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Ao Haru Ride (Manga)

Ao Haru Ride

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Synonyms: Blue Spring Ride, Aoharaido
Japanese: アオハライド


Type: Manga
Volumes: 13
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 13, 2011 to Feb 13, 2015
Authors: Sakisaka, Io (Story & Art)
Serialization: Bessatsu Margaret


Score: 8.471 (scored by 13426 users)
Ranked: #1642
Popularity: #58
Members: 31,001
Favorites: 1,464
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Yoshioka Futaba has a few reasons why she wants to "reset" her image & life as a new high school student. Because she's cute, she was ostracized by her female friends in junior high, and because of a misunderstanding, she couldn't get her feeling across to the one boy she has ever liked, Tanaka-kun.

Now in high school, she is determined to be as unladylike as possible so that her friends won't be jealous of her. While living her life this way contentedly, she meets Tanaka-kun again, but he now goes under the name of Mabuchi Kou. He tells her that he felt the same way as she did when they were younger, but now things can never be the same again. Will Futaba be able to continue her love that never even started from three years ago?

(Source: MU)

Related Manga

Alternative version: Ao Haru Ride
Other: Ore Ride!!
Side story: Ao Haru Ride: Special Booklet, Ao Haru Ride: Awaken
Adaptation: Ao Haru Ride OVA, Ao Haru Ride


Mabuchi, Kou
Yoshioka, Futaba
Kikuchi, Touma
Kominato, Lisa

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Feb 15, 2015
So this is a very updated review that I'm making since this manga is now complete.

Story: 7/10 - I really loved how the started off the manga. The plot was slightly cliche but was pretty decent. Like how they built up Kou's character to finally reveal his sad backstory. But in the later arcs, I feel as if the whole "love triangle" ordeal was a bit too much. It had pointless drama and the drastic character change in Kou towards the later chapters of the manga felt forced. So forced & drastic I didn't even think that was actually his character. I felt like the read more
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Apr 6, 2012
Do not be fooled, my fellow Shoujo lovers--this is a refreshing manga.

The theme of "change", "love", and "friendship" have been the cornerstone for shoujo manga. In actuality, it's been repeated for so many times that the essence and beauty has lost its click. Things become cliche and repetitive, that it sends me to a rampage. Although this manga holds these overused themes, it stands out for me.

One mistake a person could make is judging a manga before they could thoroughly understand it. Let's say you've only read three chapters of it; will you judge it then? Neglecting the fact that the characters and the read more
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Dec 15, 2011
This is my very first review, so i'm very sorry if it's not so good :)

When i started reading Ao Haru Ride, my expectations were very high since i LOVED the mangaka Io Sakisaka's previous manga. However Ao Haru Ride still succed to reach my expectations, yeah maybe even more than that. Note: I only read the 11 chapters that can be found on the internet.

Story: 9

I really like the story. I started to read this manga because i wanted a good shojo and that's exactly what i got. The story starts out with showing the past of our two min characters, Futaba & read more
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Nov 17, 2014
I have to say, I'm slightly disappointed with this manga.
I can see it is a very popular manga and shoujo manga readers are head over heels with this one, but I just can't understand why.
Don't get me wrong. I'm a fan of Io sensei's previous work (eg.Strobe Edge) as she usually takes shoujo elements and wraps it up into a nice meaningful story.

The mangaka starts by setting a strong foundation in this manga: catchy plot, interesting and lovable characters and some good slapstick comedy.
All is well until the main characters start doing idiotic things without explaining themselves properly. It's like "Ok, you did read more
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Strobe edge and Ao Haru Ride are manga from the similar author, io-sensei. Both story is about the struggles of a teenager falling in love with the popular guy in school. Both mangas have characters with unique and strong personalities which are lovable to love and to hate. The storyline might sounds cliche but io-sensei is really the master in depicting these type of stories. The sweet moments make you happy, the sad moments make you cry. It is really amazing how the characters grows in both manga. Definitely worth reading.
Both are high school romances where the main protagonist is stuck in a love triangle between one guy who she loves but can't quite have and another guy who she doesn't notice until he confesses, and both love interests are so damn likable that you can't help but root for both of them. If you seek the guilty pleasure of shoujo rom-com cliches, Hirunaka no Ryuusei and Ao Haru Ride are chock-full of adorable moments that will make your heart squeal.
Both stories involves a bit cliche romance theme wherein the girl meets the boy and they fall in love. But don't underestimate both manga. The authors have this really unique skills in getting the readers ask for more and have these 'Feels Trip' while reading the manga. It wanna makes you feel nostalgic in teens love. Both manga will give you laughter and heartaches that makes you wanna hug each character.
There are lot similarities in Ao Haru Ride to Kimi ni Todoke. Both mangas are from genres school life and slice of life. Both mangas have relationships: student&teacher, childhood friends and classmates. Both mangas have great and moving moments and both are very enjoyable! So... If you liked Kimi ni Todoke then you might like Ao Haru Ride.
Both of them have drama and a love triangle. Additionally, both of them have plots that are well developed and not extremely predictable which is what makes reading these two mangas a thrill. :) Love both of them, especially the artwork.
Both are good cliche shoujo romantic drama stories. The simplistic and sincere art and storytelling distinguish them from others in way that the emotions slowly but deeply seeps into the heart.

The story is the same in the sense that both characters are in mutual love, but circumstances of the guy pull them apart. Specifically, the death of someone that makes the guy 1.) broken - blaming their self, unable to trust and love again 2.) sympathetic of others (girl-potential hindrance) who share the same experience, feeling responsibility, unable to leave them.
And all this while, the girl is left confused and hurting - so another guy comforts her.

Fate plays a major role in their so-near-yet-so-far relationships.

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