Ai Yori Aoshi, Vol. 1
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Ai Yori Aoshi, Vol. 1 (Ai yori aoshi #1)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  851 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The complete manga series: Volumes 1 to 14, DVD: Volumes 1-5, Display figures: set of 5. All for just $125!
Paperback Manga, 232 pages
Published January 6th 2004 by TokyoPop (first published 1999)
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Carl J Gray
This particular graphic novel quite surprised me if I am to be honest I just happen to see it on the shelf and thought why not broaden my horizons, I know some feel that this is full of too many predictable paradoxes and find it can get quite boring but if you stick with it you find yourself feeling the story with the characters. It is a very sweet story of remembrance and friendship and I agree the ending is a little anticlimactic but it helps end the story on a gentle note. For life can be bot...more
This is a graphic novel I picked up on a whim when I was in fire school. I've always been a sucker for a quality non-girly romance manga, and this first volume has some pronounced cultural differences from the western world. What resonates with me so much in the story is that it is a story of true love, despite hardship and opposition. There are certainly some elements of Japanese culture that come through that I could stand to do without, but Fumizuki-sama does an excellent job with the story.
Oct 02, 2011 Kayla rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I really admire the love these two share. Its so heartfelt and honest. I am really rooting for these two, I can't wait to read the second volume.
Stewart Tame
Pretty good harem series, a bit more variation on the usual themes than one usually gets.
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
On his way to catch a train, Kaoru Hanabishi comes across a lost, naive young woman named Aoi. She's decided to find her childhood sweetheart and marry him, and she soon realizes that Kaoru is the one she was looking for. She becomes determined to stay with him and be his wife, but, unfortunately, her family won't hear of it. For the sake of her powerful family's reputation, she must marry someone from a family with similar standing. Kaoru was once the Hanabishi heir, and if this were still the...more
D.M. Dutcher (Sword Cross Rocket)
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Quite a typical seinen (young men's) harem manga series, where one guy somehow ends up surrounded by a host of young attractive women and hijinks ensue.

What sets this one apart is that the central male character is not a complete waste of space, that and the fact that he is actually in love with one of the girls from the very start and they stay that way until the end.

It was an enjoyable and different example of a harem manga series, with strong artwork.
Amanda Huber
This series started out somewhat interesting, but it went downhill from here and the ending is rather anticlimatic. The artistry isn't that good and many of the secondary and tertiary characters are just downright annoying and awful. If you must, watch the anime rather than read this manga. At least the visuals of the anime are good.
Lottie Eve
-Art is so, so bad
- What is up with Aoi? Kaoru is like her whole world!
- Well... Kaoru is a good character who doesn't have the usual Generic Guy Syndrome so many harem male characters have.

Hopefully this will get better....
Kenny Nguyen
Well it has a sweet story, but it contain too much drama stuffs into it so the story kinda drag on. If you really in need of a shoujo series then check it out, otherwise just skip this
Karaoke OK
[Series Length: 17 volumes / Read: volumes 1-17]

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Jul 14, 2008 Lord rated it 2 of 5 stars
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The artwork is not that good and the story? Uh.. was there one? I missed it.. I may pick up the second volume to see if there's actually any story going on.. ;-)
Aug 03, 2009 Kim rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Romantic and sweet. This is the story of two people who knew eachother as children who re-discover their bond and fall in love as adults. Very cute.
*Queen Diva*
I think this is going to be a super cute series! Kaoru-sama is adorable! No wonder Aoi-chan loves him so much!
Nice and pretty lovely. I liked seeing Aoi in her pretty kimono.
Joey Baker
These are a guilty pleasure of mine. don't judge me
love it so cute
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Kou Fumizuki (文月 晃 Fumizuki Kō?, born 8 March in Fukuoka Prefecture) is a Japanese manga artist. Fumizuki's most famous work to date is Ai Yori Aoshi,[1] a 17-volume work which has been turned into an anime series. His current work is Umi no Misaki, serialized in Young Animal Magazine starting in the fifth issue of 2007. Both of these seinen manga series are harem-type romance comedies in which a...more
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