Manga Mondays: Ao Haru ride by Io Sakisaka

Welcome to something new that I am venturing into. … Manga!!! I should have been more prepared with a banner and a massive announcement, but I am a bit impulsive and I want to get on with it before I lose interest in doing this.

I never thought I would Like manga but there you have it, I am hooked and I don’t think I will be stopping anytime soon. So feel free to recommend other manga titles you think would be great and if not let just fangirl about being an otaku. So here is my first review.

Ao Haru Ride by Io Sakisaka

Rating :★★★★★

Futaba Yoshioka has a few reasons why she wants to “reset” her image and life as a new high school student. Because she’s cute, she was ostracized by her female friends in junior high, and because of a misunderstanding, she couldn’t get her feeling across to the only boy she has ever liked, Tanaka-kun.
Now in high school, she is determined to be as unladylike as possible so that her friends won’t be jealous of her. While living her life this way contentedly, she meets Tanaka-kun again, but he now goes under the name of Kou Mabuchi. He tells her that he felt the same way as she did when they were younger, but now that is the thing of the past. Will Futaba be able to continue her love that never even started from three years ago?

 

The Review

Before I start I just want to mention that I had not heard anything about this manga. I sort of stumbled on it and thought it would be nice to read and for that, I couldn’t agree more.
The story mostly focuses on Futaba who tries to fit in with the other girls in school so that she is not an outcast. And that’s when she meets Tanaka-kun. They form some sort of relationship and plan to meet up but on that day Tanaka-kun doesn’t show up.
Futaba can’t understand why or what has happened but she never saw Tanaka-kun again.
fast forward a couple of years, Futaba is starting a new grade and is trying to still be more likable when she spots someone she thinks recognizes, she realizes its Tanakakun, but he seems very different and he wants to now be called Mabuchi. Will Futaba be able to still get close to the version of Kou?
Ok, that was a weird summary, This is my very first manga review so bear with me I will get better with time.
I really enjoyed reading this manga and loved seeing how Futaba’s character grew and how she made the decision to be her own person regardless of the friends she was trying to make. The manga also looks at dealing with grief, which can be a damper of a subject but its very real. Some people go through massive transformations and changes when things like that happen and they don’t have people who care enough to help steer them along.
It was also a funny read, with lots of unrequited love. If there is anything I like from reading shoujo, it is that you should not be afraid to let that person you like/love know how you feel. What’s the worst that could happen?
Anyway a really fun read, highly recommended.

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