This week is another one for the girls. A RomCom in its simplest form, but also a coming of age series in its own right, Kimi Ni Todoke follows the teenage years of Sawako as she tries to make friends despite her scary appearance and the rumours that seem to have sprung from it.
Sawako is a kind girl at heart and tries her hardest to make friends but her shyness and apparent inability to smile without looking sinister hinders her efforts to make friends with any of her classmates. This inability to fit in is hindered even more by her nickname, “Sadako”… You know… The girl from “The Ring”.
Enter Kazehaya ……. a popular boy who treats everyone with the same level of friendliness, even Sawako. This encounter sets her on a path of finding friends and becoming the girl who she wants to be, even finding love along the way.
The art style lets the viewer fall into a sense of relaxation as the pastel air and softer colours free you from the harsh reality of many slice of life anime. This is not to say that the story is any less real than any other, but I think it is fair to say that it is easier to watch than others.
Every character “feels real”, they have a substance to them rather than just being there to further the main characters ambitions and this leads to you becoming attached to more than just one character as the story progresses.
In the two seasons it has run Kimi Ni Todoke has entertained me, and reduced my girlfriend (and me) to “happy tears”, as the story beautifully rounds itself off in a way that doesn’t leave you feeling like you have wasted your time on something with no conclusion.
Beautifully animated and a story with twists, turns and about everything you can imagine, Kimi Ni Todoke is up there with the best of the best in Shoujo manga and anime.
Words: Christian James Dacombe
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