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A naive, traditional girl from the country goes to the city to find the boy she was engaged to as a young girl, and the two childhood friends fall in love.







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Kaoru Hanabishi is a college student with a mysterious and painful past, involving his wealthy family whom he walked out on years ago. He encounters a young girl, newly arrived from the countryside, and takes her in to assist her in adjusting to urban life. He discovers to his shock that the girl is his childhood fiancée Aoi Sakuraba, whom he was engaged to before he left his family... and who has left her home and come a great distance to be with her betrothed. Can this couple manage to live and survive together in the cruel and harsh world? Written by Q. Leo Rahman

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Do you remember your first love?


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2002 (Japan)  »

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(24 episodes)


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The characters' names contain meanings that reflect their history:
  • Kaoru Hanabishi: "kaoru" means "fragrant", and "hanabishi" is a flower-shaped crest.

  • Aoi Sakuraba: "aoi" means "blue" (and also translates to "hollyhock"), and "sakuraba" means "cherry blossom".

  • Miyabi Kagurazaki: "miyabi" means "refinement", hinting at her being Aoi's guardian

  • Taeko Minazuki: "taeko" means "delicate child", referring to her clumsy personality.

  • Mayu Miyuki: "mayu" means "cocoon", referring to her family owning a silk company (silk is made from cocoons)

  • Chika Minazuki: "chika" means "near".

  • Uzume: Uzume is named after Ame-no-Uzume, the goddess of Japanese Mythology who was responsible for luring Amaterasu out of the Heavenly Cave.

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sweet romantic-comedy about old-fashioned kimono-wearing girl
16 February 2003 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I understand Pioneer is going to be releasing the English-language version soon so I will give you a sneak peek based on the subtitled version I've seen.

Polite, traditional Japanese girl Aoi has come to the big city looking for her childhood sweetheart Kaoru with the intention of marrying him. Being naive she has run away from home without even knowing that the boy would accept her. As it turns out she is the daughter of a wealthy family the Sakurabas and he is from another wealthy family the Hanabishis. Kaoru ran away during his teens because the Hanabishis ostracized his mother and tried to erase her from the family history when she died. Since Aoi loves Kaoru with all her heart everything will turn out ok right? Wrong! Since Aoi is willing to give up everything to be with Kaoru the family governess Miyabi sets up a house for them to live in on condition that the two of them not cause a scandal by sleeping together. Their cover story is that Aoi is the owner of the building, Miyabi is the building superintendant and Kaoru is a tenant. Soon we are introduced to the rest of the large cast of characters who are there to provide the comedy. I've seen the first nine episodes (Destiny, Supper, Separation, Live-in, Friend, Housework, Mysterious Demon, Fondness, One Night) and it looks promising. Since this show depends on the cuteness of Aoi I think you will like the Japanese-language version best.

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