I was looking for an anime to watch and came across Ao Haru Ride which had a lot of positive reviews and I’m glad I did. I got hooked pretty quickly and finished the 12 episodes within a day.
As the anime only covers up to volume 4 of the manga (there are total 13 volumes), I decided to read up the manga as well and also check out the live adaption film.
I have different reviews for the anime, manga and the movie. My personal favorite is the anime. If I were to judge the anime solely on its own, I would say it is one of the best anime I’ve watched thus far. However, I wouldn’t say the same thing for the movie and I have mixed feelings about the manga.
The anime isn’t exactly anything new – school romance and story about finding true friends, however the way the story was told is actually pretty addictive. I love the different characters and somehow we could relate to the characters.
Whether it’s Futaba who is trying to fit in, or Murao who doesn’t really care for friendship, or the other characters – there’s always a moment where we could understand where the character is coming from.
I think that the drama depicts youth and school life pretty accurately, besides the fact that I do not really have such good looking classmates xD
I also love the interactions between Kou and Futaba and how they fumble through their relationship.
The anime ends on a good note (Kou finally opens up and accepts his newfound friends. He and Futaba gets closer as well) – but it leaves me wanting more because it was too good and wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to see more of their friendship and more of Kou and Futaba.
I was shocked when I read the first four volumes of the manga. The anime follows really closely to the manga! It was a good surprise for me. You know how sometimes anime don’t really follow everything in the manga and loses important details.
However, sadly the second half of the manga is a little disappointing for me.
I read the manga because I wanted to see what happened with the friends and Kou’s and Futaba’s relationship.
Kou in the second half of the manga left me feeling frustrated because he is too stubborn and ridiculous. I didn’t understand why he takes his relationship with Futaba so lightly and I hate all the misunderstandings between Futaba and Kou.
Somehow the story focused too much on Futaba and Kou’s relationship towards the last few volumes and I hate how the story kept going back and forth with their relationship.
Somehow a part of me hated the fact that I read the manga. Maybe it would have been so much better to just stop at the anime.
The movie is bad. I have no other word for it. It’s just bad.
I find the casts a miss and the movie felt like a string of scenes just put together with no actual meaning. It seems like they just want to show the whole manga without actually thinking.
They totally missed out the chemistry portion or building friendship – I hated how everyone is suddenly friends.
Basically in short, the movie is just bad and no one should be subjected to that torture.
The anime is really good though – I would recommend it to anyone who watches anime. But that’s how far anyone should go. Just the anime.
It would be nice if there is a second season, but as long as they don’t have too many episodes on Kou and Futaba’s back and forth romance. That was really a mental torture.