Sweet Blue Flowers

Alt title: Aoi Hana

Vol: 8; Ch: 52
2004 - 2013
3.89 out of 5 from 426 votes
Rank #7,917
Sweet Blue Flowers

Fumi is glad Akira is back in her life. Even in kindergarten, Akira knew how to stand up for herself, and she was always willing to stand up for Fumi too. But Fumi’s first love recently got married, and Fumi is grappling with a broken heart and the fact that her sweetheart was another woman… Can Akira’s open heart help dispel the gloom Fumi has been caught up in?

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The ‘romances’ are quiet. They’re slow and flowing and while there is drama nothing feels like it’s world ending. It’s not very romantic because rarely do the pairing actually feel the same way for each other, but it's accurate to how young girls experiment and try to figure themselves out. The relentless march of time seems very central to the flow of the story.  A main issue is that the plot doesn’t really make sense. It’s an accurate representation of what life is like- it meanders without thematic build up and it all just goes on and on- which is an interesting way to write a story but it does mean it lacks the backbone of an actual plot. It feels a bit unmoored? Perhaps a little senseless? Scenes often cut off without feeling like they actually ended and the few plotlines that happen don't really definitively end so much as they fizzle out. So much development happens off screen.  There are a lot of characters and I had a somewhat hard time keeping track of who’s who. There are an odd amount of highschoolers who not only have serious crushes on teachers but also think they legitimately have a chance with said teacher. Like they actually confess/ask them out. Wild. I live in a western country so maybe actually confessing your feelings to your teacher is seen as less extremely weird in Japan, but huh. Huuuuh. Also Fumi’s cousin sort of groomed her and it's never addressed and it drove me up the wall. The relationship is never really explained but from the bits we see Fumi never really consents rather she says a lot of ‘i don't know’ that her cousin steamrolls over, then gets married without telling Fumi. I get thematically it makes sense with the type of story this is (realistic and slow) but i really wanted any kind of closure on this or even just exploration of the topic. 

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