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Aoi Haru

Aoi Haru

Alternative Titles

English: Blue Spring
Synonyms: Matsumoto Taiyo Tanpenshuu, Matsumoto Taiyo's Short Stories
Japanese: 青い春


Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 7
Status: Finished
Published: 1993
Genres: Drama, Seinen
Authors: Matsumoto, Taiyou (Story & Art)
Serialization: None


Score: 6.701 (scored by 615 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet published' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #112412
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Popularity: #4255
Members: 1,518
Favorites: 25
Ranked #11241Popularity #4255Members 1,518
MangaMatsumoto, Taiyou (Story & Art)
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Chapters: /7


This dark and intense drama is set in a boy's high school where Kujo becomes the official leader of a gang. Kujo must constantly defend his position by playing a dangerous rooftop game with the other boys vying for his position. This manga has also been made into a film which has shown in various festivals throughout the world.

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Aoi Haru was published in English as Blue Spring by VIZ Media under the VIZ Signature imprint on November 24, 2004.

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Mar 8, 2015
This work is Matsumoto's sandbox and it's up to you whether you want to play in it or not. His style is completely devoid of mainstream boundaries; linear narration is substituted for juxtaposition of almost non-cohesive panels. Effect of such approach is that instead of a passive observer, you feel as if you're inside of character's heads.

There are no moral of the story moments, it's more like sheer realism; you could even call it conveyance of youthful boredom. As such it obviously doesn't pertain to excitement, but mood is set in a masterful way to keep you interested. Positive points for implementation of surreal read more
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Jun 3, 2015
Everything about this manga is kind of ugly: The art, the atmosphere, the characters' personality, the world they inhabit and their future outlook. Weirdly, that is also what makes it actually quite good.
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Sep 29, 2008
It's strange that no one has even bothered to write a review about this awesome manga. But then again I guess it's not much of a surprise given how it isn't very well promoted. However, this manga is one of the buried treasures of the manga world.

STORY: Alright, this story is actually a compilation of several stories all done by Taiyo Matsumoto, best known for his work Black and White, about a group of students during a Blue Spring, or a dull depressing spring in which nothing happens. These kids are on the fringes of society ranging mainly from punks read more
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