Yoshioka Futaba has a few reasons why she wants to “reset” her image and life as a new high school student. Because she’s cute, she was ostracized by her female friends in junior high, and because of a misunderstanding, she couldn’t get her feeling across to the one boy she has ever liked, Tanaka-kun.
Now in high school, she is determined to be as unladylike as possible so that her friends won’t be jealous of her. While living her life this way contentedly, she meets Tanaka-kun again, but he now goes under the name of Mabuchi Kou. He tells her that he felt the same way as she did when they were younger, but now things can never be the same again. Will Futaba be able to continue her love that never even started from three years ago? (Source: MU)
Aired: Jul 8, 2014 to Sep 23, 2014
Producers: Production I.G, Movic, Sentai Filmworks, Sony Music Entertainment, TOHO animation
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shoujo, Slice of Life
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
I must say… I’m not a fan of shoujo anime. Nonetheless Ao Hard Ride is a really good anime. I enjoyed how genuine and real the emotions were in that anime. It was anything but typical. The heroine had a strong personality eventhough she really liked the guy. She worked hard to get him out of his dark place. I also liked how there was a good friendship bond between Futaba and her friend. That’s very rare in shoujo anime. The anime was more slice of life than shoujo actually. I very much enjoyed the anime and highly recommend it.
Overall Rate: 8/10