Kimi Ni Todoke V3 Blu-Ray Review
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.
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.
Collection (Volume 3, Premium
ni Todoke has
quickly skyrocketed on my list of great anime series. I
was so immersed and impressed by the first two collections and I am
this final collection of episodes. This series really is one of the
series out there. It is increasingly rare to experience an incredible
well developed as this one is and the hard work of everyone involved is
clear and precise with each episode.
the series remains
in top game and is a good top-off to the show that began
episodes ago. It's a bit sad to say goodbye to such a wonderful series.
have to end... does it? I love these characters. They are so well
art combined with the storytelling makes for a great experience
things as simple and
sweet for everyone: at this point in the series run, if you've been
the series with dedication you should definitely check out the final
to see how things wind up for this amazing group of characters. If for
some reason you are reading this review and you haven't checked out the
sets yet: Start at the beginning and watch the whole show. Kimi ni Todoke is a true gem worth
cherishing and remembering for everything beautiful
and heartwarming it accomplishes throughout its entire run. I
love the show, and I think most anime fans will find something to enjoy
in this modern-classic. Kimi ni Todoke is a must see.
ni todoke, Vol. 3 Premium Edition
contains 12 episodes, collector's packaging and an
entitled "Their 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.
time around we have a couple of bonuses! The first one is labeled as an
actual episode. Episode 0 is
a compilation episode designed to catch viewers up to speed with the
show. There are a few new moments of animation but most of it is
rehashed if you want to skip the episode. There are also two Mini Todo Theater episodes that are
based upon Snow White and Cinderella. Both of which have no
real linkage to the plot of the series... but they are admirably cute,
funny, and entertaining. You won't want to miss them because they
feature the characters you've grown to love on the show in these silly
premises. Quite cute. The other on-disc extras are closing
opening/ending themes and trailers for other NIS America anime
releases. Both the OP/ED
songs add an excellent element to the show and are worth seeing without
credit overlay. Please note: these are newly created opening and ending
videos (new theme music and animation) and they are not the same
sequences found on the previous collections.
packaging both looks and feels like an extra though,
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
really not that in-depth as far as offering anything substantial as a
bonus, but it still manages to be a nice book to look at for the chosen
artwork that is featured. Like the book included in the previous
collection, Kimi ni Todoke has
again received a book that really feels highly supplemental and not in
an expansive or exciting way. Mainly, expect to only enjoy the
inclusion for the artwork. I still insist that I would have preferred
episode guide to go along with the artwork.
might not feel inclined to give the show a reasonable chance because of
the lack of an English dub and because of the fact that this is a
romantic anime. Guys especially might
worry that it's a show only for girls. I find that idea silly. This is
one of the best anime series I have seen over the past several
years. This isn't a series that is going to appeal to everyone,
of course, but if you are even remotely a fan of anime and animation
you owe it to yourself to check out this show and soon. I think that a wide range of
people would love this series. It is one of the best in it's genre. The
story is heartwarming, the animation stellar, and the presentation
(PQ/AQ/Packaging) is first-rate and exactly the kind of thing that
helps to keep anime collector's interested in the market. It's entirely
worthwhile and a necessary purchase for fans of the show. Highly
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.