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Ao Haru Ride  
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Description
Yoshioka Futaba has a few reasons why she wants to "reset" her image and life as a new high-school student. Because she's cute and had a demure personality she was ostracized by her female friends in junior high, and because of a series of misunderstandings and mishaps, she couldn't get her feeling across to the one boy she has always liked, Tanaka Kou.

Now in high school, she is determined to be as unladylike as possible so that her friends won't 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 that they cannot go back. Will Futaba be able to continue her love that never even started from three years ago?

Type
Manga

Related Series
Ore Ride!! (Side Story)

Associated Names
Дорога юности
アオハライド
Ścieżki Młodości
บันทึกใสจากวัยฝัน
青春之旅
아오하라이드
Aoha Raido
Aoharaido
Blue Spring Ride
Con Đường Mùa Xuân
Passeio da Primavera Azul
Youth Ride

Groups Scanlating
AHR Scanlations
Anime-tion Scanlation
Bikkuri!
Chibi Manga
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Latest Release(s)
v.13 c.47 by Chibi Manga (7d ago)
c.Special Booklet (Extra) by Chibi Manga (21d ago)
v.12 c.46 by Chibi Manga (35d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 4, Chap 14

User Reviews
N/A

Forum
5 topics, 29 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (939 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.54 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 18th 2014, 1:14am PST


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Year
2011

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Betsuma (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)
No

English Publisher
N/A

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #89 decreased(-53)
Monthly Pos #41 decreased(-10)
3 Month Pos #40 increased(+6)
6 Month Pos #35 increased(+14)

List Stats
On 4413 reading lists
On 1231 wish lists
On 124 unfinished lists
On 526 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Ao Haru Ride set to end soon 12 days, 22 hours, 16 minutes ago
Ao Haro ride latest chapter [spoiler] 82 days, 11 hours, 28 minutes ago
Ao Haru Ride Shōjo Manga Gets Live-Action Film in December 284 days, 3 hours, 1 minutes ago
Ao Haru Ride Gets Anime 349 days, 15 hours, 53 minutes ago
Futaba Fell First? 820 days, 7 hours, 45 minutes ago

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Sakisaka Io   
Rating: N/A
by wanpisu
August 3rd, 2011, 3:12pm
I don't really agree with those who say Sakisaka makes cliche manga.
Cliche means doing something trite and unoriginal without bothering to make it make sense or be realistic...
It's not necessarily "cliche", for example, to have the hero win, even if it has been done a million times. It CAN be cliche-- but just because it's been done doesn't make it cliche. There's room for freshness and originality even in the most standard plot devices, depending on how the mangaka portrays them.

Now, I'll be the first to admit that shoujo manga is awash in mangaka who use the standard plot devices in the most nauseatingly cliche ways imaginable.

But I don't think Sakisaka is one of them. I'll admit that the end of Strobe Edge started to veer into that territory... But in general I think her characters are rounded and real enough to make standard situations feel fresh. Ao Haru Ride is no exception.

Yes, Kou is a standard male lead--- but unlike thousands of similar male leads, he feels like slightly more than a cardboard pin-up, in terms of having his own personality that isn't entirely one-dimensional and his own life outside of being the target of the romantic attraction.
And Futaba is a sympathetic female heroine who can actually make mistakes and take responsibility for her own actions. She's not thoughtlessly blushy or retardedly air-headed... She doesn't drive me up the wall, which says something, since so many shoujo heroines do. She's likable enough to carry the manga on her own sake.

... Last updated on August 3rd, 2011, 3:13pm
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High expectations for this one!   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by awavingflag
July 7th, 2011, 7:10pm
So far, the female lead is well-rounded. She's strong but she doesn't know it; she puts on a cheerful, gutsy facade so she thinks she's actually cowardly. (But it takes strength to keep up a facade..) She hangs out with fake friends because she's afraid of being ostracized and left alone, but this soon changes.
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She realizes her mistakes and confronts her "friends" and even attempts to create a better classroom atmosphere for Makita, who most of the other girls dislike, which I thought was kind of her. Furthermore, she gathers the courage and initiative to volunteer as class representative because she wants to improve herself: "I want to start a change."
I can't help but admire that. Even if there's only 5 chapters out, I already like Futaba and I have high expectations for her. The male lead, Kou, is good (only 5 chapters have been released so far) -- not yet great, because I have yet to see other aspects of his character besides his current cold/distant/somewhat-caring? personality, but we know that he has other aspects from when he was younger (and it starts to show in chapter 5!). High expectations for him, too. Since the supporting cast is just starting to get fleshed out (Makita, Murao, Kou's teacher brother, that blonde-haired guy who seems to know Murao), I can't say anything definitive except that, once again, I have high expectations. smile (This IS the same woman who wrote Strobe Edge!)

Even though it's just started, I'm already anticipating each chapter. There's just this kind of 'feeling' that runs through Ao Haru Ride and Strobe Edge...it's hard to describe it, since it's so subtle, but there's a flow. There's also some high school cliches, yes, but like with Strobe Edge, it seems like it's going to be a heartfelt (and funny!) story nonetheless.

Edit: I think I've got it--why Sakisaka Io-san's characters seem endearing and charming. It's all in the gestures. And the facial expressions that catch me off-guard. For example,
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in Ao Haru Ride ch5, pg36, Futaba is saying to Kou, "I want to be like you, Kou. Why am I so incapable? It's so frustrating," with her head on the table, and Kou replies, "You shouldn't be," and sits down and puts his head on the table, mimicking her body language.
I don't know, this one scene seemed so...it made me smile because the imitation of body language shows that the characters are on the same wavelength...and synchronizing. And Futaba's thoughts about
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the nape of Kou's neck? That's an incredibly sensual detail. "The nape of Kou's neck makes me nostalgic. But he's talking to me as if he doesn't know me. Somehow, I feel like I want to cry. We didn't see each other for three years. I want to know everything about him. I wonder how he would take it if I told him?" And then she kisses the back of his head.
Darnit, this mangaka is just trying to melt my stone cold heart! It's little details like these that give this manga that sensitive, human quality. Sigh, excuse my over-analyzing. smile

... Last updated on July 7th, 2011, 8:02pm
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One of the best!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by dbzrox4ever
February 12th, 2012, 6:54am
Unlike many of the readers here, I didn't like Strobe Edge. I found it boring, dry and the main character annoyed me. So I put off reading this one until it got to its 6th chapter or so and, from sheer boredom and lack of mangas, gave it a shot.
Boy, was I amazed! It's brilliant! The main character, Futuba is one of my favourite heroines. She isn't ridiculously strong or insipidly kind and warm. She's a normal girl who wants to make friends and who's going through the usual turmoil of teen years. She's really brave too but in a different way than the traditional sense. She wants to make friends, but isn't willing to forgo love for it. She analyses her situations before concluding on the most suitable course of action, unlike other shoujo heroines who do stuff that's just plain dumb.
The lead male seems like the usual "cold and brooding" type which he is. But that's not all there is to him. He isn't annoyingly cold like the Strobe Edge male lead (No offense) He has his reasons and doesn't distance himself too much. He does allow people into his heart to an extent. He even helps out Futuba on numerous occasions and offers her advice. He has his funny moments too and we see why she's in love with him.
Another thing about this manga is that it doesn't just focus on the romance. There are other dimensions to it which makes it unique. It has a fairly moderate cast and unlike other shoujos which tend to ignore them as they story flows, they are given importance too. It might be a bit early to say though. It also deals with character growth, particularly Futuba who has made it clear on several occasions that she wants to change. It deals with the vicissitudes of the teen years and how hard it is to make friends who value you for who you are. This is one of the main problems futuba faces and for a while, she goes about it the wrong way. Kou brings her back on the right track.

So, for all of you who aren't impressed with Sakisaka Io's work or who aren't into these kinds of mangas don't let it stop you. This manga is a gem among Shoujo mangas and is one of the best mangas right now. It's got a very realistic feel and many can identify with it. It's well paced, has a strong plot and a great cast of characters. The art is beautiful too. Futuba is one of the prettiest heroines I've seen.
This is definitely a must read for shoujo manga fans! A perfect 10!

... Last updated on March 31st, 2012, 5:26am
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Shoujo-Not   
Rating: N/A
by xxkoffeexx
June 2nd, 2011, 7:50am
Wonderful. I've only read the first three chapters or so, but the story is interesting and definitely not cliche. What struck me most about Sakisaka Io's works is that I can't really predict what will happen next, unlike other shoujos (i.e. if the lead guy blushes here, then next there should be a heartfelt confession, or if the heroine smiles at a certain angle, then the guy should move in for a kiss). Ao Haru Ride definitely lives up to Sakisaka's repute (Strobe Edge, for me). Every time a seemingly formulaic scene popped up (and I anticipated it), then the character would pleasantly surprise me by not going the route I had predicted. The characters can each hold their own, and this uniqueness shows in that I can't really pair up the heroine with any random guy other than the male lead. This might be going out of limb, but if I had to find a literary parallel, then Tanaka is to Futaba like Darcy is to Elizabeth, and vice versa. No substitutes. No generality. Just pure uniqueness. I recommend this for those who still have faith in shoujo manga despite being "seasoned" shoujo readers, and especially recommend this manga for those exhausted by school work (cough) and looking for a pleasant read that will satisfy but not make you cry every five pages.
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Good story but at the same time, it's not...   
Rating: N/A
by Dream4Life
January 20th, 2013, 6:01pm
I really like this series, although I wouldn't call it my favorite. The art is fantastic and the characters are great too, except for Kou. I used to ship Kou and Futaba, but now he's just a jerk. He is very frustrating and honestly, he doesn't deserve Futaba. He's always leaving her hanging or rejecting her when all she does is try to help him. I think she is better off with Touma.
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I love this so much. <3.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by LaLaLinzo
December 31st, 2011, 5:39pm
I've cried reading this. Not cause I'm sad that it's so bad, but because it's so touching :').
Anyway, for most people, this isn't a cryin gmanga XD. It's just that, I'm in the same situation as the girl lead. C: And I was just surprised to see a manga with such a realistic character.

This manga is probably the most realistic one I've read. c: But it isn't CLOSE to boring! I LOVE IT SO MUCH. The main lead, Futaba, is an amazing person. She's kind, shy, doesn't like guys, and is actually a very strong character. c: The way she acts is similar to me, and I was so surprised when I read the first few chapters! I was like "HOLY CRAP I WOULD DO THAT. (and for some things, I HAVE done what she did xD)". She's just SO LOVEABLE.
And then Tanaka-kun. C: He's also amazing!!! They're both so cute when younger >3<!
I won't explain him older though. C: thats for you to find out ;}.!

ANyway.
GREAT ART. I loveloveloveloveloveloveloveloveloveloveit! C:
GREAT PLOT. The idea of the story is unique (people say it's cliche', o.o but it isnt. sure there's aspects in the manga that are "cliche" but I mean, in real life there are FRICKING TONS of that SHIZNIETS going on, MORE THAN IN MANGAS, so STOP COMPLAINING >:C )
Great CHARACTERS. They're all so cool and real! I mean, I wouldn't be surprised to meet people really like them biggrin (I actually have met people similar to them xD)

And ya. All of those things put together make this great story, c: and I think it'd be very unfortunate for you to dislike this. It's fantastic, and you're missing out if you don't read this!

I LOVE LOVE IT.
C: <3 Read it
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it's just so cute!   
Rating: N/A
by aidygiz1
May 8th, 2011, 4:44am
First, the art is fantastic and it perfectly suits the innocent shoujo/ drama style of manga. But i also love the plot itself! the characters have that sweet 'shy love' thing that everyone adores- but they also have lives outside the romance. And their lives are so REAL! Everyone can relate to Futaba's struggle to hide her real self just so she can avoid loneliness. And the troubles in Tanaka-kun's life that are starting to be hinted at seem to have great potential. Plus, I love how Sakisaka Io doesn't let the plot fall into the well beaten tracks of shoujo cliches but keeps the character's reactions realistic
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Like in ch1 when the two confess that they once liked each other, but instead of instantly starting to date like in most shoujos, Tanaka quickly points out that those feelings are old and hardly relate to the people that they are now
. It's a great manga, cute, funny and most importantly real...
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Meh   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by rurihime
November 10th, 2012, 9:03pm
I changed from 10 to 6 after reading Ch. 22-23.. This is going downhill. Disappointing. Irritating. And the plot's geting overrated as well.
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Why must that certain character be treated/described way more deeper and special? Why must the heroine be treated so badly when she did nothing but to help the hero? I don't get it. I really loved the story until the guy turns into a jerk in his maximum level
The mangaka seemed to be doing a lot of twists just so series dragged onto however long she wanted it to be which is annoying. I'm still giving it another shot though, then think through if I should drop it completely or not.

... Last updated on November 10th, 2012, 9:11pm
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Getting dramatic...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by loveiszero
November 8th, 2012, 3:32pm
It was absolutely a treat until chapter 20. Right now, it's taken a melodramatic turn, and not a very convincing one. I'll update my opinion on this as the series goes on. Right now, I don't like the direction it's heading.
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ANGST   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Addiction
July 9th, 2014, 6:09am
This is a great story to read if you want to feel lots of emotions. It's really good at the start, but as the story progress, you'll feel more and more angst, and want beat up the characters because they're being stupid. It's really frustrating. Oh well. Hope they will realise their mistakes sooner and have a happy ending!
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