Book DescriptionThe popular shojo manga series that was adapted into the Blue Spring Ride anime! FutabaYoshioka thought all boys were loud and obnoxious until she met Kou Tanaka in junior high. Butas soon as she realized she really liked him, he had already moved away because of family issues.Now, in high school, Kou has reappeared, but is he still the same boy she fell in love with
The popular shojo manga series that was adapted into the Blue Spring Ride anime!Futaba Yoshioka thought all boys were loud and obnoxious until she met Kou Tanaka in junior high. But as soon as she realized she really liked him, he had already moved away because of family issues. Now, in high school, Kou has reappeared, but is he still the same boy she fell in love withFutaba Yoshioka has encountered her first love again in high school, but he seems different from the boy she once knew. Kou asks Futaba to go on a date with him to the summer festival. But as the two grow closer, fellow student Toma Kikuchi sets his sights on Futaba.
Ao Haru Ride (Japanese: アオハライド, Hepburn: Aoharaido, alternatively titled Blue Spring Ride internationally) is a Japanese shōjo manga series written and illustrated by Io Sakisaka. It began serialization in the February 2011 issue of Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret and ended in February 2015.
Ao Haru Ride was critically acclaimed in Japan and was consistently named one of the best shōjo series of 2014 by several manga industry professionals. The series achieved popularity with teenagers and young women who strongly identified with Futaba's personal growth. Ao Haru Ride was also one of the best-selling manga series in 2013 and 2014.
The title consisted of individual readings for the characters used for the word \"youth\" (青春, seishun), which were \"blue\" (青, ao) and \"spring\" (春, haru). The phrase was then followed by the word \"ride\" because Sakisaka envisioned the image of \"riding on youth.\" Sakisaka had decided to have the title read \"Aoharide\" instead of \"Ao Haru Ride\" because the sounds flowed better. The logo was designed by Yasuhisa Kawatani. The bottom of the original Japanese logo contained the English text, \"The scent of air after the rain. I heard your pulse. I saw the light.\" Kawatani drew inspiration from the song \"I Saw the Light\" by Todd Rundgren while designing the logo. In Viz Media's English translation, the subtitle was reworded into, \"The scent of air after the rain... In the light around us, I felt your heartbeat.\"
Out of all the characters, Sakisaka felt that Shuko was the most \"manga-like.\" She also wrote Yui as a contrast to Futaba's personality, where Yui is able to be honest about her thoughts. Speculations of Sakisaka basing Toma's image on South Korean singer Taemin became a trending topic in South Korea, especially as Sakisaka was a fan of his; she responded by denying Toma had a specific model.
Viz Media announced during their Anime Boston 2018 panel that they were publishing the manga in English under the manga's original title, Ao Haru Ride. The manga has also been released in German (Tokyopop), French (Kana), Italian (Panini Comics), Chinese (Tong Li), and Polish (Waneko).
The anime series later premiered in Japan on 7 July 2014, with weekly broadcasts at 12 AM on Tokyo MX. The opening theme for the series is \"Sekai wa Koi ni Ochiteiru\", a collaboration song between Vocaloid producers CHiCO and HoneyWorks, while the ending theme is \"Blue\" by Fujifabric. In addition, the insert song \"I Will\" was performed by Chelsy. Episode 0 was released as an original anime DVD bundled with the limited edition of volume 11 of the manga. A second original anime DVD containing episode 14 was bundled with the limited edition of volume 12 of the manga. Sentai Filmworks licensed the series in English under the title Blue Spring Ride, and the series was streamed on Crunchyroll. Several exclusive comics drawn by Sakisaka were also released in the limited editions of the anime's home releases in Japan.
The film opened at #1 at box office during its opening weekend, selling 210,000 tickets and earning 241 million. By the end of 2015, the film grossed 1.90 billion at the Japanese box office. In her review of the film, Yuri Horibe from Asahi Shimbun praised Higashide's performance, stating that she was \"swayed\" by his speech and actions just like Futaba, and felt that \"Kirari\", the theme song, highlighted the story's overall theme of \"struggling with youth\" and \"moving forward.\" She also noted that while she had expected that the film would portray some of the manga's iconic scenes, such as Futaba sleeping on her desk and when Futaba and Kou hold hands through a window, she felt it was \"not just a romance film\" in regards to the second half, where the characters help Kou overcome his past trauma. On the other hand, Melanie Leung from South China Morning Post gave the film three out of five stars, claiming that the acting and Higashide weren't \"charming\", while praising the cinematography, the supporting characters, the film's conclusion, and the friendship theme.
Ao Haru Ride was a best-selling manga series in Japan, achieving popularity within teenagers and women between 20 and 30 years old, most of them who identified with Futaba's struggles. The magazine Da Vinci ranked Ao Haru Ride as one of the top 5 best female-oriented comics in 2013. The 2014 edition Kono Manga ga Sugoi! published a survey from 400 industry professionals, who listed Ao Haru Ride as one of the top 20 female-oriented manga of the year. The first two volumes were included in the 2019 list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens produced by American Library Association's Young Adult Library Services Association.
Since 2014, the manga sold over 5.84 million copies. Overall, Ao Haru Ride was the 21st best-selling manga in 2013. Volume 6 was the 31st top-selling volume during that year. In 2014, Ao Haru Ride was one of the most-printed comics of the year, with 660,000 copies printed.
Kono Manga ga Sugoi! listed Ao Haru Ride as one of the top 10 shojo manga series with the best kabedon when the trope was at the height of its popularity in 2014. Ao Haru Ride was also featured in a kabedon-themed Cup Noodle commercial, along with other shojo manga series. 153554b96e