Kimi ni Todoke S1 & S2 Anime Review

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Romance shoujo animes. I both love and dislike it.

Wow, that was a bold statement from me. Lemme explain.

I am a Romanticist. I enjoy reading, watching, hearing things about love and romance. It’s my nature, its what I grew up with. But in the world of anime/manga, love and romance tend to be connected to the shoujo tag more than I wanted to (though recently, I had been exposed more to seinen…oohohohoh). Every time I am exposed to this genre of anime/manga, the same tropes keeps on happening again and again, which resulted in me almost disliking it.

Still, there are some out there that I do enjoy watching/reading. Unfortunately, this one, Kimi ni Todoke, didn’t much appeal to me.

Author’s notes: This anime review was supposed to be part of my Valentines special along with other anime reviews (I haven’t made or even watched them…lol), but got dumped in the drafts cuz of my personal issues (which you guys have already known). I’m posting this now as I’m currently busy with adjusting having a job now and my personal time. Heh. Still, I hope you enjoy this review.

Type: TV
Episodes: 25 + 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2009 to Mar 31, 2010, Jan 12, 2011 to Mar 30, 2011
Premiered: Fall 2009, Winter 2011
Studios: Production I.G
Source: Manga
Genres: Slice of Life, Drama, Romance, School, Shoujo
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Synopsis: 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. (MAL)

Kimi ni Todoke anime didn’t impress me. Yep, it’s unfortunate.

Don’t get me wrong. Based on the premise and genre, I should be liking this anime. I do, but I guess times had changed and my taste in anime also changed. I don’t think I could appreciate or “love” this anime as I want it to.

The anime had a simple premise. A misunderstood girl meets the most popular guy and love blossoms. Cuz this is shoujo, it takes 2 seasons (and a lot of chapters) before they got together. Yep, that long. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem when the writer/author tried to deepen the relationships of the characters but if it affects the flow and rhythm of the story, it always ends up a stagnant, repetitive, and frustrating plot in the process. And bruh, the pacing was definitely hurt by it, especially in the 2nd season. In the 1st season, the pacing was steady at times and then goes slow…like a newbie driving a brand new car and doesn’t want to crash. But the latter season was worst as it tried to insert a lot of stuff to reach the ideal ending. Not a fan of it.

The characters were likable, especially the supporting casts. I really really like Sawako’s friends as they added alot color to the story and they are precious. Sawako was cute, but cuz of her personality, its hard to like her very much. Also Kazehaya, he’s too perfect and unrealistic. LOL.

The art and animation fitted well with the theme and feel of the anime. I have no problems with it, and I don’t think I would want to see this anime in another style. That says alot.

Overall, the anime was okay.

Kimi ni Todoke had a classic feel to it. It’s so shoujo. Because of it, it had a lot of cliches and tropes that you could expect in a shoujo anime. Still, I admit, I enjoyed it. But it was also frustrating and slow. Lel. With me being exposed to a lot of new unique shoujo and seinen love stories, typical stuff are meh. It’s a shame.

Still, this anime is a good shoujo anime. I guess, if I watched this years ago, I would’ve appreciated it more. A mistake on my part.

If you guys haven’t watched this yet, you should.

Anyway, that’s it for now.

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  1. Yuu Permalink

    ‘he’s too perfect’ -> bursts out laughing, yeah if only boys like that existed, all introverted shy girls would get picked up

    I enjoyed the anime so much though! Actually, it was mostly through the manga that I enjoyed it. The anime was rushed as with all adaptations so the manga felt more cozy and had more room for comedy!

    Reading your review made me want to hold the manga in your face and scream for you to ‘read it!’ as a fellow romanticist myself. Maybe I’m in the earlier stages you mentioned? Haven’t gotten to see much Despair yet.

    1. Will Sirius Permalink

      Hahahahahah!!! I do have plans of reading manga. I mean, the whole time I was watching the series, I felt like I really need to check the source material to fully appreciate its awesomeness. Heh.


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