I watched a couple of episodes of the 2007 drama during the time it is airing on free TV. What's funny is that the Taiwanese version of the drama is also airing in the opposite channel. What's fun about it is that the station that is airing the 2007 drama promoted the show as "Newest and the Best", while the opposite channel promote the Taiwanese drama as "The Original". Obviously, I will try to watch the so-called "first" Hana Kimi drama, only to end up dropping it at the end because it is too serious. I tried watching the 2007 drama but also ended up dropping it because it looks like I am already in the middle of the series and I find it too ridiculous. So yeah, I ended up regretting up at the end.
First is the plot about the school's closure, it is I guess the thing that keeps the characters of the series going or in simple terms, the plot device. Without this plot, Mizuki will not be determined to help Sano get his drive back. Without this plot, the three dorms will not be united just to prevent the school's closure and stop the attempts of the administration to demolish the school. Heck, there is one point in the series that the students lost all hope that they can save the school and let it die a natural death! This is when Mizuki comes in as her enthusiasm to save the school and to enjoy their school life influenced the students a lot that they were able to do things that even adults didn't expect them to do in the first place.
There are some instances that Mizuki is kinda nosy about Sano's life that it is sometimes irritating. But it is because of her concern that Sano slowly falls for her that he sort of lets her get involved about his family problems. The sub plot about Sano's family expanded his character a bit and how he wants to get out of his father's shadow. Another sub plot has something to do with his so-called "rival", which after episodes of build-up, it was resolved for like, 2-5 minutes and didn't leave much impact unlike the one with Sano's family.
But because this is a drama, it is best to suspend disbelief that the students of this school are having a hard time discovering that Mizuki is a chick all this time. Anyway, only a handful of characters in this series are aware about her true gender and when her school mates discovered the truth, as expected, they feel betrayed about it. I mean, they are hanging out with someone who is not honest to them about her true gender! But thanks to one dorm B student who accidentally played the tape recording of Mizuki's conversation with the school doctor, they realized that whatever gender, Mizuki is still Mizuki. To put it simply, the lesson here folks that she is just being herself all this time and that they are just blinded about the fact that he is actually a she all this time.
The school administration who are facilitating the three schools in this show are siblings and to be honest, the head of Osaka Academy's rival school is really despicable. I mean, why the heck he is so determined to get the school closed? It didn't help that he is basically bullying the head of Osaka Academy even though he is basically older than him! Oh well, at least at the end, Osaka Academy stayed thanks to the students impressing the administration.
Tokusatsu aside, like I said, this drama is quite serious compared to the 2007 drama. If you love the comedy of the 2007 drama, expect that you will either love or hate the seriousness of this drama as it takes the material in a different manner. Another thing that I like about this drama is the soundtrack less that annoying "Halleluiah" track that they use on scenes that this song doesn't fit in, like in cheer dancing. What's annoying is that they give this song a techno remix! Annoying "Halleluiah" track aside, the show's ending theme"Flying Get" by AKB48 is really darn catchy and much to my surprise, they have an instrumental track of the song for this drama. I think I now have an idea where AKB0048 got the idea of using instrumental piano versions of AKB48 songs.