Ao no Orchestra
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Ao no Orchestra

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Synonyms: Blue Orchestra
Japanese: 青のオーケストラ


Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Apr 25, 2017 to ?
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Drama Drama
Themes: Music Music, School School
Serialization: Ura Sunday
Authors: Akui, Makoto (Story & Art)


Score: 7.471 (scored by 15681,568 users)
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Ranked: #31492
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Popularity: #3273
Members: 6,275
Favorites: 53

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Hajime Aono used to live for the sound of his violin playing. Ever since he was young, he had admired his world-renowned violinist father, who inspired him to pick up the instrument himself. But following his parents' bitter divorce, Aono swears to never play again and heads for high school without a direction or a prospect.

During a physical education class, the unathletic Aono gets struck in the face with a ball and ends up in the infirmary. There, he meets the brash Ritsuko Akine who begins to play the violin in the room, believing she is alone. However, following a past incident, there have been rumors claiming that Akine is a bully, which has isolated her from her peers—a fact Aono was unaware of.

Akine dreams of enrolling in a school with an orchestra, but her amateurish playing and lack of musical knowledge grates on Aono immensely. Seeing this as a perfect opportunity for the two to become friends, their teacher suggests that Aono teaches Akine how to play the violin, something Aono is vehemently against. However, as the pair spends more time together, they soon learn to understand and help each other—and Aono may finally discover the lost passion and melody in his life.

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Ao no Orchestra won the 68th Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shounen category in 2023, along with Yofukashi no Uta.

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Sep 25, 2020
Preliminary (28/? eps)
This is the first review I've ever done, and I think it should be for an underrated manga like this one.


Summary: Ao no Orchestra, also known as The Blue Orchestra, is a manga about a boy named Aono Hajime, who previously stopped playing the violin, starts it once again he is told to teach a girl named Ritsuko Akine. She inspires him to start the violin again, and together they both join the orchestra club in highschool. In the club, a prodigy named Saeki Nao bumps heads with Aono, and that starts a rivarly between the two. A manga full of slice of life, ...
Aug 22, 2020
Preliminary (27/? eps)
Out of all the music genre manga, Ao no Orchestra is one of the best I have read so far.
Ao no Orchestra is a story that revolves around the main character, Aono who is a violinist prodigy. However, due to family circumstances, he quits playing the violin.
Aono meets Akine who reignites his passion for music and violin. Both join a high school orchestra where they display their talents and hard work.

As you continue to read, the drama just gets better. The story's drama and music makes the manga more amazing. I read this for the music, but stayed for the drama. Its actually ...
Feb 27, 2024
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (41/? eps)
A music series fused with high school drama reminiscence of Hibike Euphonium.

In terms of visuals, the series is in no way lacking. It is able to depict musicality through dynamic poses, character reactions, and illustration. It also has a very unique paneling. Each page feels like a collage of scenes stacked on top of each other to highlight little details of the settings and character reactions. You will see however that the art style and gorgeous character design are what carry this manga.

In terms of story, it is mostly a cliche high school drama. Very tropey and lacks originality. And in terms of character, the ...

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