Aoi Hana


Aoi Hana, or Sweet Blue Flowers, is a story about a teenage girl named Fumi who meets her childhood friend Akira again when her family moves back to the town they lived in ten years ago. Fumi had just suffered heartbreak when the cousin she loves got married, but she soon falls in love with an older student at her high school. Both Fumi and Akira go to all-girl schools …

This is usually billed as a yuri anime, but most of the characters actually show no tendency for an attraction to the same sex, some not even for romance in general, which makes relationships more complex and interesting. In fact, it is a realistic emotional drama centered around the tall but introverted Fumi, with her delightful friend Akira watching on the sidelines and serving as emotional support. The drama works very well despite the lack of overdramatic events and emotions, or rather, because of the lack of the overdramatic.

If you can enjoy a gentle story where characters try to deal with their emotions and relationships, then I would highly recommend Aoi Hana regardless of your interest in same-sex relationships. And if you happen to be particularly interested in yuri anime, then either you have watched it already or you need to start watching it as soon as possible.

Aoi Hana

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