As i have yet to read the manga, i can't comment on the faithfullness of the adaptation, but have heard that the manga's plot is more serious in nature. this leads me to want to read/collect the series (which is sadly out of print), if only because i feel a sort of nostalgic loyalty to the series (odd, since i had never seen anything but trailers till now), and thus want to see if it was worth it. the anime lacks a lot in plot, to the point where i was angry by the end of the first season for not tying up a single loose end (save for one, which wasn't even fully resolved). i was eager to see the second season, Ai Yori Aoshi ~Enishi~, but this did little to provide for the plot, either. if anything, i felt even less satisfied by the end of the second season than by the first. i'm not even confident the last resolved issue in the story was even in the manga. and though i haven't yet seen the ~Enishi~ OVA, i doubt that provides any story insight, either. (From what i've heard, it's actually a prequel episode.)
|Not without its touching moments.|
Ai Yori Aoshi is available through KickAssAnime or Anime-Works (or just by googling), and is licensed for sale through Funimation Entertainment.
|But mostly fanservice.|