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
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: 7.681 (scored by 6528965,289 users)
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Ranked: #12642
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Popularity: #1089
Members: 220,733
Favorites: 1,635

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Episodes: /12


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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Ending Theme

"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. ...
May 21, 2015
Mixed Feelings

This anime is an adaptation of 6 modern japanese pieces of literature:
~No Longer Human (NLH): (episodes 1-4) a rich student who wants to be an artist gets lost in his dreams and falls prey to drugs and alcohol in the mist of his depression
~In the Forest, Under the Cherry Blossom in Full Bloom:(5-6) a mountain man falls in love with a woman who forces him to kill to fulfill her wants
~Kokoro: (7-8) a scholar invites a monk (his childhood friend) to stay with him where the landlords are a mother ...
Feb 25, 2012
Encouraged by this all positive voices, I decided to check is it really worth to meet mentioned title. Aoi Bungaku, known also as Blue Literature caused in me wave of disgust than delight on epic masterpiece, which it is praised in every possible way. I’m not sure I watched exactly the same anime…So, it’s time to tell about concrets…

It might seem those 12 episodes escaped my memory but, unfortunately, mistake. First history called No Longer Human / Ningen Shikkaku, which was written by Dazai Osamu was literally zenith of everything. Some people search in it biographical conditions, but if that so, author must had ,,interesting” ...

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