After watching Hana Yori Dango, the next step was to watch Hana Yori Dango Returns. Hana Yori Dango Returns was made one year after the first season, and it has the same main 5 characters (Makino Tsukushi and the rest of F4). It picks up where the original season of Hana Yori Dango left off, but from then on there are a lot of twists and turns.
Hana Yori Dango Returns also adds some new characters as well, who you will meet as you watch the show. Some of these characters have pretty big roles in the show, and they also add a lot of diversity to the show. There are also some scenes shot in America, so unlike the first season, not everything is shot in Japan.
I think that Hana Yori Dango and Hana Yori Dango Returns are about even in quality, and if you liked the first season you should definitely watch the second season. I also watched the Hana Yori Dango movie, which came out a year after the second season was released. While the movie kept the same cast as well, I personally preferred the TV format, and didn’t enjoy the movie as much as I did the first two seasons.
Hana Yori Dango Returns is all over the place in terms of storylines that are happening, but everything comes together at the end. In case you watched the first season of Hana Yori Dango but haven’t heard of Hana Yori Dango Returns, I would be sure to check it out if you are curious!