Hi guys, it’s Menma. I didn’t die, probably. At Tekky’s urging, I chose a summer series to cover, and that’ll be Aoi Hana (“Blue Flowers”). As far as I can tell, it’s a shoujo-ai slice of life drama, about two childhood friends who are reunited in high school and find themselves drawn to each other romantically. From what I can see it’ll be a slow, bittersweet journey, set against that kind of watercolor background that makes you weirdly nostalgic for places you’ve never been (or maybe you have, but I haven’t).
In terms of sight and sound, Aoi Hana is very pretty. A lot of the time the art, especially the background, looks like rough sketches, but in a good way. The scenery, all watery greens and beiges and blues, and the soft piano music in the background, make you feel like you’re in one of those serene cities from a Ghibli movie. Think Mimi wo Sumaseba or Majo no Takkyuubin. Yes, it’s that nostalgic Ghibli feeling. The character designs even feel Ghibli-like. I’m sure that as soon as I publish this someone will say “Hey Menma how did you not know that Aoi Hana was made by Ghibli” or something and then I’ll feel silly. But anyway, if you like Ghibli, you’ll like the feel of this series.