|Name:||青い花, Aoi Hana, Sweet Blue Flowers|
|Creator:||Shimura Takako (志村貴子)|
|Date(s):||Nov. 2004-July 2013|
|Country of Origin:||Japan|
|External Links:||週刊青い花 (official anime site)|
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Aoi Hana is a yuri manga series by Shimura Takako that ran for almost 9 years. It was also made into an 11-episode anime in 2009. The manga is known for its unique watercolor-style covers and its realistic characters.
The story centers on two 10th grade girls who knew each other as children. Fumi, the taller, shyer one, moved away in first grade and lost contact until she moved back at the beginning of the school year. She and Akira, her more outspoken childhood friend, end up attending schools right next to each other. In the confusing jumble of new classmates and relationship drama, the two slowly come to realize their feelings for each other.
Main characters include:
Aoi Hana fandom tends to focus on the relationship between Akira and Fumi. However, attention is given to their classmates as well, especially Sugimoto and Kyouko.
- Aoi Hana art on Pixiv
- Aoi Hana fic on Pixiv
- An assortment of Aoi Hana art on DeviantArt
- Aoi Hana works on Archive of Our Own
- Aoi Hana fic on fanfiction.net
- Sweet Blue Flowers AMVs on animemusicvideos.org
- Aoi Hana + AMV search on Youtube
- Aoi Hana cosplayers at Cosplayer's Archive
Aoi Hana was scanlated into English by Lililicious (originally in partnership with Kotonoha) up through chapter 47, when it was announced that JManga had picked up the license. (Lililicious always stops distribution once a work is licensed.) Hime finished the scanlation of the last few chapters.
In addition to the main relationship of Akira/Fumi, there are other yuri relationships in the story: Fumi/Sugimoto, Sugimoto/Kyouko (one-sided), and Orie/Hinako. There are also some het relationships in the series, though most of them are very much backgrounded. Most of the fandom focuses on these canonical relationships.