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Ao Haru Ride  
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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?


Related Series
Ore Ride!! (Side Story)

Associated Names
Дорога юности
Ścieżki Młodości
Aoha Raido
Blue Spring Ride
Con Đường Mùa Xuân
Passeio da Primavera Azul
Youth Ride

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Chibi Manga

Latest Release(s)
v.11 c.39 by Chibi Manga (5d ago)
v.10 c.38 by Chibi Manga (39d ago)
v.10 c.37 by Chibi Manga (68d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
9 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (854 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.63 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 8th 2014, 8:16am PST



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Betsuma (Shueisha)

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Monthly Pos #81 decreased(-7)
3 Month Pos #75 decreased(-14)
6 Month Pos #51 increased(+5)

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Ao Haru Ride Shōjo Manga Gets Live-Action Film in December 42 days, 23 hours, 19 minutes ago
Ao Haru Ride Gets Anime 108 days, 12 hours, 11 minutes ago
Ao Haro ride latest chapter [spoiler] 155 days, 8 hours, 30 minutes ago
Futaba Fell First? 579 days, 4 hours, 3 minutes ago

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by naive_snowflake
November 30th, 2011, 4:47pm
I really love this manga! I love how sakisaka io pays attention to the subtle details which make the manga come to life in a way that i think many other shoujos don't ever really get to. It's a story that really gets to you and i would definitely recommend this manga because it's one of my favourites at the moment! Her art is beautiful and her characters are lovely and though the story isn't a very complex one, its a very captivating read.
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I love it, but small things of it turns me off   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Cherelle Ashlee
November 21st, 2011, 1:15pm
I like shoujo just as much as the next person but the only thing that makes me mad about the heroine is when the girl make's the guy the center of her attention!! It's like she is completely obsess with him!! (following him, watching him, dreaming about him!!) and the guy have no interest in her and he pays her little attention. Get a hint, that he is not interested in a relationship.
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Rating: N/A
by Sylia
October 14th, 2011, 8:35am
Knowing this is a shoujo I should have dampened my expectations, but initially I thought the premise was good only if the author made good use of it, but it seems as with any other shoujo it's heading down the same generic path. Seriously why do they have to make almost all shoujo heroines a ditz?! I suppose it's still to early seeing that there a few releases. So fingers crossed.
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by cherrykookie
October 3rd, 2011, 11:40pm
I liked strobe edge because it was refreshing, cute and had lovely artwork with a breezy feel.
I had high hopes for this one as well, but lately the direction its heading is making me skeptical..
Its become cliche and the main female is heading into the annoying heroine zone sad
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Rating: N/A
by ayanechan
October 1st, 2011, 11:26pm
This manga is slightly cliched. All the scenarios are a lot alike other mangas, but i think the message that the mangaka is trying to get across is really beautiful. I really do hope that in further chapters the characters will appear more than they are, especially the main who i think is a very different type of female lead in the sense that she is trying to make friends but also cliched in that everything she does needs to be helped my kou in some way and that makes her stronger.
The latest chapter, chapter seven, the end was a real let down. I hope the mangaka can redeem herself because i really do like aoharaido. BTW I LOVE HER DRAWING STYLE.

EDITS-- no no, i'm sorry i'm disappointed this manga has left me in a bad mood as the latest chapter (chapter 11) is completely annoying. HOW COULD THEY BOTH LIKE HIM. I didn't like that but then this THIS. OMG if they did something i will drop this manga. If you don't know what i'm talking about read chapter 11.

... Last updated on December 20th, 2011, 4:23am
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at First .. but   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by sara..
September 11th, 2011, 8:20am
I liked this manga it was very cute and good start so I gave it 9/10 (Add more points because the art Amazing) ... that... till ch7
Totally cliche !! as if it wasn't Sakisaka's work I swear O_o
I can't believe she's the one who made this chapter .. so disappointing
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Rating: N/A
by Jeshia
September 6th, 2011, 8:12pm
I have to admit, I was never the greatest fan of Sakisaka's works, but I think this one has finally earned her my affection. The female lead is just wonderful, and while not being cliche, you can tell that the author didn't try her hardest to make it such (those are even worse than the cliche stories, in my opinion). This, I think is probably going to be her best work, simply because I can feel the friendship and deepening relationships in it.
The female lead, surprisingly (in terms of shoujo manga), is very likeable. She actually thinks and learns from her mistakes, forging forward on her own while trying to help everyone else along without being pushy. Along with all these good personality traits, she's also cute, which is always a plus because in shoujo, beauty and brains never seem to go together with this kind of manga––the kind that's realistic. (Somewhat, because it's shoujo).
The male lead, though he might seem somewhat cliche seems quite perceptive, and less annoying than the majority of male leads. His interactions of her are either comedic, ridiculously cute, or almost heart-pulling. It's actually quite interesting.

In a nutshell, if you're a shoujo fan, try it.
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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'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 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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Rating: N/A
by Cyren
July 2nd, 2011, 5:27pm
Kou is completly cliche. I already see where this is all going. The storyline itself is not all that original either, though thats not my problem. Its only Kou. I hate characters of his personality because they are just an easy way out of creating a unique character. I've seen his type many times before. Im not sure about this, but I'll contine for now. Only for the herione though.
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