Romantic Teen Angst


Kimi Ni Todoke (From Me to You)

I finally got around to watching Kimi ni todoke recently. It has been a well liked series by both of my boys and I can see why it’s a very well done show (albeit a bit “angst-y” as my older son puts it).

Based on the ongoing manga, it follows Sawako Kuronuma. Sawako is a socially awkward high school student who was dubbed “Sadako” for her resemblance to the main character in the Japanese  horror film “The Ring” (because of this people falsely attribute supernatural abilities to her). Sawako is socially isolated and has no friends. This changes as one of the more popular boys (and someone Sawako admires),Kazehaya, starts talking to her at school. And through the year Sawko starts to gain new friendships (something she’s never had) and her feelings for Kazehaya deepens.

This show is strongest in it’s characters. Sawako is a hilariously awkward character. She takes everything thing people say seriously and to heart. While this can be viewed as a good trait to have, it can also prove problematic for her (misunderstandings abound). And her facial expressions are priceless.

Sawako develops two good friendships with her classmates: Ayane Yano and Chizuru Yoshida. These two are great. They are who’d you would want in your corner. They are loyal and great friends to Sawako, supporting her and helping her grow.

Kazehaya and the rest of the supporting characters are wonderfully written and enjoyable to watch. It is the care in which in the relationships between the characters are treated that makes this a fun show to watch (although it does get a bit “angst-y” as my son said).

Attention Parents: The show is largely harmless. There is no fan service, cursing, or violence. A younger viewer may not be interested in the teen drama interactions, but for a teen or tween viewer it’s a good watch.

I thoroughly enjoyed this show (although at times you wanted to yell at Sawako and Kazehaya for being so angst ridden about each other). The art is Shoujo style and good for the subject. The characters and their relationships is where the show shines as I said earlier. And the music is not bad either.

Happy viewing!



6 thoughts on “Romantic Teen Angst

  1. The Otaku Judge November 25, 2015 / 5:34 pm

    This is a cute series. I did start getting annoyed by Sadako’s insecurities by the time season 2 rolled along though.

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    • madreceiver November 25, 2015 / 6:13 pm

      Oh yeah. Hers and Kazehaya’s both. That’s why my son referred to it as “angst-y”.

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  2. Arria Cross December 29, 2015 / 1:04 am

    One of my favourite shoujo series! I wish that they adapt the rest of the manga. There are still a lot of shoujo cliches that it can’t escape from but at least the heroine, Sawako, is emotionally strong. And I love her character development. I also love the portrayal of friendship in this anime. In a lot of shoujo series, the best friends gets sidelined when the hero and heroine finally get together but Kimi ni Todoke successfully maintain the strength of friendship and its importance throughout the entire series. That’s impressive, in my opinion.

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    • madreceiver December 29, 2015 / 1:20 am

      Agreed! The friendships are treated really well and were one of my favorite aspects of the show!

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  3. philomena February 7, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    I considered watching this anime over Valentine’s weekend (because I am an otaku single woman who’d rather spend time with anime guys than actual men) but decided to rewatch Fruits Basket instead. That being said, this is on my extensive “To Watch” list of anime! Thank you for reviewing it in such a concise way. I appreciate that and you have gained a blog follower in me. 🙂

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