Sawako was a timid n sweet girl. but because of her long straight hair that resembled a ghost girl, she was often misunderstood by her classmates to have malicious behavior. actually, she longed to make friends n live a normal life. she was drawn to Kazehaya, the most popular guy in class, whose sunshine personality attracted many admiration from girls of their class. what she failed to notice, was that Kazehaya was also attracted to her. he started talking with her n a sweet love slowly blossomed as they overcome all obstacles along the way.
the anime was a straightforward romance, no surprises n a rather typical shoujo manga (少女漫画) that targeted the teenage female audiences. it was a little awkward for me especially when neither of them knew that they liked each other, circling around even though it was so obvious that their friends noticed right away. it would probably remind many of their teenage love story, the secret that wasn't so much a secret. with Kurumi's character appearing, she was a complete opposite of Sawako. she was pretty, loved by everyone n an extrovert who dare to voice out her feelings towards Kazehaya. the only downside was Kazehaya paid no attention to her, which led to her failed confession during Valentine's. what i didn't quite like about Sawako's character was her angelic figure. she was portrayed to be so sweet, so shy, so positively optimistic, which caused Kurumi's character to be reflected as somewhat mean. which she in fact wasn't! like Sawako, Kurumi also struggled to show her love for Kazehaya, especially with him ignorantly accepting her love n not giving anything in return. perhaps this is one anime that we get to decide who we love since each character stood out on its own way.
some background on the anime:
- episodes: 12
- director: Hiro Kaburaki (鏑木ひろ)
- released: 2011
- language: Japanese
- genre: Romance
- Kimi ni Todoke (2009)
- Kimi ni Todoke 2nd Season (2011)
- Kimi ni Todoke Live-Action Movie (2010)