Kimi Ni Todoke Volume 2 BD
Kimi ni todoke (From
Me to You) is
absolutely one of the best anime series that I have been lucky enough
over the past several years. It is one of the best romance anime series
have ever seen altogether and it has the kind of emotional power to
viewers the butterflies that other shows are never quite capable of
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
Sawako Kuronuma. Almost everyone at the school calls her Sadako
known as that creepy girl with long black hair from the popular Ringu
film series). This sort of suggests that some of the other students
her creepy and are convinced that she is capable of communicating with
Yet this doesn't ring true of Sawako at all. Nothing about the
good hearted and charming Sawako is reminiscent of that creepy
nightmare-inducing horror movie icon. Sawako is one of the most gentle
good-natured anime characters I have ever witnessed in the art-form.
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
elements of the entire storyline. This is a romance show with one of
"generally unspoken" connections between two of the characters.
Sawako has an unmistakable crush on one of the most popular boys
school. Shota Kazehaya was Sawako's crush for a long time but she is
now starting to understand her own feeling towards him. Likewise... it
out that there might have already been a good connection between the
simply wasn't understood before. As viewers, we are quickly aware that
characters would make a perfect couple but one of the things creating
and conflict is that the characters don't seem to understand how to
their complete feelings to one another and it makes the
consisting of bumps along the road.
Kazehaya is an incredibly
nice-guy. It's interesting that Sawako frequently says a comment or two
wanting to be like him someday when she is essentially the same sort of
- only with a different gender differentiating the two like-minded,
and compassionate minds. Both care deeply about others and are
Well... the matter still remains that Kazehaya is superbly outgoing and
is more reserved with others. That doesn't change much. Sawako just
little time before befriending a duo of slightly-more-rambunctious
that go by the names Chizu and Yano-chin. These girls are the best of
before meeting Sawako but it isn't long before these friendships become
intertwined and one of the enjoyments of the series is to watch the
of Sawako leaving her more solemn shell behind to become so close to
kind-natured classmates around her daily.
is no doubt that this is
essentially a slice-of-life series with a heavy romantic and comedic
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
There 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
a beautiful, romantic, moving, and entertaining piece of art.
series has left quite the
impression on me. The animation is unbelievably good. It doesn't falter
point during the show. The character designs were distinctive and
The background artwork is remarkably detailed: you can see the immense
that the animators put forth into this production in the sunlight on
or in the detail on the school environments. Each scene seems to have
remarkable poetic and romantic imagery that captures the tone of the
ridiculously well. I was awestruck by the beauty of Kimi ni todoke in
is so much genuine emotion.
The combination of the direction and writing makes for one massively
double-whammy of artistic excellence. It's unsurprising that this is
gigantic success in Japan and that the original manga series was so
well. There aren't many series that can entirely claim to have
almost every area of production. Who can dismiss such beautiful
emotive storytelling, fun characters, and the wonderful heart at the
core of it
all? It's authentic in the best possible way. It has the ability to
of how moving a romantic anime series can be when made with a authentic
It's as the title suggests. "From Me to You" is from the heart and it
was a series made especially for you.
Collection (Volume 2 Premium
Edition, Episodes 13-25):
Ni Todoke had
such an impressive first collection release
that I was curious to see where the series would go to in the second
and having now seen these episodes I can gladly state that this is
to be one of my favorite anime series ever. The characters, music,
storytelling is so majestic, beautiful, and compelling in each episode
series seems to transport me to new meaningful places each time I take
journey with this fantastic show.
the series began to seem to be heading
towards an inevitable path of romance in blossom between the two
characters, Sawako and Shota, and this is built upon with volume two.
romance is still somewhat restrained and growing but it's more
than any other anime series I have seen in years. Fans expecting
relating to the romantic aspects of the plotline will have to remain
more patient because things take their time on this series but that
detract from enjoying in an ultimately butterfly-inducing series.
supporting cast of characters receives even
greater character development in this part, especially Sawako's closest
Chizuru and Ayane, who are both better developed as characters. You
gain a more thorough understanding of their personalities and in
ways this development of plot and character inevitably leads to some
perhaps even more thorough romantic elements. The
unspoken "brotherly" like relations
between Ryu and Chizuru is especially given some thought and a
made that, shockingly, Chizuru has a crush on Ryu's older brother Toru.
was a development in storytelling that I never saw coming for a moment
led to some good opportunities, especially for the writers, to have
characters be analyzed in their relationship status.
all is peachy-keen for the brewing romance
between Sawako and Sota either though, because fellow school-girl Ume
Kurumizawa has her eyes set upon Sota herself and she's determined to
anything she has to do to earn his affection. This plot-line had some
comical and ultimately tender moments behind it and it led to an even
understanding regarding the various characters affections.
anime has romance written all over it. It practically
oozes out romantic moments in each and every frame of all of these
Having said that, volume two is even better in some ways than its
and I truly think this is shaping out to be one of the greatest in
regarding animated romantic series or films. You grow to care about the
characters, I firmly believe this takes precedence on this show above
else, and this is what has to matter the most to have the relationships
the characters matter at all. And they do in unbelievably consistent
to me and to the audience because the storytelling is the purest I've
that aspect of genuine romance wasn't enough, consider
the breathtaking artwork. This is easily one of the best looking anime
made recently, and I often find myself in wonder, considering how much
effort it surely must have taken for the staff to bring together
layouts, character designs, and elements as visually stunning as what
found here. It feels impossible to not be transported by the art. I
cannot even begin to fully understand how much genuine artists it took
deliver the animation on Kimi Ni Todoke;
no words properly describe the impact it has in each frame.
who enjoys a well-told romance and animation
that is pure artistry will find some worthwhile aspects with this
anime classic Kimi Ni Todoke. It
doesn't matter if viewers are men or women, boys or girls, because this
made for everyone with an interest in well-done anime series with a
and a pure soul. I love every moment.
ni todoke, Vol. 2 Premium Edition
contains episodes 13-25, along with collector's packaging and an
entitled "Our Memories".
images featured in this review
are from the DVD editions in this Blu-ray/DVD combo release.
was a stunning presentation.
NIS America has released one of the most gorgeous looking anime series
Blu-ray disc. The series is presented with the proper 1.78:1 aspect
with AVC MPEG-4 encoded 1080p picture. It is difficult to imagine a
the beautiful animation being anything less than completely stunned.
What amazing presentation. It left me feeling speechless and completely
absorbed in the incredible artwork. The colors seem so well saturated
accurate while the line detail is also surprisingly strong. The clarity
image won't disappoint fans hoping for a solid presentation. Everything
PQ is remarkable.
audio is as impressive as the
video is on this release. After hearing a lossless uncompressed PCM
presentation for the 2.0 audio mix, I doubt many will find issues with
quality included. These episodes have amazing aural clarity and the
and music are reproduced with such a high-end quality that it is one of
best non-surround audio tracks I have heard in anime. The
Blu-ray audio format was entirely well utilized. The audio has been
in Japanese with optional English subtitles.
only on-disc extras are closing
opening/ending themes and trailers for other NIS America anime
releases. Both OP/ED
songs add an excellent element to the show and are worth seeing without
credit overlay. The opening is by Tomofumi Tanizawa and the ending is
packaging feels like an extra,
and is as consistently amazing as the other Kimi
ni Todoke release and other NIS America products. The series is
a stunning over-sized box with artwork on either side of the package.
has been included on both Blu-ray and DVD discs in two slim-line DVD
There is a large art-book with some illustrations and character
not that in-depth, I actually thought this second volume was inferior
art-book department compared to what was included on volume one. I
getting to look at some of the lush animation on paper, it seems
that, but I could have used a full episode guide or staff interviews.
release seemed a bit too "fluffy" for my tastes but it's still a neat
that over-shines the output typically found on anime releases in North
ni todoke may
move at too slow a pace for some impatient viewers, but
for those who are willing to go on a nicely-paced slow-build romantic
this is one of the most meaningful romantic dramas I have ever seen in
history. You will love these characters and want to continue to take a
along with them. Nothing gets much better than that. Combine with
breathtaking animation, stunning PQ/AQ, and fancy packaging and a
seem to be a must for anime collectors. 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.