SPOILER ALERT: Many spoilers follow, read at your own risk
Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You(2009-2011), Anime 2 Seasons, 38 Episodes, 24 minutes each
D: Hiro Kaburaki
W: Tomoko Konparu from manga by Karuho Shiina (椎名軽穂, Shiina Karuho)
Studio: Production I.G
Sawako Kuronuma (黒沼 爽子, Kuronuma Sawako) Romantic Lead, lover of Shōta Kazehaya
Shōta Kazehaya(風早 翔太, Kazehaya Shōta) Romantic Lead, lover of Sawako Kuronuma
Ayane Yano (矢野 あやね, Yano Ayane) Friend to Sawako Kuronuma
Chizuru Yoshida (吉田 千鶴, Yoshida Chizuru) Friend to Sawako Kuronuma
Ryu Sanada (真田 龍, Sanada Ryū) Friend to Shōta Kazehaya, lover of Chizuru Yoshida
Kento Miura (三浦 健人, Miura Kento) Lover of Sawako Kuronuma, possible lover of Ayane Yano
Ume “Kurumi” Kurumizawa (胡桃沢 梅, Kurumisawa Ume) Lover of Shōta Kazehaya, enemy and bully to Sawako Kuronuma
Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You (君に届け, Kimi ni Todoke) Trailer
“Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You” is an absolutely lovely work of great sensitivity and warmth.
This is basically a High School love story between a very shy girl, Sawako Kuronuma (黒沼 爽子, Kuronuma Sawako), and the most popular boy in that school, Shōta Kazehaya (風早 翔太, Kazehaya Shōta).
You have seen the basic plot many times, but this anime version of MS Karuho Shiina’s story captures the real angst and hurt and feels of what it means to fall in or be in love. The story also explores many different kinds of relationships, and emphasizes the importance of friends and friendship itself. We have May-December loves, jealous loves, triangles, overcoming debilitating loneliness, speaking directly and often, in order to avoid misunderstandings, overcoming shyness and mean bullying in the name of love so called.
In the two seasons of its run, we traverse from HS year 1 to HS year 3 and graduation, and even some followup after University.
The happiness and warmth of love is mixed in with sadness in saying goodbye as everyone goes their separate ways after graduation.
If you love Romance stories that feel like real love stories, we would highly recommend this simple yet very wonderful Romance.
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