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Ai yori Aoshi  
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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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Associated Names
Темнее, чем индиго
Bleu Indigo
Bluer than Indigo

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Latest Release(s)
v.12 c.96 by Ascension over 8 years ago
v.12 c.95 by Ascension over 8 years ago
v.12 c.94 by Ascension over 8 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
17 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1; Vol 8, Chap 68 (S2)
Ends at Vol 6, Chap 53 (S1); Vol 11, Chap 90 (S2, end diverges)

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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (707 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.03 / 10.0
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September 13th 2017, 6:37pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Young Animal (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
TokyoPop (17 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #446 increased(+143)
Monthly Pos #898 increased(+228)
3 Month Pos #1348 increased(+31)
6 Month Pos #1446 decreased(-5)
Year Pos #1428 increased(+38)

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Which character would you have picked? (Spoiler Warning) over 4 years ago
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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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Romance + harem   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by RilleL
June 22nd, 2007, 1:53pm
This is a "feel good" manga really. Something to read to take your mind of something else. No complex plot or anything, just romance with the feeling you get from those "slice-of-life" manga.
The only thing that annoys me a little is Aoi's complete affection for Kaoru. Damn, they could at least make her dislike something about him... smile

Why should you read this? Simply because it's different from other romantic manga. This manga seem to begin where other manga finished. A nice change.

Even though it turns into a harem manga i'm against labelling it as such, because it could mislead the reader. Though i was kind of disappointed when it turned out to be one.

... Last updated on January 15th, 2008, 11:45am
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One of the best romances ever   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by zimzimbadabim
May 20th, 2012, 4:25pm
This is probably the second romance manga I read when I was first getting into manga about 5 years ago. After reading over 100 other series and getting a better understanding of manga, this is still my favorite romance. I originally rated this a 9, but after 5 years of reading less satisfying mangas, I give this a 10.
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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by greatedcorn
April 26th, 2007, 2:50pm
i don't understand why she's so obsessed with him. i guess this one just wasn't for me and i didn't really like the animation. i stopped at around ch.12 and never started up again. i couldn't really connect with any of the characters and if truth be told, i prefer it as such. all of the characters were either all timid or just hid behind a facade of timidity that kind of annoyed me after the first volume. not my cup of tea.
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Very very nice   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by tdarwin
July 5th, 2011, 7:32pm
As one of the other readers said, it was refreshing to see a manga that puts a guy in a situation surrounding him with women that love him, yet he does a very good job of staying true to the woman he's secretly betrothed to. It's very well written. There's definitely fluff, but it's heartwarming and good. I was genuinely touched and fully enjoyed reading this series.

I would recommend it to anyone that likes a good romance story with a fairly happy ending.
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Very cute, but not very substantial   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by egress63
September 10th, 2010, 1:10pm
Like the subject line says, Ai Yori Aoshi is arguably the most 'airheaded' manga I have read. The story, plot, scenes and characters are very simple. In fact, they are so simple it borders on the line of wishy-washy. Thus, I could easily finish one chapter in 3-4 minutes and the impact was minimal for most chapters.

Still, it does remain cute. The puppy love between Aoi and Kaoru does bring a smile to the face. However, in case you are looking for anything deep, hard-hitting or substantive, I suggest that you read something like Kare Kano, Maison Ikkoku or Mars or Fruits Basket. Now those are the real romance stuff. Ai Yori Aoshi is fluff. Good fluff.
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One of the greatest mangas ever   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Lower
April 1st, 2010, 12:27am
Long story short, this manga is the epitome of the ideal love. It's not about the twisted and dirty real world we live in, but an ideal world where za powa of rabu wins. One of the most emblematic mangas for the Romance genre, and next to Love Hina, pretty much one of the best Harems carried out.

Nothing more to add. Excellent manga and story. FUMIZUKI Kou, one of my favorite even though only 2 of his stories are famous (Umi no Misaki being the other one). Seal of Quality.

... Last updated on April 1st, 2010, 12:28am
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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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Nice read.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Crazyee.
August 14th, 2010, 5:31pm
This manga has some heartbreaking and touching parts to it, especially when it comes to not getting what you want but deserving it.. which goes for Tina-sans part. But I love the way the group of friends were all honest with each other but still manage to keep their relationship without going out of limits,

The ending is great, i wouldnt have it in any other way, it makes my heart melt.

I totally recommend this to anyone, for a good long heartfelt story.
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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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