It’s taken me almost as long to fall in love with Hana Yori Dango
as it’s taking Tsukushi to fall for Doumyouji. But now, it’s mad pash so I am afraid there are a few more posts coming up. Of course, I am only 12 or 13 episodes from the end (and have seen 30+ already) so it shouldn’t be too bad. :P
I do have to say I like the story’s character development. I mean, it’s rather impressive that at this point I have an impulse to shake Tsukushi and tell her to ‘oh, come on! Make up your mind and reciprocate already’ when at the start of the series I couldn’t believe that Doumyouji was a love interest and hated him with a passion. Good job.katranna
was right. There is certainly something Bollywoodish about HYD. And not just the whole “rich boy falls in love with poor girl and a lot of melodrama and class differences occur” (this is not a scenario you could believably set in an American context after 1950s but it is a beloved storyline in Bollywood). There is this whole hyperbole of wealth that Bollywood likes to do as well. The Doumyoujis aren’t just rich. They are super super SUPER rich. It reminds me of the Bollywood blockbuster K3G
and the fact that the Raichands’ house was the size of a small country and that Rahul took a helicopter home (then there is the fact that he picked a spunky poor girl instead of a suitable rich girl and got in a lot of trouble, but hey, he is more like Rui than Doumyouji, anyway).
But the big difference is in treatment of family. In K3G, Amitabh’s stern patriarch was basically the way some people conceive of God: loving, source of all your goods, and expecting minute and total obedience. Not an easy deity perhaps, but certainly, misguided pride or sternness aside, he clearly loves his family. In Bollywood, family is paramount. HYD is not like that. Doumyouji addresses his mother as a bitch a few times (and mind boggles imagining this in a Bollywood movie) and that moniker is fully deserved, as she is a horrible horrible woman who uses her children as pawns. I don’t really think she sees them as people at all. Actually now, after meeting his mother, so much about his character makes sense: his inbuilt disdain, his disregard for anyone not his friend or someone he cares about. In fact, I am astonished he turned out as well as he has, with that kind of family. After all, he has close friends, he really cares for his sister, and he truly loves Tsukushi. I don’t think his mother is capable of any of these feelings. I don’t think there is anyone she loves (other than herself) in the whole world, and it’s clear she is incapable of seeing people outside her class as individuals. Heck, I don’t think she is capable of seeing her son and daughter as individuals. His family also explains his lack of socializing skills. He simply doesn’t know how to interact with people. Doumyouji mentions that since he was a child, he’s only seen his parents a day a year because they live abroad (which would explain his close bond with his sister), which, while certainly a blessing in disguise (having Mommy Dearest around every day? *shudder*), would definitely lead to no proper upbringing about normal human interactions. The fact that he is capable of loyalty or love with psycho bitch in the gene pool? Impressive. Just as impressive as the fact that Tsukushi grew up strong and uncompromising with her shallow, grasping parents.( More and longer rambling, involving coolness, angst, favorite scenes, and that old standby of 'must cuddle naked to save your life' )