Ao Haru Ride Episode 2 Review

“In that moment I learned something I had never been taught. To come to a clear decision takes strength… I know I’m stronger than I was in those days.”

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I love how the second episode started off with the cops and robbers flashback where we got to see the middle school Kou and Futaba interact. The entire flashback is painted in a beautiful soft watercolour texture animation to evoke a sense of innocence and nostalgia.

Rating: 3.5/5 happy clouds Crop_35 Clouds Transparent

Ao Haru Ride Episode 2 (9)Futaba is still with her two-faced friends for now so she’s as zoned out as ever, especially when they bash on Makita for being cute. Futaba getting to know Makita is one of my favourite introductory scenes at the beginning of the series because it’s that first little step Futaba takes away from her fake façade.

Ao Haru Ride Episode 2 (13)Everything happening in the first two episodes is all slow-paced in the anime because it’s just as slow-paced in the manga. There’s so much distance between Futaba, Kou and all the other characters that the plotlines are all disconnected right now. Only once Futaba breaks off from her old friends can the story’s pace pick up and this happens at the middle of the episode (by accident actually) when she speaks up for Makita against her so-called friends who are making fun of the poor girl. Futaba’s pretty much lost her friends now but at least she’s spoken her mind. She sees a lot of her middle school self in Makita which is why she went so far for her.

Ao Haru Ride Episode 2 (21)Futaba ends up moping outside the school reflecting on her outburst. Kou coincidentally passes by the window… Of course Futaba does realize it’s her fault for putting up an act and she starts crying. She panics when she sees people walking by and Kou pulls her in for a hug to hide her face. My gosh I LOVE the song in the background that’s playing as Kou comforts her. She finally musters up the courage to call him by his first name. Later, Futaba even confronts her old friends again to be straight up about how she feels. Finally the ordeal is wrapped up when Makita approaches Futaba and they form their little friendship duo then. Once Futaba’s resolved her issues she feels the urge to see Kou and… thank him? Gosh all those doki-doki feelings.

Since episode 2 marked a significant change for Futaba, we should be seeing her interact with a lot of the other significant supporting characters starting in the next episode. We’ll see her get closer and closer to Kou and learn some of his family and back story stuff. As well, other characters’ side romance plot lines should be introduced next week as well. Other than the fact that the comedy gags sometimes seem out of place in a seemingly deep and touching moment, I’m fairly pleased with the anime and I’m looking forward to more warm and fuzzy shoujo moments from Ao Haru Ride ^-^

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