August 23, 2011

Ai Yori Aoshi

Ai Yori Aoshi is an a series adaptation from a manga by the same name. The story follows Kaoru and Aoi, two childhood friends set to marry each other but separated at a young age. Kaoru decided to leave his family and pursue his own life. As a result, the wedding between the two was canceled. When Aoi randomly finds Kaoru at the train station in Tokyo, the two begin building a relationship. In order to let the two be together, one of Aoi's attendants comes up with a plan to live in a large house with Aoi while Kaoru lives in the servants quarters. This plan backfires a bit as some of Kaoru's friends end up moving in (all of whom are females) and turning the house into more of a dormitory. As the story progresses, there is some conflict with Aoi's father and her choice to marry Kaoru despite him turning his back on his family.
It's been a number of years since I watched this anime. I am a little rusty on the plot so you will have to forgive me if there are some gaps in my recollection. This is the first season of the series (the second being Ai Yori Aoshi Enishi). Ai Yori Aoshi was very entertaining a few years back when I watched it. While my tatses have changed since then, I would still recommend it to those who are fans of shoujo anime. This is very much a comical love story, and for those who are fans of anime such as Chobits and Love Hina, then this is a show worth checking out.

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