Sep 26, 2014

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Ao Haru Ride episode 12

Alright. This post will be kept short, this will be kept simple and this will be kept honest. I do not think that Ao Haru Ride turned out to be a bad watch. There were plenty of times were I truly enjoyed watching it. That being said, I still think that Zankyou no Terror, which turned out to be wonderful from start to finish, would’ve been a much better pick for me.

[HorribleSubs] Ao Haru Ride - 12 [720p].mkv_snapshot_04.39_[2014.09.25_22.19.05]Anyway, Futaba-chan did it. She finally succeeded in breaking down that invisible wall and forced Kou to act his age a bit more. He was so angry and so scared all the time, apparently. Futaba seems to have fixed all that. Does she not realize that she has a hold over him? Dammit Futaba… Just do what most women do; try to dominate and control the living crap out of him.

Kou is slowly becoming more and more sociable with everyone. Nevertheless, was there any progress at the end? Not really. All we really got during these past twelve weeks were hugs and teenage drama. In the end it didn’t really meet my expectations. I would’ve thought that Kou would’ve asked Futaba out by now, but no… A pretty mediocre ending for an overall overrated, yet amusing show.

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Sep 19, 2014

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Ao Haru Ride episode 11

Good lord… It feels like a vein in my head is about to burst. My head is killing me and I think I’m coming down with something. I will keep this post short and go straight to bed.

[HorribleSubs] Ao Haru Ride - 11 [720p].mkv_snapshot_08.13_[2014.09.18_23.17.25]I think it’s nonsense how the roles have suddenly been switched. Kou took on the role of mature, smart and understanding guy. That image of his has been completely shattered. In fact, the roles have turn. The superficial Futaba-chan has grown a little and is now trying to help Kou the best way that she possibly can. Seriously, how the hell did that happen!?

I do have to admit that Futaba seems very dedicated. She is completely in love with that idiot and she doesn’t really care of he were to find out at this point. Stupid? Oh no. She’s just brave. It seems she grew up a little and is now aggressively following Kou around (which is something she did from the beginning) in order to help him see reason, seeing as he’s still bothered by his mother’s death. We’ll see how this turns out… Just one more episode, right?

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Sep 12, 2014

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Ao Haru Ride episode 10

Wow. Why did I think of Natsuyuki Rendezvous? I remember loving that show to death. Waiting every single week for a new episode was very hard. And that horrible ending disappointed me so much that I lost faith in Japanese endings. Ao Haru Ride won’t be any different. I can tell.

[HorribleSubs] Ao Haru Ride - 10 [720p].mkv_snapshot_03.06_[2014.09.11_23.39.49]I was not very hopeful. I knew what to expect. Futaba is a pretty jealous girl, so when she saw Yuuri and Kou exit that room together and refused to tell her what they did there, I immediately knew that Futaba would not leave it alone until she found out why. She has used sad, obvious excuses before to get what she wanted. This this was no exception. She used like half a dozen bad excuses to gain access to Kou’s house in order to squeeze out a little bit of info on what happened between those two, only to discover that part of that room has been dedicated to Kou’s deceased mother. Yeah, good going, Futaba.

[HorribleSubs] Ao Haru Ride - 10 [720p].mkv_snapshot_12.24_[2014.09.11_23.40.19]I even hate myself for actually getting a little hopeful when Kou held Futaba like that. “Here it finally comes” I said to myself, when suddenly Kou’s older brother showed up to ruin everything. Seriously, he ruined everything. The moment was perfect, the position was perfect and the timing was perfect. I hate myself for that.

I swear, I will never get my hopes up like that again. Ao Haru Ride just keeps shooting it all down. No wonder the manga is so popular amongst girls. They build up so freakin’ much that it makes me want to hit someone. I imagine that girls love this kind of let’s-wait-so-it-becomes-a-lot-more-special crap. The only thing that can make it special is if you obey your partner’s every command (and vice versa from time to time to be fair).

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Sep 5, 2014

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Ao Haru Ride episode 09

There are three episodes left and I have no idea what they’re trying to accomplish with this. It just looks like it’s going to be another one of those romantic anime where the main characters don’t actually end up together…

[HorribleSubs] Ao Haru Ride - 09 [720p].mkv_snapshot_14.43_[2014.09.04_23.32.25]I really have very little to say about this episode. Kou basically stole the spotlight with his bad boy act. That guy is seeking attention like some drama queen. Just grow up kid and tell people what’s on your mind. Why go out at night to spend time with a group of losers that will probably at one point starting raping girls?

The only “interesting” scene was when Kou and Yuuri came out of some room together and neither one of them wanted to tell Futaba what was going on in there. I’m not saying anything happened, but I’m pretty sure that we’ll find out next week. I doubt that Futaba will just give up. It just goes to show that you can never leave a possible love candidate alone with the person you like.

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Aug 29, 2014

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Ao Haru Ride episode 08

This whole story is just going back in forth. It’s almost like watching a random child that’s plucking leaf petals from a flower. “She loves me, she loves me not, she loves me, she loves me not…” It’s quite annoying if it goes on for too long.

[HorribleSubs] Ao Haru Ride - 08 [720p].mkv_snapshot_09.03_[2014.08.28_22.50.36]So Futaba finally managed to find the courage to tell Yuuri about her feelings for Kou. I think it’s quite admirable how Yuuri dealt with the news. Sure, she was bit surprised and rather sad, but she took it very well. Besides, she doesn’t strike me as the type of character that will do anything to get what she wants. I think she’s as straight as an arrow. That is why I’d rather see her win that Futaba, but that’s obviously not going to happen. Futaba is just way too fussy and has quite a few problems, and I don’t think that their past should give her the edge, even though it obviously does.

[HorribleSubs] Ao Haru Ride - 08 [720p].mkv_snapshot_21.37_[2014.08.28_22.50.58]Quite frankly, the only one that I’m actually rooting for is Shuuko-chan. So what if she has a crush on her teacher? They aren’t extremely far apart when it comes to age, so why not? Just wait until Shuuko-chan graduates and date her. Date her now if you think you can keep it quiet… I only say that because I think that Kou’s older brother is a good guy, of course.

Was there any actual progress? I don’t know. Futaba told Yuuri about her feelings for Kou and says that she’s seriously going after him now. I never thought she would literally follow the guy around town like he has honey stuck to his ass. I just hope that Kou will notice her feelings soon. It’s time that he, too, grows up a little instead of acting like a sad, attention craving child.

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Aug 22, 2014

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Ao Haru Ride episode 07

You know, it’s actually quite funny. I actually started to think that I somewhat understood women after all these years. I kept telling myself that Ao Haru Ride is just function and that girls don’t actually think like that. My niece certainly set me straight on that one…

[HorribleSubs] Ao Haru Ride - 07 [720p].mkv_snapshot_05.57_[2014.08.21_22.52.55]I am honestly losing a little bit of interest in Ao Haru Ride. It’s all so pointless. They make everything seem so complicated and important, yet everyone knows the outcome. I for one am completely puzzled. I keep asking the same question during every episode; “why don’t you say something if you realize you like him/her?”

This episode just added to that. Futaba bought new shampoo because Kou made a comment on how her hair smells. She bought something new in order to impress him and seem more girly, only to end up doubting her decision afterwards. What is up with that? So many pointless emotions… I’m guessing the majority of Ao Haru Ride fans consist primarily of girls.

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Aug 15, 2014

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Ao Haru Ride episode 06

I am not old. Seriously, I am a young man. Why do I feel so old when I watch this show? The characters’ problems seem so childish and pointless that I basically want to slap the first teenager I come across for no good reason.

[HorribleSubs] Ao Haru Ride - 06 [720p].mkv_snapshot_04.52_[2014.08.14_23.28.50]It seems that my hunch was right. Yuuri fell in love with Kou after he helped her up when she fell. She claims that she always had her eyes on him, but that he pretty much stole her heart when he helped her. I’m sorry, but isn’t that quite a bit sad? Do teenage girls really fall in love over something so trivial? I just hope this love triangle crap goes over quickly, because we already know how this is going to end. Futaba is going to win. Plain and simple. Kou likes Futaba and Futaba likes Kou. Yuuri’s feelings for Kou are one-sided and will stay that way.

[HorribleSubs] Ao Haru Ride - 06 [720p].mkv_snapshot_19.38_[2014.08.14_23.29.15]It’s about time that Futaba realized that she likes Kou. Hell, she always knew it. She gets nervous when she’s around him, she can feel her heart going nuts and she always seems to sniff his hair like a horny b*tch (dog) in heat. I don’t think I would like a hair-sniffing, two-faced girlfriend like that. I hate to say it like this, but Kou can do better. Let’s face it; the guy is smart, has looks and has a pretty good personality. If he were a real human being than he would go very far in life. It’s too bad that he’s about to realize that he has feelings for Futaba just like she has feelings for him. It’s so obvious…

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Aug 8, 2014

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Ao Haru Ride episode 05

I must keep this port short and simple. I have been feeling bad all day and now I’m actually having chest pains. Damn this stress… The human mind is a fickle thing, really. I can’t wait for my vacation (I’m going a bit late this year again).

[HorribleSubs] Ao Haru Ride - 05 [720p].mkv_snapshot_09.47_[2014.08.07_23.16.35]I found this episode both a little disappointing and quite relieving. It’s rather disappointing because one of theories has once again been confirmed. A love triangle is well on its way and the outcome is painfully predictable. Everyone knows that Futaba is going to be the lucky girl in the end. There is no other possible outcome that would otherwise satisfy the fans.

However, I am happy that Futaba finally realized that she has feelings for Kou. He carried her when she was too injured to walk for much longer and he hasn’t really changed that much on the inside. Futaba finally realized this and fell in love all over again. This is the part where everyone shouts “It’s about damn time”. I hope it’s Kou turn next week.

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