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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?

Include in this manga are the following stories:

V.8 - Sono Omokage o Shitteru


Related Series
Ore Ride!! (Side Story)

Associated Names
Дорога юности
ركوب الربيع الأزرق
Ścieżki Młodości
Ścieżki młodości (Polish)
Aoha Raido
Blue Spring Ride
Con Đường Mùa Xuân
Passeio da Primavera Azul
Sono o Omokage Shitteru
Sono Omokage Shitteru
Youth Ride

Groups Scanlating
AHR Scanlations
Anime-tion Scanlation
Chibi Manga

Latest Release(s)
c.Awaken 3 by Chibi Manga over 2 years ago
c.Awaken 2 by Chibi Manga over 2 years ago
c.Awaken 1 by Chibi Manga over 2 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
13 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 4, Chap 15 (Including OVA)

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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (1355 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.26 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 31st 2018, 4:07am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Bessatsu Margaret (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (Fall 2018)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #432 increased(+71)
Monthly Pos #617 increased(+48)
3 Month Pos #655 increased(+18)
6 Month Pos #667 increased(+94)
Year Pos #752 increased(+21)

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On 1301 wish lists
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Forum Posts
End in February! over 3 years ago
Ao Haru Ride set to end soon over 3 years ago
Ao Haro ride latest chapter [spoiler] over 3 years ago
Ao Haru Ride Shōjo Manga Gets Live-Action Film in December over 4 years ago
Ao Haru Ride Gets Anime over 4 years ago

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Umm no, it's not realistic.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Akatsubaki
July 27th, 2017, 11:08am
Your crush didn't show up on a date, he just went poof after that. He showed up later after a few years as a new persona, acting like a jerk to hide his 'I'm like a puppy abandoned in the rain'. And he didn't show up on a date again. Twice he asked, twice he couldn't make it. It got cancelled lightly and he got distanced again. Realistically, at this point you should move on girl. But the MC still confessed got rejected and the guy kept clinging on her. Yes, she 'tried' to move on here but as many shoujo out there, somehow she can't forget this guy, she can't move on even when there is a great guy on her side (who doesn't need your maternal instinct to save him). And she returned to the first guy's side. And it becomes a happy ending. It's a good story but no, not realistic. Very safe/standard story for shoujo.

The main selling point of this series for me is the arts. I like the artstyle and its sweet atmosphere.
Plot/story is average/very cliche, nothing special. There is part that it's getting frustrating but in the end I like the ending. Especially the Murao part.
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Typical but good up to a certain point, then...   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by train93
June 28th, 2017, 7:33am
I'm not a huge fan of shoujo, but I do read them once in a while to change my manga routine. That's why I'm probably more tolerant towards shoujo tropes, since I don't read them all the time. And this kept me reading it without feeling frustrated at all, but otherwise there's a good chance I would've dropped the manga.
The first part is your typical shoujo story of a heroine pining after the mysterious kind-of-a-jerk-but-nice male lead. It's not groundbreaking, but the characters are likeable enough, so it's all good. The first reveals were handled really well, felt real and actually managed to make me sympathize for both the main characters. Then, to stir more drama, the second part happens:
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Random guy and random girl show up out of nowhere, and a series of incredibly contrived events, combined with an egregious example of Idiot Ball, lead to a long flow of chapters that everybody alread knows won't bring anything new to the plate. The female rival is kind of a sly bastard, but really it's more on the two main's idiocy. The male rival...I'm all for kind male love interests, but this guy is so bland, he's got "plot point" written all over his face. At some point I even hoped he would turn out to be a jerkass, just to give him something. But no, he's just there, so generic that you can't even feel bad for him. In the end all this arc does is making the two MCs less likeable.

It's still readable, though, just really unnecessary.

Overall, the manga is a good read for someone who likes the genre, even if it gets dragged down a bit by its middle part.
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Rating: N/A
by sakura_petals
June 3rd, 2017, 6:27pm
Fianlly a manga where the girl isn't chasing after the girl or the guy after the girl and the story becoming some type of tsundere *sigh* Very realistic and most enjoyable. Thanks for a great manga to the scanlators and mangaka smile
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I like it but don't love it   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Ah_Cat
June 3rd, 2017, 9:12am
At first I was really into this manga. I really liked the way mangaka described growing up and the romance was really sweet. Kou's faces were unbearable cute, the art in this manga is a true masterpiece. And the fact that both parties were good-looking, just as the rivals, made it really easy to read. Maybe it's because of the things I was reading lately but I really had enough of the "ugly duck and beautiful prince" plot.
But then the drama came...
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Really, the subplot with Narumi was really badly made. I don't think Kou made a mistake trying to be there for her, it was just like his character, but the fact he turned down Futaba without explaining anything is just werid. Really, he never had any feelings for Narumi, why make Futaba think he doesn't love her? I understand why he couldn't be with her before Narumi settles in but turing cold shoulder like that is so confusing. And then it just went worse and worse. All his actions were as he was really a jerk trying to keep a girl around him even though he had no intentions on being with her. I don't think that it's possible to change boyfriends so easily like Futaba did too. Maybe it's the way mangaka showed their relationship but I feel like she was happier with Kikuchi. After how Kou acted, I don't know how could she so easily trust him again and just ignore the months she was with another. And then the accident happened. Come on, that was just too much.
If it ended there, I wouls probably give 6. But I really like the plot twist with the dream. I almost cried my heart out and noticed how much I liked the characters.
I also like how the triangle Yuichi-Murano-Aya ended. It was a good description of love towards a teacher and I really like the crybaby Aya and his honesty. Murano was a bit stiff for me, I didn't like her much. Yuuri was ok. But the best was Kikuchi. I like both him and Kou, so it was hard time to choose between them. Mangaka had me there for awhile, making him such a great guy, I really though maybe Futaba will break the shoujo manga rule of staying faithfull to the first guy. Well, mangaka made him look like Taemin, so I am not surprised at all I was cheering for him. Couldn't she have both? ;p

Anyway, together with the awaken chapters, the manga is very much complete. I really like this feeling and the fact they showed quite some things after the couple got together, not ending with them getting together.
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Rating: N/A
by Silver Fantasy
April 15th, 2017, 12:10am
The best thing about this series was the art. It's nice and well-proportioned. However, I found the story itself immensely boring. I think the hype around Ao Haru Ride gave me unrealistic expectations and when I actually sat down to read it, I found everything so underwhelming and cliche. Neither main leads are particularly memorable and the tone of the storytelling felt...lukewarm. It just couldn't hold my attention no matter how many chances I gave it. There are other romance series I'd recommend over this one any day. For better characters, see Ouran High School Host Club. For better drama/angst, see Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu. For better plot, see DNAngel. A romance story can be done well, there just has to be an X-factor to it, which in my opinion Ao Haru Ride does not have.
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Mixed Feelings   
Rating: N/A
by aoi_tenshi
January 25th, 2017, 3:53am
Overall I did enjoy this manga, it kind of reminded me of Bokura Ga Ita but in a less in-depth and depressive way, however I think there were some pointless moments in the manga that the author felt the need to include so it wouldn't get somewhat boring? I do, however, think the ending was very much rushed and could have been a few more chapters toward the end building up to the conclusion so that's why I'm knocking off a few points for this one
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Maybe it's because I have gotten older   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by wishing_star
November 13th, 2016, 2:16pm
I don't know how I would rate this manga if I was younger, but now that I have read a fair share of shoujos, I think that that there has to be something more that keeps my interest, as I just felt annoyed with the
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
love polygon that has been going on, *cough* Kou's middle school friend, the unnecessary triangle with Kikuchi
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I really enjoyed this   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SangMo
October 31st, 2016, 1:29am
It was a sweet little romance with some nice ups and downs.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
I'm glad Futaba and Kou end up together in the end. I found them both to be really likeable. Though it would have been nice to see it happen a bit earlier than it did. Her reasoning for realizing her feelings were nice, but I noticed that all that happened on the School Trip seem to not really affect why she decided she was still in love with him that much. When reading I was kind expecting it to happen then, not a few chapters later. Though it was a nice ending for them.

I love that Shuuko and Kominato ended up together. I understand why she liked Kou's brother, but found that her and Kominato were better matched even before finding out they got together. She luckily figures out that he's such a great guy and falls for him. The guy deserves it and I found her to be a really likeable character as well. The other girls changed her for the better.

It was nice to see Yuuri get a man herself. She was adorable.

I'd say the only flaw was Futaba made me frustrated because of how fickle she was, but hey that's the drama for them to realize they love each other so it's okay.

Oh and towards the end, the author trolls you for a few pages by making it seem like Kou died from being hit by the car. Don't fall for it. XD

Now if only they would complete the rest of the story in anime form. The first season was good, but I won't hold my breath. So many animes never show the full story which kinda sucks.

... Last updated on October 31st, 2016, 10:52pm
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omg shoujo..   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by ::WonderWoman::
October 10th, 2016, 2:11am
Why do you feel the need to change yourself so others will like you? If they don't like how you really are then they'll never be true friends. You don't need friends like that, I really don't get the message this shoujo is trying to give us. Is it to be popular, change yourself? Well ig thanks for the shitty message,s shoujo. As always.
I will comemorate the art though, the author must've tried hard and I can see that it paid well
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If I could just...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by turnip head
August 30th, 2016, 10:43pm
Split this manga in half. The first half would be a ten easy. Right up there with Skip Beat. But the second half happened. That actually happened. Like the nasty aftertaste of something divine. Sweet grapes turned sour in your mouth. Why did that happen? I actually wasn't a fan of Strobe Edge but this series had me gushing over the sweet character moments, empathy inducing heroine and truly cool guy lead.

Why the drama? Or, why so soap operatic with it? Drama isn't a bad thing but it's annoying when not handled properly. I guess what has me so frustrated is that the turn for the worst was a sharp right out of Awesome Town straight into Ughs-ville.

The nine rating is to satisfy the nostalgia in me. I whiled away many happy hours until the dreaded school festival arc. It's all downhill from there.
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