– Sawako Kuronuma (Kimi Ni Todoke)
High school is one the most “colourful” times during youth where memories are made to remember for the rest of our lives. Colours like green, yellow, and maybe blue. Red, pink and white signifying love, can be important for more students than you would think. However love does not simply come out of nowhere, it starts out from getting to know someone.
Sawako Kuronuma is a high school outcast due to her quiet and timid demeanor. Not knowing how to approach people due to inexperience with human interaction, she becomes shy and simply fades in the background to avoid people. The problem is, is that her solution makes it even worse. Sawako has caught the eye of one of the most popular boys in the school, Shota Kazehaya, becoming a catalyst to give a little push to Sawako’s social skills. With his help, Sawako learns to become more of a “girl” than she used to be. People finally begin to understand her true nature.
During this process, the two begin to have feelings for each other and really want their feelings to “reach” the other, hence the title, “From Me to You.”Shota realises this first, but he does not know how to approach the situation due to Sawako’s innocent personality. When Sawako realises that her feelings for the boy is deeper than respect for him, she holds back because of her lack of experience with these feelings, but also believes that Shota, the popular and well-liked boy couldn’t possibly feel the same way. The character development is seen through a series of misunderstandings. They struggle to convey their feelings to each other, afraid of the outcome of exposing their personal emotions, but desperately wishing their affection to reach one another.
The characters are ones you would see in real life and relatable. The people you would see in the show would involve themselves in social situations that you have probably been in yourself. For example stuttering when meeting someone you like or possibly even avoiding them, leading the person to thinking that you hate them although it was not your intention. The female lead in the story does indeed have more naivety than anyone can ever imagine, making it maddening to watch, but because she is an innocent, cute and quiet character. The times that I always found memorable were when she spoke her mind: her feelings for people, opinions and beliefs.
The characters that revolve around the person also bring out Sawako’s true side to the public. Friendships made with a tomboyish girl and a beautiful female teenager are there to help her express her feelings to the oblivious guy. The male’s side does not go without its own problems though. Shota and his friend go through the exact same problem as Sawako. This is what keeps viewers watching (and frustrated in a good way) to see how the story unfolds.
The bubbly and enthusiastic art style of Toshimasa Kuroyanagi does match the romantic purpose of the show leaving an imprint unique compared to other animes. This effect renders the anime into more of a romance-comedy type of show, avoiding those heartbreaking situations that we all hate (I presume). This effect would mostly be seen at times when the female lead would get out of her comfort zone. For example, when she smiles because of an event that made her cheerful. Normally, those times would also make the viewer smile, therefore fulfilling the intention of the art style. As for the music, it reminds you that it’s still a romance show despite having some comedy integrated. The voice gives you the feeling of a soft voice trying to reach and connect to one another.
Here is the opening theme song by Tanizawa Tomofumi:
Unfortunately, this show will not be dubbed, but considering its hype among romantics, it is still worth the try to watch. The Japanese voices aren’t something that I can judge very well. Although, I do believe that they suited the characters well. Understanding that a timid voice would go with a timid character is basically how I see it. The various voices match a person’s personality if you listen carefully which is interesting. Even if it is your first time watching it, reading subtitles shouldn’t be too much of a bother.
In the end, since this is a romance story that I actually remember among the many animes that I have watched. It’s obviously something to see and think about even after you have finished watching. Released about 4 years ago, its art unique style will be different from other animes, distinguishable from others by its distinctive computer animation designs. A show to laugh with, relate and think about is certainly a must-watch if you like romance or lots of character development. You can start watching at http://www.anime1.com/ , or http://www.animeultima.tv/ , these are my most used sites that I use mainly because of its simplistic user interface, but there are many good one out there as well. If you prefer using a mobile device, you can use http://www.animemobile.com/.
I’m the Asian guy with the glasses, if you ever see me walking by, tell me your favorite scene or episode!
Check out my previous Anime Review of Death Note here: https://pearsonpress.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/anime-review-death-note/