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Aoi Hana  
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Description
From Lililicious:

Fumi and Akira were best friends when they were little, with Akira always looking after the crybaby Fumi, but that all ended when Fumi's family moved away. Several years later, Fumi's family returned, and she and Akira happened to bump into each other on their way to school. They became friends again, quickly slipping back into old patterns. Shortly after, Fumi began dating a cool, attractive upperclassman who, coincidentally enough, had ties to Akira's current school, the prestigious Fujigaya Girls' Academy.

Type
Manga

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
蓝花
青い花
푸른 꽃
Fleurs bleues (French)
Sweet Blue Flowers

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Latest Release(s)
c.51 by Hime (533d ago)
c.50 by Hime (533d ago)
c.48-49 by Hime (533d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
8 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 3, Chap 18

User Reviews
N/A

Forum
6 topics, 16 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (273 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.14 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 8th 2014, 6:37am PST


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Year
2004

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Manga Erotics F (Ohta Shuppan)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #843 increased(+178)
Monthly Pos #1733 increased(+76)
3 Month Pos #2032 increased(+243)
6 Month Pos #2315 decreased(-17)

List Stats
On 928 reading lists
On 525 wish lists
On 253 completed lists
On 33 unfinished lists
On 200 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Aoi Hana/Sweet Blue Flowers Yuri Manga to End in July 569 days, 13 hours, 18 minutes ago
Aoi Hana scanlation resumed 603 days, 2 hours, 33 minutes ago
Scanlations now ending 740 days, 0 hours, 3 minutes ago
Aoi Hana Anime 777 days, 18 hours, 58 minutes ago
It's so good now... 1355 days, 0 hours, 21 minutes ago

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Incredible   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by monkeyvoodoo
November 4th, 2008, 12:13am
Some stories are told for making a point. Some deliberately incite a reaction from the reader. Some just ramble with no point.

Somehow, Aoi Hana is none of those. It's the definition of "slice of life". Like the epitome of the genre. This is life, through the eyes of these kids. It doesn't shy away from anything. And it's all told with amazing clarity in a beautifully artistic manner.

Some of the situations in this story seem pretty messed up. Actually, a number of times, I remember kind of having this "holy crap" feeling - pity for the characters going through the events in this story. But none of this is really inconcievable, just ... serious.

I feel like all I'm really capable of saying about this title will either be gushing appreciation, or rambling. Nevertheless, this is some amazing storytelling. Perfect 10 -- definitely check it out.

... Last updated on June 22nd, 2009, 11:44pm
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Sweet shoujo-ai manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kossa
May 11th, 2010, 4:49pm
Overall one of my most favorite mangas. Tasteful, heartwarming, but sometimes confusing (I really would appreciate some character wiki) but that doesn't lessen my enjoyment.
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Worthy, but a bit slow.   
Rating: 6.3 / 10.0
by Crenshinibon
June 11th, 2009, 2:59am
I quite like Aoi Hana, I really can't lie about that. The characters are genuinely entertaining, and I have personal biased for slice of life pieces. The problem is that, at an objective standpoint, this really doesn't stand up very well. It's so slow paced that it alienates the reader, and unlike Hourou Musuko (another work the author is relatively famous for), the thematic presence and character development isn't strong enough to warrant a higher rating.

So, this is essentially one to treat with caution. If you like slice of life, you will like this piece. If you need to be constantly engaged, honestly, don't even bother.
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wonderful   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ranmaru
June 19th, 2007, 8:26pm
I don't usually go for yuri, but this one is really good, I loved the characters and the drama <3 Love the scanlators <3
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It really is sweet...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by MangaGhost
April 6th, 2012, 1:24am
Its pretty sweet and for the most part gentle in the way the author is telling the story. The art is pretty nice. The complaints I have is that there are many characters and I wouldn't mind the story being a little more focused on fewer characters. The pace is a bit slow at times and after 44 chapters I wouldn't mind things being a bit more energetic or exciting. But, I still really like it. Fumi's character is really starting to develop and I can't help feel bad for how tough it can be for her trying to find someone to love and be loved by. If you like slice of life with a light yuri component and don't mind the slow pace (many yuri titles are like that) then I would definitely recommend this one.

Oh, and Lililicious has done a great job translating this work.

... Last updated on April 6th, 2012, 1:25am
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Sweet, captivating   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by mangum44
May 4th, 2007, 7:34pm
I thought the character design looked familiar. Sure enough, the author, Takako Shimura, also did Hourou Musuko, another manga that deals with school-aged kids dealing with their blooming sexuality in a sensitive, tasteful way. I keep waiting for more chapters of both mangas to be scanlated. Go, Kotonoha, Lililicious!

I found all the characters delicious so far. Each one of them has their own history and issues to work through. All different sorts of sexual identities are beginning to be explored (we're talking about feelings here... though it says "yuri" there, it's not that kind of manga. Shoujo-ai might be a fairer description). It really is a very sweet romance manga with an added layer of confusion for the characters. And just like in Hourou Musuko, I find myself rooting for all the characters at the same time, they're all so charming!

On a side note, I really have to disagree with Anonymous back there... a shallow slut? For meeting a girl, then a while later going on a date, then a while later sharing a kiss? Huh? That was a rather harsh, uncalled for judgement, and a totally inaccurate one as it turns out when you read the chapters that were released after that comment was posted. In other words, don't let that comment sway you, give this cute, touching manga a shot!
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The first volume is misleading. It gets better.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Glad-kun
December 30th, 2013, 3:40pm
So much better. Crybaby protagonist tag is kind of misleading. It doesn't last.
The character development is good. Multiple plot-lines are nice.
Was surprised by this good romance manga with character development. Haven't read one in a while.
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I just keep falling more and more in love with this manga   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by luckybill
July 14th, 2009, 7:42pm
Unlike other people, I like it slow. On top of that, it makes sense. I wish that this series were talking about adulthood 'cause every character seems really mature. I don't want the main character to be perfect. Dull is good.

... Last updated on July 14th, 2009, 7:43pm
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Soft. Too soft.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by lifeincircuit
August 18th, 2013, 8:03pm
Aoi Hana, like its namesake, is a very flowery series. It is, for me, a pretty stereotypical shoujo-ai in a lot of ways. There are various elements which break it free from that mold a little bit(the addition of overt sexual activity in a package seemingly intended for female consumption, vague touches of realism, etc), which did make it more enjoyable. Overall I can't say I am a huge fan of it though. I did not find the story or the characters particularly relatable. The story itself, while sweet and wistful, is not terribly realistic to begin with. That is important to me with gl and the reason why I just don't bother to read a great deal of it. I wish there were more truly realistic, plot centered series, but for now I guess I'm stuck with things like Honey & Honey.

... Last updated on August 18th, 2013, 8:05pm
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I didn't like it   
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by zugu
June 12th, 2013, 11:53pm
Nice artwork, cute characters - except for the butch. Story is disjointed and I always find myself moving back some pages, because it's difficult to understand just what the hell happens, or who's having that internal monologue. Also, suspension of disbelief is rapidly depleted, since everyone and their mother is a lesbian™.

Do yourself a favor and read Girl Friends, much better fleshed out.
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