What Makes Hana Yori Dango So Popular?

Hana Yori Dango (translated: Boys Over Flowers), a Japanese manga created by Yoko Kamio. It is the best selling shojo manga of all time in Japan.
Depending where you are in the world, that title may mean nothing or may mean one of the biggest pop culture texts the last decade.

Japanese manga, hugely popular around the world, tells stories over a wide range of themes and genres. From romance to comedy to action to adventure to gory violent action to fantasy to very gory violent action, manga has transcended cultural barriers. Japanese manga along with anime may look very stylized and of “another,” but regardless, when done well, appeals to a wide audience.

Hana Yori Dango manages to do that. A common theme, Continue reading