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''Hana no Ko Lunlun'' is an MagicalGirl series from 1979 focusing on a theme of flowers.

Long ago, [[NatureSpirit plant spirits and fairy-like creatures]] lived in harmony with mankind, but gradually [[HumansAreBastards humans began to rise toward greed and cruelty]] and the plant spirits immigrated to another world they dubbed the "[[MagicalLand Flower Star]]". However, their legacy remained in people who truly knew the meaning of love and kindness, and not to mention some plant spirits that still believed in humanity remained on Earth and married human people, thus leaving some blood descendants scattered around the world. A [[TalkingAnimal talking dog and cat]] pair, Nubo and Cato, are sent to Earth to find one such descendant to find the magical [[MacGuffin Flower of Seven Colors]], the symbol of the Flowern Star's ruling family, so that [[SuccessionCrisis a new ruler can ascend the throne]].

In France they meet Lunlun, a young [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan orphan]] who lives with her paternal grandparents who own a flower shop. She turns out to be a descendant of the Plant spirits from her mother's side, so on Lunlun's 15th birthday party, they ask her to join them, and she accepts. They [[WalkingTheEarth travel all over Europe]] in search of the flower, helping people every step of the way, while being pursued by a [[GoldfishPoopGang bumbling pair of villains]], the selfish fairy Togenishia and her servant Yabooki, who want to steal the flower and rule the Flowern Star. Lunlun is also aided by Serge, a [[MysteriousProtector mysterious photographer]] who gives the people Lunlun helps packets of flower seeds which symbolize the lesson they've learned in the "language of flowers."
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!!This series provides examples of:
* ArtisticLicense: Everywhere. Sometimes the writers did their research to some point, in others you have to stretch your suspension of belief quite a bit.
* [[spoiler: BackFromTheDead:]] During the Switzerland arc, [[spoiler: Lunlun plummets to her death while climbing a mountain where the Flower was supposed to be, and her magical pin is crushed. A Flower spirit revives her and gives her a new and more powerful pin so she can continue her mission.]] It later turns out that [[spoiler: said spirit was actually Serge.]]
* BathtubScene: Togenishia has one. There is also one in episode 48 with Lunlun.
* BerserkButton: Being an orphan, Lunlun does ''not'' react well to children talking ill of or acting mean towards their parents. Specially seen when she confronts [[spoiler: Bianca]] in Venice.
** She also doesn't really like it when parents refuse to meet up with their kids, as seen in the deal with the sea captain in Germany.
** And please, neither lie to her nor be ungrateful. Did you hear it, [[spoiler: Sophia]] and [[spoiler: Pete]]?
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Briefly. When we first meet Lunlun, she's dressed in boyish clothes with her hair tucked under a cap.
** Some of Lunlun's magical disguises also invoke the look. Specially the sailor boy outfit from the Spain arc (in which she ''did'' have to crossdress so a boat crew would take her from Spain to Netherlands), the Medieval armor she donned to save Margot from the ScarpiaUltimatum on her, the Prince outfit she got to [[spoiler: play Romeo as Alitta's replacement]] in Netherlands, and [[spoiler: the swordswoman outfit she used to save Sonia from the gangsters in Sweden.]]
* BigBeautifulMan: [[spoiler: Nubo's real form]]
* {{Bishonen}}: Serge [[spoiler: And his younger brother, who looks almost like his twin.]]
* ByThePowerOfGrayskull: When Lunlun uses her pin, she says what is ''supposed'' to be "Fleur, Fleur, Fleur" (French for "flower" three times), but [[GratuitousFrench the writer messed it up]] and it sounds more like she's saying "Frère, Frère, Frère" (French for "''brother''" three times).
* CainAndAbel: In the Lapland episode, Lunlun meets two brothers and sled racers who became bitter rivals. Lunlun supports the Abel in the relationship since he's a NiceGuy who laments what has been going on, while Togenishia manipulates the conflicted and insecure Cain into hating his brother more. [[spoiler: They make amends in the end.]]
* CareerVersusMan: [[spoiler: Genderflipped with Serge, who gives up his throne so he can stay on Earth and marry Lunlun.]]
* CherryBlossoms: Featured in the Japan mini OAV, since the goal there is to save the cherry trees from Mount Yoshino.
* CircusBrat: Sophia from the Norway arc.
* CoolOldLady: The grandma from the vineyard episode.
* [[spoiler: ChekhovsGunman: Serge, and HOW. The flower seeds he gave to Lunlun's new friends as he dealed the Aesop? He also asked them to send some to Lunlun's grandparents so they'd cultivate a flower valley and grow the blossoms with love and care. So much that ''the Flower of the Seven Colors actually grew there''.]]
* DarkestAfrica: Averted, the Africa episodes are set in Morocco and Egypt.
* [[spoiler: DeathByChildbirth: Lunlun's mother.]]
* DistressBall: Caught once or twice by Lunlun, and once is spectacularly grabbed by [[spoiler: Serge.]]
* EvilRedhead: Togenishia.
* FallenPrincess: Margot
* FemaleFelineMaleMutt: Cato and Nubo. [[spoiler: To be fair, they're actually people from the Flowern Star who are just taking animal forms.]]
* FlowerMotifs: And HOW.
* FollowInMyFootsteps: Episode 2 features a young man from a farming family whose parents disapprove of his desire to be a painter.
* ForgottenChildhoodFriend: Sonia from the Sweden arc. [[spoiler: She has also become a delinquent, so Lunlun has to convince her to give up her bad girl ways.]]
* GreenAesop: The Japan mini OAV which is ''very'' much about the pollution problems afflicting Japan.
* GreenThumb: Inverted. Rather than Lunlun having power over flowers, they have power over her, or at least over her clothing and the skills she adquires with them.
* HealthcareMotivation: The driving force behind [[spoiler: Dario]]'s DarkAndTroubledPast in the Italy arc.
* HostageSituation: Lunlun finds herself caught in more than one of those.
* IdenticalStranger: Lunlun and the Dutch actress Alitta, who basically is Lunlun with RapunzelHair.
** Also, an alcoholic sea captain whom Lunlun meets in Germany looks a ''lot'' like her DisappearedDad. [[ReplacementGoldfish Cue to Lunlun attaching herself to him in 3, 2, 1]]...
* IllGirl: Alitta from the Netherlands arc, though it's a temporary illness rather than a life-threatening one. Unfortunately, she's a famous stage actress and thus she needs her IdenticalStranger Lunlun to be her temporary BodyDouble...
** Also Lucero, the little girl from the OrphanageOfLove, who's blind.
** There's a third one in Switzerland: Anna, who's confined to a wheelchair [[DontYouDarePityMe and refuses to go out since she hates how people look down on her]].
* ImpoverishedPatrician: Margot and her father.
* InnocentFlowerGirl: Lunlun is something of an aversion, since she loves flowers and even has magic powers themed around them, but despite [[NaiveEverygirl her naivete]], she's [[PluckyGirl far from being shy, reserved, or frail.]]
* KickTheDog: While Togenishia and Yabooki were mostly a GoldfishPoopGang, sometimes they did [[MoodWhiplash shockingly terrible acts.]] An example happens in the Netherlands arc when [[spoiler: they kidnap Nubo and ''almost kill him by drowning'' to force a Lunlun who's [[AchillesInHisTent tempted to come back home for a while]] go back in track]], and another takes place in the Italy arc where [[spoiler: Yabooki almost blows up an OrphanageOfLove that Lunlun is trying to help via attempting to activate a WorldWarTwo bomb in its yard that the kids are trying to use to force people save their home]].
* KingIncognito: [[spoiler: Lunlun's MysteriousProtector, Serge, turns out to be the prince of the Flowern Star.]]
* KnightInShiningArmor: Invoked by Lunlun to save Margot [[spoiler: and Sonia]].
* LittleBitBeastly: Yabooki has a raccoon tail and raccoon-ish markings on his face.
** In fact, the best way to actually blow his covers is to reveal his raccoon tail. Lunlun does it more than once.
* LonelyRichKid: A whole episode has Lunlun working as a tutor to one of these.
* MacGuffin: The Flower of Seven Colors
* MagicalGirlQueenlinessTest: Sort of, although Lunlun's quest is to help someone ''else'' ascend the throne. [[spoiler: On the other hand, she ''could'' end up as Queen of Flowern Star by marrying the "someone else" in question... but when he asked her to, she rejected his proposal despite loving him back. Then her beau renounced the throne for ''her'' and they got together anyway.]]
* MagicalLand: Flowern Star
* MamaBear: A ''literal'' one in the Norway arc, with two cubbies included. [[spoiler: Bad thing? A human PapaWolf wants to hunt the three down, blaming them for his son's death. The kid, however, was alive - and with TraumaInducedAmnesia. It takes Lunlun quite the effort to help them all.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Togenishia is ''very'' good in convincing people to do her bidding. [[spoiler: And Isabel from the Spain arc, who lies to Lunlun about the Flower of Seven Colors being in a nearby cave, in her despair to keep her around.]]
* MadScientist: Lunlun meets one in England. [[spoiler: In a subversion, he's the ''less'' crazy one. His DeceptiveDisciple is the real crazy guy... poor Nubo!]]
* MentorMascot: Nubo and Cato
* MissingMom: Aside of Lunlun, there's [[spoiler: Walter]] from the Germany arc (mother died when he was young) and [[spoiler: Bianca]] from the Italy arc (distanced from mother for years).
* MysteriousProtector: Serge
* MysticalWhiteHair: [[spoiler: Cato's fairy form is an adorable-looking young girl with both white hair [[WomanInWhite and white clothes]].]]
* NiceHat: Serge. And some of Lunlun's outfits have ''awesome'' hats.
* TheOjou: Elizabeth, the flutist from Episode 4, is [[AlphaBitch the snobby variety]]. She competes with Anna, a GirlNextDoor. [[spoiler: Anna wins.]]
** Margot from the Germany story arc and Alitta from the Netherlands one are both the sweet and kind type. Though Margot is more of a FallenPrincess.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted. Lunlun meets ''two'' girls named Anna in her travels: one if a French ShrinkingViolet and the other is a Swiss IllGirl.
* OrphanageOfLove: Lunlun drops by one in the South Italian countryside (it's not specified ''where'', but considering she has just left Sicily, it's likely to be [[http://en.wikipedia.com/wiki/Calabria in the Calabria region]]).
* ParentalMarriageVeto: In episode 3, Lunlun befriends a man named Julien whose girlfriend Elaine got one of these from her father. He's so over-the-top in his refusal that he even [[spoiler: ''tries to shoot Julien'' to death at some point, despite a risky GoThroughMe from Elaine. And ''then'' he gets a HollywoodHeartAttack that almost kills him, then makes him reconsider his position.]]
** In the Italy arc Lunlun meets a woman named Giovanna, who ran away with her husband Santi when given another from ''her'' dad. [[spoiler: They've just had their first baby, so they want to try making Giovanna's father change his mind and meet his grandson. He's so pissed at this (and at Yabooki, but that's another story) that he even beats up Santi with a stick until Giovanna tells him to hit her too... but Lunlun quickly tucks the old man's newborn grandson in his arms and manages to calm him down.]]
* ParentWithNewParamour: The reason why [[spoiler: Bianca from the Italy arc]] cut ties with her mother.
* PimpedOutDress
* PluckyGirl: Lunlun. In the first episode alone, we see her sled down a grassy hill into a mud puddle, jump out the window of a train, and rescue a kid from a burning house.
** Lampshaded by Nubo, who tries to help a [[HeroicBSOD dispirited]] Lunlun in the Andorra mini-arc after [[spoiler: togenishia steals her magical pin]] and mentions how her strong will was what drew him and Cato to her.
* RaisedByGrandparents: Lunlun lost her parents at an early age ([[spoiler: Mom died in childbirth, Dad perished of an IncurableCoughOfDeath when she was five.]]), so her paternal grandparents raised her.
** Also more than one person that Lunlun aids, specially Isabel from the Spain arc and Sayid from the Africa two-parter.
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: [[spoiler: Lunlun's ''mother'' was in this situation in the past, choosing a French sea captain over a rich Italian count. And of course, 17 years later Lunlun meets the man who could've become her dad while travelling.]]
* SadClown: Rare Female Example. [[spoiler: Sophia the Norwegian CircusBrat is embarrassed about working as a clown in a circus (despite having the talent to do so, inherited from her DisappearedDad) and lies to Lunlun about actually being a CuteMonsterGirl instead. With Lunlun's help she discovers that it's actually ''fun'' to make people laugh.]]
* ScarpiaUltimatum: Margot from the Germany arc is an ImpoverishedPatrician, and a filthy rich DirtyOldMan tries to force her into this. [[spoiler: Lunlun resolves it by challenging the old man ''and'' Yabooki, who has fallen for Margot at first sight, to a Medieval-style duel.]]
* SheCleansUpNicely: In Episode 1, when Lunlun changes out of her muddy clothes and appears at the top of the stairs in a pretty pink dress. Strangely, the male character who has the standard JawDrop and [[WingdingEyes Heart-Shaped Eyes]] reaction is Nubo, the talking dog. [[spoiler: Who, let's be fair, is more of a Flower Person temporarily disguised as a dog, and his real form is of a human with butterfly wings.]]
** She also invokes this more than once as a part of her plans to get the Flower, transforming her clothes into nice dresses to go to more elegant places. In the Japan OAV, she even dons a ''kimono''!
** Also, at the end of the series [[spoiler: Serge]] cleans up nicely too... [[spoiler: when he's revealed to be the Prince]]
* ShrinkingViolet: Anna from the France arc.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Serge is kind and gentle to Lunlun and gives her a helping hand. No wonder Lunlun has a ''huge'' crush on him, though it thankfully doesn't distract her too much from her mission. (Give her a break, she ''is'' fifteen.)
* StarCrossedLovers: Julien and Elaine. [[spoiler: They get their happy ending with Lunlun's help]].
** [[spoiler: Serge and Lunlun, when they're faced with the CareerVersusMan dichotomy. They get better, too: Serge decides to stay on Earth.]]
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: More than one of the persons whom Lunlun aids are good people on the wrong side of the law, so policemen who follow this trope are bound to come in too. Though sometimes they also veer into InspectorJavert territory, specially if the person is very woobie-ish.
* TalkingAnimal: Nubo and Cato, who sometimes have to feign muteness so as not to freak people out.
* TokyoTower: Of course seen in the Japan mini OAV.
* TorosYFlamenco: Played with: around four episodes of the series happen in Spain, but only '''one''' involves the ''toros y flamenco'' stereotype. (One even takes place in a desertic area, which can be either [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bardenas_Reales Bardenas Reales]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monegros_Desert Monegros]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabernas_Desert Tabernas]].) In a further subversion, ''Lunlun'' had to disguise herself as a bullfighter to save herself and her companions from a bull, instead of meeting/befriending/helping a ''matador''.
* TransformationSequence: A very brief one, but still containing the requisite MagicalGirl quota of pretty, sparkly, colorful lights.
* TransformationTrinket: Lunlun is gifted with a magical pin that can change her outfit to suit whichever task is at hand. She activates it by pointing it at a nearby flower, which in turn emits magical rays that transform her clothes... and then she gains the abilities that the people wearing said clothes would have. I.e., when Lunlun needs to climb a mountain, she "asks" the flowers for a climber outfit and once she'a suited up she temporarily adquires the skills of a professional climber.
* {{Tsurime Eyes}}: Togenishia, contrasting with Lunlun's {{Tareme Eyes}}
* UncannyVillage: Lunlun visits a village that seems nice, pleasant, and ordinary, until she finds out that flowers are forbidden there, and anyone caught breaking that law gets dragged off by police and thrown in jail. Even ''children.'' [[spoiler: They actually get so fed up that they end up jailing the mayor ''and'' culprit.]]
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Lunlun's flower pin gives her access to an unlimited range of outfits. Yabooki also has this ability thanks to his magic umbrella.
* UnwantedHarem: In the Netherlands arc, Lunlun befriends three brothers. The three fall for her and propose to her at the same time. [[spoiler: She runs away as soon as she can to continue her mission, much to the three's dismay, and AnAesop about shallowness is delivered by Serge.]]
* VainSorceress: Togenishia, and how. She can [[BlowYouAway summon powerful winds]], but doing so drains her of energy ''and'' brings lots of temporary wrinkles to her face. Therefore she whines a LOT about using her powers and relays more in trickery, manipulation and Yabooki's antics.
* WalkingTheEarth: Or in this case, Europe.
** There's a miniarc that happens in North Africa: more exactly in UsefulNotes/{{Morocco}} (dealing with the Moroccan boy Sayid and his grandfather Scharo [[spoiler: and with Lunlun helping Sayid to win a traditional horse race that will let him be accepted in his parents's village]]) and UsefulNotes/{{Egypt}} (where she gets roped into the deals of a GentlemanThief and his SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Adversary).
** And there's also [[http://www.bakabt.com/158599-hana-no-ko-lun-lun-konnichiwa-sakura-no-sono-arr.html a short OAV]] that has Lunlun going to Japan, spending time in both Tokyo and Nara, and helping her friends Midori and Yashiro to protect [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Yoshino Mount Yoshino]] and its famous [[CherryBlossoms cherry trees]] from pollution.
* WhydoYouKeepChangingJobs: Lunlun takes up more than one part-time job to keep travelling. Tutor and knife-throwing act girl, in Switzerland, newspaper deliverer in Netherlands, etc.
* WomanInWhite: Lunlun gets white dresses from the flower pin more than once. Also Margot, Sophia, and [[spoiler: fairy!Cato.]]
* YamatoNadeshiko: The series is set in Europe so the sweet, quiet and strongwilled girls tend to go for ProperLady instead. Midori from the Japan OAV, however, is basically a YamatoNadeshiko in training.
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