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Ai yori Aoshi  
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Description
Despite her family's protests, Aoi Sakuraba decides that she is going to marry Kaoru Hanabishi, her love of eighteen years. Once he realizes that her intentions are genuine - and that she's not just trying to get him to reconcile with his estranged (and domineering) family - he begins to definitely warm up to the idea, too. What obstacles must the two overcome in order to be together?

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Manga

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
Темнее, чем индиго
未婚關係
藍より青し
青出于蓝
Azul
Bleu Indigo
Bluer than Indigo

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Latest Release(s)
v.12 c.96 by Ascension (1782d ago)
v.12 c.95 by Ascension (1873d ago)
v.12 c.94 by Ascension (1925d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
17 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1

User Reviews
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Forum
4 topics, 16 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (654 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.04 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 11th 2014, 7:41am PST

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Year
1998

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Serialized In (magazine)
Young Animal (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
TokyoPop (17 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #637 increased(+180)
Monthly Pos #990 increased(+20)
3 Month Pos #1094 increased(+170)
6 Month Pos #1263 increased(+356)

List Stats
On 912 reading lists
On 734 wish lists
On 1495 completed lists
On 153 unfinished lists
On 242 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Which character would you have picked? (Spoiler Warning) 492 days, 13 hours, 11 minutes ago
Anime/Manga end 1797 days, 4 hours, 25 minutes ago
Ai yori aoshi 'English tokyopop scans' 2073 days, 11 hours, 25 minutes ago
Humanist? 2733 days, 4 hours, 39 minutes ago

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Another Manga that touches the heart!   
Rating: N/A
by frontier1000
March 21st, 2010, 10:21am
After reading bitter virgin, i never thought ill find another great manga that touched my heart so deep. The storyline is great, every characters are given details. what i like most is even though the story is long, every chapter is not wasted on crappy topics and activities. the development of the male protagonist is very detailed on every chapter. the devotion of the female protagonist is also shown. none of the story is based on fantasy. this story touches different aspects in life. also, the ending really suits the story. for me, Ai Yori Aoshi is one of the greatest manga about love. i read the whole manga for like 1 and a half day, and i cant even stop reading it coz i wanna follow every moments in the couple.

I hope this manga is recognized by many manga readers as a great love story.
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i finally finished reading it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by aiyorifan
October 23rd, 2009, 4:40pm
it took like 7 weeks to read it in my scheldule, but i finished. it's really good. the manga is like romeo and juliet, yet at the same time it has lots of humor so it wouldnt be all depressing. the ending is ok, it makes the story feel finished.
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Good than Umi no Misaki   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by topboy
September 23rd, 2009, 6:26pm
I read this manga after read umi no misaki (another work of same mangaka) and i feel this old work is better than newer work in many way. More realistic, reasonable, touching, enjoyable, etc.

Info
-This is not open ending, but close ending
-Read 'Geese1' comment, i agree at most past of his comment
-Tokyopop scans is completed since 2008 (by kickthekitty) this may help you for google it

A little comment
-Climax scene is not that excited, it's should be more obstacles than this (I feel the greatest problem in serie solved way to easy)
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A good read   
Rating: N/A
by blackbuddha
August 25th, 2009, 5:37am
Well, I finished this manga 3 times and coincidentally enough, it was always after I'd finished reading Ichigo 100%. I guess it's like a type of medicine: every fustrating and annoying feeling I've got after reading Ichigo 100% is easily rubbed off with this manga.

There are tons of manga of this type out there in the market which focus in comedy/drama/ecchi/harem/romance but I still recommend this one as a classic work of its kind. Well, the storyline is predictable and full of common plots as any manga of this type: lots of girls, lots of fanservice, lots of misunderstandings, lots of bathroom and love hotel scenes and almost without any twist. Sounds pretty dull, doesn't it? Then, why did I still read it for a total of 3 times?

Indeed, there are differences that make this manga interesting and they all lie in the main couple (Hanabishi Kaoru and Sakuraba Aoi) and the development of their relationship. First of all, Kaoru isn't your typical loser. He does seem quiet and shy with girls but that is due from his past. During the span of the manga, you'll see how he becomes an full grown man who knows how to act and think and is incredibly considerate. Secondly, for Aoi's part, I know that some of you will find her incentives and dreams are both too simple and unrealistic. However, come to think of that, isn't it that before you accomplish your dreams and fulfill your incentives, most of them look unreasonable to an outsider? In fact, Aoi gives me a new definition or more exactly, a new confirmation of devotion in relationship. Lastly, this manga focuses solely on their relationship with a llittle details about the supporting characters. You don't waste time in any childish and cheesy misunderstanding of their relationship. The pace is slow but clear and stable.

In brief, you may have read a lot of manga but I guarantee that not many have given you a full sense of completion like this. Besides, in this chaos world, being imaginative and hopeful isn't a harmful thing. Hope you would enjoy this manga as much as me.
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Worth of my Time   
Rating: N/A
by Mykrone
May 18th, 2009, 4:19am
I just finished the whole 17 volumes. (took me 2 straight days(well mostly nights) to finish the manga) What can i say... Before hand i watched the Anime both first and second season. The funny thing is that i watched the anime around 2007 and when i read it i see it in a different perspective. I still LOVE the series. What i like the most about this "HAREM" manga is that the main protagonist or main character Karou is a not a INDECISIVE JERK GAY which we mostly found in this GENRE. I like how the writer gave the open ending to the females and i was so happy for MIYABI. Seriously i liked it alot but i wished that the writer/author add little Aoi and little Kaouru at the end. This is one of the manga that makes you as a man to care deeply for a woman and likely dream that you can find someone among the girls who are present at the story.

I feel not completely satisfied but still its a nice ending and well done.
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So unrealistic perfect people   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by jackblack901
April 14th, 2009, 11:13am
One day an innocent, cute, traditional simply perfect housewife bump into him and say he's her love in 18 years and want to marry him and the guy is also really nice.
Well, because it's a seinen, I expected a more realistic story, this kind of perfect story is a bit pissed me off.
Anyway, as standard ecchi + harem + romance manga It's still pretty good.

... Last updated on April 14th, 2009, 11:16am
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Great start but tetters back and forth   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by markdarkangel
January 23rd, 2009, 5:46pm
Nice manga, it really is but i would not go as far as to call this piece of work a prefect manga.

At the begining of the manga you can't help but get absorbed in the manga and like the characters that are in it. The mangaka uses a great drawing and writing style which causes to to feel for the characters and the story, but their are down sides as well. First, the manga gets a little boring to read after a while, i was wondering if i would make it to the end because of this, maybe apply to some people like me but thats how it is. Secondly, Aoi starts to get on my nerves, it's maybe because shes so clingy to Kaoru to the point it annoys or maybe it's something else, but she wares on the nerves.

Despite of all that the ending was not rushed and gave a satifying feeling at the same time. Great piece of work but not what i call prefect by any means.

... Last updated on January 23rd, 2009, 5:48pm
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Perfect!!   
Rating: N/A
by tvictorj
January 20th, 2009, 1:14pm
It is rare were I find a perfect manga, and this myfriends is a perfect manga.

I love the story, I love the characters, I love the plote, and I love the art!!

Aoi is the image of a perfect woman, I'm sorry but its true. So lovely....

I liked the Harem part... In the story Kaoru is a great guy, well rounded, smart and hard working... Who wouldn't like him?!?!?

This manga is must be read. You will thouroughly enjoy it.
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YAY   
Rating: N/A
by mystichead
December 30th, 2008, 11:53pm
happy..nice...love...good plot and stuff......the characters developed nicely.... the only thing unrealistic in the story might be the harem part...yes Aoi's character is found in real life ppl too....i know its rare..but theyre there.......

anyway YAY
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Traditional Japanese literature set in a romance manga   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Geese1
December 10th, 2008, 1:57pm
Just finished this up and I've got to say this is one of the best romance-genre manga I've had the pleasure of reading.

There's so many things I found enjoyable about this that it's hard to know where to start. I guess the first thing that jumps out at me is how "Japanese" this manga is: from the traditional views of honor and family, to the snapshot of what may be considered the ideal Japanese woman (by traditional standards), to the thoughts of those who feel outcast from Japanese society; this manga is deeply immersed in all of it.

The story is both very traditional, and yet also quite uncommon in conventional manga. The feelings of love, honor and family which permeate the chapters give it a very distinct feeling that is surprisingly missing from much of the stuff that's out there today, and because of that it feels fresh and unique and even the traditional genre cliches are given a new spin.

It also helps that I found all of the characters quite endearing. Each one was fully fleshed out and realized, albeit with some gaining quite a bit more time than others, which is one of the few faults I had was the book. I did find that an extraordinary amount of time was given to a couple of the female leads, while others had decidedly less time devoted to them. Not to say that any of them were glossed over, because they weren't, but it is noticeable none the less. Still, with that one criticism aside, all the characters are quite charming and I find it hard to pick a favorite among the girls.

I must give credit to the writer too for not dumbing down what could have been a run-of-the-mill harem title. There are the various conventions to be sure, but everything feels natural and more grown up, like the author assumed the readers would be more mature and thus raised his own level to meet their expectations. Even something as straightforward as the ecchi scenes and fanservice (of which there is a lot) feels much more natural and I don't ever remember feeling like it was tacked on just to appease the male audience.

I've read some complaints about the artwork, which surprises me as I thought it was very well done, and was able to match the tone of the book quite well. It never overpowered the story and instead served to enhance it, which is how it should be. In fact, if you look at some of the author's more recent work you'll see that not much has changed between now and then, which is fine by me as I find it really seems to compliment his particular style.

Also a word about the Tokyo Pop translations: in the past I've been critical of the work they've done and the liberties they seemed to have taken with some of the original language, but here it seems like they were a lot more faithful to the source material. I don't ever remember coming across a particular phrase or a piece of dialogue that made me shake my head in wonderment, and I commend them for that.

So to wrap it up, if you're at all a fan of a more traditional Japanese story, or are just looking for a good romance manga with plenty of comedy and drama, I can't recommend Ai Yori Aoshi highly enough. While it could have spent a little more time on some of the female characters, it's still one of the very best this genre has to offer.
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