It’s Manga Monday. A weekly post highlighting a different series. I’ll mostly do posts on completed or ongoing series that are regularly updated. While I do not condone scanlations, please support the creator and licensing companies by purchasing the work where available.
This week’s manga is – Kimi ni Todoke
Kimi ni Todoke is a heartwarming shoujo romance-comedy about the lonely, misunderstood Kuronuma Sawako. Because she looks like the girl from The Ring, most of her classmates are scared of her and believe she can place curses on them. However, Sawako is one of the most kind and caring people around, she’s just not good with socializing with others is all. When the most popular guy in school, Kazehaya Shota, begins to talk to her, her whole world is turned upside down. As she begins to make new friends, opens up to more people, and experiencing so much more that life has to offer, she is very grateful to her role model, “Kazehaya-kun,” for giving her the chance. This admiration transforms into a wonderful love towards Shota, the first person to ever really take interest in her.
The series is also released in North America as From Me to You under Viz Manga’s lineup. The anime is also available to watch on Hulu.
This series hits a small, soft spot in my heart. It’s laid back rom-com drama isn’t like some series out there that are filled with love polygons. You know exactly who deserves who from the get-go. Although the series is still ongoing, I definitely reccommend this to anyone who likes romance-comedy dramas. A phrase on the net to describe this series as “Sparkles and Bubbles.” Shoujo manga fans will automatically realize what I’m talking about because this series has an abundance of the oft used background/foreground texture of… well, sparkles and bubbles. Not only that, the pure innocence of Kuronuma Sawako will make your heart flutter. If you had a teen daughter and wanted her to be a pure-hearted, hard-working girl, she would be Sawako. The best friends that she makes include a tomboy and a fashionista, to say the least. From both of them, she learns to be more confident and self-assertive, while also staying true to her lovable kindness. Personally, I think many of those quiet-type girls out there could learn a thing or two from this series. Then again, I’m a guy. 😛