Shonen Jump’s official website announced on April 20, 2023, that Yoko Kamio’s shojo manga Boys Over Flowers (Hana Yori Dango) has been certified by the Guinness World Record as the ‘Most Published Shojo Manga by a Single Author’.
The manga has over 59,409,000 copies published and circulated in print alone.
The mangaka Yoko Kamio has expressed her excitement over this new feat on the occasion of the manga’s 30th anniversary and also thanked all the readers for their constant support.
She also announced that the franchise will be holding an exhibition of the original drawings from April 2023.
“I am very happy to be recognized by Guinness World Records™ on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Boys Over Flowers. I believe this record is made possible by the support of so many readers. Thank you very much. We are also pleased to announce that we will be holding our first exhibition of original drawings from April. Please come and meet Tsukushi and F4!“
Boys Over Flowers manga was launched in Shueisha’s Margaret magazine in October 1992 and ran until January 2004. Two epilogue chapters were later published in Margaret, in July 2006 and January 2008.
The English translation was published by Viz Media from August 2003 to October 2009.
The manga has been adapted into various mediums. It was first adapted as an audio drama released on CD from July 1993 to July 1994.
This was followed by a Japanese live-action feature film in 1995, then an animated television series, produced by Toei Animation, that was broadcast by ABC from 1996 to 1997. The first live-action television adaptation was one produced in Taiwan, titled Meteor Garden (2001).
A Japanese live-action series aired from 2005 to 2007 (and was followed by a 2008 film), a South Korean adaptation aired in 2009, a mainland Chinese adaptation, also titled Meteor Garden aired in 2018, and a Thai adaptation, F4 Thailand: Boys Over Flowers, was aired from 2021 to 2022.
In 1996, Boys Over Flowers won the 41st Shogakukan Manga Award for the shōjo category. As of February 2015, the series had over 61 million copies in circulation, making it one of the best-selling manga series of all time and the best-selling shojo manga of all time.
MAL describes the plot of manga as:
Tsukushi Makino, a working-class girl, attends an elite elevator school called Eitoku Academy, populated by children from rich, high-society families. She is the “weed” of the school surrounded by all the rich kids including the “Flower” Four (F4). The F4 leader and son of the wealthiest, most powerful family in Japan, Tsukasa Domyoji, takes an interest in Tsukushi, because she is the only girl at Eitoku who doesn’t fawn over him. However, his hot-headed nature and bullying ways are originally a major turn-off for Tsukushi, who has her sights set on someone else.
Source: Shonen Jump Website