Thursday, 11 February 2016

Comic Review: Ao Haru Ride

A while ago I was recommend to read the comic Ao Haru Ride. I put it off for a bit. Until last week I decided to take the plunge and I am so glad I did. Now, Ao Haru Ride isn't availble in English (It's not popular enough this side of the world, yet!!!) but you can purchase it on in Japanese, French and German.

However! I did find it in English on a site called

Ao Haru Ride is a Japanese shojo manga series written and illustrated by lo Sakisaka. It was first published in 2011 and ended in 2015 (a lot of episodes : D ) In 2014 a Tv series and a live action movie was adapted.

The translation of Ao Haru Ride; 'ao' and 'haru' are read separately as 'blue' and 'spring'. 'seishun' is translated as 'youth' and is a compound word, which means 'youth ride'. So if you put it all together Ao Haru Ride translates as Blue Spring Ride. Fitting as it's about sixteen to seventeen years old at school. 

About the series: Blue Spring Ride centres around the main character Futaba Yoshioka, a high school student. She is determined to be as unladylike as possible so that her friends wont be jealous of her. While living her life this way contentedly, she meets Tanaka-kun again, but he now goes under the name of Mabuchi Kou. He tells her that he felt the same way as she did when they were younger, but now things can never be the same again. Will Futaba be able to continue her love that never even started from three years ago? 

My Thoughts: One word, obsessed. I absolutley adore the storyline. Yes it's your typical girl meets boy. But, for me, it's a fresh look on romance in a high school setting. Also the issues almost every person faces while at school andthe worry about what your friends will think of you and how your actions can determine friendships or breakups. I related so much to this series to my own secondary school (High school) experiences, even liking the same guy as my best friend. It kinda brought back so many memories and fun times at school.  It deffiantly brightend my days up when I was feeling unmotivated or had a bad day.

I also loved the illiustraions, especially the coloured ones at the start. The expressions of each charaters personality made me giggle. I liked how the characters arn't afraid to express emotions to one another. 

I don't want to say too much about it, in case I spoil it. But, I would recommend that you all go and read this comic. You can read it here

1 comment

  1. I used to read comics/manga all the time when I was in school, haven't done in ages though! Might go have a look at this :) thanks for the recommendation :)

    Hana | ♥


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