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?
Q. Leo Rahman
Do you remember your first love?
Did You Know?
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.
The ending credits for each episode shows a sepia-colored image from that episode. See more
In the Japanese language version, Tina Foster practices the well known song "Happy Birthday to You" while walking with her groceries. Later at Aoi's birthday party, everyone sings "Happy Birthday to You" to Aoi. In the English dub the song "Happy Birthday to You" has been replaced with another tune with some other lyrics. The song was changed so Pioneer did not need to license the song for the English dub. See more
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