English: Sweet Blue Flowers
Synonyms: Aoihana, Blue Flower
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 2, 2009 to Sep 10, 2009
22 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.411 (scored by 9773 users)
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SynopsisIn the original manga’s story, Fumi and Akira were close childhood friends until Fumi had to move away. Ten years after losing touch with each other, the two girls meet again as high school freshmen. The two struggle to reconnect after so much has changed, and both deal with the trials and tribulations of high school — sometimes independently and sometimes with each other’s help.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Aoi Hana
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If your requirements for enjoying an anime are fantastical brightly colored settings, perfectly formed and ideal bodies, and over the top comedy chop full of nosebleeds and sparkly heart shaped eyes; then Aoi Hana is not for you. If your only interest in yuri storylines is girl on girl macking and fan service; then Aoi Hana is not for you. Aoi Hana has none of these things. (Well besides the girl on girl macking)
What Aoi Hana attempts to portray is a thoughtful and serious story about a group of teenage girls as they learn about first love and themselves. The main focuses are the girls Fumi and Akira (affectionately called Aa-chan). Both were close friends when they were very young but in the years they had forgotten about each other since Fumi's family had moved away. The story begins with both girls starting as freshmen at new high schools, Fumi at Matsuoka High and Akira at the nearby and prestigious Fujigaya. The girls are fatefully reunited through a series of chance meetings and the new friends they make at school.
There isn’t anything flashy about this series, much like its lead Fumi, its soft and delicate. The story is much more diverse and real than your standard romance series. While the themes are mostly yuri, it also feels like a slice of life, a comedy, and a heterosexual romance. Aoi Hana is unique in that it is one of the few series I have seen that has dealt with sexuality in a serious manner. Usually yuri romance is set in an unrealistic world where everyone is completely gay without question and in which there are no social consequences. Here the cast struggles to deal with their crushes or unrequited loves for both male and female characters. Things never play out quite the way you might expect them too either. I also felt the story was very mature and classy. There isn’t any exploitive fan service or sexual content added for mere titillation. Though there is intimacy and mature themes everything is handled so tastefully that it really stays true to the themes of the anime.
The only thing that really keeps this series from getting a perfect score from me is the open ending. At this time the manga is still publishing so the only way to have a true ending is to go with an original one. J.C. Staff didn’t do that with this and chose to leave it open. This was probably the right call, even though it is a bit annoying as a viewer. What Aoi Hana really needs is a sequel and hopefully we might get that someday. Though it’s not a bad ending even if this does end up being all that’s made, but it still left me wishing for much more.
As a character, Fumi ultimately proved to be the most interesting and deep. She is a shy, weepy girl who will cry seemingly over everything and nothing. Fumi further stands out as being the only really completely gay character in the show. While many of the characters deal with relationship angst involving both sexes, Fumi is at least confident in her own identity. She is perhaps both the most cowardly yet also the bravest character, having the courage to come out of the closet to her best friend but yet not able to speak her true mind to even her lover. Yet she evolves over the story and while the essence of what makes her such a sweet and likeable character remains to the end, the inner strength she discovers by the end made her so much fun to watch.
Akira is the kind of character that is likeable from the start. She’s the kind of person every girl wants as a friend. In the story she is the anchor that keeps the rest of the cast together. She is in the middle of seemingly every plot line though she doesn’t really have a story of her own. Though she is technically just as much of a main character as Fumi is, I felt that she didn’t get the kind of development she deserved. We get many subtle and perhaps not that subtle hints on her love interests but sadly there is never any payoff.
Yasuko Sugimoto is exactly the kind of girl I hate in anime. She is the tomboyish, athletic, outwardly emotionless, and inexplicably popular character type. I have never understood why this types are so desired by girls in these kinds of shows. Someone like this certainly wouldn’t have been this popular in my high school. But a friend as told me this is not the case in an all girls environment. The simple fact of the matter is that I thoroughly detested her. Though I have to admit that despite me not liking her, she ended up being an interesting character and indispensable to Fumi's growth.
The last of the main cast would be Kyouko Ikumi. She becomes Akira's first friend upon her starting her life at Fujigaya High. While Ikumi is a sympathetic character in a lot of ways given the way she is often treated by Yasuko, she also has a lot of creepy stalker elements. Personality wise she’s a lot like Fumi in that she is very emotional and prone to tears. Though she also appears to be outwardly much stronger emotionally then Fumi, on the inside she really is a bit of a pathetic person.
The supporting cast is also strong. While the cast does seem to get a bit large by the end, the anime does a good job of picking out the most important things to show and leaving the fluff behind. Unusually for a yuri series there are a few male love interests. Though for the most part all of these men are not given much screen time, their impact is felt very strongly and their presence is extremely important to why certain characters are the way they are.
Most will probably look at Aoi Hana's artwork and think it is plain looking. But they would be missing the point I think. The art and animation is perfect for what this anime is trying to accomplish. The colors are soft and reserved and add to the feeling of realism this show has. There aren’t any impossibly short miniskirts or mountainous breasts and all the characters look and feel like regular people which only further adds to the sense of realism.
The music further adds to the atmosphere. Both the OP/EN songs are soft and pleasant and thoroughly enjoyable. The voice acting is stellar. The main cast is voiced almost entirely by new faces who I felt did a great job. There are many familiar veteran seiyuu almost the supporting cast which I thought was an interesting reversal.
For fans of yuri, Aoi Hana is a title that must not be missed. I think it’s a bold and original production in an industry full of the same tired old themes and sequels. Anyone else who is interested in a serious romance and coming of age story should definitely give this a try.
Love is love, no matter whether you are a guy who is in love with a girl, a guy who is in love with another guy, or a girl who is in love with another girl.
And I think that's the important message that an anime like Aoi Hana tries to show us: no matter what your sexuality or even who you fall in love with, nothing is more sweet and lovely than falling in love and being in love.
It may seem a bit much giving an anime a score of 10 so easily, but let me justify: an anime like Aoi Hana makes it easy for you to just fall in love with it and its brilliance. Honestly, I can say this is one of the few romance anime I have seen that qualifies so thoroughly for the term "masterpiece" simply because it is so earnest, sweet, romantic, dramatic and does not fall into the typical cliches and tropes you find for other romances. Yes, even though it's an anime about girls who love other girls. The portrayal of it in this anime is something beautiful and not something to be used for a fetish or for fanservice.
Or should I say, about a girl, really. Yes, Aoi Hana is mainly about a girl. And this girl is Fumi Manjoume. Fumi is a tall, shy bespectacled girl whose pivotal moment in her life lies in her move back to her old home town. She does not seem happy about this since she'll be leaving her cousin (someone the anime hints that "something more" was happening between them) and starting life anew. But things don't look down for long as Fumi reunites with her childhood best friend, the childish Akira Okudaira, a short, spunky, excitable girl.
Aoi Hana's strong point in its story is the focus on the truly beautiful friendship that these two girls share. It deals with serious issues like coming out of the closet which is something I hear is not quite common in anime at all. Heck, it's not common in real life for some people! The moments that Fumi and Akira confide in one another, whatever insecurities and pains and secrets, are all heartwarming moments. I cannot think of another anime that portrays female friendship so well. Most of the time, girls are pitted against one another like Roman Gladiators, but in Aoi Hana, the real nature of a good, strong friendship are examined.
Fumi neither dumps nor forgets about Akira when she gets a girlfriend; her best friend remains an important part of her life. Akira never brushes Fumi off when she needs a shoulder to cry on (and trust me, Fumi cries a lot!), but she always bravely and strongly holds her handkerchief and hand out to comfort her best friend. I think anime girls can learn a lesson in friendship from this show.
Aoi Hana has its ups and downs like any drama but the nice thing about it is that they never shove things in the viewers' faces and nothing is forced. The story and characters develop smoothly WITHOUT the usual screaming, backstabbing, crocodile tears and dramatic music.
Speaking of music, the Aoi Hana BGM is pretty delicate and soft. Truly lovely to listen to! The art also is top notch. Some moments are just astounding. The characters' facial reactions are the best things though. You can see exact moments when someone's mood changes just from a shift in their eyes or maybe a slight frown on the face. The anime has this penchant to put focus on intimacy too. You get a lot of detail in the scenes, like a character playing with another character's hair, or holding their hand. I think the hair playing and hand holding shows so much more intimacy than any amount of kisses, boob-groping, or nakedness could ever do.
Overall, for a romance, this is probably the best thing I ever saw simply because it plays out so realistically. Sure, it may not be the star lights and fireworks kind of romance or the Casablanca romance. It's more like the girl next door kind of romance. You grow into it. And for being such an excellent anime in its simple nature, Aoi Hana proves to be a success as far as I am concerned.
I strongly, strongly recommend it. Even if you're not a lesbian or even if you're not a girl, the themes of love and friendship are all too clear and not confined to just the context of the story. It has a universal and lovely meaning that we can all take something from. We can learn to be more receptive to our friends and their secrets, we can learn how to deal with a break up, and we can learn how live goes on no matter what heart breaks we might face.
Aoi Hana is a spectacular anime, go out and watch it now if you're tired of all the conventional and unreal romances! read more
Really similar settings, characters. You couldn't tell Sumi apart from Fumi even if your life was on the line (:
Both sweet shoujo-ai, slice of life animes.
Though sasameki koto is a bit better imo (:
They are both yuri series that are a bit on the realistic side
both Shoujo Ai :) with similar feel and pace.
Shoujo-ai "since of life" series with a little bit of comedy. Fumi is similar to Sumika (tall, with glasses) and Akira is similar to Ushio (cute and crazy).
Same kind of ambiance. ( Calm, sweet, ...)
Both are very great shoujo-ai, with mature caracters who mentaly grows during the serie.
Yuri theme, awesome Aoi Hana. If you liked it, you must watch Sasameki Koto, though is good after the first 2 episodes.
The characters, story and the overall feel that the both animes has.
If one have watched and enjoyed Aoi Hana, they should give Sasameki Koto a try.
Sasemeki Koto is a funnier and less serious Aoi Hana.
Both are shoujo-ai anime with the same feeling. They also have similar characters
Both are beautiful slice of life dramas that involve peculiar romance. Aoi Hana's about 2 girls that fall in love and Hourou Musuko's about a boy that wants to be a girl and a girl that wants to be a boy that fall in love.
They're both adapted from manga which have been written and drawn by the same mangaka, Takako Shimura.
If you like one of these anime, you will like the other.
Besides the fact that they have the same manga author, they have an incredibly similar feel. Both Hourou Musuko and Aoi Hana are slow-paced dramas dealing with different characters as they grow up and issues with their sexuality, although they touch on different topics and the characters in Aoi Hana are a little older. Each of them have great, relaxing BGM to go along with their stories. I'd say they're about the same in quality.
Both animes are based in mangas from the same mangaka.
Similar ethereal art.
The characters express their emotions and problems through plays.
Both are written by the same author hence the similar style and feeling of the series.
The art is also similar in both titles that deals with growing up and falling in love.
Both series also has a slice of life feeling that has a relative pace that combines the mixture of comedy, drama, and overall a good feeling in life at a school setting involving kids growing up.
Opening Theme"Aoi Hana (青い花)" by Kukikodan
Ending Theme"Sentiforia (センティフォリア)" by Ceui
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