The Rigtheous Three-Episode-Rule Of Doom. Summer 2014 “First” Impressions: Ao Haru Ride

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Ao Haru Ride makes my heart flutter. Ao Haru Ride is angsty, fluffy pain and heartache.

I don’t think im exaggerating, either: But I’ll be honest, I really hated the first episode, the characters and setting felt as cliché as ever, childhood friend seemed like a total douche and our doki-doki–starry-eyed-shoujo heroine like a dumbass, really, what is there to like?

Thankfully, I knew better, and thankfully, I have read – and adored to the point of calling it one of my favourite shoujos ever– the manga.

So with three episodes behind our backs, do I think that Production I.G is doing Ao Haru Ride justice and, more importantly, do I think that it’s worth anyone’s time?

Well, yes. I don’t think Ao Haru Ride will change anyone’s preconceptions about shoujo: It’s filled with melodrama, ‘motivational’ inner dialogues and all the tropes the public tend to dislike are present. It is, however, strangely refreshing, and I can safely say that I’ve accepted it and, hell, episode 3 made me giggle-cry as much as the manga did, so yeah, I think Ao Haru Ride has the right mindset here.

Still, I doubt I.G is giving this a second season and, judging by it’s pace and knowing that the manga is still on-going, I’ll bet that they’re gonna end this like every other shoujo anime ever, which would be a total shame knowing that the best part begins right before the anime is likely to end. It’s just the fate of shoujo, I guess.

 

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