Review – Kimi ni Todoke + 2nd Season

Posted On April 2, 2011

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Plot Summary

Kimi ni Todoke: Kuronuma Sawako, nicknamed Sadako due to her resemblance to the girl in the Japanese horror movie “The Ring”, is shunned by her classmates. Wanting to make friends, Sawako tries her best to be useful for other people even though they cower in fear when they see her. However, her circumstances begins to change after befriending Kazehaya Shouta, the most popular guy in her class. Eventually, she begins to admire him for his easygoing and “100% refreshing” personality while being nice to everyone, even her.

2nd Season: Completely misunderstood by her classmates, Kuronuma Sawako’s sweet and timid demeanor is mistaken as creepy, malicious behavior. Longing to make friends, she admires Kazehaya Shouta, but doesn’t realize the close relationship that forms between them.

Review

Plot:

Kimi ni Todoke: Totally loved the storyline. Even though it was similar to the story “Cinderella” due to Sawako’s unfortunate circumstances, it was so well-executed that it didn’t matter. There was a fair share of friendship, drama, love, irony, and the story’s most important topic, misunderstood thoughts. With a great story throughout the season and a perfect ending to lead up to the second season, Kimi ni Todoke wasn’t there to disappoint.

2nd Season: Picking up from the first season, the second season didn’t disappoint. The same well-executed plot with it’s share of everything a normal slice-of-life high school has was still there with its comedy and cliffhangers keeping you from dropping it and pulling you to want the next episode.

Characters:

Kimi ni Todoke: Throughout the series, you’re introduced to all the typical characters of a high school life having their own time to shine, further enforcing the slice-of-life feel. Each character also had their part in the series to affect either a supporting character, who in-turn helps Sawako, or Sawako herself. Great character development on the main cast as well.

2nd Season: While introducing one new character, Kento Miura, who unknowingly causes trouble at times, the characters continue to mature nicely, especially Sawako. The events from the first season also start to have an effect causing needed advice here and there and furthering pushing each character along while comedy continues to ensue.

How can you not love this heart-warming smile?

Production Value:

Kimi ni Todoke: With beautiful character design when needed and great backgrounds, Kimi ni Todoke doesn’t really disappoint in the artistic value. Although the character design is relatively simplistic normally and there are some parts where the colored manga drawings pop up, it didn’t feel like it diminished it from the animation all that much. The manga parts were nicely placed in parts that wouldn’t exactly annoy the viewer at all and the simplistic animation seemed perfect for the storyline.

2nd Season: Similar to the first season, the character design and backgrounds are just as appealing. Actually, the character design and backgrounds seem to be a bit more detailed than before. Also, there are the few manga-like images appearing here and there, but, once again, they were nicely placed.

Review Summary

The Good – Great storyline and nice attachment to the characters

The Bad – Unexpected manga parts here and there

Overview:

Kimi ni Todoke – 10/10

2nd Season – 10/10

Average – 10/10Definitely my favorite shoujo anime. With just enough drama, slice-of-life, tension, and cliffhangers, this heart-tightening storyline is definitely recommended for those who love this type of story. I can’t say much for those who aren’t interested in something like this, but for those who are definitely thinking of watching Kimi ni Todoke, I definitely recommend it.

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One Response to “Review – Kimi ni Todoke + 2nd Season”

  1. Best Anime Series of 2011 « Blue Sweater Story

    […] Picking up from the first season, the second season didn’t disappoint. The same well-executed plot with it’s share of everything a normal slice-of-life high school has was still there with its comedy and cliffhangers keeping you from dropping it and pulling you to want the next episode. [Desu Diary] […]

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