To the Beautiful You released three official posters and I thought it would be fun to stack them up against the posters from the previous versions of Hana Kimi. This story/drama franchise really doesn’t get as much cult love out there as HanaDan or Itazura na Kiss, but I think that’s due to none of the previous versions being considered a decent overall adaptation of the manga. This might all change when Beautiful You comes out, so I’m keeping my expectations low and going in without the need to compare. Because really, there isn’t much to compare against. I liked some of the actors in the previous versions, but its impossible to ignore that the execution was all over the place.
Back to the poster for Beautiful You, which follows the Japanese version but changes it up a little. The entire student cast is included, but here the students aren’t standing in formation but instead are placed in more random positions to break up the monotony of the shot. It looks like the student body went on a picnic, no? It’s decent and doesn’t make me cringe, though my eyes does glaze over at the sheer volume of idol pretty boys in this cast. Not dissing them, just making an observation is all, and realizing they all look alike to me for the most part. I’m hoping when they act I can start to differentiate who is who.
The second poster is also along the same lines as the first. Instead of having the students wear their uniforms, here they are wearing their gym clothes and playing up the sports side of the story, but still managing to squeeze in all the boys+1girl in the shot. I like it, the wow factor isn’t there but it’s solid enough.
This poster makes me laugh, because it gives off the vibe of Korean Gossip Girl: Hamptons Edition. There is so much preppy going on I’m sure the Seoul flagship store of Ralph Lauren was raided to outfit the cast of Beautiful You. I like the back lighting to make it all seen rather ethereal. Ha, wait til the hijinks start.
The poster for the original Hana Kimi is perfect in its simplicity. It’s a story about a bunch of kids in an all-boys boarding school, and what better way to get a sense of the scope than to have all the boys (plus one cross-dressing girl) line up as if they are taking a yearbook picture. I love how diva-ish Maki looks in this poster.
I’ve already made my dislike for the 2011 remake of Hana Kimi known, and and this version proves how unnecessary it is by copying the original poster in its entirety from concept to execution. And they actually did it worse!
The Taiwan version of Hana Kimi has posters that emphasize the three leads over everyone else, and the drama also was presented that way. I like the colorful manga-esque quality of it, but Ella mugging her way through even the posters drives me up the wall. I just want to give her a Xanax.
And finally we have the manga renderings of Sano, Nakatsu, and Mizuki. Everyone will probably have their own opinion of which cast member from which version looks the most like their manga counterpart.