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Bluer Than Indigo 

Ai yori aoshi (original title)
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A naive, traditional girl from the country goes to the city to find the boy she was engaged to as a young girl, and the two childhood friends fall in love.
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Tony Pope ...  Fish Vendor / ... 24 episodes, 2002
Karen Strassman ...  Bus Intercom / ... 24 episodes, 2002
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Kaoru Hanabishi is a college student with a mysterious and painful past, involving his wealthy family whom he walked out on years ago. He encounters a young girl, newly arrived from the countryside, and takes her in to assist her in adjusting to urban life. He discovers to his shock that the girl is his childhood fiancée Aoi Sakuraba, whom he was engaged to before he left his family... and who has left her home and come a great distance to be with her betrothed. Can this couple manage to live and survive together in the cruel and harsh world? Written by Q. Leo Rahman

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Do you remember your first love?


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Japan

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Japanese

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2002 (Japan) See more »

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Bluer Than Indigo: Fate See more »

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Aoao Kikaku See more »
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Based on a manga series first serialized in "Young Animal", a Japanese men's magazine. See more »

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The ending credits for each episode shows a sepia-colored image from that episode. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the Japanese language version, Tina Foster practices the well known song "Happy Birthday to You" while walking with her groceries. Later at Aoi's birthday party, everyone sings "Happy Birthday to You" to Aoi. In the English dub the song "Happy Birthday to You" has been replaced with another tune with some other lyrics. The song was changed so Pioneer did not need to license the song for the English dub. See more »

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Followed by Bluer Than Indigo: Fate (2003) See more »

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Sweet and addicting series, but...
17 February 2004 | by oodus347See all my reviews

To sum it up quickly, Ai Yori Aoshi is about a college student named Kaoru who meets a sweet, kimono-wearing girl named Aoi. Aoi is looking for a boy from her past whom she has been in love with all her life. Kaoru helps the lost Aoi in her search, and they both eventually realize that he is the boy from her past. There is MUCH more to it than that, but let's get down to brass tacks: the first four episodes of this show rule. They are sweet and touching, and the relationship between Kaoru and Aoi becomes solid in merely these four episodes. If they kept the series with just them as characters, I would be thrilled.

But they don't.

Eventually, Kaoru and Aoi are moved to a big mansion, and this great romance series becomes another typical "harem" anime. Don't get me wrong - the series still rocks, but it GREATLY loses its punch when this happens. More beautiful females with their own personalities move in, and the relationship between Kaoru and Aoi is mentioned less. Normally, the harem motif is awesome, but it slowed down this series. That proves how good this show is. If only the relationship between just two fictional anime characters can draw you in, that means that Ai Yori Aoshi is a winner.


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