Makino Tsukushi is the poorest student at Eitoku gakuen, a high school notorious for catering to the rich and privileged youth in Tokyo. The wealthiest of all are a group of third year boys from the most powerful families in Japan, known as 'F4' (Mimasaka Akira, Nishikado Soujirou, Hanazawa Rui, and Doumyouji Tsukasa), who more or less run the school through power and intimidation. Makino is determined to keep her head down and graduate quietly, but when her new friend is bullied and she stands up to F4, she becomes the target of the leader, Doumyouji. While she fights back, declaring war on F4 and simultaneously developing a crush on the reluctantly helpful Hanazawa, Doumyouji suddenly finds his feelings towards her changing drastically as well.
I must say first that this being my first Jdrama probably played at least a small role in how much I liked it. But I really do love strong female characters like Makino and while I didn't like any of the F4 members at first, they grew on me and helped to make this a pretty good show. Aside from that, I have to thank Hanadan for introducing me to Arashi (no, I was not Jun-baited but Arashi-baited) :)
Both dramas have story lines which are pretty similar. The male leads are both guys with rough personalities who come from rich families. Both male leads are heirs to their family company. As the shows progress, the stories come to be about the forbidden love between a rich man and a poor woman.