Posted by psgels on 10 September 2009 with categories: Aoi Hana



Ah, this really was a cute ending for such a consistently excellent series. While not the best single episode of the series, it provided closure in a “life goes on”-kind of ending. The series feels complete, even though the manga goes on after this point.

As for my big fear for the ending: thankfully the creators didn’t end up making Fumi and Akira a couple, although this episode did play around with the romantic feelings between them. I began to fear a bit when Fumi saw Akira hanging out with Kou together and got jealous, but in the end the creators had a very nice explanation for that: Fumi had forgotten that her first crush was the one she had on Akira, when they were little. It’s this realization that made for the charming ending, and yet at the same time you could see that Fumi and Akira weren’t cheesily falling in love once they realized this. They could become a couple in the future, they could not. Who knows? Thankfully it feels much more natural than just about every other childhood crush out there.

Overall, I’m really glad that I managed to stick with this series. It definitely stands among my Top 3 of the series that premiered at the Summer Season, along with Tokyo Magnitude and GA. At the beginning of the season, I claimed that this could be one of the best summer seasons ever. That unfortunately didn’t hold up, since a number of series did end up a bit disappointing after their initial episodes (most notably, Canaan, Bakemonogatari and Sora no Manimani), but I do have to agree that there are surprisingly few series that are below average. And Aoi Hana really ignored everything and just went on to deliver one consistently solid episode after the other.

At this point, it seems pretty likely that I’m going to be forced to blog Kimi ni Todoke next season. I have no idea what it’s going to be about, other than that it’s also going to be a shoujo romance, but I do have to say that it’s going to have to try really hard to be able to beat this series.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

2 Responses

  1. pm215 says:

    I thought this was a great ending episode, too. Interestingly, in the manga Fumi remembers Akira being her first crush much earlier on, at the end of the first volume; they obviously moved it to give the anime something solid to end with, and it worked, I think.

  2. Nomus says:

    Next season you really should give Sasameki Koto a chance. I doubt it’ll be better than Aoi Hana (witch was awesome, btw), but they have some good things in common.

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 06:42 PM)
    Oh I fully see this from both your point and realists Bam.
    Additionally and not just the old “stupid shit”, in general I’ve found guilty pleasures almost more fun than stuff I actually genuinely like or hate.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 06:09 PM)
    *our
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 06:08 PM)
    The single main issue I have with the newer series is the style. I absolutely dug the classic, more realistic character designs, environment and movement. They also tended to be more dark and edgy. Now they whiplash back and forth between camp and violence which generally undermines both. Kids can have all these moe shows, but can we get are characters with regular-sized heads back as well?
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 06:03 PM)
    Regarding writing the anime industry has always been a mixed bag, so that depends more on the production than the era (although they tend to be mostly bad or inconsistent).
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 06:00 PM)
    @Ninja: No they were quite terrible, but at least they had the decency of making them concise and so gratuitous that it became pretty fun to watch. One main gripe back then was that given 2-3 disjointed OVA episodes the shows didn’t really get anywhere, nowadays you watch two full seasons to realize that a lot of these new shows also don’t go anywhere.
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 05:54 PM)
    @Bam Sure, I agree with you, but that’s a taste judgement. In terms of quality I think it’s unfair to suggest that something like Violence Jack or Mad Bull 34 is quality writing. The writing in a lot of old anime is extremely dated and just not that great.
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 05:51 PM)
    @Emma lol, sorry. I wasn’t trying to cut off your point. I thought you were done talking about it.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 05:49 PM)
    I’ll take anime like Violence Jack or Genocyber over SAOII anyday.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 05:47 PM)
    @Realist: Got there first before I said it =< =D
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 05:34 PM)
    @Emma Yeah, people who say that anime has gone down the toilet have just not watched very much old anime. A lot of the stuff that came out during the “classic” anime era was just terrible.

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