-- The History -----------------------
If you're an old fan of Hana Yori Dango, then you would have most likely remembered running to Rita's original Hana Yori Dango Project site that's been around since 1999, seeking for the latest translations. It was also the site that started the petition for HYD to be licensed in the U.S., which has sinced been picked up by Viz. Personally, the project brings back all sorts of HYD memories for me- of when all the fans anticipate for the latest Margaret to be released and news on the series. :)
However, in June 2004, Rita had decided to give the site up and take it offline. Not wanting to see the site disappear, I decided to take on the project in order to continue sharing all the HYD goodness with fans out there. To all those who were familiar with Rita's site, fear not- you'll still find a lot of the same stuff here (such as translations, cels, etc.), but with even more new stuff as I work on turning the site into a full-fledged "shrine" so to speak. HYD has come a long way since the original project's days so my first priority is to provide all the available news and info there is.
That said, a majority of things have been changed around- such as the layout, organization methods, the rewriting of sections, and the additions of many new sections. Please keep in mind, however, that the Hana Yori Dango series has already ended, which means once the site is made as complete as possible, there may not be as much updates as you would normally see on a site dedicated to an ongoing series. Of course when applicable, any news related to the series will still be posted.
A couple of things to take note of: There may still be a few "under construction" areas, as various sections are still being uploaded and worked on. They will all eventually function as it should soon; please be patient- thank you. :)
-- Recollect -----------------------
Because this site is a mixture of the old and the new, I thought it was perhaps appropriate to give the name a slight change. In keeping with the original, it is and will probably always be called The Hana Yori Dango Project. But due to a new version and ownership, as well as, the difference in what this site will represent, I've come to call it "Recollect" for short.
Why? I found the name to be fitting for many reasons. Since a lot of the original site's purpose were no longer applicable (updated translations and petition), it's become an archival of sorts. This site is geared towards archiving that, but also completing the translations that was never fully gathered as well as add more content to what was already available. In that sense, it's sort of like recollecting the original site and giving birth to something new but old at the same time. On the other hand, the name also applies to something akin to reminiscing about the series. The Hana Yori Dango series has long ended, hence the efforts put forth in this site will be more like an act of collecting all that was great about it...to turn this site into a place where fans can come to reminisce. There are so much great moments to remember about Hana Yori Dango after all. ^_^
All that said, I hope you will enjoy your visit. And I hope all you older fans will approve of what I've turned The Hana Yori Dango Project into. Suggestions and thoughts are always welcome; please feel free to either sign the guestbook or email me here.