2012 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
- 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….