Kimi ni Todoke Season One and Two Review – Confessions of a Shoujo-holic

kimi ni todoke kuronuma sawako kurumisawa ume yano ayane yoshida chizuru

Sparkles, bubbles, and drama. These are the lovely hallmarks of shoujo anime. As a paragon of the genre, Kimi ni Todoke is no exception. This wonderfully fluffy series details the friendships and romances of a shy gloomy girl.

Kimi ni Todoke Kuronuma Sawako Sadako sparkles bubbles shoujo anime

Sawako is a creepy high school girl without a single friend. Nicknamed Sadako – as in Sadako from The Ring – Sawako resembles the scary horror both in her appearance [1] and her awkward social manners. In fact, most other students avoid her out of fear. However, when the new school year begins, things start to change quickly. Sawako is thrown into all the joys of high school life: friendships, crushes, mean girls, and most importantly, romance. Kimi ni Todoke follows our adorable heroine as she very very slowly finds her love.

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When Sawako and Kazehaya meet for the first time, sparks and sparkles immediately light between the two. Despite their differences – Kazehaya is a sunny, bright popular boy while Sawako is, well, Sadako – their feelings are very obvious. However, it would take an entire season before this clumsy couple finally goes on a date… As friends… Sort of. It would take yet another dozen episodes for the two to finally confess and understand each other’s feelings. Indeed, Kimi ni Todoke is a slow, long journey to that one simple confession.

kimi ni todoke kuronuma sawako yano ayane yoshida chizuru

The progress can be quite frustrating. At times, Sawako and Kazehaya seem to be forever trapped in a labyrinth of misunderstandings, obliviousness, and insecurities. So often I would wish I could just slap some sense into the two, or simply shout their love confessions for them. I can only imagine how maddening it must be for Sawako’s best friends, Ayane and Chizuru, or for Kazehaya’s buddy, Ryu. To be fair, other people, most notably Kurumi and Kento, pull a lot of very malicious and dirty tricks to part the two. Still, it is incredible how dull and timid Sawako and Kazehaya can be. I guess love can be quite blinding.

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Yet, despite the occasional annoyance, this slow pace not only works, but accentuates the drama exceptionally well. It is almost as if all the emotions from all the characters are bottled up, growing and festering inside a static plot, to create this intense experience for the audience. Over the course of the anime, I became very invested in the story, the characters, and their feelings.

Kimi Todo Sawako crying

Not every anime makes me shout at the screen: “SHE F*CKING LOVES YOU!!”

And, of course, when those big moments come, whether it is a “date,” a few words, or a hug, I could feel my own heart skip. I do not think I have shrieked with such excitement and blush in quite some time.

Kimi Toke Sawako Kazehaya hug kyaaah

“KYAAAAAHHH~!!!”

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It is remarkable how Kimi ni Todoke can make you care about the smallest things. A smile and a few bubbles, those simple words and a blush, some lightly malicious rumors, and all that immaterial fluff build toward this lovely delicate drama. I am surprised how a mere confession in high school can be so emotive. [2] That really is a testament to the merits of this anime.

kimi todoke kuronuma sawako kurumisawa ume

Similarly, the characters are delightfully affecting as they face very real naïve concerns about love. Kimi ni Todoke successfully involves the audience with the characters’ feelings and motivations. Further, although the anime does not have the most arousing animation, I found myself much more attracted to these normal school girls than, for instance, some pontificating gothic loli cosplayer, or zombie-slaying skimpily dressed hot chick. [3]

Kimi Todo opening dress fashion

KimiToke Sawako opening dress skirt fashion

Speaking of dresses, [4] I have skirted the shoujo genre briefly before watching Kimi ni Todoke. I had felt overwhelmed by the melodrama from all these shoujo manga nad Japanese drama. I was starting to avoid the genre (and drama in general). But then, Kimi ni Todoke comes along, and I was ready to fall in love once again.

Kimi ni Todoke Kurumi pyo

I love you, Kimi ni Todoke.

And I love you, Kurumi. ♥ [4]

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  1. Despite her occasional creepiness, Sawako is drop dead gorgeous!
  2. Really, when looking back on high school, all those drama just seems silly and insignificant.
  3. No surprises on who my biggest crush of the season (possibly the year) is.
    Some related posts: hair and dolls.
  4. By the way, Kimi ni Todoke has a lovely wardrobe.
  5. More on my crush on Kurumi.

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69 Responses to Kimi ni Todoke Season One and Two Review – Confessions of a Shoujo-holic

  1. Overlord-G says:

    If it weren’t for my schedule and stress, I would have watched KnT a long time ago. It reminds me of School Rumble from your explanation, except less drawn out. I also liked the fact how you shortened your Kurumi praise to a few minor sentences. After all, your admiration of this attractive trickster increased my curiosity of just how adorably malicious she can be.

    THIS, in my opinion is how a het romance should be. shows like this one and Kuragehime (and some others) are what I seek in romance anime, not some pointless boy meets girl nonsense in certain comedies where the romance is added just for kicks, like Seitokai no Ichizon or Seitokai Yakunindomo (Both great shows but the romance is meaningless.)

    Is it just me, or are most anime girls with somewhat curly hair portrayed as either rich and haughty, or just plain naughty?

    • Yi says:

      It also doesn’t really have as much comedy as School Rumble, and there is little silly gimmicks. Also, Kimi Todo feels very subtle in that there’s a very classy, light fluffy atmosphere. In fact, Shoujo in general gives off a far different tone from seinen like School Rumble, and even more so from many “romantic” comedies/harem.

      “Is it just me, or are most anime girls with somewhat curly hair portrayed as either rich and haughty, or just plain naughty?”
      Hm… I don’t know, but probably not. I can think of quite a few examples of the opposite. (i.e. Hina Ichigo from Rozen Maiden, Shimako from Marimite, the dwarf from QB… etc.) In any case, Kurumi’s hair is more wavy than curly, but that’s a fine distinction.

      Well, if you ever get the chance, I’d highly recommend giving this a try, especially if you’re in the mood for a shoujo anime.

      p.s. “After all, your admiration of this attractive trickster increased my curiosity of just how adorably malicious she can be.”
      I’m not sure if you’ll like her. A lot of people don’t, because she’s not adorably malicious. She’s just malicious. Think really mean and cruel girls in high school.

      But you may just, as I do, like her for that.

      • deluge says:

        :/ I don’t think Kurumi’s mean at all! I mean she’s not *nice* but she’s not TOO bad. Alas I am the only person who thinks this way, I suppose. She’s just fighting for the guy she loves. The only thing “cruel” she did was spreading the rumors but after that she actually helped Sawako imo.

        • Yi says:

          I think those rumors are super mean. They’re really really not nice. But I think that’s why I love Kurumi so much.

          She also shows her kinder side later on, which is just sooo lovely.

      • Overlord-G says:

        Hey, as long as she’s not as lame as Minko and more creative in her malevolence, I’m willing to see just how mean Kurumi can be. I can accept meanness as a form of entertainment as long as it isn’t one dimensional.

        By the way, if you thought Eraserhead was confusing, then I recommend checking out a Clockwork Orange to truly challenge your mind and sanity. If that wasn’t enough to challenge you, then 2001: A Space Odyssey will be more of a match for your stamina.

        Back to the show, Sawako is lovely indeed. Minor spoiler request: How long does the “Sadako” nickname last before it’s forgotten?

        • Yi says:

          Kurumi is definitely not a boring character. But whether she’s likable depends on the watcher.

          Yay for digression!! I kind of wish you had a twitter, so things don’t seem so random, but this is nice too I guess. ^ ^
          Anyway, I picked up Eraserhead on a whim because of an article on creepy babies. Not sure if I actually want to watch other mind trips right now.

          “Sadako” sticks around for quite a long while.

  2. Itachi says:

    I haven’t watch this series yet. But a lot of people says that this series is really promising to watch. Well, I’m not too fond for Shoujo anime as well. This apply to Madoka as well though… >.<

    • anon says:

      madoka is not shoujo

    • Yi says:

      @Itachi: I can understand that. There are just certain genres that I can’t get interested in, like mecha and gar. So I often pass on classics despite the strong recommendations and hype surrounding them.

      @Itachi, anon, deluge: Mahou shoujo and shoujo do cross over often. Cardcaptor Sakura is a great example of that. Of course, this doesn’t happen all the time. I wouldn’t say Nanoha is shoujo, even if it is mahou shoujo. Likewise for Madoka.

      • Overlord-G says:

        I have a much simpler excuse for not watching Mecha and gar. I’m not interested in them. Heck, I can’t even remember the last time I saw a pure Shounen anime.
        It’s a shame Itachi denied Madoka just because it’s a magical girl show. Ah well, his loss. Perhaps his curiosity will open his eyes in the future. However, as to why he denied greatness, I can understand that there are genres that just don’t pique your interest right away unless you take a risk.

        • Yi says:

          “I have a much simpler excuse for not watching Mecha and gar. I’m not interested in them.”
          That’s not really simpler… It’s pretty much the same reason I don’t watch mecha and gar. j/k. ^ ^

          “Ah well, his loss.”
          … Not really a loss if there’s no interest.

  3. k1y0 says:

    Totally agree with you on this. KnT is just too lovely. I’ve never seen an anime that makes me want to fall in love till this comes along, and I probably never might again.

  4. gozieson says:

    T.T I’m always missing out on all these anime/manga titles. No time to buy them, no channels to watch them…

    …CURSE YOU GAMING URGES!

    Hopefully I would be able to find the time to read/watch these things other than just settle with reading a review about it…

    • Yi says:

      Haha yea, other things happen. I have a massive backlog of anime and manga too. When you do get around to picking up new anime, give this a thought. ^ ^

  5. silkyheartBR says:

    It was a cute end.
    I love Kurumi too! felt so bad for her.

  6. hoshiko says:

    Totally agree with you! Having followed KimiTodo since its first episode the first season, the journey to finally see Kazehaya and Sawako together was definitely a slow, painful but enjoyable one. To see the two confessed finally their feelings, loud and clear without any misunderstandings, I couldn’t help but just smile broadly. Those two has certainly came a long way.

    KimiTodo is definitely one of the best anime I’ve seen to date. Love it loads!

    • Yi says:

      I smiled so much too during those final episodes. KimiTodo really knows how to tease us. I don’t think I’ve had such kyaah in quite a while than that moment in the classroom. Shy, crying, embarrassed, scared, confessing Sawako is so ♥~

      The painful wait is definitely worth it.

  7. Shin says:

    Funny that it took a Chinese girl anime like this to make me rage at the characters so hard I would scream at the monitor as well. Also, all my money for a Cookie-kun spinoff.

    • Yi says:

      Chinese girl anime??
      I liked the little story Ryu had with Yoshida. And his confession at the end is… the most bad ass confession ever.

  8. Fabienne says:

    In season one it was so heartwharming how my little Sawako fought to gain the happiness she deserves, I felt very sorry for her in the first few episodes.
    Beeing the gloomy ring monster and in the next scene the beautiful girl was a bit strange and funny sometimes. Haha Oh I always loved these crazy chibi faces of Sawako. Also the soft and calm voice of Mamiko Noto fitted Sawako perfectly.
    I couldn’t help myself, I had to cheer for Sawako all the time, because I liked her so much =)

    I agree with KnT S1 being slow paced, but thx to this all characters are very well elaborated and their motivations are explained very detailed. The slow pacing was also very helpful to make Sawako’s slow changes more believeable.
    The love problem in the second season was a big rollercoaster in comparison with the more straight handled problem of socializing in the first season. I was often like “no that can’t be happening right now”

    Overall the show ended in a satisfying way for me, I only had wished for a full romantic date episode at the end ^^ If I had to choose which season I like the most, I would say season one .

    • Yi says:

      I feel really bad for Sawako not just early on, but pretty often throughout both seasons. She’s just so nice and kind; it pains me to see her sad at times. Even as a fan of her rival, I cheered for Sawako the whole time too.

      I like season two more too, but I think season two is only more successful because it builds on the slow boiling emotions and pace set by the first season.

      chibi creepy sawako
      Creepy chibi Sawako is the best!

  9. Ristlin says:

    Actually, I personally couldn’t handle this series at all and even I’m not sure why. I have watched the two seasons of Honey and Clover and loved it, and that show also featured characters who have trouble expressing their feelings, an excruciatingly slow pacing and a reciprocal love story. However, I throughout that show, I have never felt the excessive amount of frustration at the characters or the development of the situation, nor the misunderstandings or the fact that the characters always keep quiet about their true feelings.

    With Kimi ni Todoke, an episode never passed without the need to scream at Sawako for being so timid, at Kazehaya for not being direct enough, and at the countless misunderstandings that comes from Sawako not saying the things that she needs to say (and I hate misunderstandings as plot devices the most since it adds to the frustration). All in all, this series failed completely at entertaining me or holding my attention. I have tried many times to restart it because of the recommendations and the positive reviews, but I always drop it after a few episodes because I am just unable to take the wishy-washy personalities of the characters.

    Kurumi needed to confess to Kazehaya earlier, that might have saved the series. Also, if she was depicted in a bit more likeable fashion, it might also have been more enjoyable.

    On a positive note, I did like the animation and the music; they were excellent.

    • deluge says:

      Patience, my dear. Patience.

      Also the reasons for your suffering are as follows:

      1- You are not Japanese, likely not Asian or Middle Eastern either. It’s a culture thing. I can’t imagine anyone from these places at least not understanding the timidness shyness indirectness misunderstandings.
      2- Umm actually just go back to 1.

      It’s ok, not all of us are raised to understand this kind of relationship.

      Also Honey and Clover has nothing to do with KimiTodo.

      I think you should watch a bit more mature anime such as NANA and maybe even Nodame.

      • Ristlin says:

        Ah, but I have patience; that’s why I have tried to restart many times. Also, I’m very sorry to inform you, but your culture arguement doesn’t work since I am an Asian (=.=’). Also, I have watched NANA in its entirety and have loved that show. Nodame was on my watchlist too, but I have yet to find a stream site that have a high quality version of it. As I have said before, I don’t really understand why I didn’t enjoy KimiTodo. I have watched other similar shows with shy and timid characters and enjoyed them. Also, Honey and Clover is similar in the sense that the speed of progression is similar and Yuta’s timidness towards Hagu is also relatable to Sawako and Kazehaya’s. If you have any other ideas on why I didn’t like the show, please tell me (I’m really interested in finding out reasons too).

    • Yi says:

      @Ristlin: The misunderstandings and inability to speak their mind clearly are super frustrating to watch. I could forgive Sawako considering her social ineptitude. But I really wanted to wring Kazehaya at times for his jumping to conclusions, insecurities, and misleading words. I would think a popular guy like him would have a little more sense when it comes to understanding and sympathy, but I guess when one’s in love, things always get complicated.

      Personally I found those moments, while annoying, tolerable. And at the end when things come together, it is so worth all those teases and all that wait. In fact, I think the final episodes are better because of the frustration earlier. Still, I can understand not being able to wade through that pace and those wishy-washy misses.

      I found Kurumi super likable, but I think it’s just a matter of personal taste. And agreed about the music and animation.

      @deluge: “You are not Japanese, likely not Asian or Middle Eastern either. It’s a culture thing. I can’t imagine anyone from these places at least not understanding the timidness shyness indirectness misunderstandings.”
      I don’t think culture has that much to do with timidness and indirectness, at least not in the context of Kimi ni Todoke. It has more to do with personalities of those particular characters. In every culture, there are those who are more direct with their words and feelings, and those who are naturally more shy.

  10. Nekoko says:

    Oh, how I envy you for having the time to watch anime >_< I can barely find time for a manga series. I'll definitely put this show on my list of anime to watch. The animation looks quite pretty.

    • Yi says:

      I can barely find time for anime and manga too. Multi-tasking helps a lot. I’m usually doing something else while watching anime.

      Anyway, this is a very pretty anime indeed. ^ ^

  11. Marina says:

    KnT is definitely one of my favorite shoujo romance/school anime out there, with its memorable characters, soft pastels, dreamy art style, and well-paced plot. I know quite a few people who thought the first season too maddening because nothing came about between Kazehaya and Sawako, but I find the extension to the 2nd season necessary to promote a deeper understanding of the characters and their confused, young emotions. Like you, I wanted to shake each of them several times and yell the truth. Yet, when those moments of revelation finally came, I couldn’t stop smiling.

    • Yi says:

      “I find the extension to the 2nd season necessary to promote a deeper understanding of the characters and their confused, young emotions.
      Exactly. I really appreciated just how grindingly slow the first season’s pace became when it comes to Kazehaya and Sawako. It really helped to build more character, suspense, and anticipation for those two’s relationship.

      Anyway, even now, weeks after finishing the series, I still smile when I think about that hug.

  12. deluge says:

    To all the people before me:

    If you don’t have time to watch anime how do you have time to read anime blogs??

    Wow…

    • E says:

      It takes about 5 minutes to read a post on Listless Ink. Compared to the time it takes to watch anime, that is quite short.

    • Yi says:

      As a side note, I usually like to keep my posts relatively short (~600-800 words) precisely because I think most people don’t have too much time to spend casually.

  13. fathomlessblue says:

    I’m totally in your corner regarding the pacing, I know many found it unbearably slow but I loved the gentle flow of events, at least in series 1. It was really refreshing (mental note: try not to use that word again in the context of this anime again! XD) to see a series deliberately take it’s time in telling a story without feeling like it was being padded out. I wasn’t a massive fan of the main love story due to Kazehaya being a big pile of bland, but it was executed well enough for me to appreciate the two taking their time to get together; besides, all in all he was a pretty good match for Sawako.

    Season 2 spoiled a lot those feelings with all the contrived misunderstandings, faux-love rivals and general delays of anything happening. I would have been much happier if s2 had been one long ‘dull’ story of Sawako and Kazehaya slowly becoming closer together to the point of sharing their feelings like in s1, instead of all the forced nonsense. It wasn’t as much exciting as it was infuriating. I hated the chain of events in the manga, and the anime just even more insufferable. I even had to relegate Sawahaya as my OTP of the season in favour of Shuu and Anna from Wandering Son. Sorry guys, but you snooze, you lose.🙂

    For all the skill Karuho Shiina has in writing sedately paced tales with (mostly) great characters, her attempts at relationship drama between the main couple has consistently been the most poorly executed element of Kimi ni Todoke. The worst part was that it entirely dominated the story in s2, giving little to no room for engaging subplots like Chizuru x Ryuu. The always wonderful Yano’s and (to a slightly lesser extent) Kurumi’s screen time was also reduced. Maybe I just won’t be happy until I see those two in a separate spinoff series, solving crime in L.A. or something.😛

    The second series also gave us a great character in Kent, who was given surprisingly little to do. People still seem pretty split whether he was just a clueless goon who barged into the middle of things, or a devious, malicious schemer like Kurumi. Personally I’m beginning to suspect Karuho Shiina still doesn’t fully know herself. That isn’t clever writing, it’s just indecisiveness. Hopefully his role will improve as the story moves on.

    Still, at least things picked up in end, not just for the romance but also Sawako’s determination to step her game up. She definitely became more decisive and less of a blushing door-mat. Her totally deadpan realisation that Pin was betting money of her performance at the school fair was my highlight of the entire show; just hysterical to watch and also showed Sawako becoming more in tune with the people around her. I love that scene!

    Hopefully there will be a third season based on Sawahaya dating, but I won’t be surprised if the anime’s considered ‘over’ because the main couple have gotten together. That would suck, although be hardly unexpected. From the point I’m up to date with, the manga’s story seems a little directionless outside of the main couple going on dates, meeting each other parents etc, but that’s not too far after s2 ends so hopefully things will pick up soon.

    At any rate KnT has piqued my interest for more shoujo anime. The only other romance show I’ve seen was Peach Girl, which was also awesome, if totally different in style to this. Still, can’t hurt to add a few others series’ to my backlog.

    This was supposed to be a one paragraph post.😐

    • Yi says:

      The super slow pace is definitely refreshing. Though it felt slow, it never felt boring. And it certainly doesn’t feel filler-ish.

      Agreed that Kazehaya is very bland. A blanket good “perfect” guy, he is by far the least interesting character in the whole series. Can you imagine holding a conversation with that guy? It feels like it would be just a lot of small talk and polite gestures… I’d much rather hang out with Kento. Still, Kazehayay is a really good match for Sawako. (As a side note, I’m glad Kurumi didn’t end up with Kazehaya. Their personality wouldn’t match.)

      I actually really like season 2. I think the additional misunderstandings really helped to get the stalled progress from season 1 going. I really enjoyed watching them get lost and eventually solve the jumbled mess. But there are definitely some very infuriating moments. But in the end, it really works for me

      I wanted to see more of the other characters as well. Kurumi of course. But as you said, Chizuru x Ryuu. That couple’s story begin in season one, but it never got resolved too satisfactorily. Though Ryuu’s confession at the end is the one of the best confession I’ve seen and Chizuru’s reply is equally cute, I wanted to see more. Are they going to end up together? Or go their separate ways?

      “Maybe I just won’t be happy until I see those two in a separate spinoff series, solving crime in L.A. or something.”
      Loll I’d totally love to see that.

      As for Kent, I’m not sure exactly if he is just clueless or if he is that good at being devious. I think that could be a good thing. In any case, I do think he helped to progress things along. Without him, I don’t know if Sawako and Kazehaya would ever go beyond blushing at each other. He also helps to get Sawako to open up herself more.

      “Her totally deadpan realisation that Pin was betting money of her performance at the school fair was my highlight of the entire show.”
      I loved that scene too!! Sawako is so adorable.

      I know I’m probably defending KimiTodo’s weaknesses a bit too much. Perhaps the biggest reason is that the final episodes are so good. I attribute a lot of it is to our having to tough out all those wrenches the second season threw at us. When Sawako and Kazehaya finally got past all the crap Kento gives them, it’s just so totally kyaarific.

      I’m one of those people who consider the story “over.” I think it ended at a very good place. But of course, if there is a season three, I’d certainly watch it. And more Kurumi would make me so happy!

      “This was supposed to be a one paragraph post.”
      Thanks for the long and thoughtful comment!! ^ ^

      • fathomlessblue says:

        I think my main issue with s2 and the corresponding manga material was that things were going swimmingly for Sawako and Kazehaya, then suddenly theres a new term with a slightly different seating arrangement, so naturally they’re to square one in their relationship (note sarcasm :P), with the distance created from that and the silly chocolate fiasco leading to all the subsequent issues. To me it just seemed such a blatent and forced attempt to delaying the inevitable coupling and padd out a few more chapters to the story, in the wake of the manga’s unexpected rise in popularity.

        I don’t know, maybe I wouldn’t have minded as much if I hadn’t of gone through the material twice over, basically doubling my annoyance. I stil love the show, so here’s hoping for future installments.

        ps. I loved the Ryuu confession because he was so genuine but also knew Chizuru would likely interpret his love declaration in a brotherly/sisterly kind of way. Way to lay the foundations in any case; the guy’s one subtle dude!

        • Yi says:

          That’s a fair point about the transition between season 1 and 2. I had thought at the end of season 1, Sawako and Kazehaya were pretty clear about each others’ feelings, and it kind of threw me off a bit when they thought they were still at a friendship level. What was that date during new years then??

          But this is something I think is more obvious when watched in a marathon. Having eight months between seasons allows them to fudge some stuff I guess (not that it’s an OK thing).

          Ryuu is a lot deeper and keener than he lets on.

  14. abscissa says:

    Your fandom is so cute and funny. After less talk-time about Kurumi, all of a sudden you concluded with your love for her, not to mention, the heart lol. So random! ^ ^

    I have nothing to say other than I just started watching S1. Give me some more episodes and I’ll let you know how I find KnT.

    • Yi says:

      I couldn’t do a Kimi ni Todoke post without mentioning Kurumi. She is just so perfectly adorable~

      Can’t wait to hear your thoughts. ^ ^

  15. Aya says:

    I like the manga and based on your review the adaptation also great sadako I mean sawako as cute as usual =) I also wanna try the live action adaptation

  16. Nopy says:

    KnT was very frustrating at times, but I’m glad that I stuck with it until the end. I think what makes it so appealing is that those little things that Sawako and Kazehaya kept fretting over happens to people in real life too. Love can be a very complex thing.

    • Yi says:

      Agreed. I’m so glad I stuck through those frustrating parts, because that ending is just sooo heartwarming. Lovely~

  17. Anime says:

    I barley have time to keep up with all my favorite anime…… i love this show and i always try to make time for it.

    • Yi says:

      Yea, I wish I was back in high school when time never seems to be an issue…😦 I rarely have the time or the energy nowadays to watch all the anime I enjoy.

  18. glothelegend says:

    Skipped the review because I haven’t seen it….

    Is KnT really girly or would I actually like it?

    • Yi says:

      That’s a good question and I’m not really sure. It is really “girly.” Bubbles, sparkles, cheesy words, lots of fluff and smiles. The pace is very very very excruciating slow. There may be stretches when nothing seem to progress at all. This is compounded by all the misunderstandings between the characters.

      With all that said, there is a lot of emotion packed into these two seasons. A lot of kyaah moments and a lot of very cute sweet scenes.

      Very little action.

      Personally, I really enjoyed it, but I also like the really overly sweet, fluffy anime. So if you’re into this kind of stuff, then this might be for you. Probably not though (based on what I’d guess you’d like). But the best way to know is to try.

  19. Hana says:

    Yet, despite the occasional annoyance, this slow pace not only works, but accentuates the drama exceptionally well.

    Agreed, had absolutely no problem with the pacing and thought it was, in fact, one of the show’s strengths (esp. in s.1), adding to the overall realism of the show, which is, after all, about high school students experiencing their first love…

    Btw, have you seen the live action film? Nothing anmazing, but the casting was spot-on – defo worth checking out for the adorable acting from the girls alone!😉

    • Yi says:

      That’s a good point. In addition to setting up for an incredibly intense climax, the slow pace also felt authentic in that you wouldn’t expect romance to work out smoothly at all, especially not between two oblivious lovers.

      I’ll need to watch the live-action film some time. Should be fun. And I kind of want to see how adorable the characters (Kurumi) would be in 3-D

      • Patricia says:

        Casting was pretty good, yeah. With the exception of Kazehaya’s, which was a really big shame (he is the lead male, after all). A little too thin and girly and whose acting consisted of widening his eyes and doing a cutesy chuckle of some sort every once in a while. Watched it with my cousin and we agreed he was the huge fly in the ointment that was the live-action movie. We actually skipped over his final speaking parts since he was “doe-eyeing” so much!

        Sawako’s and Kurumi’s actresses were absolutely perfect, though. You’d love them. Sawako did pulled off being cute/scary/incredibly dense without a hitch and Kurumi seemed like she was plucked right out of the anime (guh, I love her so much)!

        That said about the casting, the live-action is only a must-see for completionists. The casting was good (Kazehaya the blinding exception), but the script and the pacing was a total mess. To say that I was disappointed is an understatement. And I was really looking forward to it, too.

        • Yi says:

          Kazehaya in the live-action sounds like him in the anime: boring and one-note. He was also the weakest link in the anime in my opinion.

          “Sawako’s and Kurumi’s actresses were absolutely perfect, though.”
          That’s so great to hear. I love Kurumi soooo much too!!

          I’m not sure if I can make time for the live-action though. And I probably won’t get a chance to watch it. But it seems like I wouldn’t really be missing too much, which is a shame. Oh well, the anime has already given me incredible entertainment.

          Anyway, thank you for visiting and commenting, Patricia. ^ ^

  20. Cyurio says:

    It is remarkable how Kimi ni Todoke can make you care about the smallest things. A smile and a few bubbles, those simple words and a blush, some lightly malicious rumors, and all that immaterial fluff build toward this lovely delicate drama.

    I completely agree with this, and actually everything else written up there. I randomly picked up the first season soon after it finished airing, and I simply couldn’t stop watching. I ended up searching for and reading all of the currently translated manga, but I haven’t gotten around to watching the second season. I kind of don’t feel like it anymore, since I’ve already read the manga. But despite that, Kimi ni Todoke is still one of my favorite Shoujo Romance manga. Actually, scratch that, it’s one of my favorite Romance manga.

    You know what, scratch that last one, too. It’s probably my favorite one, now that I really think about it. Hahaha. There’s just something about it that sets it apart from other romance stories.

    • Yi says:

      I haven’t read the manga myself, but from I hear, it’s really nice as well. Though according to some, Kurumi is much lovelier in the anime, especially in the second season, but yea…

      Anyway, Kimi ni Todo is really one of the best shoujo I’ve seen. It really is just beautiful.

      p.s. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

      • Cyurio says:

        Haha, actually, I was recently convinced/bugged to try and start an anime blog of my own by a friend, but I still can’t decide on a first post, so I just started wandering around, trying to get to know people online by commenting and stuff. Making my presence known and all that. Haven’t really done much yet, though.

  21. pp says:

    well i can’t wait to start the first season and then the second.. >..<" but i'm watching other anime at the moment. i think i can only watch this maybe in 2 months time or something.

    • Yi says:

      There just so much anime, so little time. If you do get the chance to watch KimiTodo, I hope you find it super lovely as well. I think you will. ^ ^

  22. lovelyduckie says:

    “Still, it is incredible how dull and timid Sawako and Kazehaya can be”

    YES!! Ugh the last chapter I read had a scene where the two were ALMOST THERE (they were meeting behind the school) but there was yet another misunderstanding that had me practically shrieking. I’ve forgotten a lot of important details from this series so I’m going to re-read all the volumes before I pick up where I left off…or actually silly me, I should just take your advice and read the anime to catch up. Great, I’ll do that!

    • Yi says:

      Yea… These lovebirds are so ridiculously prone to misunderstandings. They make me want to pull my hair out at times. Haha.

      Anyway, I haven’t read the manga, so I’m not sure how the anime compares to it. I think it’s probably not as bad in terms of dragging out misunderstandings though. (Still, there is a lot of that frustration from all those misses…)

      Have fun~ ^ ^

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