Kimi ni Todoke S1 Review
Kimi ni todoke (From Me to
You) is absolutely one of the best anime series that I have been
enough to see over the past several years. It is one of the best
series that I have ever seen altogether and it has the kind of
to give viewers the butterflies that other shows are never quite
capable of delivering
to the following audience. Simply put: If you enjoy anime and consider
craft a genuine art form this is one of the series you must see at one
another. This is an essential romance series which has enough wonderful
characters and animation to satisfy even the most critical of anime
story setup isn't that complex (at least in theory).
We are introduced to a
high school girl named Sawako Kuronuma. Almost everyone at the school
Sadako (otherwise known as that creepy girl with long black hair from
popular Ringu film series). This sort
of suggests that some of the other students consider her creepy and are
that she is capable of communicating with ghosts. Yet this doesn't ring
Sawako at all. Nothing about the sweet-natured, good hearted and
is reminiscent of that creepy nightmare-inducing horror movie icon.
one of the most gentle and good-natured anime characters I have ever
in the art-form. She is pure of heart and incredibly feminine too.
series begins by giving us some backstory on
Sawako's character and then thrusts us into one of the main elements of
storyline. This is a romance show with one of those "generally
connections between two of the characters. Sawako
has an unmistakable crush on one of the
most popular boys in the school. Shota Kazehaya was Sawako's crush for
time but she is only just now starting to understand her own feeling
him. Likewise... it turns out that there might have already been a good
connection between the pair that simply wasn't understood before. As
we are quickly aware that these characters would make a perfect couple
of the things creating the drama and conflict is that the characters
to understand how to express their complete feelings to one another and
makes the romantic-journey one consisting of bumps along the road.
Kazehaya is an incredibly nice-guy. It's
interesting that Sawako frequently says a comment or two about wanting
like him someday when she is essentially the same sort of person - only
different gender differentiating the two like-minded, beautiful, and
compassionate minds. Both care deeply about others and are
the matter still remains that Kazehaya is superbly outgoing and Sawako
reserved with others. That doesn't change much. Sawako just needed a
before befriending a duo of slightly-more-rambunctious sweeties that go
names Chizu and Yano-chin. These girls are the best of friends before
Sawako but it isn't long before these friendships become intertwined
and one of
the enjoyments of the series is to watch the progression of Sawako
more solemn shell behind to become so close to the other kind-natured
classmates around her daily.
no doubt that this is essentially a
slice-of-life series with a heavy romantic and comedic element. It's
beautifully romantic in a way that is sadly uncommon but this is
which makes the show stand out even more as a wonderful artistic
were so many moments where I felt pulled into the world of these
characters in astonishing
ways. It was a joy to simply be able to discover such a beautiful,
moving, and entertaining piece of art.
series has left quite the impression on me. The
animation is unbelievably good. It doesn't falter at any point during
The character designs were distinctive and memorable. The background
remarkably detailed: you can see the immense effort that the animators
forth into this production in the sunlight on the trees or in the
detail on the
school environments. Each scene seems to have some remarkable poetic
romantic imagery that captures the tone of the series ridiculously
well. I was
awestruck by the beauty of Kimi ni todoke
in every scene.
so much genuine emotion. The combination of
the direction and writing makes for one massively powerful
double-whammy of artistic
excellence. It's unsurprising that this is such a gigantic success in
that the original manga series was so popular as well. There aren't
that can entirely claim to have excellence in almost every area of
Who can dismiss such beautiful animation, emotive storytelling, fun
and the wonderful heart at the core of it all? It's authentic in the
possible way. It has the ability to remind us of how moving a romantic
series can be when made with a authentic voice. It's as the title
Me to You" is from the heart and it was a series made especially for you.
todoke, Vol. 1 Premium Edition
complete first season (episodes 1-12), along with collector's packaging
art-book entitled "My Memories".
in this review are from the DVD editions in this Blu-ray/DVD combo
was a stunning presentation. NIS America has released one of the most
looking anime series onto Blu-ray disc. The series is presented with
1.78:1 aspect ratio and with AVC MPEG-4 encoded 1080p picture. It is
to imagine a reaction to the beautiful animation being anything less
than stunned. What a great presentation. It
left me feeling speechless and completely absorbed in the incredible
The colors seem so well saturated and accurate while the line detail is
surprisingly strong. The clarity of the image won't disappoint fans
a solid presentation.
audio was just as impressive as the video was on
this release. It's not going to amaze those hoping to find a surround
but after hearing a lossless uncompressed PCM presentation for this 2.0
mix, I doubt many will find qualms over the quality included. These
have amazing aural clarity and the dialogue and music are reproduced
a high-end quality that it is one of the best non-surround audio tracks
heard in anime. The format was well utilized. The audio is in Japanese
optional English subtitles.
on-disc extras are closing opening/ending
themes. Both songs add an excellent element to the show. The opening is
Tomofumi Tanizawa and the ending is by Chara.
packaging feels like an extra though! The series
is packaged in a stunning over-sized box with artwork on either side of
package. Included inside is the first season. It has been included on
Blu-ray and DVD in two slim-line DVD cases. There is also a large
some illustrations and information from and related to the series (such
mini-length episode recaps using dialog from the series and interesting
todoke may very
well be the best romantic anime series I
have ever seen. It's one that can easily be considered a top-contender.
is no disappointing area to the series and it can be recommended with
enthusiasm. Even if this doesn't sound like the type of anime you would
normally gravitate towards it's worth checking out just to make sure...
this is probably
one of the finest quality series I've seen in years. The only downside
release is having to wait to see the second season. Is that really even
downside? Highly Recommended.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.