毎週の漫画 - アオハライド

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You don't even know how long it took me to figure out what the title of this one was.


Title: アオハライド, Ao Haraido, Ao Haru Raido, Blue Spring Ride
Author: Sakisaka Io
Genre: Shoujo, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life
Serialized in: Shueisha Betsuma
Total Volume Count: 4 (ongoing)

Series Summary from MangaUpdates:
Yoshioka Futaba has a few reasons why she wants to "reset" her image and life as a new high-school student. Because she's cute, she was ostracized by her female friends in junior high, and because of a misunderstanding, she couldn't get her feeling across to the one boy she has always liked, Tanaka-kun.

Now in high school, she is determined to be as unladylike as possible so that her friends won't be jealous of her. While living her life this way contentedly, she meets Tanaka-kun again, but he now goes under the name of Mabuchi Kou. He tells her that he felt the same way as she did when they were younger, but now things can never be the same again. Will Futaba be able to continue her love that never even started from three years ago? 
Kenn's Comment: If you didn't notice, the title is missing a character, which really threw me off.

Anywho, this one's a really good school based story. Futaba's quite the character, and I'm sure she's pretty easy to relate to in terms of her efforts to fit in with the other girls. She's a nice middle-ground between the typical shoujo characters who are either extremely girly (usually to the point of stereotypical) or very headstrong. Kou is pretty cool too. He's not exactly an original character, as there are a good number of other characters like him out there, but the way he supports Futaba really just gives you a feel-good-feel.

The romance is a bit slow, and Futaba has a bit too much tsun  and not enough dere, which often causes her to snap the flags that she raises. It's nothing that's exactly new though, as this kind of thing is usually expected. ^^; It's not too often that you have a protagonist who's honest with his/her feelings.

All in all, I'd say it's a good read. If you have the time, give this one a spin.

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