Posted on 16 July 2009 with categories: Aoi Hana



At the moment, there is no doubt for me that Aoi Hana is the best series to debut this summer season, and this episode only reinforced this. From the very beginning, it’s been a consistently excellent yuri series with believable and charming characters. I’m also really glad to see that the great animation wasn’t just something of the first two episodes: this episode yet again looked great, with detailed animated shots and some great artwork, despite the down to earth character-designs.

This episode also surprised me with how the two lead characters didn’t become a couple. Instead, Fumi started dating the captain of the basketball club, while Akira had simply been going out with her friends and is still looking. But then again, this is anime. Has there ever been a romance story in which two childhood friends did not fall in love with each other at some point?

I’m curious as to how many episodes there are going to be. Unfortunately, the episode page of ANN is completely messed up in this case, so there is no way of telling whether there are actually going to be 11 episodes, or whether there are going to be more. Interestingly, the manga this is based on only has two volumes. That’s pretty short for a manga, and yet it feels perfect for a short story like this one.
Rating: ** (Excellent)
Very nice romantic developments, especially for Fumi.

13 Responses

  1. Perrin4869 says:

    I’ve been wondering:
    If this series were shounen ai, would the males following it still be following it? I mean no offense to anyone, but I know I wouldn’t…

  2. psgels says:

    Perrin: actually, I enjoyed Junjo Romantica for what it was, until it became horribly paced and a downright cheese-fest.

    I think that one thing that’s wrong with shounen ai series that yuri shows manage to avoid is that they always make their characers way too feminine in order to attract fangirls, even though most gays are perfectly normal human beings.

    Yuri shows lack these exaggerated stereotypes. We have harems for that one.

  3. L189 says:

    According to MAL and Mahou there really will be 11 episodes

  4. Anonymous says:

    The Aoi Hana mango has 4 complete volumes and is still running

    http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=2577

  5. tealovertoma says:

    I saw one episode of Junjou Romantica and when the guy just started to lick the other guy’s foot I closed the episode.

    I think I’d watch a very well executed shounen ai, but that seems to be a very rare phenomenon indeed.

  6. The manga just published its 26th chapter, making it certain that a 5th volume is in the works, so there is plenty of material for an eleven episode effort.

  7. psgels says:

    Okay, so that’s the last time I’m going to use ANN as a source for the amount of episodes/volumes of a series. And to be honest, MAL is an even worse source in that matter: they just go with the number that seems the most likely, without backing it up whatsoever. Not sure whether Mahou is reliable or not.

  8. Tracer says:

    lol it’s like they all of a sudden just decided turn up the animation quality. Reminds me of what J.C. Staff did with Kimikiss.

    But yeah, I agree on your comment that Aoi Hana is the best series to debut this summer season. Kenichi Kasai manages to do some of the best manga adapations I’ve seen.

    But my only problem is, did Akira feel jealousy when she saw Fumi with Yasuko? If that was the case then that seems a bit too forced and sudden (though it might just have been shocking to Akira).

  9. Kero says:

    @ Tracer “did Akira feel jealousy when she saw Fumi with Yasuko? If that was the case then that seems a bit too forced and sudden (though it might just have been shocking to Akira). ”

    She was just shocked. It’s still too early for Akira to develop any romantic feelings (for anyone). She’s extremely immature in that regard (that’s also the reason she was that surprised to see Fumi and Yasuko being so chummy with each other).

  10. TJR says:

    It’s Fuji TV. Nowadays, they only approve 11 episodes for most noitaminA and NOISE shows. DVD release information at CDJapan also confirms the episode count.

    As for BL, bear in mind that the genre is aimed squarely at fangirls and not the gay community. Indeed, the appeal is one of feminism (one partner may be weak, degraded, and submissive, but it’ll never be a woman in that position) and not an embracing of male homosexuality. That’s why certain characters are very effeminate – the writers want the relationship to resemble a heterosexual one (albeit with the loss of gender imbalances) as best as possible.

    On the other hand, Aoi Hana is directly aimed at lesbians.

  11. Howling-kun says:

    I agree this is the best of the season.
    UmiMono is a close second for me.

  12. aegd says:

    Dropped. Probably wouldn’t have bothered watching at all if I had know that it was a yuri shows.

    This along with the harm genre is probably my least favourite kinds of anime.

    give me more honey x clover or nodame cantabile please or something that can match up to them.

  13. Smithy says:

    Loving this series too. ^^

    Actually feel they did bump up the animation quality a notch, I mean just look at how intricately they animated Fumi and Akira’s hair in some scenes this week.

    What I love in this series is the contrast between Akira and Fumi. Akira is more outgoing, bold and worldly in some aspects but about romantic love she still doesn’t seem to have grown enough to even feel such emotions. Fumi on the other hand is meek, shy and easily impressionable but she’s had her heart broken and isn’t unwilling to dive into another romantic relationship, emotional and physical.

    Curious to see where this will lead to.

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  • Raggers
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 02:14 PM)
    The main problem here isn’t the producers but the consumers of anime. The money is with the fanservice and shitty shounen, and anime is expensive to produce. Far better that we get a few great shows each season, paid for by the rubbish ones, than we get middling mediocrity everywhere.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 01:56 PM)
    You can justify your call to indifference, after all it’s much easier than doing anything.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 01:56 PM)
    That’s fine, let them have their pandering shows and whatnot, just don’t squander the ones that have potential. I’m sure there are a lot of people that told the blacks that “whining is futile” and just accept slavery as a way of life. And they were right untill someone did something about it. Animation as a medium was deemed as for kids only, again till a few did something about it.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 01:52 PM)
    As for why they aim for teenagers most of the time it’s because it’s the time where it will hit the most demographics. Aim for kids and you knock out the adults. Aim for adult and you knock out the kids. Aim for teenagers and you get both as Kids look forward to being teens and Adults generally have a nostalgia for the golden days(So to speak)
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 01:47 PM)
    The greats are great because they are rare. Whining about a lack of quailty is a futility. Because these things arn’t made using creativity, they are made using money to get money.
    Besides, Pandering entertainment can still be entertaining in its own way
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 01:43 PM)
    @Bam, somehow I think you don’t get it. We arn’t almost near anything.
    Being a fan is always a matter of wading through the garbage to find gold. A film fan must put up with the michel bays, amercain pies and that one romantic comedy movie that they keep remaking to get the kubriks. Music fans need to put up with those songs that sound like 50 other songs to get the greats. Video game fans, the sequels and knock offs to get the Okami’s. It’s the same.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 01:14 PM)
    It is indeed human to rebel against what we cannot accept, but in this case specially, because it feels that we are almost there but somehow we keep getting further. We get the talents together and then they bomb. Most unfortunate.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 01:11 PM)
    My advice is, stop being in denial. It’s all well and good that you believe that if the public demands intelual shows, they will get them. Thing is if they did we would not be getting a third season fo dog days. Face it man, we are lucky to get even a Mushishi.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 01:10 PM)
    Yeah but psgels’ taste is closer to ours so we should be able to hub here and share our love as well as disdain of shows freely here.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 01:09 PM)
    yeah it had all the makings to be good tho, so it is reasonable expecting of pedigree such as Watanabe and Kanno to do better.

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