The word Asianovela comes from the words "Asia" or "Asian" and "Novela" from the word "Telenovela". This term was created to define the difference of a normal telenovela to Asian-produced telenovelas. The slang was first used on local internet forums, then became widly used by Filipino people.
The very first Asianovela shown in the Philippines was Amazing Twins, a Taiwanese TV series in July 2002 on IBC-13, but it gained no popularity in the Philippines despite that it was dubbed into Tagalog Language.
The term Asianovela was the common word for Asian TV dramas. However, for the sake of exact definition, Asianovela fans created 3 more slangs:
* Chinovela-for Chinese and Taiwanese TV dramas.
* Koreanovela-for Korean TV dramas.
* Japanovela/JDorama-for Japanese TV dramas.
Asianovelas shown in the Philippines are always top-raters in the ratings game. So many people requested for replays for the Asian series, some requested cocerts and visits for the stars of that Asianovela. Some are even cosplaying, and even following the trends, hairstyles, dress and clothes of they're favorite Asianovela characters.
Some people criticize Asianovelas as a "one sider" or it focuses only on it's story rather than putting so much plot-holes. Some said that Asianovelas are "culture threat".
* First Asianovela-Amazing Twins (Taiwan)(Philippine airdate: July 2002 on IBC-13) * First Chinovela- Meteor Garden * (Taiwan) (Philippine airdate: May 5, 2003 on ABS-CBN)
* First Koreanovela-Bright Girl (South Korea) (Philippine airdate: August 2003 on GMA Network)
* Highest rating achieved by an Asianovela (all in all)-Meteor Garden (Taiwan) (57.4%)
* Highest rated Chinovela-Meteor Garden * (Taiwan) (57.4% peak rating, 42.9% overall)
* Highest rated Koreanovela-Full House (South Korea) (50.9% peak rating, 42.3% overall)
* First Asianovela sequel-Meteor Garden II (Taiwan) (Philippine airdate: September 2003)
* First Asianovea special-The Meteor Garden special (special farewell episode for Meteor Garden hosted by Sandara Park and Hero Angeles)
* Most replayed Asianovela-Autumn in my heart (Endless Love in Philippine release) (South Korea) replayed 6x
* First Asianovela with two endings showned locally-Lovers in Paris (South Korea) * Lowest rated Asianovela-My MVP Valentine (Taiwan) (02.8%)
Highest rated Asianovelas by Peak rating
1) Meteor Garden (ABS-CBN, 2003) 57.4%
2) Full House (GMA, 2005) 50.9%
3) Lovers in Paris (ABS-CBN, 2004) 50.6%
4) Meteor Rain (ABS-CBN, 2003) 49.9%
5) Meteor Garden II (ABS-CBN, 2003) (49.5%)
6) Stairway to Heaven (GMA, 2005) (47.8%)
7) My Name is Kim Sam Soon (GMA, 2006) (40.2%)
8) Jewel in the Palace (GMA, 2006) (40.1%)
9) Autumn in my Heart (GMA, 2003) (39.7%)
10) Only You (ABS-CBN, 2006) (38.2%)
by Average
1) Meteor Garden (ABS-CBN, 2003) 42.9%
2) Full House (GMA, 2005) 42.3%
3) Meteor Rain (ABS-CBN, 2003) 39.9%
4) Meteor Garden II (ABS-CBN, 2003) 38.5%
5) Stairway to Heaven (GMA, 2005) 36.1%
6) Jewel in the Palace (GMA, 2006) 35.4%
7) My Name is Kim Sam Soon (GMA, 2006) 34.9%
8) Lovers in Paris (ABS-CBN, 2004) 34.4%
9) Only You (ABS-CBN, 2006) 33.6%
10) Autumn in my Heart (GMA, 2003) 33.4%

Saturday, July 11, 2009


It started from an anime HANA YORI DANGO, Due to its immense popularity, Hana Yori Dango has been adapted into TV series by Taiwan, Japan and also, most recently Korea. Currently, there are also adaptations of the story in work by Mainland China (the show will be called Meteor Shower or Meteor Rain).

Following TV Adaptations

* Meteor Garden (TAIWAN)2001
* Hana Yori Dango (JAPAN)2005

* Boys Over Flowers (KOREA)2009
* Meteor Shower (CHINA)2009

Tsukino Makino:poor girl
Doumyouji Tsukasa: the leader, a high-tempered, selfish and arrogant guy Hanazawa Rui: the most quiet one, a kind-hearted and very cool guy Mimasaka Akira: smiles often (especially to the ladies), and loves older women Nishikado Soujirou: a playboy Hana Yori Dango is a Japanese television drama series, broadcast on TBS in 2005. It was one of the most popular dramas of the year and won many major awards. It is the live action version of popular manga Boys Over Flowers.


Mao Inoue as Tsukushi Makino

Jun Matsumoto as Tsukasa Domyoji

Shun Oguri as Rui Hanazawa

Shota Matsuda as Sojirou Nishikado

Tsuyoshi Abe as Akira Mimasaka

Makino Tsukushi is the only poor student at Eitoku Gakuen, the school of the ridiculously rich and privileged that is ruled by Flower 4 or F4,

The Story Season 1

Makino Tsukushi is the only poor student at Eitoku Gakuen, the school of the ridiculously rich and privileged that is ruled by Flower 4 or F4, a group of four boys who come from extremely powerful families: Domyoji Tsukasa, the leader and heir of the Domyoji World Finance Group; Hanazawa Rui, the introverted son of a large company; Nishikado Sojiro, a player who is the heir of a tea ceremony school; and Mimasaka Akira, a madam killer with ties to the underground. If a student gets on the F4’s bad side, he/she gets a red notice and is bullied and driven out of school.

Makino hopes to pass her days quietly-- without drawing any attention to herself-- but one day, she stands up to Domyoji in defense of her friend. The next day, Makino gets the dreaded red notice. Even though she is harassed, Makino decides to keep going to school because she is a “tough weed”. She declares war right back on the F4. Her resolve gets the attention of her crush Hanazawa Rui and oddly enough, rouses romantic feelings in her worst enemy, Domyoji Tsukasa.

The Story Season 2

This second season of Hana Yori Dango picks up right after Domyoji leaves for New York. After confessing to Domyoji, Makino has not spoken to him for a year. Rui and the other members of F4 try and help Makino meet Domyoji again by going to New York for the christmas holidays. Though F4 and Makino meet Domyoji again, he has become a completely different person, and so they leave for Japan.

Some time later, Domyoji's mother annouces that they will be returning to Japan. There, they hold a giant super-rich and classy birthday party for Domyoji and announce something very important. Domyoji, like in the first season, is engaged to a rich girl and heir. The only difference is that they are to be wed soon.

On the side, Rui begins to fall in love with Makino... but will let go for his friend.