Kuronuma Sawako is completely misunderstood by her classmates. Her timid and sweet demeanor is often mistaken for malicious behavior. This is due to her resemblance to the ghost girl from "The Ring," which has led her peers to give her the nickname Sadako. Longing to make friends and live a normal life, she is naturally drawn to Kazehaya Shouta, the most popular guy in class, whose "100% refreshing" personality earns him great admiration from Sawako. So when Kazehaya starts talking to her, maybe there is hope for the friendships Sawako has always longed for. Maybe...there is even a little hope for some romance in her future.
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Volume 22: Mayuge no Kakudo wa 45° de (45° Eyebrows)
"Kimi ni Todoke", translated as "From Me to You" or "Reaching You" is one of the sweetest and most heartfelt stories I have ever read. After reading it for so many years, I couldn't stop myself from writing this review.
It's slow-paced, simple and delicate in the best of ways. I feel that it mirrors the pace of true high school life: little things happen day by day, inching slowly towards the end. It's a story about love, of course, but it's so much more than that. It's a story about expressing your emotions and love for others, all kinds of love: romantic, friendship &
The story starts with a pretty standard trope: unpopular girl meets popular boy. But, the way this plays out is honestly far from the standard. The main leads are both shy, kind and the relationship is balanced. It isn't one of those relationships where the boy is highly experienced, always reassuring the girl who can't understand why he would like her. If I recall correctly, Kazehaya may have to reassure Sawako in the beginning but after that, they are comfortable and confident with one another. Sawako and Kazehaya are always trying to improve themselves and always want to communciate. Of course, this may take some time to develop as there as initial misunderstandings (like many other real relationships). But I think the two main leads are adorable and depict a very sweet and healthy relationship.
The romance is sweet, and the friendships are sweet too. This story is full of girls lifting up girls, supporting one another, admitting their faults and forgiving each other. Yes, there's a popular "rival" like pretty much all other shoujos but there's alot of slow and satisfactory character development.
There isn't much else I can say without spoiling it but if you want a heartfelt shoujo manga please give this one a try!
So, this manga is probably one of the best your gonna get from this genre. At least, as I've found so far. I said this with the anime as well, but Kimi ni Todoke is as realistic as realistic get with romantic fiction, and that's really nice. I won't lie to you: if you don't like slow paced things, this manga will probably bore you more often than not. It does take the story extremely slow, so you need to be invested in the characters to care about what's happening.
Though, that really shouldn't be a problem, because all of the characters written for this manga
are absolutely amazing. I think the thing I loved seeing the most was how the characters' friendships were written. It felt authentic to watch Sawako's friendship begin and develop with her friends because the writer took such care with it. It's because of that specifically that this manga could be about more than just romance. It had substance beyond that.
Some of the negatives, and I'm gonna keep it a buck, the story's pure form as far as the romance goes got so boring after a while of reading it. Don't get me wrong, this is a really inspirational manga that really showcases what it means to be a teenager, especially a teenager that feels invisible. It tells a great story about a great main character that breaks out of her shell... but the *romance,* oh my goodness. The development of it was wonderful and realistic. I think seeing how she falls in love was done beautifully. However, after a while (about where the anime drops off... well, at least for the main character), it just got to be a bit too much.
It didn't turn super gushy, but it felt like the progression with the characters stopped in favor of romantic developments and conflicts. I guess what I'm trying to say is that the series probably should've stopped a bit earlier than it did, but I understand why it went where it went.
I've got the negatives fresh in my mind because I didn't quite enjoy the last stretch of the manga, BUT the manga as a whole is amazing. Honestly, if you want a good slice-of-life type romance manga, you should read this. It's warm and comforting, and it'll make you happy from the bottom of your heart. Just... pace yourself with reading it so you don't get jaded like I did. That's all for now.
I really enjoyed season 1. What I liked about season 1 was its balance of slice of life and friendship along with the glacial pacing of Kazehaya and Sawako. There was a lot of character development with Sawako coming out of her shell and her opening up to others. Chizu and Ayane took the forefront. The comedy was balanced. I swear by season 1 I wish Sawako got that he tried asking her out. He did midway in episode 1. I wish he had just confessed at the end. It would have been better pacing wise.
to put it, they took the good elements of the story and dragged it out for far too long. Why the hell would the two be having a fight/disagreement over when he'd kiss her?
Season 2 and onward, the story becomes your generic shoujo romance. Stupid misunderstandings are dragged out, and now it's whether Shouta will kiss Sawako or not. Romance takes the forefront over friendship, except the romance is honestly bland and boring. Sawako and Shouta are boring together... They're no Inuyasha and Kagome. They are so saccharine and sweet like watching puppy videos.
Everyone has to be constantly paired up. Chizu and Ryo seems more stereotypical. I grew up with my younger brother, who is my best friend's real younger brother, and never would I see him in that light. They seemed forced. I can't imagine Ryo being so forthright on his kisses. Seems out of character. Like Chizu has liked Ryo's brother the longest time. Why would she just go on to suddenly liking Ryo?
Chizu, how the hell would her parents agree to her not going to college?
I guess I didn't care really what they were going to do after high school. Sawako is constantly crying.
Ayane is constantly paired up. What with that forgettable blond dude - Kent and then Pin!?! I never saw that potential. Pin and Kurumi I saw way more possibility.
Kurumi is still annoying. She's only less annoying. I swear she was brought back because she was a popular character. Only in a manga would she be asking for forgiveness for what she did. I wish that wasn't the case. She lost that edge to her.
Everyone has to become likable all the time. At least they finally dropped the drama surrounding Kazehaya's popularity. It felt like I was reading a canon fan fiction in which all the slice of life elements were dropped and it became a dull romance manga. Look I like Kazehaya and Sawako together. They are sweet, but really dull.
I just had to write a review for this story, because even though it's not over yet, I am shocked by how addicted to it I am. The story is pretty simple, and not uncommon: girl has few friends. girl meets popular guy with lots of friends. girl slowly makes friends + develops crush on boy. When I read the summary for this manga, I think I rolled my eyes at the thought of a manga based on the fact that someone looked like a character from a horror movie. How could that be believable at all?
It totally was.
What makes this manga different? It's
really hard to put my finger on, but for some reason, even though it's a common story, this author has made it draw me in with the most refreshing characters and most realistic situations I have seen in a long time. Simply put, the characters are honest and real, the situations are believable and cute, not exaggerated and fantasized. At any time when you are reading, you'll put yourself in a place where you can put yourself in the place of a character... Sawako or her friends or even the girl who can't understand what Kazehaya can see in someone like Sawako. As the story continues along, the characters stay true to their roots, while being exciting and fun to read about at the same time.
Also, the author is excellent at writing the romantic side of the story in a way that while it is constantly touched on, but never becomes the sole focus of the plot. It's so exciting to see a romance that isn't focused on the couple, but on a character's journey though the world into romance and school and life in general.
The art is nothing to call home about, but it is nice and cleanly drawn.
I have really high hopes for the rest of the volumes and the conclusion. If the author keeps writing how she has been, I have no worries.
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