Io Sakisaka, the creator of Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride) is going to end her manga next month according to the February issue of Shueisha‘s Bessatsu Margaret magazine. The shoujo manga’s serialization started in 2011 and as of December 2014, 12 volumes have been released so far.
An anime adaptation produced by Production I.G. was also aired in July last year, and the 12th and final episode was televised in September. A live-action film adaptation directed by Takahiro Miki was also screened in Japan on December 13, 2014. Tsubasa Honda and Masahiro Higashide played the roles of Yoshioka Futaba and Tanaka Kou, respectively. Izumi Fujimoto (Yuri Makita), Yua Shinkawa (Shuko Murao), Ryo Yoshizawa (Aya Kominato), Yu Koyanagi (Yoichi Tanaka), Yudai Chiba (Toma Kikuchi) and Mitsuki Takahata (Yui Narumi) also joined the cast.
Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride) depicts the love story between Yoshioka Futaba and Tanaka Kou who both fell in love with each other when they were still in junior high. However, before she could even confess her feelings for him, Kou suddenly transferred and they lost contact with each other. Now that she is in high school, she unexpectedly reunites with Kou who changed his name to Mabuchi Kou. She realizes that she still has feelings for him, but the Kou she knew before is different now. In the course of their romance, they meet new people and friends who will also play a great part in their story.