11 Days of Anime: 4 Love Stories

aoharaido_futabaxkou2012 has been quite the year of manga for me. Sure there were quite a few stand out Anime as well, but I think when I look back on 2o12 sometime next year, the first thing that will jump into my head will probably be a manga and not an anime (exact opposite happened last year in 2011 which was a very strong year for anime).  Despite my first obvious choice, one manga that helped define my 2012 year was Ao Haru Ride.

I stumbled upon it merely by chance but I was absolutely taken with it. It wasn’t your typical shoujo story where the main girl loves this hot shot who clearly is a douche bag with a kind smile (sorry about that one). What was interesting was that our Heroine’s chief goal wasn’t to find love, it was merely a stumble along the way.

It was a refreshing breath of air to say the least. I also would have to credit Ao Haru Ride with rekindling my love for manga. After finishing the currently translated chapters of Ao Haru Ride I found myself eager to delve into another story that was just as intriguing as the one I had just finished. As a result, I came across quite the few gems that I would not have had the pleasure of reading if Ao Haru Ride hadn’t gotten the ball rolling

Random Stuff

  • Ao Haru Ride feels like a story where we follow Natsume from Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun and not Shizuku. The first conflict in Ao Haru Ride is more about Futaba finding a place where she belongs.
  • Something awesome is suppose to happen tomorrow….

About Nishimura

An anime enthusiast who finds time to blog when she has no time to spare.
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3 Responses to 11 Days of Anime: 4 Love Stories

  1. nyaataku says:

    Futaba can be seen as someone who is constantly trying to find a way to just learn to strengthen her heart. And I agree, her determination really impresses me and she’s not your stereotypical shojo protagonist.
    I always seem to have a soft spot for manga guys with curly hair. It just looks so good !! O.o

    • Nishimura says:

      Curly hair is certainly a nice trait to have. I don’t know if it’s just me but I have been disappointed in shoujo manga that most of the time the girl falls in love with this strikingly pretty boy. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, pretty boys have their own irresistible qualities, but I’ve always had a soft spot for manly men. Think Jin from Ran to Haiiro no Sekai or Takeo from Ore Monogatari. It’s my weakness, I tell ya.

      • nyaataku says:

        ah, yes agreed. Too many pretty boys can be distracting. I mean, they even look prettier than the heroines !! O.O That’s just weird!

        Ohhhh~ Takeo ehhh??? Yes he’s very manly XD He seems like someone who would literally stick by and stand up for you forever. 🙂 A very warm person.
        Yes Yes and Yes to Jin !! Oh my goodness!! He’s just….urghhhh!!

        I always seemed to like those “lazy” personalities. Like Oreki from Hyouka or Ryu from Kimi ni todoke. 😛 I don’t know, but their limited speech seems to attract me somehow.

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