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10 Anime Like Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride)

Updated on June 11, 2017
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Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride)
Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride) | Source

Ao Haru Ride (translate: Blue Spring Ride) is about the story of a girl and a boy who were tied by the red string of fate and hurled around by the harsh winds of love. They came to know each other in middle school. Futaba Yoshioba was the kind of girl who’s so cutesy and adorable she’s the target of everyone’s attention. Only one boy’s attention mattered to her though—Kou Tanaka’s attention.

Futaba and Kou were able to bond in middle school. But one day, everything was thrown into disarray. A grave misunderstanding arose, and Kou suddenly disappeared without a trace. Futaba was left all alone.

And so, now in high school, Futaba no longer wants attention. She now has a tomboyish personality and a tousled look. She is hurt from the past, and so her only way to cope up was to change. But then, fate had a plan. Once again, Kou is back in her life, but now with a different name—Kou Mabuchi.

This anime is simply exquisite in terms of drama and romance. It’s a shoujo show through and through. That’s why it is liked by many. And so, with that, comes this list. This is a compilation of the anime like Ao Haru Ride. Figured you would be looking for more similar shows, so here they are!

Manga Like Ao Haru Ride

1. Orange
2. Kimi ni Todoke
3. Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
4. Ore Monogatari (My Love Story!!)
5. Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji (Wolf Girl & Black Prince)
6. Bokura ga Ita (We Were There)
7. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster)
8. Lovely Complex
9. Sukitte II na yo. (Say "I love You")
10. Itazura na Kiss

1. Orange

Orange | Source

The Story: The story of Orange begins with a letter from the future. The said letter contains Naho Takamiya’s future, as well as her regrets. Now that the letter is in her possession, she has the choice whether to believe it or not. There’s one peculiar thing about the letter though—it has the new transfer student, Kakeru Naruse, as the center.

What does Kakeru have to do with everything? Is he the cause of future Naho’s tremendous regret? Does everyone know? As Naho will soon find out, the letter from the future is definitely no joke.

The Similarity: Orange doesn’t actually differ much from Ao Haru Ride. They have the same aura and feel. The school setting, the pangs of friendship and love, the unescapable past—both do emit such elements. The greatest similarity though is with the main characters. Predicaments, situations, personalities—you’ll clearly see the likeness once you watch both.

2. Kimi ni Todoke

Kimi ni Todoke
Kimi ni Todoke | Source

The Story: The heroine of Kimi ni Todoke is Kuronuma Sawako. She’s a high school girl, but not an ordinary one. She has the demeanor of “Sadako”—the horrific character from “The Rings.” As such, she emanates a creepy aura that alienates her from the rest of the world.

Everything changes though when she makes an unlikely interaction with the most popular boy in class, Kazehaya Shouta. Shouta has a very refreshing personality. He’s extremely likeable and very approachable. With opposites coming together, is this the moment Sawako has been waiting for all her life? Is this the development she so wants in her life? Will she finally be free from the shackles of her persona?

The Similarity: Oh, teenage romance! Such a melodramatic thing. Kimi ni Todoke just oozes with sweetness. It’s also about growing and overcoming all challenges and setbacks. Then, there’s love. It just blossoms from out of nowhere. Innocent and sweet, this show promises a tickle to everyone’s hearts.

3. Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
Kaichou wa Maid-sama! | Source

The Story: In a school that just transitioned from being an all-boys school to a coed one, being the first-ever female student council president is a really tough job. Not for Misaki Azuzawa though! She rules with an iron fist. And no one can easily oppose her. She has a created a school with the girls under her tight protection.

She has one secret though—she works as a maid in a certain maid café! While it’s not, in any way, a shameful job, Misaki thinks it has the power to demolish her rule. And so, she tries her best to not let her secret leak out. That is, until the most popular boy in school, Usui Takumi, discovers her secret! And there’s one thing about Usui—he has a budding interest in Misaki!

The Similarity: Love always prevails in the end—and with both shows, this so holds true! Although “Kaichou wa Maid-sama!” has a different approach, it still is a story about young love. It reeks of comedy, yes, but that’s what gives it a perfect contrast. Well, it’s one of the most popular shoujo/romance manga out there, so there surely is something unique and exceptional about it.

4. Ore Monogatari (My Love Story!!)

Ore Monogatari (My Love Story!!)
Ore Monogatari (My Love Story!!) | Source

The Story: Ore Monogatari follows Takeo Gouda and his exploits in love. He’s a high school student with a muscular build and a tall stature. His physical traits are what hinders him from having a fanciful love life. He is courageous and chivalrous though, which bodes for the other boys, but unfortunately not for the girls.

One day, he saves a girl named Rinko Yamato from being almost molested. At that moment, he accidentally falls in love with her. But there’s a problem! Takeo thinks that Rinko is in love with his handsome bestfriend, Makoto Sunakawa! This is a mess! But being the good guy that he is, Gouda shall act as bridge between Rinko and Makoto. It seems like Gouda’s love life is still far from beginning. Or is it?

The Similarity: While Ore Monogatari is a bit more of a fun-fun show than an overly complex and dramatic one, it still revolves around teenage dilemma. The main male character in this show has issues that are way different from the ones in Ao Haru Ride but, nothing makes them any less vital. Everyone has issues, and for both shows, those are what’s centrally tackled. Teenage life is surely complicated, but so is life in general. And the number 1 cure? It’s love!

5. Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji (Wolf Girl & Black Prince)

Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji (Wolf Girl & Black Prince)
Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji (Wolf Girl & Black Prince) | Source

The Story: In order to join some friendship circle, Erika Shinohara lies about her love hijinks. She snapped a picture of a handsome stranger and tells everyone that the one in the photo is her boyfriend. Unbeknownst to her, the guy is actually the popular boy in school, Kyouya Sata, and he knows about what she’s doing.

And so, with a secret that only he and she knows, the unlikely story begins! Will it all end in love or something else? Who knows what will happen next with this mess.

The Similarity: Yet another one of the more comedic romance series, Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji takes center stage! As I’ve said, it’s a show that leans more on the comedic side than on the dramatic side. That doesn’t mean it’s far different from Ao Haru Ride though. In fact, this one also deals with love and friendship. And ultimately, love is still what clearly reigns in the end.

6. Bokura ga Ita (We Were There)

Bokura ga Ita (We Were There)
Bokura ga Ita (We Were There) | Source

The Story: This is the story of a boy and girl in high school. At first, none of them are in good terms with each other. But as time passes by and they’ve come to grow closer and closer, romantic feeling begin to surface. It’s all not without trials though. This is a story full of heartaches and bitterness.

But despite everything, will the two finds what love’s worth truly is? Will they grow to become more mature and hardier in life than ever? This is their story. He was there, she was there, we were there!

The Similarity: Now for a dramatic feast, we have Bokura ga Ita! As I’ve mentioned, it’s similarly a dramatic feast with twice the airtime. That means, it’s full of drama! And oh, let’s not forget about romance and love now because this one’s all about those as well. Overcome obstacles, cry a river, win in love and in life—you have to watch this show to feel it.

7. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster)

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster)
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster) | Source

The Story: Shizuku Mizutani and Haru Yoshida are both apathetic and indifferent. They both don’t have much friends but they both excel in the things they love to do. Unfortunately, they’re not on the same wavelength. Shizuku is icy cold while Haru is warmly persistent. Circumstance has brought them together, and so, they have to do what comes after.

Together, Shizuku and Haru shall discover what feelings and emotions are. They will learn what it means to be part of society. They shall know life in a wider plane of view. And lastly, love!

The Similarity: If you’re in for a show that’s with all likelihood romantic and heart-tingling, then this is it—Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun! It’s very similar in terms of having characters contrasting with one another. And have you seen the artwork? One is watercolor-type while one is geometrically colorful. But let’s go back to the characters. They’re contrasting and conflicting but very much the same! Well, you’ll know what I mean if you watch both.

8. Lovely Complex

Lovely Complex
Lovely Complex | Source

The Story: Koizumi Risa is a very tall girl for her age. Ootani Atsushi is a very small boy for his age. Bring them together, and everyone’s got a laughing stock. But wait, there’s more with Risa and Atsushi. Both of them are single and are heartbroken from their past romantic escapades.

But since they’re together now, with the same complexities and circumstances, something has to come out of their relationship. Will their partnership and friendship lead to another? Will their problems be solved by one another? No matter what others say, it seems like the two are actually a perfect couple!

The Similarity: Here’s another romantic comedy to watch if you liked Ao Haru Ride. Drum-rolls please. And so, it is—Lovely Complex. It’s not overly dramatic but it does exist. One good thing about it is it’s very funny. And yeah, it’s very adorable and lighthearted to a fault. You’ll the clichés as you watch it, and there you’ll learn of the world of familiar vibe it has.

9. Sukitte Ii na yo. (Say “I Love You”)

Sukitte Ii na yo. (Say “I Love You”)
Sukitte Ii na yo. (Say “I Love You”) | Source

The Story: Mei Tachibana has a problem trusting others and making friends. It’s all because of what happened to her back in elementary school. So, now that she’s in high school, she tries to avoid people and all kinds of unnecessary interactions.

All of what Mei’s been doing changes though when she encounters Kurosawa Yamato. At first, they’re relationship was pretty bothersome and awkward but then, things began to escalate. From a stranger, Kurosawa has started to become a friend, then a boyfriend. What next? “I Love You”—what does these three words really mean?

The Similarity: There’s a load of cute moments in “Sukitte Ii na yo.” But be wary, it’s all cute moments and fluffy stuff. There’s also some heavy drama. Also, add some comical hijinks to complete the set! Anyway, this anime is another romance/shoujo show that tries to build the foundation of love and relationship by tests of trials and obstacles. Then, there’s the relationship part. It’s not just about two people who are in love with one another. This is also about the people around them, and their growth in life as well.

10. Itazura na Kiss

Itazura na Kiss
Itazura na Kiss | Source

The Story: After having her house crumbling down due to an earthquake, high school girl Kotoko Aihara now has to live in another house. And luckily for her, the house she’s gonna live in is the house of the boy she always had a crush on, Naoki Irie.

There’s a problem though, Kotoko already confessed her love to him in the past and got rejected. But, being the optimistic girl that she is, she will still try her best to win his heart. Especially now that she lives in his house, things are about to get romantically messy!

The Similarity: Do looks matter? Do grades matter? Do personalities matter? Does everything matter? Well, in love, perhaps not! They say everything is equal in love. And Itazura na Kiss is the show to watch if you want to know why. By standards, this is a shoujo anime. And by that, this show has all the clichés you’ll ever need.

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