiger Beat" while watching this series... yet, I did, and here we are...

Where to begin? I always find the beginning a good place to start. I have always loved animation, I "cut my teeth" on old "Star Blazers" and the rest, as they say, is history. Yet, to most everyone, my "habit," nay, my "lust" is firmly in the closet... but I digress.

My last girlfiend (not a typo) -the cheating harpy- put a halt (Have you ever seen "Debby Does [insert city or nation here]"?, you get the idea) on our 8 month relationship -dirty tramp-, which put me in a bit of a funk -slut. Happily, I came across a review for "Boys Over Flowers," and upon that recommendation I obtained the first DVD. Romance. Drama. Hilarity. Very "Pretty in Pink," as another reviewer deftly and correctly illustrated, "Boys Over Flowers," filled in the gaps, and like methidone, helped to ween me from the horrible pangs of love withdrawal -and murderous rage. Depsite the art style, to which one quickly became habituated, the narrative was well told, and expertly woven together to produce a most satisfactory yarn.

At 51 episodes, "Boys Over Flowers," has the staying power and romantic punch of a seasoned prize fighter. I heartily recommend this series to the love-lost, forlorned, or even those drunk with love or lust... you lucky bastards. And, to anyone attending the University of Montana, particularlly anyone in the foreign language department... don't be fooled by the shy, red-head who bats her eyes.

John Hughes does Shoujo (with Class Warfare) by whump August 16, 2004 - 12:03 AM PDT
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4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
My girlfriend and I (both hopeless Shoujo fans) watched Volume one.

It struck her as a Shoujo retelling of John Hughes' Pretty in Pink.

But Tsukushi's impassioned denunciations of the F4 (the group of bishonen who dominate the school) and their various hangers-on reminded me of Woody Allen and David Spade in Antz and A Bug's Life the consciousness raising workers in each of those films.

But it is a soap opera, and Class War issues run second to Tsukushi's mooning over the ambivalent member of the F4, Rui. Still I hope to see the subversive threads continue in future volumes.

51 episodes...only a few on DVD by ivygirl June 30, 2004 - 10:08 PM PDT
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3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
I love this anime; I just want to give fair warning to others. This is definitely an anime where you will want to watch one disc right after another, but there are less than 20 episodes on DVD at the moment out of 51! So if you are not patient, like me, don't set yourself up for failure by falling in love with this series and then not be able to see it all anytime soon.


Also, some may wonder why the whole intro had all of the characters dancing around, yet there is no dancing in the anime, except for at clubs/parties, but no full out dance numbers like in the opening. Well, I can tell you why-- it's because of the movie! The movie (30 minutes with the same characters, but alternate universe - NY City) revolves around our beloved cast in a weird Fame meets Flashdance scenario. But other than that, you will never see Tsukasa bust a move in the anime. Just a little FYI. And by the way, did I say how great this series is? Also, check out Marmalade Boy too. It's not on the same emotional level as Hana Yori Dango, but it's still cute and romantic.

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