Anime: Blue Spring Ride
Mangaka: Sakisaka Io
Genre: Shoujo, school life, romance
My Rate: 9.99/10
The first step to recovery is admitting you have an addiction. Although, I have acknowledged my addiction to shoujo manga for a while now, I don’t think I’ll ever stop being addicted to shoujo. Especially my addiction to Blue Spring ride (Ao Haru Ride).
A lot of shoujo fans will often say they like shoujo that has a strong female lead and those fans are often too busy grouping heroines into two groups; “weak heroine” or “strong heroine.” Blue Spring Ride isn’t about if someone is strong or weak, though, it’s about… well… love.
More specifically, it’s about Futaba Yoshioka and Kou Mabuchi who knew each other in junior high when she was quite popular by the opposite sex, but the females in her school hated her. All she cared about was Kou, however, who she shared memories with. After middle school she never sees him again till high school, where she has transformed herself into an unattractive girl to make friends. Of course, those friends aren’t real, as Kou points out, which eventually leads her to make better friends (Murao, Makitta, and Kominato).
What I like the most about this anime was Futaba’s character. She was able to grow into a person with lots of friends even though she had negative friendships in the past. I think it takes a lot of bravery to make friends when someone has been through a lot of negative experiences. Along with Futaba being my favorite character, Kou is my dream husbando! Even when he was being annoying he was perfect. Kou and Futaba are my ultimate ship in this anime besides Kominato and Murao!
One of my favorite scenes and one of the scenes I hate the most happen at the same time. Let’s just say… I wanted to scream… They were so close and they just…
Anyways, I’ve seen this anime like a million times, wanna know how many times I read the manga? Zero. Blue Spring Ride is on mangafox, mangarock, mangahere, and other online websites or apps, but I don’t want something a website can delete any time they want. I want to keep Ao Haru Ride on my bookshelf forever and ever! Unfortunately, it hasn’t been released in english, so I’m patiently waiting for the release of the manga any day now. I’ve read other manga by Sakisaka Io (the mangaka of Ao Haru ride), but the only manga I really want is Blue Spring Ride. So I can either learn Dutch, German, or Japanese ASAP or forever hold my peace till the manga comes out in English. It’s killing me :’)
It’s undeniable that I love Blue Spring Ride and Kou Mabuchi. Sadly, I can only review the anime for now, which I recommend this anime to all shoujo lovers who haven’t seen this already! Let’s cross our fingers that the manga comes out in English soon. Bye bye! (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:✧