NBC Universal Japan announced recently that they’re bringing out one of their older shows for release this summer with the complete Ai Yori Aoshi property. With the set having come out now back on August 24th, 2016 priced at 25,000 yen, a better look at the packaging has been submitted to retailers as well so we can see the disc silk screening and the other side of the box too. It includes the twenty-four episode first season and the twelve episode second season across six discs. The set comes with a booklet and a CD that combines the dramas and soundtracks together into one disc. On-disc extras include the clean opening and closings and the bonus footage that was released previously.
Originally airing in the spring 2002 season for the first season, it was directed by Masami Shimoda based on the series composition by Masaharu Amiya. Yumi Nakayami is serving as the chief animation director while Kazunori Iwakura handled the character designs and it was animated by JC Staff. The Japanese cast includes Ayako Kawasumi as Aoi Sakuraba, Souichiro Hoshi as Kaoru Hanabishi, Akiko Hiramatsu as Miyabi Kagurazaki, Halko Momoi as Chika Minazuki, Kaori Mizuhashi as Taeko Minazuki, Satsuki Yukino as Tina Foster and Sayaka Narita as Mayu Miyuki.
The original work comes from Kou Fumizuki and was serialized in Young Animal for seventeen volumes between 1999 and 2005. It was released in North America through TOKYOPOP.
The series was released in North America originally by Geneon Entertainment, who dubbed it, and was released afterward by Funimation.
Plot concept: Kaoru Hanabishi, a college student who lives alone, met a beautiful but bewildered girl dressed in a kimono at a train station. He volunteered to guide her way to the address she was looking for, which happened to be in his neighborhood, but turned out to be an empty lot. Not knowing what to do next, Kaoru invited the devastated girl to his apartment and asked for any additional clues to her destination. She supplied him with a photo of two children whom Kauru immediately identified as himself and Aoi Sakuraba, his childhood friend. It turned out that the girl in front of him is Aoi Sakuraba herself, his betrothed fiancee who came all the way to Tokyo to marry him. Her revelation was not only surprising but also reminded the deepest part of Kaoru’s memory for why he left the Hanabishi family in the first place.
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