Aoi Bungaku Series

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Synonyms: Blue Literature
Japanese: 青い文学シリーズ
French: Youth Literature
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 11, 2009 to Dec 27, 2009
Premiered: Fall 2009
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: Movic, Happinet Pictures, RAY
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Novel
Genres: DramaDrama, SuspenseSuspense
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.691 (scored by 6346763,467 users)
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Ranked: #11682
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1045
Members: 214,212
Favorites: 1,607

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1. Ningen Shikkaku
2. Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita
3. Kokoro
4. Hashire, Melos!
5. Kumo no Ito
6. Jigokuhen


Aoi Bungaku Series is adapted from renowned modern Japanese literary classics: Osamu Dazai's Ningen Shikkaku and Hashire, Melos!, Ango Sakaguchi's Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita, Natsume Souseki's Kokoro, and Ryuunosuke Akutagawa's Kumo no Ito and Jigokuhen.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Kiuchi, Hidenobu


Sakai, Masato


Sakai, Masato


Park, Romi


Endou, Aya


Hashimoto, Kentarou
Tanaka, Shou
Assistant Producer
Araki, Tetsurou
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Ishizuka, Atsuko
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Screenplay


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"We Say Hello" by manami

Jan 10, 2011
For a long time now, the psychology genre has been dominated by the likes of Elfen Lied, Higurashi, Monster and Requiem for a Phantom. All these anime looked at psychology as the mindset of a murderer or the troubled past of the protagonist, and there were also shows like Death Note, which focused on the psychological warfare of two geniuses. This has been the way anime have defined the psychology genre for years.

But, as always, along comes a player that changes the way the game is played.

Aoi Bungaku Series thrusts you into the shoes of the protagonists and synchronizes their brain to yours. ...
Jan 30, 2010
One thing I have learned after finishing this series, that the world and its society is a one cruel place full with violence, madness, and betrayal, or in the other hand, overpowered by those with the authority.

Story: 9/10
The Anime itself is divided into 6 different famous Japanese literatures made by famous authors from the past and all of the arcs has no connection with the others, but don't let this make you down because those 6 literatures sure were masterpieces indeed. You may prefer some arcs over the others, but overall it was a roller coaster full of emotions. One has to think deeper to ...
Oct 12, 2014

If you have never heard of Aoi Bungaku, don't be ashamed. It is NOT a well known series at all. This is unfortunate, because in both popularity and rating it is one of the most criminally underrated anime on all of MAL. What makes this anime good? I will try to do it some justice and explain.

Story: 10/10

Aoi Bungaku is an anthology of stories taken from classic Japanese literature. The most famous of the stories featured is the short novel "No Longer Human" which is covered in episodes 1-4. The story is about a tortured young artist who as a child was sexually abused ...

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