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Ai Yori Aoshi (藍より青し) is an anime based on the Japanese seinen manga written and illustrated by Kou Fumizuki. The anime was directed by Masami Shimoda, written by Kenichi Kanemaki, and animated by J.C. Staff. The series consists of 24 episodes and aired between April 11, 2002 and September 26, 2002.


Kaoru Hanabishi, a college student who lives alone, met a beautiful but bewildered girl dressed in kimono at train station. He volunteered to guide her way to the address she was looking for, which looked like in his neighborhood but turned out to be an empty lot. Not knowing what to do next, Kaoru invited the devastated girl to his apartment and asked for additional clue -- a photo with two children whom Kaoru immediately identified as himself and Aoi Sakuraba, his childhood friend. It turned out that the girl in front of him is Aoi Sakuraba herself, his betrothed fiancée who came all the way to Tokyo to marry him. Her revelation was not only surprising but also reminded the deepest part of Kaoru's memory for why he left the Hanabishi family in the first place.


Image Character Seiyū Voice Actor
Kaoru Hanabishi Sōichirō Hoshi Dave Wittenberg
Narumi Hidaka
Aoi Sakuraba Ayako Kawasumi Michelle Ruff
Tina Foster Satsuki Yukino Wendee Lee
Miyabi Kagurazaki Akiko Hiramatsu Lia Sargent
Taeko Minazuki Kaori Mizuhashi Philece Sampler
Mayu Miyuki Sayaka Narita Karen Strassman
Chika Minazuki Haruko Momoi Kari Wahlgren
Uzume Yuka Inokuchi Kaeko Sakamoto
Suzuki Kazuya Nakai Lex Lang
Ruka Saionji Kenyū Horiuchi Kirk Thornton
Satō Makoto Higo

Additional Voices

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Content Region Country
Geneon Entertainment 2003 DVD.jpg The Complete Series 1
United States United States
5 Volumes
2007 The Complete Series*
8 Discs
FUNimation Entertainment 2012 The Complete Series*
6 Discs

*including Ai Yori Aoshi ~Enishi~

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