Synonyms: Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, Reaching You
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2009 to Mar 31, 2010
Premiered: Fall 2009
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 8.251 (scored by 127,204 users)
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First of all, the story is just amazing. I like how nothing is too rushed and even if the couple is moving at a slow pace, the cute moments make up for it. Not to mention, although the couple moments are quite cheesy, they oddly don't make me cringe. Instead, they make me squeal with happiness. Also, I like the growth I see in Sawako's character as the story progresses.
Next would be the art, which is so beautiful. Many of you said that the art was quite simple, but hey, there's beauty in simplicity. Plus, the backgrounds are seriously breathtaking (they make me want to live in Japan)!
Sound - I find that the voice actors completely suit the characters. Though, some may find Sawako's voice to be a tad bit annoying. Moving on to the soundtrack, I am so super excited about it! The opening and ending songs are so cute and they completely match the show's fluffy-ness. I also listened to some of the other soundtrack songs and they sound so relaxing. If you haven't listened to it yet, I recommend you do!
For characters, I really love Sawako's character so much. She's sweet and so dense it makes you crack up. And in my opinion, she is quite a realistic character (surprisingly). Because of the lack of social interaction and her hobby of studying, it is quite believable that she would be extremely innocent and thus, be completely unaware about love. And, a special mention to Sawako's friends, Ayane and Chizuru. The contrast in their looks and personalities is really interesting and it often makes me laugh.
So far, I have really been enjoying this anime. Despite the fact that I already know the full plot, I can't help but watch it play out.
Hope my review has helped you all and have a nice day! ^___^ read more
At first, Kimi ni Todake drew me in before I saw its first frame of film with its story concept. Our heroine is Sawako, a sweet and gentle girl with an awkward personality and an uncanny resemblance to Sadako from The Ring. Desperately wanting others to understand her she is instead shunned and feared by her classmates. This all changes when she meets a boy named Kazehaya who is the first to truly see her and slowly she begins to draw herself out of her shell. The remaining story is one of self discovery as Sawako experiences the first feelings of love and friendship she has ever felt. While her situation is a bit contrived and not overly realistic, the way it is presented is so wonderfully sweet and beautiful that it is impossible not to love.
I firmly believe that in order to really fully appreciate just how special Kimi ni Todake is, you have to already be a veteran of at least a dozen or more of its shoujo peers. There are none of the usual tired clichés. Sawako isn’t the plain and perky heroine determined to get a man to fall for her who ignores her or treats her horribly. She isn’t out for revenge nor is she being pursued by a harem of bishounens with a desperate struggle to choose between them. Kazehaya isn’t a dick, for lack of a better term. He’s a guy who will be loved by viewers not because he’s hot, but because he’s just a really nice guy any girl would want to fall in love with and guys would want as a friend.
The feelings and situations presented to us are real and powerful but not in an overly dramatic way. Nobody has torturous family lives or tragic pasts or other situations that always feel forced in a way to create drama that could be better achieved with fantastic characters and storytelling. The concepts are simple, the pacing slow, and full of the required blushes and aw shucks moments. Much like its soft artwork and color palette, Kimi ni Todake is the kind of show you will sit back and relax too, forgetting about all the problems of your day.
This is not to say that it doesn’t have its faults. While just about every aspect of the series was wonderful to behold, the series already slow pace comes to an even greater crawl over the last 8-10 episodes. While I still enjoyed them immensely, I suspect some viewers will likely begin to lose patience at the lack of progress or action in the story. And while perhaps we are also being setup for a continuation at some point, since the manga is still ongoing, the ending was also not particularly ideal.
Sawako herself goes down as one of my all-time favorite characters. She is so completely earnest and innocent that she is impossible not to love. While her character concept is initially not all that unique she becomes so much more than just a socially awkward, shy, and moe girl. Everyone can find something to relate with her over and from a character development standpoint, the person she becomes by the end of the series is so remarkably different from her beginning that it’s truly amazing. Yet despite this enormous change she never deep down changes from what she really is at her core. Her closing monologue at the end of the show is a prime example of just how much she has grown.
Kazehaya is a rare breed for a romance series. First he is the one and only love interest. No reverse harems of bishies here to waste story time or antagonize the heroine. He is also unique in that outside series such as Kanon or Clannad, he is one of the only leads that looks and feels like a real person. He is never made out to be a caricature of the fantasies and dreams of young girls. He is not super wealthy, nor is he a famous athlete, or come from a notorious family. Sure he is really good looking, popular with the girls and the guys, and good at baseball but you never feel like these are things that he didn’t earn with his own merits. Unlike most of his anime contemporaries who have abrasive or aloof personalities but are still enormously popular because well they are supposed to be. They’re perfect men after all! His personality is the kind that draws people to him and his popularity is not just because he’s handsome. People like him because he's nice to them. What a novel idea!
While on the surface, Kazehaya and Sawako seem to be completely different people, deep down they both share the same confusing emotions and fears about the feelings each has for the other. The interaction between the two is truly special and lovely. Amazingly I never really lost my patience with them either or yell at the screen, “Oh come on just kiss her already!”
Kimi’s supporting cast is also quite remarkable. This is nowhere more evident than with Sawako’s new best friends, Ayane and Chizu. From the start of the story you never would have though these girls would have become her friends. They had almost written on their faces “villainess” and it was such a pleasant surprise to see these two develop into perhaps the best shoujo best friends I have seen yet. They are so completely different from one another that it is a bit surprising they are friends. Ayane is the beautiful, fashionable temptress, while Chizu is the butch and athletic type. Their reactions to Sawako kind of mirror the way the audience will perceive her. There bonds grow stronger as they experience things together, and overcome some adversity. They were truly a joy to watch.
Other characters come and go but are no less impactful to the story. The only real rival, Kurumi, who appears in the middle portions of the story never, outstays her welcome and while she would technically serve as the series villainess, she never really feels to me like a villain. Shockingly Sawako’s family life is also quite normal, she neither has a tragic home situation or a perverted father, and they are both loving and normal parents (both to her and to each other).
Artistically Kimi really shines. Its soft colors and artwork just match the beauty and sweetness in the story perfectly. It does a good job of mixing in comedic art along with its beautiful scenery to make every episode visually appealing and smile inducing. This is even more brought out with the spectacular musical score and cast. Mamiko Noto seems to have been born to play this role. It’s a typical character type for her, one that we have heard from her many times, but this will be one that fans will remember for years and years to come. I can’t say enough about the OP theme, I was instantly in love with from the first chorus and its animation is tremendous. I also found the ED to be equally perfect, though I suspect Chara’s gravelly voice to be unappealing to some.
Overall, Kimi ni Todake is easily a top 5 series for me and one of the best shows of the decade. It was immediately appealing to me from the first episode and I am extremely sad to see it end. This is how more romance shows should be done and is not to be missed by anyone who likes the genre in even the slightest bit. It really doesn’t get much better than this one.
Kimi ni Todoke starts off as an anime that could make you wonder if you’re actually watching said series. The very first scene is practically a half-horror scene attempted by the animators to make you understand in a snap what kind of person the main character is. Kuronuma Sawako: a girl who looks a bit gloomy and scares away most of the people she’s nearby to. The reason because of that is a simple one: she’s very easily misunderstood. The tone of her voice sounds like a ghost that waited a thousand years in a closet and finally sees someone to scare away. Sawako may not have waited a thousand years but she does scare away people with her awkward attempt to greet someone, which earned her the nickname ''Sadako'' (the ghost from the movie ''The Ring'').
It’s natural that any person watching until now will get a feeling of sympathy. We see and hear things that play in Sawako’s mind, and in Sawako’s mind only. She doesn’t mean to scare anyone away. She doesn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. Even her life motto (''A good deed a day'') sounds like it’s something made up by a loving person who likes to help. This is by far the biggest message the story is trying to convey: no matter how good your intentions are deep inside, if it’s not coming out in the proper way, nobody will see it on the outside. Sawako is struggling with this harsh truth that tackles her every single day. She has no real friends, feels very lonely at times and has a hard time understanding social situations not knowing how to react. It all feels very sad for Sawako and she is just trying to fit in and help people. But she can’t because of her way of conveying a message to another person; she hasn’t learned to do that properly.
If there is a second message this anime tries to portray, it has to be the message of hope. Because even for Sawako, light in the dark tunnel of social situations can be seen. You could say that Sawako actually is a clean slate of life that hasn’t been written on. The good things and the bad. Because that slate is almost empty, she’s never learned to interact, to recognize backstabbers and to clear up a misunderstanding. But also, she’s never learned to talk behind someone’s back, to steal anything or even to spread rumors.
Sawako is unique. An empty book that can be written in with all the things that life teaches us. That is one of the most brilliant ways to begin a story about an individual that grows up and steadily learns new things.
It’s actually unusual to write so much about a character in a show, even if it’s one of the most complex main characters. The story and the thought behind the story is what should be elaborately written about. But here, the character IS actually the story. Of course it’s possible to name all the events that happened in the show and write a bunch of thoughts about that. The truth is however that the story itself is very thin. And the best thing about that: it does not matter at all.
Which brings me to my next point. To understand why the story doesn’t matter, we have to look at the pacing of the show. Most stories tend to start off with a bang. Then there are some small events that explain all the things about that big happening and move the story forward. Then there is another peak in the story and the cycle repeats itself.
Kimi ni Todoke is nothing like that. You must realize that the pacing is extremely slow in this show. But the joke is that you must ask yourself the question if it matters to you. The story is about Sawako experiencing all the things in life that almost anyone can relate to. From your first classmate ever sitting next to you, to your first love in high school. It’s that emotional ride that makes this anime so darn special. And the pacing has a very, very important role in delivering those emotions. Basically, it actually makes it possible to notice all the small talk that the characters are having, the fun moments that they’re experiencing, the flowing rivers of sadness that are shown and even the growing love between characters. And most importantly: it’s possible to notice Sawako coming out of her shell. It’s because the pacing is that slow, you can notice and appreciate those things that come by in the anime.
In terms of art, it’s really crucial that you watch this show with an open mind without prejudices. Keep in mind that this is a ''shoujo''. This means that it’s a story with the point of view of a girl and most likely with some ''girly'' elements. But if you manage to overcome these things (or are a girl yourself), Kimi ni Todoke is a breath of fresh air to watch. While the animation may not be the greatest you will ever see, the art is amazing. It’s one of those anime which captures the feel of the manga almost perfectly. The scenery is beautiful and everything has this ''fresh'' feel, as if you’re diving in a nice cold bath after sweating.
Most of the time in animated shows, either the characters are well drawn or the backgrounds are. Kimi ni Todoke does both well with maybe the backgrounds being a tiny bit better drawn than the characters. Cute bubbles and sparkles pop up randomly in many scenes but actually fit very snuggly in the story strangely enough. And the people who composed the musical score deserve applause. The music captures those emotions portrayed beautifully and manages to play as a nice ear massage if listened to.
It’s too bad that Kimi ni Todoke has one of the most banal summaries you will ever see. Ever. Anyone who decides to watch an anime based on the summary he or she has read will most likely miss this gem of a show. If one day someone will invent a way to include snippets of emotions in a summary, Kimi ni Todoke will stand at the top of the charts and that inventor will hopefully be rich and famous. It’s also too bad that the anime is over. The manga is still going strong so there is hope for a second season; there are literally many who are begging for one. It’s not possible to fully share in words what this anime makes so special, it’s an experience you’ll have to call your own. And because you can relate to almost anyone in the show, it will give you that honest feeling. That feeling which makes you believe that life has more in store, that you CAN move forward and change things. Sawako manages to do it, and so does everyone. read more
The whole plot of Kimi ni Todoke revolves around an endearing yet misunderstood introvert named Sawako Kuronoma and her growing affections for Shota Kazehaya, the most popular guy in class who has a crush on her but can't bring himself to spit it out. Along the way, we're accompanied by their three friends: Yano (a smart girl who wears too much make-up), Chizuru (a slightly dim jock with a heart of gold), and Ryu (a jock with short-term memory loss who's also Chizuru's childhood friend). As far as characters are concerned, Kimi ni Todoke has it down-pat. Everyone in our leading quintet are likeable and endearing individuals and I can safely say that most of them change and grow as individuals throughout the course of the series. MOST of them.
As much as I liked Kazehaya, he was well... boring. Don't get me wrong, I really do appreciate the fact that he's the complete antithesis of Naoki Irie from Itazura na Kiss and actually treats Sawako with respect. What I don't particularly care much for is the fact that throughout the entire run, I know next-to-nothing about this guy. Sure, there are some details that pop up here and there but there's almost nothing else to this guy outside of his feelings for Sawako (which to be fair, do actually seem genuine). That actually struck me as bizarre, to say the least since Kazehaya says that he's not as good a person as Sawako thinks he is in a couple of episodes (if I recall correctly).
What I fail to understand is why Production I.G didn't elaborate on this apparent fault of his more. What is it about Kazehaya that makes him a flawed individual? Is it a nasty temper, a broken home, codependency problems, or what? To be fair, Kimi ni Todoke only covers around the first ~26 chapters of the manga and I'm guessing that the manga actually elaborates more on Kazehaya's flaws as an individual. I can't really recall if it actually DOES do that though since it's been a while since I last read some Kimi ni Todoke on KissManga (that's what happens when you're sidetracked by Kamisama Hajimemashita and IRL stuffs), but I digress.
Kazehaya aside, there was another problem that irked me whilst I was watching the show and that was just how slow it actually is. Don't get me wrong: I don't expect my ship to sail within the first four episodes, but the latter half of the show felt overextended to say the least. A lot of the stuff that these episodes covered could've been condensed without missing out on much of anything. There were points during those episodes where it just got kinda tedious and I was flipping back and forth between Tumblr on my phone and Crunchyroll on my laptop. For the record, if I actually get bored enough to the point where I take out my phone and start perusing through Facebook or Tumblr or whatever, your show done fucked up BIG TIME.
Lastly, there's the ending that just made me furrow my brow in annoyance. KnT reached a fair enough conclusion, don't get me wrong. At the same time, it just left me completely and totally blue-balled in that by the time the show actually went somewhere with the romance, it just ended. Yeah, there's a second season but the second season shouldn't have existed in the first place. All of the content that the second season covered could've easily been in this season had Production I.G decided to actually condense the latter half of the show so that these episodes could've fit into the overall story. Hindsight's a bitch, ain't it? Does this mean that everything that came before was just pointless? NO!!!!!
The thing is that Kimi ni Todoke isn't just Sawako and Kazehaya's story. It's also Yano, Chizu, and Ryu's story as well. We had various episodes focusing on them so that we could get a better idea of who they are as individuals. Not only that, but we had various "arcs" that focused on these people and some challenges that they needed to overcome. Sure, the whole thing surrounding Sawako and Kazehaya might've been a little anticlimactic but you can count on Yano, Chizu, Ryu, Pin, and even Kazehaya's puppy to bring a smile to your face with their exploits.
On the aesthetic side of things, Kimi ni Todoke is very well... bubbly and sparkly. I'm pretty sure that's the most succinct way to describe it. I don't want to say that thsi is typical of shojo romances in general, but the usage of bubble and sparkle effects throughout the entire show remind me of shows like Ouran HSHC and Kamisama Hajimemashita. It looks nice, so I'm not complaining but others will because they suck so what can you do there? Backgrounds are quite lovely to look at and the character designs are pretty damn good... for the most part. My only gripe with the character designs is the fact that Sawako is drawn in chibi style way more than I'd like to see. Guys at Production I.G: Chibi Sawako is also cute, but proper human Sawako is even cuter. Let's see more of her and less of chibi Sawako please. Thank you.
Sound-wise, I have no complaints. The OST works for what it does, the voice-acting is quite nice (well, in Sawako's case at least), so what more could I want? Well... there is one thing I want and that would be an English dub. You see, this show is licensed by NIS America, a company that rarely dubs anything and when they do, it's not for a show that I was expecting to get dubbed. You see, whilst I was watching Kimi ni Todoke, I couldn't help but imagine what these characters would sound like if they were in English. Emily Neves would voice Sawako, David Matranga would voice Kazehaya, Crispin Freeman would voice Ryu, and so on and so forth. Enough about my own delusions though, because it's time to wrap this review up.
Kimi ni Todoke is definitely one of the better shojo romances out there on the market as it currently stands. Whilst it's certainly not as entertaining as the likes of say Ouran HSHC, Maid-Sama!, or Kamisama Hajimemashita, I like to imagine that Kimi ni Todoke stands alongside Fruits Basket's adaptation in that they're both really sweet and endearing shows that are just too slow for their own good. If you're in the mood for an endearing slice-of-life show featuring likeable characters, Kimi ni Todoke definitely fits the bill there and then some. However, you'd better look elsewhere if you want a compelling romance (i.e. Maison Ikkoku, Nana, Solanin) otherwise you'll be saltier than I am whenever I lose to Evilswarm. Anyway, that's all for now. Feedback is always welcome and with that, I'm out. Peace :) read more
Main characters: Sawako is generally charming but her naivety is sometimes frustrating; Kazehaya takes a while to become interesting.
Romance: Not momentous, but still incredibly sweet.
Seiyuu: Noto Mamiko is a touch forceful; I’ve run out of superlatives with which to compliment Sawashiro Miyuki.
Art: Some people also call this show “sparkles and bubbles”; generally looks very good, as expected from Production I.G.
I had a tumultuous relationship with Kimi ni Todoke. There were times where it annoyed and frustrated me and there were times that I found it so uplifting and sweetly romantic. In the end, I really liked it. It’s a “dessert” anime, since it’s sweet enough to rot your teeth, but it’s earnest and heartfelt and Sawako’s character development, while occasionally feeling a tad contrived, is profound.
This anime is pretty much entirely about its main character Sawako, and the dominant theme early in the story is summed up by the title. Sawako is a social blank slate, and it’s interesting to see how she changes her attitude towards people, how Kazehaya helps her and how she forms close friendships with Ayane and Chizu and earns the respect of her classmates. Her incredible naivety is reasonably well rationalized to begin with, but some of her actions during the Kurumizawa arc really strained belief. Here, her innocence is played up to counter Kurumizawa, but she constantly misjudges people, second guesses herself and fumbles with the basics of social interaction… and in such an extreme way that some viewers speculated she had a learning disability. It’s the Kurumizawa arc that I liked the least, for this very reason… ironically, it’s Kurumizawa’s character development in the last episode of the arc that saves it.
The subsequent arcs were really endearing, fortunately, starting with the Chizu arc where Sawako’s social ineptitude wasn’t so much the focus, and the show dealt with more complex issues such as unrequited love, that didn’t have such clear-cut answers. Kazehaya, who, in the previous arcs, almost resembles a passive object for various characters to crush on, begins to man up and take a more active role in the direction that his and Sawako’s relationship took.
This relationship unfortunately doesn’t progress very far, but I was expecting this considering the show is based on an ongoing manga and the romantic feelings between Sawako and Kazehaya make sense and feel right, so it’s only going to be a matter of time before something happens between them. Almost all the relationships, in fact, whether between friends, couples and unrequited crushes are sweet and charming, which makes them, and all the onscreen sparkles and bubbles that go along with them, adorable to watch. Speaking of the artstyle, besides the excessive brightly coloured bubbles that accompany almost any dramatic or romantic moment, expect to see animation that almost always looks good… even during the superdeformity scenes. I usually dislike superdeformity but this, alongside of ARIA and Azumanga Daioh, is among the rare series that executes it well. Overall, it has its flaws and Sawako can occasionally be trying, but more often than not she and the rest of the cast are delightful and it has one of the most meaningful and satisfying non-endings I’ve seen. read more
One word, superb. I got hooked up since episode one because this Anime looks like it's real, and by real, I mean no swords, magics, etc. It portrays love and friendship as you can see these elements in every episodes. Also, I love where this Anime is going. It might get cheesy sometimes, but they did it so well, that you have no choice but to go with the flow and be affectionate.
The Art/Animation was outstanding. I loved everything. It was well drawn/animated. Every detail and objects stood up, even the surroundings, and the characters. Also, adding a chibi form of every characters made it more enjoyable. You can't help it but laugh after seeing their chibi forms.
The sound was perfect. I loved the OP/ ED songs. It fits perfectly with the Anime. Also, everytime something happens, the background music/sound always fits into it, and because of that, it emphasizes the event even more.
You can't help it but love our main girl, Sawako, and others. There's nothing to hate. Everyone has their own emotions, characteristics, which made everyone unique and be part of the Anime. They also give spotlight to Supporting Characters, which is good, in my opinion. They don't focus on 2 characters, but everyone, which is great.
I was really entertained while watching this. I didn't get bored at all. This Anime is one of the Anime that I've seen that made a good job combining the elements (Comedy, Drama, and Romance). They didn't fail in doing that. You can find those elements in each episode. Some episodes are really relaxing, which can make you smile or laugh the entire time, while some episodes are really touching that you can't help it but eith cry or be teary.
I recommend this Anime to everyone. Guys, don't be scared to watch this. I'm a guy and I find this Anime incredible. I'm 100% straight, don't worry. I've only seen 8 episodes but I can tell that it's going to be awesome from beginning to end. It's a masterpiece.
Also, this is my first review, so please bear with my mistakes. :3 read more
I hate complex storylines. I will watch shows like that but very rarely, and only if it has enough promise. Kimi Ni Todoke was my absolute favourite anime because they kept it real and they kept it simple. I was giggling at cute moments between the couple of Kazehaya and Sawako and rolling over laughing at funny moments. I cried a bit at some parts (I'm so emotional T.T) but only because the story had me so caught in it. I loved how they made a big deal of little things and how they were all encouraging to one another. Even Sawako's rival, Kurumi(zawa) encouraged her at the end. A girl who went from feared and thought as creepy went to loved with many friends and an outstandingly caring boyfriend. It deserves a 10/10.
For backgrounds, they kept things real. For the inside of the school it wasn't marble white. It looked like I could reach out, feel my computer screen and I would feel the texture of the wall or the window. The same can't be said for the characters. I love the way they drew them and the cute way they drew them when they were joking around and it was a light-hearted moment. At times I felt they were lacking in effort slightly. Be it for the shape of their mouths or their hands. (Or maybe that was just me too used to the perfect animation of today with shimmering eyes and perfect hair.) Here they kept it real and no unnecessary features were added.
Honestly? I was humming the opening song for weeks after I finished the show. I loved it. Background music? Perfect. Just at times I felt they repeated parts of the music and I didn't like it there. I know it takes a lot of time and effort to put together those pieces but even so. The show deserved better. Other then that it was fabulous!
In many shows today, the main characters are snotty and have egos. As I said, I hate complex storylines and characters who they could really do without. I'm glad that Sawako and Kazehaya weren't like that. Sawako was kind and considerate all the way through. She was self conscious and reminded me a lot of myself. Kazehaya (let's be honest here) I fell head over heels for. He was so kind to Sawako and did EXACTLY what I would want a guy to do for me in situations for Sawako. He was protective and even a bit jealous near the end. Kurumi(zawa) was a perfect rival because she wasn't snotty, she was cunning. She had her ways and although she was selfish in the start, she really grew on you at the end. She was determined and took the competition fairly afterwards. When she couldn't compete anymore, she let her rival, Sawako take the lead and helped her. I felt that near the end, Sawako and Kurumi(zawa) were like sisters. They supported one another and I loved that because Sawako would ask Kurumi for advice and vice versa. Sawako's friends were also so supportive. They always backed away and let love blossom on it's own between Kazehaya and Sawako. They pushed them together at times but they meant well and it turned out well. I found myself thinking at times how much I wanted to be Sawako because she really had it all.
I love side characters. Be it their teacher Pin or Sawako's parents. They also grew on me and I adored them for that. The story was beautiful and I enjoyed it. Chances are high that in a few years I will forget about this show. Only to rewatch it and fall in love all over again.
Mathematically, there's 5 categories and out of fifty. It scored a 45 meaning 90% and 9/10. By my heart, it deserves a 10/10 but a 9 is just as fair. If you love romance, comedy and a simple yet pleasing storyline, I recommend Kimi Ni Todoke to you. Be sure to watch the second season! read more
Sawako's story changes dramatically when she is befriended by Kazehaya, a kind boy who sees her for who she truly is. Kazehaya's acts of kindness completely surprise Sawako, who is used to being ignored, and it is beautiful to watch her become more comfortable with him. Sawako also becomes great friends with Ayane and Chizuru, two girls who initially use Sawako to scare people for their own amusement. However, after both girls get to know Sawako, they see her kind and helpful personality.
The show is able to find a great balance between truly sad moments and the funny and fickle nature of human beings. It is a slow, easy watch with heartwarming moments and funny situations that accurately reflect first love in high school and the desire to be liked.
The show is very enjoyable because of its characters, simple, well-paced plot and pretty artwork. I really, really, really recommend this anime and believe that it can be enjoyed and appreciated by anyone. WATCH IT NOW!! :) read more
Everything changes when appears Kazehaya and Sawako draws the attention of the school. Kazehaya is a perfect human being and this is the downside more pointed by those who read the manga or watch anime, but it is perfect from the point of view of Sawako, ie, is presented to us how she sees the Kazehaya. In my opinion this view has to change in the manga course not to get extremely repetitive and get seasick easily.
From all this history shows a novel surrounded by situations ranging of the funniest, the most consistent and sentimental dramas. Still relying on charismatic characters add in a lot in the work quality.
Kimi Ni Todoke is a great Shoujo anime with a beautiful art to look at and a story that will develop slowly, but improving more and holding the viewer. More than recommended. read more
The first few episodes were definitely enjoyable, the back story to why Sawako is an outcast is different and interesting and so is how she begins to make friends. Unfortunately after about episode 6 or 7 you are wasting your time. This anime should have been shorter as it moves at an incredible slow pace. Honestly it began to become a mission to sit through another episode. Not only were the episodes repetitive (never has a character cried so much before this) but you can pretty much guess what is going to happen in each episode after the first minute. Unfortunately there is no great ending to uplift the series, it just sort of flattens out part way through and never gets any momentum back.
I think was really annoyed me the most is the lack of development with the characters. There were so many beginnings of side stories and other love interests in this anime that never really developed. At least these could have livened up the second half of the series.
A few good things about this anime were the art, I thoroughly enjoyed the almost water colour style. The opening track is lovely to listen to as well and suits the anime perfectly. Kazehaya was actually quite a good character and was probably the most original out of all of them with his glass half full attitude that never wavered.
Overall I am giving this a 5/10 as although the first half was enjoyable the second half nearly put me into a coma. read more
To pay homage to the innocence and optimism this show radiates, I'll get the most and pretty much only big negative I have out of the way first. The last little bit of the second arc focusing on "the main antagonist" (AKA secondary love interest that has no chance in hell) was very jarring. They tried to justify this characters extremely mean-spirited and plentiful actions to no real effect. To have a character that tries to cause so much damage only to try and justify it all feels pointless. Also, Sawako's (the MC) innocence at the climax of this arc was too much for me to handle. It makes sense in the context of her character, but I felt they blew it a little out of proportion.
Other than that, there isn't much negative to say about Kimi ni Todoke. It used the right amount of drama to create some interesting character interactions and character development, but never to the point where it feels melodramatic.
That's the best part of Kimi ni Todoke as a whole really. Nothing ever outstays it's welcome. It gets it's point across in a timely and effective fashion, and then moves away so that the next big point has it's time to shine. This keeps everything fresh.
The last thing I will say about the story is the love triangles. While I normally don't like love triangles in romance anime (which is sad for me since most anime have them), this show handles it almost perfectly. This because of two things. First off, it goes off the thing I said earlier in that it doesn't outstay it's welcome. Secondly, the love triangles never include 3 main characters. It is always 2 mains and 1 supporting. With these things in place, the love triangles add to the drama quite nicely, and then they fade away after that arc they are in is finished.
But of course, none of these things matter if you don't have good characters and good bonds between said characters, which is especially important for romance anime. Kimi ni Todoke delivers this, with all the main characters being very likeable and not distinctly falling into archetypes.
Kuronuma Sawako is a very good lead (except for the part I mentioned earlier). Her optimism and positive attitude to almost everything makes it hard not to like her, and her development early on was very well done. Whenever she's happy or tries to make others happy, you can't help but be happy for her. Also, her relationship with the main love interest, Kazehaya Shouta, was handled well. Each had something to gain from their relationship. It just felt very balanced, as one never outshadowed the other.
Also, she's like the cutest thing ever.
The secondary romance between Sanada Ryu and Yoshida Chizu was great as well. The anime spent a decent chunk of episodes developing them, making their relationship a lot more 3-dimensional than most secondary romances. The two characters by themselves were nice too. Chizu brought a great energy to every scene she was in, and Ryu's honest and "lazy" take on everything was a breath of fresh air. Their contrasting personalities is what made them stand up to the primary romance in my opinion.
Lastly we Ayane Yano. Although we didn't get a proper arc with her this season, she was no less of a presence throughout the entire show. She brought a lot with her perceptive eye. She is always the character that knows what's actually going on, and does her best to help her friends get to the desired conclusion. When her and Chizu got introduced in the first episode, you get the feeling that they are going to be a thorn in Sawako's side, but I was pleasantly surprised when they both turned out to be amazing friends and characters.
The side characters are no less interesting. Pin brings a lot to the comedy, and Kurumizawa is a character you love to hate. I also really like how Ryuu's older brother looks like a delinquent, but is actually a very nice guy.
Speaking of, this show looks extremely shoujo, which is not a bad thing. It looks very nice, it's easy to look at, and it fits the overall tone of the show well. The animation is fairly limited, but you come to expect that with these types of anime.
This soundtrack stood out to me far more than most in the genre do. It fits the tone well, and it's something I feel I could listen to outside of the show. There is just this nice calm feel to a lot of the soundtrack, and the one track that is played in the dramatically intensified parts of the show is brilliant. The OP was also fantastic. The ED slightly less so.
While Kimi ni Todoke doesn't really break the mold of it's genre, it elevates what it is given a great deal. Each arc tackled something different, which made it easy to just keep watching without stopping. Save for the last bit of the second arc, I thoroughly enjoyed all of Kimi ni Todoke. It has what I like in a shoujo romance anime. A great main lead and romance, heartfelt dramatic moments, comedy that doesn't feel out of place, and most of all, extremely cheesy and cute moments that you can't help but go "awww!" every time one of them pops up. I highly recommend Kimi ni Todoke to any fans of romance anime, especially if you like shoujo romance.
Just watched the first season of Kimi Ni Todoke. Figured I should write a review about it before going into the second season, while my thoughts on it are still fresh.
Disclaimer: Mostly free of spoilers.
Plot: Kuronuma Sawako is a gentle high school student who, due to her scary appearance (resemblance to classic ghost girl) has been unable to make any friends so far. Everything changes when Kazehaya, the most popular guy in class, starts talking to her, prompting others to do the same. From there Sawako begins to understand how friendship and, eventually, romance works.
Sounds like your usual, run-of-the-mill highschool anime, right? Well, you wouldn't be wrong, but this is heads and shoulders above the rest of the rabble.
Despite the summary, most of emphasis is given on the friendship between Sawako, Chizu and Ayame, rather than the (very) slowly building romance with Kazehaya. In fact, the show seems intent on stressing the importance of friendship, since Sawako is completely new to the concept.
KnT actually shocked me with how much I enjoyed it. Well, not exactly. What shocked me was that I couldn't find anything in particular to point at and say 'that kind of sucked'.
In more detail:
The protagonist, Sawako (often called 'Sadako' after the ghost in 'The Ring') is genuinely likeable as a person. She is ignorant of a lot of things to do with interpersonal interactions due to her circumstances, but she is not stupid like a lot of protagonists are. She does have the always-positive attitude often encountered, but she does not take it to the annoying extremes often met. She is firm when she wants to be. She's gentle but not a pushover.
I'm generally not a fan of female protagonists. I'm generally not a fan of the 'always positive/nice' archetype. Sawako makes me question a lot of things about myself.
Similarly, the rest of the main cast (about 4 other people) are all well developed. Sawako's two friends, Chizuru and Ayame, have unique personalities, both likeable but equally distinguishable, without needlessly extra long character arcs to make them feel unique. Similarly, Kazehaya and Ryu are also like that, in that they don't instantly fall under an anime character archetype. I found it particularly impressive how the show managed to make the supporting characters feel unique seamlessly through the regular story arc instead of going into long-winded tirades/flash-backs/side-story in order to give them a personality.
Well, Chizu does get an arc to herself near the end and I admit that the transition was a little jarring, but that is about the extent of the show's sin in that regard.
I hesitate to classify this as a romcom. The show can certainly be funny. Whenever it wants to be, it succeeds, but comedy isn't the focus of it, it just occurs. Similarly, while the romantic feelings of various people are often discussed/thought on, for the majority of the show they're not the driving force or the center of attention. I'm not describing this very well, but KnT avoided going into drama territory while still technically being a romance story, basically. Slice-of-life fits it bets, perhaps, although considering the somewhat unique circumstances of Sawako I'm not sure how accurate that is.
The show's intro and closing sequence actually had songs I enjoyed, which is something I don't say often ... or at all. Music is a nonentity besides these two instances, however.
What else, what else ... oh right. The animation is pretty fucking good. I really liked the style. Well above average. The character models are very well made and movements are not wooden, though background suffers a little bit. The focus on the quality of characters themselves really impressed me.
A gripe I have is that there's wasn't any closure towards ... anything, really by the end of the season. I guess it doesn't matter that much since there's a second one, though. Still loses some points because of it.
Overall, there's not much else I can say about this. Perhaps light-hearted, certainly positive overall, watching KmT will make even a rock feel better. However, if one doesn't enjoy this kind of show, there is exactly zero reason to watch this. The biggest 'action' sequence is a slap. I think someone got shoved once, too. So, be warned.
Here's hoping the second season doesn't bomb it.
Wow this wasn't actually that short, huh.
Final rating is 8/10. Would have been a 9, but the ending felt kind of weak. Well, not exactly weak, but not fitting to be an ending episode. read more
One of the reason I love this anime is becasue of the main character, Sawako. I enjoyed seeing how she interacts with other people, and how she develops friendship with her classmates. Her interactions with people and reactions to various things is what makes this anime so appealing.
I enjoyed the art in this anime. It wasn't the most beautiful, and some of the characters designs looked very simple, but I loved the use of the background, and flowes. It has some beautiful scenes in it.
The sound suited the anime well. It was calm.
Characters are the biggest strength in this anime. Sawako's friend are the best friends in an anime show I've seen so far. They didn't only provide background to the main character. I was looking forward for Sawako to interact with her friends and loved Chizu and Ayane. As well as that, Kazehaya ( main love interest) is a really nice guy but also seems human aswell with some of his flaws.
Overall I loved this anime. I loved it's different outlook on love, as it seemed more pure and innocent from other animes.
revolves around a quiet girl named Sawako. She is very shy and has been called "Sadako" (girl from the RING movie)as long as she can remember. She soon gets attention from a very cheerful boy named Kazehaya and her world goes upside down.
Art/sound- Looking pretty good, nothing too fantastic about the art. I am giving props to the voice actress for Sawako, she is exactly how I thought she'd be.
Characters- This Anime has a great and innocent leading lady. SHe is not only involved in a love story but is also trying to figure herself out. Which makes this more exciting! I am hoping for more character development as the story unfolds. As for the Male lead, I believe he also similar to Sawako but has the ability to charm. Cant wait to see what happens next.
This anime makes me want to cheer on Sawako every episode. It makes me believe in innocent love is still out there!!!! highly reccommend it to anyone !!!
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Poorly written,overrated Shoujo.No way that this deserves to be the best or Ultimate Shoujo.Apparently,There is this claim that this show has a wonderful way of resolving an abusive relationship,were a girl could keep coming back even though its bad.Ill tell you this after watching the show,that NEVER HAPPENED.
Let's start with the premise.Apparently everyone in the class treats the main character as a ghost girl worth avoiding.This is unrealistic as she doesn't really look like that,Its just the chibi art doing the work.People aren't that shallow in real life.Making fun is fine, but the show expects me to think that this is a legit conflict.
Then naturally the Gary Stu male lead,Kazehaya steps in to "show his presence".He gets ALL the girls to like him due to existence alone.(Am I watching a generic harem)?He is exactly like a plot armored, male lead in a Shonen harem.
Naturally the only dude who so happens to like only the female lead.He "stands up" for her and everyone just changes their mind and becomes more accepting in just one scene.The people who so happen to SIT BESIDE HER automatically becomes her friends.
The pacing is terrible, the first episode seems fast; One Episode Meisters of anime fandom would say is "good writing",but a story is not one page.Then it becomes very slow for padding.
The character development is bad.Having the plot bend automatically to the protagonist's will.She evens pulls talent after talent out of nowhere making her "accepted".She is still the same girl by the end of season 2.after all this,but with the world revolving around her.
Kurumi- She is a horrible as a rival and as character !Everyone in the school was dumb enough to believe her rumor lie,and no matter what she said to Sadako,convient moments of ignorance form Sadako stop her from being a meaningful threat.She is like a competitive harem heroine.
Ryuu-SALUTE TO OUR FALLEN COMRADE IN THE BROZONE!Out of the blue his love interest says that she likes his brother.He points out the flaws of this show,so I kinda sympathize with him.
There was even this one time where the male lead confesses to Sadako,and she somehow did not understand!The show dragged itself for the last 6 episodes for this moment of plot induced ignorance.
Oh yeah this show has FLASHBACK episodes,despite how mundane this show is.
Sadako has no real flaws.For if she did have an actual character,she would considered by some as a" bad character"; it removes her blank slate self insert status.Its setting may be 3D,but its plot and characters aren"t.Girls here have no self worth without their males here.Kinda ironic.
At least this serves as a guide as the most generic Shoujo ever;to watch only to get the tropes.
But little did I expect to be sorely disappointed.
This anime isn't terrible persay, though I would say that it has been greatly overestimated. The story is unrelatable and unrealistic and I don't mean this in the "GIANT MECHA AND SPARKLY COLOURS" way, but in the "There is no way this could be seen as a real life situation, it's just so silly" way.
Now, a quick overview of the story's good parts. Ahem.....uh....err.....oh yeah, THIS ANIME DOESN'T HAVE A STORY! Girl meets boy, girl is stupid, boy is also stupid, girls life changes for the better, maybe throw a rival in there. The end. This is hardly a story and I've been far to generous with my rating.
Art is decent, it's nothing spectacular though, the style has been used a hundred times before; more effectively and even in a way that would make the anime seem to have a little more depth, but it would appear this anime didn't really try, relying alot on still frames rather than trying something different or even having consistent movement.
Well, I won't complain, it has a fair opening and ending theme and they include basic intrumental and background noises that are a staple for any anime but, again, it would appear that this anime hasn't even tried at times.
The characters are flat in terms of personality, though they do provide some sorely need comic relief at times, particularly the women the main character adopts as her friends and their homeroom teacher, but everyone else is just placid. The love interest is nice enough though the girl does nothing but angst then smile, angst then smile, etc. and becomes one of those people that makes you want to punch a wall because she's so ignorant; even if you were completely isolated from people, you don't lose common sense as a result, either that or she suffers from severe brain damage, though that isn't covered in the anime so I'll just resign myself to believing that she's just stupid.
I really can't say much, I wasn't necessarily suffering, but alot of the time I found myself banging my head against my desk because every decision made by the characters were so stupid, obvious and often dragged out with scenes of the main character blushing while giving dialogue that's been heard hundreds of times by her before.
I understand that this anime has earnt many fans and I can understand this, I enjoy seeing some clumsy shoujo anime every now and again, because clumsy is cute and even heartwarming, but this anime has been given far too much credit when there are anime out there with far more innovative stories, characters, art, etc.
By all means watch it, but don't take it seriously, it's just a "something to do" anime. read more
I would have tried to finish this anime, but after reading a few other comments about how the second half is even worse, I decidedly gave up after only having watched the first major arc: the "rumours" arc, which, basically, is a story only made possible because stupid people do stupid things. Or rather, they don't do the things which normal, rationally functioning human beings would (i.e. communicate). As a result, events move at an excruciatingly slow pace, wherein the long drag could have been resolved within 24 minutes. Since any high school romance anime's core is its characters, you can already see my main beef with this show.
First, we have Sawako, a girl who is introduced as a ghostly figure that scares people away, but then we have to quickly believe is also simultaneously pretty. Did you catch from the synopsis that despite her appearance, she is actually a mild-mannered and well-meaning girl? No? Well don't worry, because all the anime does is remind you how mild-mannered and well-meaning she is. It wouldn't be as frustrating if she just did nice things – that would be endearing. Instead Kimi has to hold your head, direct your eyes toward the nice things that she does and scream in your ear, "DO YOU SEE SAWAKO DOING THE THING? IT IS NICE THING! SAWAKO IS NICE GIRL!" And all while the series is busy fellating Sawako, her only job is to fellate Kazehaya, the cheerful, magnetic God among men. Only this time it is even more obvious, because instead of visual cues metaphorically pointing it out and screaming in your ear, you have a character actually, literally pointing it out and screaming in your ear. Neither of these protagonists are even that bad, character-wise, but the show is so insistent on shoving their qualities in your face, that it becomes suffocatingly irritating, and any chance of depth or development is gone.
Next, let's focus on the infinitely more interesting side characters: a sentence that has probably never come up when discussing ideas for the storywriting process of this series. Because their only job is to, you guessed it, fellate the two main characters. Apparently they get their own little romances, but I'd have to imagine it's a ridiculously minor bump amidst the chaotic gravel pit of "look-at-Sawako-and-Kazehaya-do-absolutely-nothing-for-much-longer-than-you-need-to" that is Kimi Ni Todoke.
If you can endure the line-a-minute pace of the show, and you love being continually reminded about why you have to like characters, then this is the show for you. Otherwise, don't bother. That refers to the entire genre, by the way. read more
STORY = 7
The story is of course, romance-esque. Shoujo-ish and all, preferrably not my cup of tea. The story itself is mild and has a basic plot, it's nowhere near as tense like Shingeki no Kyojin, not as close to laughing as the wacky Yuru Yuri, and even CLAMP's romance anime have more twists and turns than this. The story is as basic as what to do with a teaspoon: a shy, awkward, unpopular girl easily misunderstood because of her looks and introversion, with a running joke of being quite the resemblance of The Ring's Sadako, and on the other side is a "gary-stu" guy who is seemingly perfect in a lot of ways that everyone loves him, then add up a tandem of supporting characters who are not really all that dynamic yet been able to make some impact on the plot, and yet this story has worked like having that cup of tea with the right cake.
In literature, we're particularly taught of what not to write. And this anime kind of ticked all those boxes BUT despite its elements as non-applicable to real life as we know how twisted the reality of our society is, Kimi ni Todoke just handed back all things literature taught to the butler who brought the tea and cake, and simply went on with its own ingredients; a creation a mild and touching, easy-to-watch shoujo-story with feels. In reality, no guy can act like Kazehaya, and only few friends out there can be like Chi-chan and Yano-chin and Ryu as well; and if you act like Kurunama you'd probably be the bully-magnet;
and I could still go on with hampering reality from this ideal romantic story, but being ideal and mild as it is, that's what makes the storyline as captivating and even sublime.
It's just so unreal you'd wish it real. Kimi ni Todoke simply gave us a glimpse of an ideal love story as what it should be, full of laidbacks and awkward fleeting emotional heartbeat-skipping fidgets, yes, it's a love story after all.
ART = 10
When I watch anime, I'm not really particular about the art because being particular at it is like being particular at what box your mind wants to be comfortably snuggled in. But I never stay inside the box. Never.
CHARACTER = 8
Back in 2009, there was a hideous American mushy-mushy so-called love-story that gagged the entire vampire lore into a cheap, nasty vomitus.
Its proponent was the use of a silly romantic (romatic, as how its author wanted to put it, but tbh it's not romantic: it's bullshit) setting and mary-sue + gary-stu characters, where the author claimed she knows nothing about vampires among other hideous claims, but in the eyes of the mainstream, that story worked to their fandom (and this is one of the major-major reasons never to trust mainstream).
Kimi ni Todoke then, which was made in 2008, kind of used the same mary-sue + gary-stu characterization: an ideal pair, ideal setting, ideal supporting characters, ideal plot, but it's far from barfing to what it offered acidic to the stomach. Kimi ni Todoke is actually sweet, and actually right in mixture of ideal plot and character elements. It isn't acidic to you sitting in front of the screen and doesn't make you puke and roll your eyes like how Mokocchi did. You just simply cheer for Kurunama and Kazehaya with giggles and feels.
American-made vampire story has nothing on this, this is how Japanese love story makes it.
SOUND = 9
Full respect to Mamiko Noto on this one. She fully asserted and gave Kurunama Sawako the 100% life she needed. And this is one of the fewest anime where I can decipher (and yes you don't need forensics to sense that out) that even the seiyuus were having fun doing the voicing; for example, Miyuki Sawashiro is at her natural best as Yano-chin, and also is Yuuko Sanpei as Yano-chin; EVEN Aya Hirano as Kurumi-chan can't hide her natural voice on this.
As for the music, I'm not a fan of either the opening and ending songs but I don't think I can ask for anything better.
ENJOYMENT = 10
It's not that difficult to rate it at 10. I mean, I wouldn't even be writing this long if I haven't enjoyed it. There are romantic anime out there like Tsubasa Chronicles, One Week Friend, Kannazuki no Miko (okay this is shoujo-ai), Waiting in the Summer, Clannad, and the list goes on, but Kimi ni Todoke is juz special.
OVERALL = 9
I can't believe a time will come when I've watched a shoujo anime and be able to genuinely rate it at NINE. I originally wanted to rate it as EIGHT (around 7.5 if only MAL wills it), but I can't; because it feels too understated to put an 8 rating to it.
But not to worry, I'm about to watch the 2nd season so maybe, just maybe I'd fetch the 10-rating there.
Kimi ni Todoke is just brilliant. It's like how Bruce Lee quoted "Simplicity is the key to brilliance".
It's like if we're comparing (analogy) cars, the American-made vampire story is like that silly but famous DeLorean which is a very flawed car in real-life but reeks of Hollywood thanks to its fictional time-traveling alter-ego. But Kimi ni Todoke, being an awesome sublime Japanese car--this is a Lexus, the Lexus LFA. It just went on from being simple, idealistic, unrealistic little shoujo story to being a love story you can perfectly love at all thanks to its right touches, and the right delivery of characters (and the right seiyuus---but okay, that's a personal opinion) in a plot that was meant to be wrong in every literature sense. And this is what you get: a shoujo love story worth the watch (and love).
Verdict: Kimi ni Todoke is just like how Lexus was idealistic to their LFA, and it worked. read more
At first glance, it may seem like a typical shoujo, boy-meets-girl kind of series. That's what I thought when I first read the synopsis, so I was kind of reluctant to watch it. But now...am I glad I did!
While not the most exciting or original plot line, it's simplicity charms me. It has a rather slow flow, but it doesn't bore, rather it helps emphasize the special moments that Sawako experiences in her school life. The process of growing up, feeling love for the first time, making friends, and even enemies are all so amazingly portrayed through this show.
Seriously, I've never liked a female lead this much before. Sawako is just too cute. She's innocent to the point of being humorous, but she's not stupid or weak. Quite the contrary actually (I was pleasantly surprised by how she interacted with Kurumi). She's always being positive, always trying to help others, and always being true to herself. You can't help but be moved by her. For the male lead, you've got the 100% refreshing Kazehaya who is actually not your typical male lead. At first glance, he's Mr.Perfect who everyone admires, but after a while you learn that he's just like any other guy. He gets flustered, nervous, angry and embarrassed like all of us do. And in my opinion, that just makes him more endearingly cute and charming.
Also, this show's supporting characters are some of the best I've seen in shoujo anime! They really define the true meaning of friendship :) Heck, even the antagonist is pretty awesome.
The artwork might not be considered the best out there, but it does the story justice (and then some). It's bright, simple and cute. There were certain times when I would think "wow, the colours look amazing here" (you gotta pay attention to sunset scenes!). They also did a good job with the characters, I think they purposely made them look plain so that it helps contrast times when they stand out (like when Sawako smiles!). So overall, they did a lovely job.
I love the opening song and I think it fits the series perfectly. Can't say much about the background music though because I haven't paid much attention to it...too busy enjoying the dialogue =)
I wish I can give this a higher rating than 10. I was pretty much smiling like an idiot throughout the first few episodes. The interaction between Sawako and Kazehaya are too cute for words, I felt much warm and fuzzy feelings when watching them. It makes me wish I could go back in time to experience high school romance like they did. But then again...who can find someone like Kazehaya.
Anyways, this show has really grown on me. I will definitely keep watching and rooting for Sawako. If this review or the ratings hasn't helped convince you to watch it, please seriously reconsider. Don't pass this up!