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February 23, 2012

Anime Review: Kimi ni Todoke

A well-loved slice of life, romantic comedy anime featuring a easily misunderstood school girl with the most popular guy in class. The story takes on many different turns and in the end, everything works out well. This anime review takes the sequel, Kimi ni Todoke II into account.

Kimi ni TodokeSynopsis (1st Season):
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.

Synopsis (2nd Season):
The continuation of the first season. Sawako Kuronuma and her friends have just begun their second year of high school and they are in the same class together again. To make matters more interesting a male student newly transferred into their class is seated right next to Kuronuma and has taken an interest in her. What hurdles will Sawako and Kazehaya face next?

Review:
Both seasons provided a nice outlook in the character's lives. From the very beginning you will get to know the main character, Sawako, and her personality. At first she may seem a bit too self-critical, but as you watch the series, you will get to understand better the circumstances surrounding her and how she tries to break free from her problems in life. The first season mainly focusses on how she interacts and gets to know Shouta better. However, the second season brings about a new guy which in turn triggers a wide range of comedic events from love-triangles to complete embarrassing moments. The story is there, but not as you expected.

The art took a bit of time to get used to right from the beginning. The lack of shadows and textures of the characters really griped me. However, as I continued to watch, I got more accustomed to how this anime was presented. The background scenes were nicely drawn and the typical anime-style expressions were abundant in content. I wished that the characters were illustrated better.

The background music was acceptable but not that memorable, which is decent for a slice of life anime as usual. The theme songs were above average, so not much can be said of the soundtrack used in this anime. On the other hand, voice acting was superb which in turn portrayed the characters accurately.

The characters were memorable to me in many different ways. The main character, Sawako was definitely memorable due to her nature. The other characters were not so much memorable. They did have some spice in their personalities, but was a bit bland in the end. I did not find them memorable in anyway. You could say that some characters got a bit boring towards the end.

Overall, it was an enjoyable anime. The laughs were there and the silly moments were plenty. I can;t say that this is not a boring anime to watch, but be prepared for lots of facepalming and character-hating. It's that kind of anime that will make you either love or hate it.

STORY: 7 Decent story about Sawako and her life. Not so much about the other characters.

ART: 6
Above average. I couldn't really stand the character design and art style.

SOUND: 6
Slice of life anime featuring acceptable theme songs and background music. Not much to look forward to.

CHARACTER: 7
Some nice character interactions and personalities evidentially exist here.

ENJOYMENT: 7
Enjoyable to an extent. It might get a bit boring at times but there are some laughs that will keep you going.

OVERALL: 7
Some nice bits of humour with romantic elements thrown in. The story was interesting enough to make me want to continue on.