Io Sakisaka, skilled and talented shoujo manga artist, created yet another masterpiece: Ao Haru Ride – Blue Spring Ride in 2011. Io Sakisaka's stories are popular right because she creates cliched patterns, enriched with non-conventional characters or situations making her series absolutely captivating and enjoyable.
In fact, Ao Haru Ride, which reached so much popularity that it got an anime adaption in 2014, revolves around a non-conventional heroine – Futaba Yoshioka. Being ostracized by her female classmates during junior high, just because she was cute, Futaba worked hard to reset her image. Now in high school, she forcibly turned herself into a tomboy: eating non-stop, stomping instead of walking, and so on. The memory of her first love – Kou Tanaka – who disappeared the summer after their failed attempt to go on a date, seems to have vanished. Yet, when she meets by chance Tanaka and discovers that he attends the same high school as her, the feelings that seemed forgotten, pops up once again... but Tanaka moved on, and he doesn't reciprocate those feelings anymore.
These are the premises of a beautiful romance, full of misunderstandings, love triangles, and cliffhangers. Dealing with their first crushes, with the loss, with the trouble of being a teenager, Ao Haru Ride's characters are able to steal the readers' hearts. We are sure when you ended reading this story, you were left craving for more. That's why we created a list of six other manga which are similar to Ao Haru Ride! Stick with us until the end to discover them!
Similar Manga to Ao Haru Ride / Similar Manga to Blue Spring Ride
1. Hirunaka no Ryuusei (The Daytime Shooting Star)
- Authors: Yamamori, Mika
- Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School life, Slice of life, Shoujo
- Volumes: 12
- Published: May 2011 – November 2014
Some family circumstances brought Suzume Yosano, a 15-year-old girl, to move in Tokyo with her uncle. Coming from the countryside, Suzume easily gets lost in the labyrinth of Tokyo, so one day she meets a mysterious man who helps her get out of trouble. Turns out that the stranger who saved her, was actually her Satsuki Shishio, her homeroom teacher, besides her uncle's best friend. How will the situation change, when Suzume realizes she has a crush on him?
Hirunaka no Ryuusei and Ao Haru Ride are both shoujo series, set in school. Suzume and Futaba are similar, as both of them break the pattern of a cute heroine, showing a tough and determined side, and acting like a tomboy. Plus, Ao Haru Ride includes a character who is in love with a teacher, which is the main theme in Hirunaka no Ryuusei. Throughout the series, both our heroines are involved in love triangles, and struggle with their feelings; not only that, the readers witness the growth of each character, and how their relationships with the other characters develop. Hirunaka no Ryuusei and Ao Haru Ride are both amazing shoujo manga, with charismatic heroines and romance. If you enjoyed one, you'll enjoy the other for sure!
- Authors: Hanaya, En
- Genres: Romance, School life, Slice of life, Shoujo
- Volumes: 7
- Published: February 2015 – January 2017
It's during junior high that Mitsu had her first crush on someone, and at the same time her first heartbreak. Now a university student, she keeps the memory of that boy who broke her heart, with whom she never solved things. Determined to live a university life full of love, Mitsu really hopes to find a boyfriend. The destiny gives an answer to her wishes. In fact, Kaede, the same boy who broke her heart during junior high, is now her new neighbor. He is exactly the last person Mitsu wished to have a reunion with, but how will the situation turn, when their paths crossed again?
Motokare Retry and Ao Haru Ride share the same premises. A boy and a girl who had a crush on each other, and yet ended things without an explanation; then, the two of them reuniting after years, and trying to pick up the pieces of their past feelings. Initially, both our heroines, Mitsu and Futaba, are willing to forget what they felt for Kaede and Kou; yet their relationship will develop step by step, in a different, and more mature light. Both these manga have a lighthearted feeling to them, but at the same time they're so catching that make the readers stick to the pages. If you enjoyed Ao Haru Ride for its good vibes, you'll love Motokare Retry for the same reason!
3. Boku ni Hana no Melancholy
- Authors: Komori, Mikko
- Genres: Drama, Romance, School life, Shoujo
- Volumes: 7
- Published: August 2015 – ongoing
Hana got to meet Yuzuru on the day she was visiting her mother's grave. Their meeting turned to a good friendship, but Hana fell in love with Yuzuru, and promised him that they would be together forever. Because of some circumstances, though, Hana had to move overseas. Returning to Japan after a few years, Hana realized that Yuzuru was no longer there. Resigned to the fact that they wouldn't probably meet anymore, Hana decides to move on with her life. One day, though, a boy with some resemblances with Yuzuru appears before her eyes...
As you can see, Boku ni Hana no Melancholy and Ao Haru Ride share the same premises. Hana, like Futaba, met her first love when she was very young, but some circumstances divided them. Years later, Hana meets a boy similar to Yuzuru, and that's exactly the same pattern Futaba lives with Kou. What's more, Yuzuru and Kou share a similar personality, although Yuzuru is less aggressive. All in all, we can safely state that these two series share the exact same themes, they're both cute romances involving love triangles, hardships, and comedy as well.
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4. Kimi to Koi no Tochuu (Can't stop falling in love with you)
- Authors: Aikawa, Saki
- Genres: Drama, Romance, School life, Shoujo
- Volumes: 3
- Published: July 2010 – March 2011
Yuna Kagami is a high school girl without faith in love. She had her heart broken by her first boyfriend, Takumi Hogaka, who disappeared without a good explanation. Now, Yuna just wishes to live a peaceful high school life. Hayato Shiina is in love with Yuna from grade school; being Yuna reluctant to form relationships, he had to struggle before finally going on a date with her. Step by step, Shiina manages to win Yuna's heart. Destiny can be cruel, though: Takumi Hogaka comes back and enrolls the same school as Yuna. Will Yuna's feelings toward Shiina overcome the hardships to come?
Kimi to Koi no Tochuu and Ao Haru Ride are shoujo romance in a school setting. Yuna and Futaba abruptly lost contact with their love interests, only to meet them once again during high school. Throughout both stories the truth about their male counterparts – Takumi and Kou – that caused the misunderstanding is uncovered; yet in the meanwhile Yuna and Futaba had already left room for another person. Both Kimi to Koi no Tochuu and Ao Haru Ride are cute stories, with a love triangle and all the hardships of the teenage years. Consider Kimi to Koi like a shorter version of Ao Haru Ride!
5. Namida Usagi: Seifuku no Kataomoi
- Authors: Minase, Ai
- Genres: Drama, Comedy, Romance, School life, Shoujo
- Volumes: 10
- Published: August 2009 – February 2012
Momoka Usami is a shy middle school girl, with a passion for rabbits. When the class is changing seats, she ends up sitting behind Takahiro Narumi, considered weird by everyone. Rumors has it that he is cursed, and who sits behind him is bound to be unlucky in love. Momoka is scared of Narumi, as he actually gives off a bad aura. Yet, step by step, she gets to know him better, only to realize that he is just the opposite of what he looks like. She falls in love with Narumi, but the summer after graduating, he moves away...
Namida Usagi and Ao Haru Ride are both shoujo manga in a school setting, where our heroines fall in love with a boy during middle school. In both, some circumstances take Narumi and Kou away for a few years, leaving our heroines wondering what happened. Both Narumi and Kou are not what they look like, and step by step their true personality is uncovered. Momoka and Futaba, on the other side, both still hold feelings for their first love, but they have to face the consequences of years of distance. We are sure Namida Usagi will keep reminding you of Ao Haru Ride!
6. Country Girl: "TRianThology: Sanmenkyou no Kuni no Alice" yori (Country Girl: "TRianThology: Alice in the Country of the Three-Sided Mirror")
- Authors: Ryukishi07 (Story) Tanaka, Romeo (Story) Tatsuhiko (Art)
- Genres: Drama, Comedy, Romance, School life, Seinen, Slice of life
- Volumes: 2
- Published: January 2016 – October 2016
Mikihiko Inaba is a middle school boy with an ambition: to be accepted into a Tokyo private high school, together with his three best friends. He is sure he will do it, so he keeps studying with the certainty of passing the entry exams. Something goes wrong, though: he fails and is forced to enroll the public high school in his hometown. But one day, he stops going to school altogether, becoming a recluse. Keiko, one of Mikihiko's childhood friend, discovers the truth, and she does her best to try to restore their previous lives: by doing so, she realizes how much Mikihiko changed in that meanwhile...
By these premises, Country Girl and Ao Haru Ride don't seem to share too much. Looking below the surface a bit, though, these two stories actually share a lot. If not in the plot, these two manga are similar in their main, fundamental themes. They're both about the inevitable changes people go through during their lives: there are wins, and losses, but some losses are hard to swallow, and so people change in order to adapt, or to run away and hide. Country Girl and Ao Haru Ride both revolve around the world of adolescence, in a tender – and at times touching – way, that's why you're bound to love one, if you loved the other.
With Country Girl we put an end to our list of six manga like Ao Haru Ride. As you can see, we tried to pick those manga sharing with it the main theme of a romance troubled by external factors, not lacking of feelings. Of course, we tried to choose those manga revolving around the teenage years, possibly with a school setting, in order to give you fans of Ao Haru Ride exactly the same good vibes you enjoyed while reading it! We really hope you'll find it useful somehow, and please don't forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. See you next time!