Ai Yori Aoshi (藍より青し) is a Japanese seinen manga written and illustrated by Kou Fumizuki and serialized from 1998 to 2005 in Hakusensha’s Young Animal. It is a love story between two characters who have not seen each other in years but were once childhood friends. Literally translated, the title means “Bluer Than Indigo”. Ai Yori Aoshi anime was directed by Masami Shimoda and animated by J.C.Staff. The series was made into an anime in 2002, with a 2003 sequel, Ai Yori Aoshi: Enishi (藍より青し ～縁～), set two years later. There are 37 episodes total, counting an alternate-continuity Christmas special.
Kaoru Hanabishi, a college student who lives alone, met a beautiful but bewildered girl dressed in a kimono at a train station. He volunteered to guide her way to the address she was looking for, which happened to be in his neighborhood, but turned out to be an empty lot. Not knowing what to do next, Kaoru invited the devastated girl to his apartment and asked for any additional clues to her destination. She supplied him with a photo of two children whom Kauru immediately identified as himself and Aoi Sakuraba, his childhood friend. It turned out that the girl in front of him is Aoi Sakuraba herself, his betrothed fiancee who came all the way to Tokyo to marry him. Her revelation was not only surprising but also reminded the deepest part of Kaoru’s memory for why he left the Hanabishi family in the first place.
Last Modified: Feb 11, 2016
[April 24, 2002] Towa no Hana / Namoshirenu Hana
[May 24, 2002] Ai Yori Aoshi Aiao Otoban Ni “Sakura”
[Jul 25, 2002] Ai yori Aoshi -Aoi Uta-
[Sep 26, 2002] Ai yori Aoshi Aiao Otoban Ni “Kantsubaki”
[Oct 29, 2003] Yoko Ishida – Takaramono
[Nov 12, 2003] the Indigo – I Do!
[Nov 27, 2003] Ai Yori Aoshi ~Enishi~ Original Soundtrack PINE (Matsu)