Synonyms: Blue Spring Ride, Aoharaido
Published: Jan 13, 2011 to Feb 13, 2015
Score: 8.501 (scored by 11683 users)
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SynopsisYoshioka 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?
Related MangaAlternative 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
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 story can develop, you may miss the chance of reading a heart wrenching and emotionally moving manga.
Don't get me wrong, the plot is a generic shoujo manga. A girl who was bullied in the past wants to fit in, so she completely changes herself as a person--but then she finds out that the change that she has obtained never brought her true happiness or satisfaction. Then a boy comes in and shoves some sense into her brain...story continues and they find out that they depend on each other.blablabla they make friends. What makes this manga stands out is how it approaches these situations differently.
The author makes a point on how there is no meaning in a person's life if they don't treasure the relationship with another human being. This opens a door to AMAZING character development, and it really makes a person feel personally connected with each character. The repetitive idea in this manga is "change", the characters want to change, but the great thing is that, they were able to change because they had friends that helped them do so.
I think this manga brings a new breathe of fresh air to overused themes. The romance is cute, the theme is wonderfully established, and the art is awesome. Oh gosh, if you just want a good read. Read this. I wouldn't go as far as to say it's a masterpiece, but for sure this is a really good manga. :)
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.
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 & Kou. Futaba dislikes guys, but she likes Tanaka kou (Tanaka-kun) , he is different to her. Kou also likes Futaba, but overhears her saying she dislikes all boys, and things get difficult. soon after this, Tanaka suddenly transfers to another school and disappears out of Futabas life.
Then we jump forward to 15 year old Futaba whos in high school. Her personality is very much different from the innocent cute girl we saw at first; the reason for this change is that Futabas friends started to dislike her for being cute and taking all the attention from the boys. As a given, Futaba soon meets Tanaka-kun, however he looks different and acks like a totally jerk. And he even changed name to Mabuchi Kou.
I like the story pretty much, since it's a typical shojo story, but not in a bad way. You won't get the "meeeh..." feeling while reading this. If you like Shoujo, there is no way you won't love this.
Io Sakisaka's art is ADOREABLE. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. really, it's just so pretty, shiney-shiney, fluffy and cute without being the usally shojo-style. Io Sakisaka haves her very own beautiful and remarkable drawing style.
The Characters is fine, i specially like our Main hero. Our main heroine, Futaba, is pretty standard shojo girl, She's not too plain and very likeable. At first she's trying to be all un-cutey and such, to make "friends" but soon realizes that she can't go on like that. She manages to make new friends, but is still the lively, not-so-cute girl, but in a way she developed a little. Next time where she develope, -- and this is what make her VERY likeable to me -- is when she realizes she loves - and want to be Kous girlfriend. I can't say WHY this is so special, but read the manga and you will understand, since you will surely think "Oh no.. not this type of manga.. dont tell me she.. oh.. she didn't. YAY!"
I find Kou very interesting. He's not this typical emo-like guy, but he also hides some troublesome past behind him. Everytime i read a chapter, i just want to know more about Kou.
I enjoyed this manga very much. I looked for a good shojo, and i sure found one! It's also have good comedy in it and good moments between our main characters which just makes you go "Kyaaaa~" (And the art i so pretty too, it's just perfect)
Overall: 10 . I might overrated it a bit, but im just so in love with this manga, i decided to give it 10. And i will recommend this manga to ALL shojo-lovers. Read it! read more
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.
They both share the same author, Sakisaka Io. High school, love triangles, great supporting cast; pretty much the exact same thing but in different flavors. For Strobe Edge, you have a girl who is hopelessly in love with the popular guy. In Ao Haru Ride, you have a girl who's trying to rekindle an old romance. They both have generic storylines but ultimately set themselves apart through top notch artwork and storytelling.
The same author - Sakisaka Io. I think it explains everything. The atmosphere is very similar and some characters have similar personalities. Even main male characters looks almost identical. Plus both series are interesting school romances with a little good comedy.
Both have the same author, Sakisaka Io.
Both are about high school life, romance and love triangles. The atmosphere is also very similar.
The amount of shoujo clichés is very minimal.
Both manga were created by the same person. The main male character in both manga are extremely similar, personality-wise and by appearance. Both focus on the growing romance between the main male and female character. They both give off the same kind of feeling. Some Strobe Edge characters make guest appearances in Ao Haru Ride.
Both manga series are first of all, written by the same author, Io Sakisaka. As such, there is the theme of romance present as one of the major drives in both series.
Both series' main female protagonist falls for one of the main male protagonist in the series but the main male protagonist has a hard time dealing with it.
Both series has a lighthearted atmosphere with no ecchi but rather complied with drama, misunderstandings, and love triangles.
Both series also takes place at school setting and deals with complicated relationships.
First and foremost, both are written by the same author, Io Sakisaka. If you have watched Strobe Edge and wanted some more of it, you should definitely give Ao Haru Ride a try.
Both deals with the main female lead finding herself experiencing love at the first time. While both male leads projects a quiet, mysterious and gentle image. Love triangles are also present in both mangas.
Both are mangas that will tug at your heartstrings..i really like this author. Her art is amazing and the story is really cute.
Well , I loved this mangá and Strobe Edge its very similar to Ao Haru Ride 'cause mainly the aspect is the same as the futaba and kou but but the personalities are a little different when we see the first glance thought '' wtf? Ninako is the baby Futaba and the Ren is the Kou with straight hair? '' lol! The course of history is very interesting and very surprising! Too bad the manga is small but I was really surprised by the author have developed and explained the stories of the characters in a few chapters = P I loved the manga, the characters and the story not expecting less than Sakisaka Io after all is the same author of Ao Haru Ride :3 so I recommend and hope you like it <3
They are two shoujo mangas involving some love triangles but a strong pairing between the main couples. There are also some secondary couples which makes it cute. Overall they are really similar because they can be emotional but very cute!
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.
They're both about a girl (who has her own complexities) trying to get through to a troubled, complex boy who isn't open about how he feels. They also deal with very similar friendship groups in which each cares about the others and does their best to help them through whatever troubles they might encounter. Most importantly though, both are beautifully told stories. That's in terms of artwork as well as general organisation. :)
Very similar artwork and feeling. The female protagonists are actually smart, and the characters seem realistic. Also, the two storylines share the same focus on "regret" and "lost love."
There's a distinct similarity between the two main female characters from both of these manga that I find easy to notice. In essence, the main girl is trying to get the attention of a boy from their past. And from that past, there were insecurities that she wishes to change and regrets she hopes to change. The storyline of Orange has plot twists and revelations. I also find the artwork to be similar that matches the style of their settings. If you're looking for shoujo manga with complex developments, then give these series a try.
although the story line is different, I found the main girls very similar, and the art is quite similar too.
Both are very interesting stories and i think if you like one you will like the other
Yoshioka Futaba and Takamiya Naho have similar appearance and personality;
Mabuchi Kou and Naruse Kakeru don't share their feelings. They suffer because of something that happened in the past and their friends try to help them. The characters have regrets in both stories;
Both have a beautiful art (very similar) and exciting scenes.
Both of these manga have absolutely beautiful art and a storyline about girls in love with boys troubled because of family problems.
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