Yoshioka Futaba, decided to reset her life after the isolated feeling she felt while on junior high. Too many boys find her cute and likable, drawing insecurities from all other girls in her class. She never really liked any other boys in her class apart from the shy and introverted Kou Tanaka, who left the school even before they could settle their feelings for each other.
Now in high school, she starts acting the opposite of that natural lovely, cute image she had by eating a lot and not taking care of how she looked just to feel being accepted by the majority.
Just when she thought everything’s going along just fine, she meets Kou again, now under the surname Mabuchi. Forgotten feelings started to go back, but sooner than later she realized that the Kou she loved before has changed…..to someone cold and distant.
This anime is cute.
The plot is simple: Boy and girl likes each other but fails to express their feelings. They parted and met years after. Girl feels the same but boy acts like he doesn’t. He did. He’s just in denial..or in some sort of psychological/emotional predicament.
The Good Points
The simplicity of the story is lovely. It is light and easy to follow, and if you’re someone who’s looking for a good break after watching an emotionally or mentally whacking series, like the Naruto-One-Piece type of series, involving various plot twists and tear-jerking deaths, then this could be a good pick.
The variety of characters is also good. One balances the other. And they’re all placed in one group, each having their own story to tell. Not all of them were given focus, since we’re treated to a Kou-Futaba dominant storytelling. Nevertheless, the characters are highly likable.
Structure is also fine. Since we have an easy point to begin with, the storytelling comes in naturally.
There is however something notable about the theme, so dominant for the entire 12 episodes that I can’t just miss on this review.
The Not so Good Points
Theme. Yes the story is cute. It’s simple and is lovely. But I don’t particularly like the idea that Futaba keeps on doing the first move.
While it’s true that Kou had his reasons (which you should find out yourselves if you haven’t watched it yet), it doesn’t look good in general to see a lady, chasing after a guy who doesn’t seem to give any kind of interest. It looks okay at first….but to take up more than half of the entire series?
It’s as if the entire story shows how fine it is for ladies to always be on the run after the guy that they like. It isn’t okay. And it shouldn’t be the case. This is just me thinking, but what would ladies think, especially those in their teens, after watching this series?
I’d like to hear your views on this! Let’s talk about them on the comments. But before that, here’s my
RATINGS: In a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest, Ao Haru Ride is a 6!