AKB48’s Maeda Atsuko is going to star in a new version of the drama “Hanazakari no Kimitachi e – Ikemen Paradise“, widely known as just “Hana Kimi“, this summer.
Fuji TV aired a drama of the same title back in 2007, starring Horikita Maki. Just like the Horita Maki, Maeda is going to play a girl who has to disguise herself as a boy in order to get enrolled into a boys’ boarding school for certain reasons. There is no doubt that the cast will be made up full of hot, young actors and idols again, making it difficult for female viewers to resist the drama, but will Maeda be able to make some girls’ hearts flutter as a boy as well?
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Having required to play a girl who disguises herself as a boy to enter an all boys school, Maeda cut about 5~6 cm of her hair, and will also wear a male student’s school uniform. Maeda said, “I think I will look even more different without make-up. I can’t wait to wear boyish clothes.”
The first “Hana Kimi” was a huge success with an average rating of 17.3%, with the final episode managing to reach 21.0%. Next to Horikita, the cast featured various big names such as Oguri Shun, Ikuta Toma, Mizushima Hiro, Okada Masaki and many more. Most of the staff will return for the “rebirth” of the drama, making sure to adapt the atmosphere from the original manga once again, but of course they will work on a slightly new scenario and a different story.