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Ai Yori Aoshi

Alternative Titles

English: Ai Yori Aoshi
Synonyms: Bluer Than Indigo
Japanese: 藍より青し


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 11, 2002 to Sep 26, 2002
Premiered: Spring 2002
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.271 (scored by 31,124 users)
Ranked: #22792
Popularity: #724
Members: 58,292
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Kaoru Hanabishi, a college student who lives alone, met a beautiful but bewildered girl dressed in a kimono at a train station. He volunteered to guide her way to the address she was looking for, which happened to be in his neighborhood, but turned out to be an empty lot. Not knowing what to do next, Kaoru invited the devastated girl to his apartment and asked for any additional clues to her destination. She supplied him with a photo of two children whom Kauru immediately identified as himself and Aoi Sakuraba, his childhood friend. It turned out that the girl in front of him is Aoi Sakuraba herself, his betrothed fiancee who came all the way to Tokyo to marry him. Her revelation was not only surprising but also reminded the deepest part of Kaoru's memory for why he left the Hanabishi family in the first place.


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Characters & Voice Actors

Sakuraba, Aoi
Sakuraba, Aoi
Kawasumi, Ayako
Kawasumi, Ayako
Hanabishi, Kaoru
Hanabishi, Kaoru
Hoshi, Soichiro
Hoshi, Soichiro
Foster, Tina
Foster, Tina
Yukino, Satsuki
Yukino, Satsuki
Minazuki, Taeko
Minazuki, Taeko
Mizuhashi, Kaori
Mizuhashi, Kaori


Shimoda, Masami
Shimoda, Masami
Mima, Masafumi
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Hashimoto, Masakazu
Hashimoto, Masakazu
Episode Director
Okamoto, Hideki
Okamoto, Hideki
Episode Director, Key Animation

More episodes Episodes(24/24)

# Episode Title Aired
1 Fate
Enishi (縁)
Apr 11, 2002
2 Supper
Yuuge (夕餉)
Apr 18, 2002
3 Separation
Wakare (別離)
Apr 25, 2002
4 Living Together
Dousei (同棲)
May 2, 2002
5 Old Friend
Houyuu (朋友)
May 9, 2002

Opening Theme

"Towa no Hana (Eternal Flower)" by Yoko Ishida

Ending Theme

#1: "Namo Shirenu Hana" by The Indigo
#2: "Akai Hana" by The Indigo (ep 15)
#3: "I'll Be Home" by Yukino Satsuki (ep 18)
#4: "Towa no Hana" by Ishida Youko (ep 24)

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Apr 23, 2008
The story itself isn't out of the ordinary......boy meets girl, falls in love and another 4 girls do the same. However, it is good the way the story develops around the two main characters. The male lead isn't an asshole nor an idiot and that makes him a likable character. The female lead is.....interesting......She doesn't know anything else besides her love for the male lead and it's kinda interesting to see how the story develops around her.

There is no tragedy to make the plot a little more complicated (except the facts concerning the past of the main male character which I won't spoil for you), read more
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Dec 1, 2009
Ai Yori Aoshi is a very straight forward one dimensional anime. There isn't anything else i could say to describe this anime other that. It's a typical lovey dovey through and through, but nothing else.

It's story is incredibly simple. It's a typical harem anime in the sense that the main male character is surrounded by five or six females who all have feelings for him. However it is very evident in the beginning who he will end up with. The story it's self does not know what it wants to be. It doesn't know whether it wants to be a romance anime that specifically focuses read more
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Jul 1, 2015
I had no idea what this was going to be. I knew that it was supposed to take place after the original series, Ai Yori Aoshi, had finished. The Story & ending was a a Hugel et-down for me. It left a lot of questions unanswered and made me wonder if there was going to be a Second Series that would tie up all of the loose ends from the first two. You can't have a series like this without resolving what the gist of it was SUPPOSED to be, at least from my point of view. If you don't understand what I am read more
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Feb 17, 2015
I never thought that i came across an anime that is almost has the same meaning as 'cliche' . Don't know why but , whenever i watch Ai Yori Aoshi , i always feel like i have seen this type of characters , storyline etc. Just can't put my brain into it . Then , i suddenly realise that what i was thinking about is that this anime is so cliche .

The story is like any other romance genre where a guy named Kaoru Hanabishi goes to college and then went home . On his way to the train station , he then meet a read more
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They both have an air of innocence about the main female character. The whole idea that love can conquer all is a theme throughout both series. They both have a fair amount of fan service in them. However, Ai Yori Aoshi has a bit of a harem twist that Chobits doesn't really have at all. They're both well-animated, touching love stories that I recommend to anyone that likes to watch romantic comedies. 
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They are both romantic, and loving theme, maybe Ai yori is not so comic, but it is worth seeing 
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