Ai yori Aoshi

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Fuji Television (ended 2003)

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Ai yori Aoshi

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Kaoru Hanabishi just wanted to help. Aoi Sakuraba just wanted to find her first love. They never realized they were looking for each other. Ever since their arranged marriage 18 years ago, Aoi had been in love with Kaoru, but she traveled to Tokyo to meet him when she learned the marriage had been called off. While Kaoru's impressed by Aoi's loyalty, innocence and beauty, to accept her affection, he might have to return to the Hanabishi Clan and the emotional and physical pain he suffered during his childhood... Their self-control and their love will be put to the test when she moves in and he tries to stay a gentleman! Opening Themes: "Towa no Hana (Eternal Flower)" by Yoko Ishida (Episodes 1-24) "Takaramono (Treasure)" by Yoko Ishida (Episodes 25-36) Closing Themes: "Namo Shirenu Hana" by The Indigo "Akai Hana" by The Indigo (Episode 15) "I'll Be Home" by Satsuki Yukino (Episode 18) "Towa no Hana (Eternal Flower)" by Yoko Ishida (Episode 24) "I do!" by The Indigo (Episodes 25-32,34-35) "presence" by the Indigo (Episode 33) "Towa no Hana (Eternal Flower)" by Yoko Ishida (Episode 36)

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Akiko Hiramatsu

Akiko Hiramatsu

Miyabi Kagurazaki

Ayako Kawasumi

Ayako Kawasumi

Aoi Sakuraba

Lia Sargent

Lia Sargent

Miyabi Kagurazaki

Souichiro Hoshi

Souichiro Hoshi

Kaoru Hanabishi

Dave Wittenberg

Dave Wittenberg

Kaoru Hanabishi (english dub)

Kirk Thornton

Kirk Thornton

Sato (english dub)

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  • everything about this anime is wonderful

    9.3
    Ai Yori Yoshi centers on Karou and Aoi who were betrothed to each other at a young age. Many years later, Karou has left his family and the betrothal is off. Aoi however is in love with Karou and the two try their hardest to be together. Realizing that the two really care for each other, Aoi's mother allows them to live together in the family's summer home. A few of Karou's friends move in to the vacant rooms, believing that Aoi is the landlord, not Karou's fiancé. The love between Aoi and Karou is very sweet, although sudden. The other characters, with the exception of Ms Miyabi, are oblivious to the connection between Aoi and Karou although they make it clear to the audience (even when other characters are present.). The animation is superb! I don't think I've seen anything as flawlessly animated as this. The story line really draws you in, and keeps you there. The voice actors are wonderful, everything about this anime is wonderful! It is very funny, and lighthearted but a little sexual (Karou is a young man in college after all).moreless
  • Another semi-harem romance comedy. Aoi and Karou were engaged by their families when they were children. Karou leave's his abusive home to live alone. Aoi still in love with him, tracks him down. Aoi and Karou try to hide their relationship.moreless

    8.2
    I enjoyed this series way more than I should have. Yeah, it was overly sentimental. Yeah, it was disgustingly sweet. Yeah, it's another harem-romance-comedy. Yeah, I liked it better the first time when it was called Love Hina. But despite all this, I still enjoyed this series. It is greater than the sum of it's parts. Flat dialogue. Girls arguing and fighting over Karou. Linear story line. Love conquers all. Yeah, yeah, seen it all before. But still, I enjoyed it enough to empathize and sympathize witht the characters. The hidden romance was touching. Their innocence and genuineness was endearing. What can I say? I am a hopeless romantic at heart. Now, as much as I enjoyed the series, they really, really could have done a better job at it. The first four episodes had very strong, very relevant messages about social class, loyalty, gender, and responsibility. I had initially, thought that this was going to be a great anime. But by the 4th ep, it turned into a comedy and stayed there for the most part. Too bad. I would have liked to have seen a stronger message. If you like like this genre, give it a shot. If you are looking for ecchi/fanservice, it might not be your cut of tea. (Update: the day after I wrote this, I started the second season - yeah, there is a lot nudity/fanservice in the second, Enishi, season)moreless
  • A great starting plot and seemingly deep characters are ruined when this show reverts to a corny, stereotypical harem/romance anime with an extremely weak plot.

    5.0
    In a world where harem and romance comedies with bad and boring plotlines are far too common. Ai Yori Aoshi is unable to separate itself from the rest of the competition.



    Ai Yori Aoshi is a romance and harem comedy that centers around the relationship between Kaoru Hanabishi and Aoi Sakuraba. It tails these two in their "true blue love" as they try to love one another even though Aoi's family prohibits it. Along the way, characters from the two's past are introduced and guess what? They are all female and an unfortunate string of events forces them to live with Aoi and Kaoru. You know what that means! Yes this one on one romance will now become a harem...



    That aside, the anime did start off very well. With a string of events that only fate could have decided, Aoi is able to meet her childhood love, Kaoru, in a very touching and well done first episode. The series is able to keep its momentum going well with more episodes until it becomes just a stereotypical harem through the process described above.



    But a stereotypical harem can't be that bad right? The characters in the anime are actually pretty good and surprisingly deep, but the show went wrong when it tried to incorporate a harem with a one on one romance. As the anime progresses, the show becomes more of a harem, and Aoi and Kaoru's relationship is sort of pushed to the side a little. Their relationship basically turned into Aoi expressing her devotion and "love" for Kaoru, which got old and corny fast. It even got to a point where it was annoying and this would be considered one of the greater detriments to the show. The show is also a comedy and does a fairly good job in putting out humor. Most of the humor is sex related though which may be a turn off for some but for the most part it is decent. There is also plenty of fanservice which is usually put into the comedic sequences, which works out fine.



    Perhaps if the show had remained a one on one romance the show would have been better. By sacraficing what would have been a great romance plot for a simple harem comedy, the creators just weakened the show. Time spent by Aoi and Kaoru together were replaced by corny lines by Aoi speaking of her devotion. Ai Yori Aoshi is an anime that could have been so much more, but simply ruined itself.moreless
  • i seen many if not most romance anime series and this one is still my old time favorite. yes the series does drop of into a comedy style after ep 4 but it still good and the second series of aoshi "enishi" is also greatmoreless

    10
    i seen many if not most romance anime series and this one is still my old time favorite.

    yes the series does drop of into a comedy style after ep 4 but it still good and the second series of aoshi "enishi" is also great.

    sure its sold as a comedy but the first 4 episodes are trully amazing.

    You can really feel the pasion and love being expressed by both main characters, and what really gets to me is the devotion of the the famale lead towards the male lead throughtout all of the series.

    Purely filled with love see it again and again.moreless
  • A masterpiece romance anime.

    10
    Ai Yori Aoshi is truly the best romance anime ever. So many so called romance anime are over the top comedies that don't focus on relationships and what comes alone with them. It's finally nice to see one that does. Ai Yori Aoshi is a story of two childhood friends who were arranged to get married by their parents when they were just kids. Years later things have changed. Things get complicated for the couple when they have to keep their relationship a secret from everyone even their group of friends. There is humor in Ai Yori Aoshi but it's not over the top like Love Hina, Ranma 1/2 and others. It's heartwarming, heartbreaking, and you can't stop watching. The animation is great, the story is amazing, the music is good. The only thing bad I can say is that it doesn't complete the story. You see Ai Yori Aoshi is based of the manga which I'm still reading. It's still on going at volume 15 and I think theirs going to be 21. I hope they creators of the anime make another series that raps up they story. Yes I'm a guy who's not supposed to like shows like this and I normally don't, but I just couldn't stop watching.moreless
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