Ai Yori Aoshi

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  • TV-14
  • 2002
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.0  (523)

Ai Yori Aoshi is a romantic comedy anime series produced by J.C. Staff and based on the manga series of the same name written by Kou Fumizuki. The anime premiered in Japan in 2002 and aired for 24 episodes on Fuji TV. The series is known for its beautiful art and animation, as well as its heartwarming and comedic story.

The story of Ai Yori Aoshi follows the life of Kaoru Hanabishi, a university student who comes from a wealthy family but has decided to live independently from his family's influence. One day, he meets a beautiful girl named Aoi Sakuraba, who, unbeknownst to Kaoru, is also from a wealthy family. Aoi tells Kaoru that they were once betrothed when they were young and that she has come to bring him back to her family's estate.

Although initially resistant to the idea of leaving his independent life, Kaoru is drawn to Aoi's kind and gentle personality and decides to move back in with her. However, to Kaoru's surprise, Aoi and her family are not living in a grand mansion as he had expected, but instead in a quaint and traditional Japanese home. Kaoru is taken aback by the differences between his own upbringing and Aoi's, but he soon learns that there is much to love about living a simpler life.

As the series progresses, Kaoru and Aoi's relationship deepens and they become increasingly comfortable with one another. Their relationship is tested, however, by the disapproval of Kaoru's family and the intervention of old flames who seek to disrupt their happy life together. With the help of their friends and loved ones, Kaoru and Aoi must work to overcome these obstacles and continue to build their life together.

One of the standout features of Ai Yori Aoshi is its beautiful artwork and animation. The series is known for its attention to detail in its depictions of traditional Japanese architecture and décor, as well as its use of vibrant colors and soft, dreamlike backgrounds. The character designs are also notable for their attention to detail and expressiveness, particularly in the way that the characters' eyes are drawn.

In addition to its visual appeal, Ai Yori Aoshi is also known for its strong voice acting performances. Ayako Kawasumi, who voices Aoi, brings a sense of warmth and sincerity to the character, while Souichiro Hoshi portrays Kaoru's mix of aloofness and vulnerability with nuance and subtlety. The rest of the cast, including Akiko Hiramatsu, Haruko Momoi, and Satsuki Yukino, also deliver strong performances that add depth and humor to the series.

Overall, Ai Yori Aoshi is a charming and heartfelt romantic comedy that will appeal to fans of both the genre and traditional Japanese culture. With its beautiful animation, lovable characters, and heartwarming story, the series is a standout in the world of anime and a must-watch for anyone looking for a feel-good romantic comedy.

Ai Yori Aoshi is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (36 episodes). The series first aired on April 10, 2002.

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12. Ties
December 27, 2003
Months pass and Tina still hasn't returned from America. Kaoru and Aoi, the two closest to her, comfort each other at one of Tina's favorite spots. Their long kept secret may be discovered before they can recover from a happy surprise!
11. Moonlight
December 20, 2003
Tina's going back to America for a homecoming party. She gets a digital camera and has everyone don costumes for a photo shoot. Her love for everyone, especially for Kaoru, forms a smile on her face to hide a sorrow she can't reveal before she slips away.
10. Bathrobe
December 13, 2003
The whole gang, Chika's friends, and yes, Mayu too, enjoy the luxuries of a spa resort. Taeko takes a break with a few drinks, Miyabi gets a massage, and Tina and Aoi try out a private bath - the same one Kaoru got in just a few minutes before!
Pure White
9. Pure White
December 6, 2003
Kaoru's graduate professor rewards him for his dutiful work with two tickets for a cruise. After receiving Miyabi's blessing, Kaoru and Aoi cherish the time alone without the usual worrying over possible interruption.
Fish and Water
8. Fish and Water
November 29, 2003
Chika and her two friends are the only known members of their high school's swim club. The district's swimming competition is approaching, but Chizuru still can't finish a lap. Tina offers to coach them and splashes in some trademark mischief.
Summer Resort
7. Summer Resort
November 22, 2003
A hard-earned get-away calls Kaoru and his flock to a resort in the mountains, where Mayu just happens to be nearby at her family's vacation home. A game much like truth or dare gets interesting-especially when Aoi is asked some personal questions.
6. Journey
November 15, 2003
Kaoru's got to pull an all-nighter to finish a big report, or else he'll be writing more all summer long. Graduate studies are demanding, but so are four admiring girls all trying to ease his stress.
5. Piano
November 8, 2003
Mayu audaciously asks Kaoru on a date in front of the entire household. Since his engagement to Aoi is still a secret, he fails to decline. Stunningly dressed but ill-prepared, Mayu reveals her one passion to Kaoru in response to his sensitive request.
4. Phantom
November 2, 2003
Mysterious noises spook the mansion's residents. Taeko, the authority on ghostly matters, leads the attempted exorcism through a dusty attic. Mayu finds it prudent to sneak into Kaoru's bed for a cuddle, resulting in a heap of hilarious frights.
3. Tennis
October 26, 2003
The game is on when Miyabi volunteers to teach Chika how to play tennis. Kaoru and the rest of the girls come along for some friendly matches. Kaoru tries his best to focus in between glances at Aoi's impressive form in her endearing tennis attire.
2. Friends
October 19, 2003
Chika's high school friends Chizuru and Natsuki get the impression that Kaoru's her live-in boyfriend - she relishes the thought and replies to inquiries vaguely. The girls' insist on satisfaction, resulting in a raucous and embarrassing house visit!
Spring Blossom
1. Spring Blossom
October 12, 2003
It's been two eventful years since that fateful day Aoi and Kaoru were reunited. He takes a break from his graduate classes, and the clandestine lovebirds celebrate their anniversary filled with memories and fantasies of the future.
Where to Watch Ai Yori Aoshi
Ai Yori Aoshi is available for streaming on the Fuji TV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Ai Yori Aoshi on demand at Apple TV, Crunchyroll and Tubi TV.
  • Premiere Date
    April 10, 2002
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (523)