Aoha Info + next chapter preview
GIRLS ONLY AO HARU SCHOOL FESTIVAL FAN MEETING: To promote the movie, the three magazines Bessatsu Margaret, non-no, and Seventeen will be hosting a fan meeting. Tsubasa Honda (Futaba’s actress, non-no model) and Yua Shinkawa (Shuuko’s actress, Seventeen model) will be making an appearance. There is a photograph event and a high-five event with these girls. Behind-the-scenes footage of the Ao Haru Ride movie will be screened. Entry to the event is by lottery through tickets available in issues of Bessatsu Margaret, non-no, and Seventeen. The event is for girls only. (more info here)
MOVIE ADVANCE TICKETS: Starting October 11, advance tickets for the Ao Haru Ride movie coming out on December 13 will go on sale. The first 30,000 people to buy them nationwide will receive a special “Ao Haru Notebook” featuring never-before-seen illustrations from Io Sakisaka. (The image shows a picture of Futaba and Kou wearing what their movie counterparts wore during their field trip to Nagasaki.) (more info here)
BLU-RAY/DVD INFO: Vol. 1 of the Blu-ray/DVD will go on sale on September 17 (two days!!). It holds episodes 1 and 2 of the anime. Getting the first press edition (AKA pre-ordering and buying it as soon as it comes out) gives you:
- 16 pg. never-before-seen comic by Io Sakisaka called “Awaken”, featuring Kou thinking about Futaba right after he moves to Nagasaki.
- Slipcase cover designed by character designer Rena Igawa (Reina?).
- Lottery ticket to win a chance to attend the Ao Haru Ride Christmas Special Event, which is a talk event with all five voice actors of the main cast: Maaya Uchida (Futaba), Yuki Kaji (Kou), Ai Kayano (Yuuri), Mikako Komatsu (Shuuko), and KENN (Kominato).
Vol. 2 of the Blu-ray/DVD release will go on sale on October 15. It holds episodes 3 and 4. Getting the first press edition will give you:
- 16 pg. never-before-seen comic by Io Sakisaka called “Awaken 2”, featuring Futaba thinking about how to change her image as her middle school graduation ceremony approaches.
- Slipcase cover designed by character designer Rena Igawa (Reina?). (more info here)
COLLABORATION: The pink box next to Futaba and Lamune mentions that there will be a collaboration between Ao Haru Ride and the famous earth & music ecology fashion brand! The Daytime Shooting Star and K-ON! collaboration items were great (I even bought something!), so I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Ao Haru Ride!
MUSIC: Chelsy’s debut single “I will / Animation” will be released on September 24.
MANGA: Vol. 11 of the Ao Haru Ride comic was recently released on August 25. The limited edition comes with a special DVD featuring an animated adaptation of the prologue, “Unwritten.”
PREVIEW: The preview text for chapter 45 reads, "Moving, Kou seems to have broken through Futaba’s feelings. Futaba is confused at his movement at this stage…" The larger text says, “The animated series is in top form!!! The live-action movie opening on December 13, 2014 (Sat) is also packed with info!!”