The Best Episodes of Ai Yori Aoshi

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2018

Kaoru Hanabishi just wanted to help. Aoi Sakuraba just wanted to find her first love. They never realized they were looking for each other. Ever since their arranged marriage 18 years ago, Aoi had been in love with Kaoru, but she traveled to Tokyo to meet him when she learned the marriage had been called off. While Kaoru's impressed by Aoi's loyalty, innocence and beauty, to accept her affection, he might have to return to the Hanabishi Clan and the emotional and physical pain he suffered during his childhood... Their self-control and their love will be put to the test when she moves in and he tries to stay a gentleman!

Decision

#1 - Decision

Season 1 - Episode 23

Kaoru and Aoi encounter a severe frost. Aoi's father forces Aoi to return home in an attempt to separate her from Kaoru forever!

star 9.22
5 votes
Writers: Masami Shimoda
Aoi

#2 - Aoi

Season 1 - Episode 24

Miyabi and Kaoru drive back to the Sakuraba to meet with Aoi again so that they can take her back. But Kaoru will have to go through Aoi's father first.

star 9.22
5 votes
Writers: Masami Shimoda
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Star Festival

#3 - Star Festival

Season 1 - Episode 13

Tanabata is more than just hanging written wishes on a wreath at the Sakuraba Mansion: It also happens to be Aoi's birthday! After suggesting that they throw a big bash, Kaoru starts working extra hours to buy Aoi an outfit he sees on display at a clothing store. But since this gives him little time for leisure, the birthday girl almost believes he doesn't care about her anymore. And just when it seems Kaoru's hard work has gone to waste, both he and Aoi are in for a pleasant surprise.

star 8.82
5 votes
Writers: Masami Shimoda
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Returning Home

#4 - Returning Home

Season 1 - Episode 22

Kaoru invites Aoi to visit someone special, she finds herself being introduced to Kaoru's mother's grave as someone important in his life.

star 8.82
5 votes
Writers: Masami Shimoda
Debutante

#5 - Debutante

Season 1 - Episode 11

The photo club puts on a show with Tina and Taeko wearing outfits to draw attention. To this event comes Mayu -- a girl who's been living in England and has returned to go to this college at 16. Seeing Kaoru, her mood improves and she flings herself at him and kisses him on the lips. Tina and Taeko are stunned by this.

star 8.82
5 votes
Writers: Masami Shimoda
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One Night

#6 - One Night

Season 1 - Episode 9

Miyabi and Aoi have to leave for a day to take care of family business leaving Kaoru in charge of the house. The other two male members of the photo club come by and nab Taeko for some cos-play photos. This leaves Tina and Kaoru alone for the night. A storm comes along and knocks out the power causing Tina to insist on being alowed to spend the night with Kaoru. Surviving the night, the next evening, Tina and Kaoru start drinking and Tina trashes the place. Miyabi and Aoi return and Miyabi is ticked about the mess and forces Kaoru to clean it up while the culprit Tina gets taken to bed.

star 8.82
6 votes
Writers: Masami Shimoda
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Place of Learning

#7 - Place of Learning

Season 1 - Episode 10

Tina and Kaoru show the group pictures they had taken a year prior before Tina's trip. Aoi sees a picture of Kaoru standing next to the statue of his college's founder. Since the only picture she has of him is from their childhood, she asks if she can have that photo. The next day when Aoi is out buying food, she finds herself thinking of Kaoru and his life at school. Meanwhile at school, it is lunchtime and Tina, Taeko, and Kaoru are eating the lunch Aoi made for them and remarking how good it is. Aoi returns home and sees something on the TV about a certain food item that Tina had been raving on. Since the vendor will be shutting down in an hour, Aoi decides to go over, buy some of this, and take it to the university for Kaoru. She wanders around the campus lost and gets seen by Tina. Tina is unable to get Aoi's attention nor get to her, so she heads off to find Kaoru. He has Tina and Taeko go to class while he continues to search for Aoi. Eventually he runs into her at the statue where he had his picture taken and together, they eat the meal she purchased. Kaoru tells Aoi that he now has the afternoon free and they can do anything she wants. She wants to tour the campus with him which he gladly does. Then Tina and Taeko find them and the group goes out to eat.

star 8.52
6 votes
Writers: Masami Shimoda
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Spring Blossom

#8 - Spring Blossom

Season 2 - Episode 1

Chika-rin 'interrogates' every inhabitant of the mansion about their feelings towards Kaoru-oniisan, causing embarrassing situations throughout the whole episode.

star 8.50
4 votes
Directors: Masami Shimoda
Writers: Fumizuki Kou
Pure White

#9 - Pure White

Season 2 - Episode 9

Professor Itsuki is thankful for Kaoru's work in his institute and makes a present of two tickets for a sea trip to Yokohama: ""Think about your future - you should go there with your girlfriend."" As the other girls all happen to be absent and Aoi is bored anyway, this opportunity comes just in time - so here we go! No ""harem scenario"" today... the main storyline is back at last.

star 8.50
4 votes
Directors: Masami Shimoda
Writers: Fumizuki Kou
Separation

#10 - Separation

Season 1 - Episode 3

""Excuse me... I would like to scrub your back so would you mind if I came in?"" Kaoru is flustered by Aoi's sudden idea. He tries to push her away when she enters (wearing her clothes), but Kaoru steps on the soap, and both of them fall on the floor. Something soft touches Kaoru's hand and cheek. Kaoru is on top of Aoi, hands, unwittingly, on her breasts. When Aoi's scream shakes the whole apartment, the door opens and Aoi's caretaker, Miyabi Kagurazaki jumps in, looking furious. When she sees him naked and on top of Aoi on the floor, she throws Kaoru against the wall. ""Lady Aoi, are you aware of the position that you've put yourself in?"" Actually, Aoi came to Kaoru without telling anyone about it. Miyabi says that Kaoru, who left the Hanabishi, is no longer Aoi's fiancée, and tries to take Aoi back home. Aoi frees herself from Miyabi's grasp, and says to Kaoru, ""I cannot imagine being with anyone other than Kaoru-sama...Won't you please reconsider returning to the Hanabishi? So that we can be together..."" With Aoi's words, Kaoru is...

star 8.49
8 votes
Writers: Masami Shimoda
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Spiritual Illusion

#11 - Spiritual Illusion

Season 1 - Episode 7

Aoi sees a brocher about a hotspring and she imagines taking a trip there with Kaoru. Meanwhile the photo club decides to take a trip to that very same hotspring and they insist that Aoi come along. Miyabi can't make it, but she ensures to impress upon Kaoru how is life will be if something happens to Aoi! Taeko has made reservations for a hotel but gets the group lost trying to find it. When they finally do arrive, she's made reservations not for that day but a year from that day! The hotel is packed and there is no room. However, Aoi whips out a company card and suddenly the hotel scrambles to get them a room at any cost! The photo club initiates new members by forcing them to take a picture of a ghost. Taeko being the new member is happy to oblige much to the shock of everyone eles. However, when she doesn't return for a while, Kaoru and Aoi get concerned and set out to find her through the scary woods and to the haunted shrine. They find her well, but since a dense fog has settled, they end up spending the night in the shrine.

star 8.48
6 votes
Writers: Masami Shimoda
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Kiss

#12 - Kiss

Season 1 - Episode 12

Mayu, who comes from a wealthy family, convinces Kaoru to come to her house for dinner. Kaoru informs Aoi of this though he neglects to tell Aoi that his friend is a female. Then Mayu convinces Kaoru to spend the night at her house since she's there alone. Again, Kaoru calls but doesn't let Aoi know that his friend is female. However, when Taeko lets it slip that she was surprised Kaoru's friend would kiss him like that and that the friend was female, Aoi is suddenly worried.

star 8.48
6 votes
Writers: Masami Shimoda
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Familiar Scent

#13 - Familiar Scent

Season 1 - Episode 21

When Aoi falls ill, everyone at the Sakuraba mansion falls apart trying to fill her shoes with the necessary household chores.

star 8.42
5 votes
Writers: Masami Shimoda
Supper

#14 - Supper

Season 1 - Episode 2

It's decided that Aoi should stay at Kaoru's for the night, but he can't relax because it is the first time Kaoru had a girl at his place. He tells Aoi that there is only one futon, but she can use it and he will sleep on the floor. Then Aoi says, ""I propose a compromise, Kaoru-sama. Instead, we can share it if you are willing. I don't mind at all..."" To cool his head down, Kaoru goes outside. ""She said she was my fiancée? I only know her when she was a little child. But she is not a bad girl, and she is really cute..."" But to accept Aoi, it means that Kaoru has to go back to the Hanabishi family, which he left behind. The bitter memories come back to Kaoru's mind...

star 8.36
9 votes
Writers: Masami Shimoda
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Tennis

#15 - Tennis

Season 2 - Episode 3

Chika tries to learn playing tennis for some forthcoming sports event; Miyabi has been a good tennis player some time ago and volunteers to teach her.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Masami Shimoda
Writers: Fumizuki Kou
Phantom

#16 - Phantom

Season 2 - Episode 4

Tina hears strange noises from an unoccupied area above her room. Could this be a ghost? The inhabitants of the western style house are going to find out today, led by their expert for supernatural phenomena - who happens to be Taeko-chan...

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Masami Shimoda
Writers: Fumizuki Kou
Feelings of the Heart

#17 - Feelings of the Heart

Season 1 - Episode 15

When Aoi was a child her grandmother wore a kimono that Aoi loved and told her that she would have someday. Aoi would walk through the cherry blossoms hand in hand with her grandmother. Aoi's grandmother also tells her that her husband loved the kimono and one day her husband would love it to if his love was true.Kaoru asked Aoi to go shopping with him. Aoi decided to wear the inherited kimono since she knows they will be alone together. Kaoru tells her that he loves the kimono which brings tears to her eyes and her love for him grows.

star 8.32
6 votes
Writers: Masami Shimoda
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Family Tradition

#18 - Family Tradition

Season 1 - Episode 6

Taeko shows up at the cottage with her bags packed desperately in need of a job and place to live. She just was fired from her last job as housekeeper so Miyabi decides to give her a chance. Sadly, Taeko is very clumsy and despite her efforts to do a good job, she constantly is breaking something. Miyabi has seen enough and decides to fire her. However, Aoi steps in and encourages her to make one final effort -- to make a dinner. She does and Miyabi relents and lets her stay on.

star 8.32
6 votes
Writers: Masami Shimoda
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Shores

#19 - Shores

Season 1 - Episode 16

Everyone goes to the beach where Kaoru discovers that everyone but Aoi has worn a sexy swimsuit to attract his attention.

star 8.32
6 votes
Writers: Masami Shimoda
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Ties

#20 - Ties

Season 2 - Episode 12

Most of the inhabitants expect Tina to return soon from her trip home to America - only Kaoru and Aoi have seen the paper that Tina left at her door, and Aoi seems to miss Tina the most. But finally, when they were about to give up on their friend, the Enishi of the Western Style house shows its power...

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Masami Shimoda
Writers: Fumizuki Kou
Fish and Water

#21 - Fish and Water

Season 2 - Episode 8

We already had some impression of Chizuru's swimming skills in episode 2 - but nonetheless, their school's swimming club nominated the ""Three Amigos"" (Chika, Natsuki and Chizuru) as their relay team for the ""18. Regional Swimming Competition"". Which means that each member has to swim at least 25 meters. But all is not lost, as they happen to know the best swimming coach in the world: Tina Foster! So they're going to swim like fish...

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Masami Shimoda
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Moonlight

#22 - Moonlight

Season 2 - Episode 11

Autumn has arrived, and three guests at the western style house are about to leave for the holidays. And Tina is making lots of photographs with her brand-new digicam to show them to her parents. But all things are not what they seem...

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Masami Shimoda
Writers: Fumizuki Kou
Servant

#23 - Servant

Season 1 - Episode 14

Mayu tries to learn cooking from Aoi in a attempt to win the love of Kaoru.

star 8.20
5 votes
Writers: Masami Shimoda
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Cure

#24 - Cure

Season 1 - Episode 20

Aoi has some hidden talents, some that she saves just for Kaoru and others that she uses to save the college festival!

star 8.20
5 votes
Writers: Masami Shimoda
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Waves

#25 - Waves

Season 1 - Episode 17

Chika, tricks Kaoru into taking a bath with Taeko!

star 8.15
6 votes
Writers: Masami Shimoda
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