Ai yori Aoshi
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Ai yori Aoshi

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Synonyms: Bluer than Indigo
Japanese: 藍より青し
English: Ai yori Aoshi
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 17
Chapters: 153
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 27, 1998 to Aug 26, 2005
Genres: Comedy Comedy, Drama Drama, Romance Romance, Ecchi Ecchi
Theme: Harem Harem
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Young Animal
Authors: Fumizuki, Kou (Story & Art)


Score: 7.531 (scored by 58695,869 users)
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Ranked: #26782
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Popularity: #1437
Members: 13,454
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Kaoru Hanabishi is a kind, earnest college student with many friends and potential love interests. One day at the train station, he meets a beautiful girl wearing a kimono, who has plans to visit someone but is struggling with directions. Kaoru decides to help her find her way; however, upon arrival at the location, they find an empty plot of land. While searching for any outstanding clues, the girl shows Kaoru a photo of the person she is looking for.

As destiny would have it, Kaoru immediately recognizes the individual as himself with his childhood friend—the previously betrothed Aoi Sakuraba from the esteemed Sakuraba family—who is now sitting across from him. Their wedding was canceled many years prior after Kaoru left the highly regarded Hanabishi clan for personal reasons. Despite their time apart, Aoi remains committed to Kaoru.

With this fateful encounter, Kaoru and Aoi are reunited, though they must keep their relationship a secret to preserve the reputation of the Sakuraba family. This is only complicated by the different women that Kaoru finds himself surrounded by. Even so, Kaoru and Aoi wish to learn more about each other and stay together against their families' wishes.

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Ai yori Aoshi was published in English by Tokyopop from January 6, 2004 to October 9, 2007. The company later released a 3-in-1 omnibus for the manga's first three volumes in English as Ai Yori Aoshi: Volumes 1-3 Collection on November 4, 2008. It was also published in Italian as Sempre più Blu from March 11, 2005 to September 8, 2008.

The series was adapted into four visual novels. The first was produced by KID Corp. and released on March 20, 2003 for the PlayStation 2; this version was later republished on the same platform by SUCCESS Corporation on June 23, 2005, including bonus footage and content. After the conclusion of the anime adaptation, J.C. Staff released two visual novels for Windows PC titled Ai yori Aoshi: Shunka and Ai yori Aoshi: Shuutou on May 20, 2004 and June 24, 2004, respectively.

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Jan 19, 2009
Every so often an anime or manga comes along that forces you to rethink your perspective on a particular genre. Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou changed how I viewed sci-fi. Barefoot Gen redefined my idea of tragedies. Sanctuary altered my preconcieved notions of thrillers.

And Ai Yori Aoshi changed how I viewed romantic manga.

Ai Yori Aoshi (or Bluer than Indigo), was created by Fumizuki Kou, and was originally serialized in Young Animal magazine from 1998 to 2005, when the series ended. The title was inspired by a quote from the Chinese philosopher Xun Zi which states that "Blue comes from indigo, but is bluer than indigo", and ...
Jun 23, 2008
This was an enjoyable manga. As a fan of the harem and love story manga/anime. This one came at originality in the beginning and then came on the girls which is different in other harems like Love Hina.

The story was very original to me and was a nice take on how love can be the bind between the two main characters. And as each new character was introduced into the mix, new developments on how the main characters react to the situation.

Character wise, they seem to have depth and backstories rather than the "Here are some beautiful girls. Enjoy Them!" type of harem manga. ...
Jul 12, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Ai Yori Aoshi is very cute, but not very substantial. In fact, if I were to be critical, it is arguably the most 'air-headed' manga I have read. The plot, scenes and characters are very simple. So much so that the manga borders on the line of being wishy-washy. Most chapters are cute and fluffy and the plot never really goes anywhere. Thus, I could easily finish one chapter in 3-4 minutes and the impact was, for the most part, minimal.

Still, there is no denying the fact that the manga is cute. The puppy love between Aoi and Kaoru can't help but bring a ...

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