English Title: Sweet Blue Flowers
Anime Info: 11 episodes. Aired in 2009.
Manga Info: 8 volumes; 52 chapters. Published from 2004-2013.
Fumi Manjoume, an introverted, bookish teenage girl, is beginning her first year of high school at Matsuoka Girls’ High School. She enters the school year with her heart broken by a previous relationship. At about the same time, she reconnects with her best friend from ten years ago, Akira Okudaira, who is now attending Fujigatani Girls’ Academy as a first-year high school student. As they reconnect, they both deal with their own respective romantic problems, and help each other get through them.
Genres: drama, romance, slice of life, school, shojo ai, yuri, josei, seinen
So, I tried super hard to watch the anime after reading the manga, but I only got two episodes in. It’s just boring for me to be exposed to the same story so soon (this has nothing to do with the manga/anime itself; it’s just a personal thing; I’m the kind of person who hardly ever rewatches or rereads things). Plus, school has stated up again so I don’t have as much time to dedicate to manga and anime 😦 I might watch the anime way later on, but for now, I’m just going to check it off and move on. So, my review is based off of the manga mainly.
This is most definitely a slice of life. The series encompasses their entire high school years and a little bit after. I’m not usually a fan of slice of life or romance, but the story and characters were really interesting and cute. I also enjoyed its emphasis on theater (most of the main characters were in the drama club).
Side Note: I read this manga for Operation: Enlightenment, a fun little project where I go through each anime and manga on their respective lists.