Boys Over Flowers was one of the series that helped propel the manga boom of the mid-2000s. It’s a classic shoujo romance about a girl of modest means who goes to a fancy high school and ends up in a love triangle with two guys, one that’s haughty and one that’s nice.
Now, 12 years after the manga ended in Japan and five years after the final volume appeared in English, creator Yoko Kamio is back with a sequel series, Boys Over Flowers Second Season. And this time, it will be published online, for free, in both English and Japanese — and the English version comes out first.
It appears the story will still be set in the elite Eitoku Academy, but two years later than the original series and with a different cast of characters.
The new series launches, appropriately, on Valentine’s Day, and will be available for a limited time on the VIZManga platform, as well as on comiXology and Kindle. What’s more, the first three chapters will run in Viz’s digital Shonen Jump magazine beginning Feb. 16. New chapters will come out biweekly.
While Hana Yori Dango, as it’s known in Japan, originally ran in the shoujo (girls) print magazine Margaret, the sequel will be on a shonen (boys) digital platform, Shonen Jump +. It’s also interesting that Viz is putting it in their Shonen Jump. In fact, Shonen Jump and series such as Naruto and One Piece have had a substantial female audience for some time.
If you want to check out the original series, Viz is offering a bundle of the first 10 volumes for $19.99. Be warned, though, that the story goes on for 36 volumes, plus an additional “jewelry box” volume, so if you get addicted, it could be expensive. Or if you read Japanese, it’s also free on the Shonen Jump + site.
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