Kimi ni Todoke 7Posted: January 16, 2011
Karuho Shiina – Viz – 2011 – 12+ volumes
This series is still really, really adorable. A bright ray of sunshine, drama-free, and still possessing a cast of impossible-to-dislike characters.
This volume focuses on whether or not Sawako will be brave enough to contact her friends over the break with her new phone, even though she doesn’t really have any reason to call them. Ayane and Chizu are shocked by this, and tell her it’s okay. Sawako worries in particular about getting to see Kazehaya, but her friends talk her into inviting him on a group outing to a temple on New Year’s Eve. Adorably, Chizu and Ayane ditch Sawako so that it’s a date at the temple with Kazehaya. They spy, Kazehaya and Sawako are all kinds of awkward and adorable, it’s really a great bit of story.
The appeal is still in the innocent Sawako and the way her friends all treat her with the absolute most respect and care. Chizu and Ayane are the best people for her, since they have no problem being casual with her, making her feel comfortable, and instructing her on how to behave in casual society. Kazehaya is also a wonderful love interest, since he’s so clearly interested in Sawako and seems willing to wait until she’s ready for a relationship. It really looked like things were coming to a head in this volume, but it was not to be, and I find that I really don’t mind waiting through a few more adorable dates like this before they’re officially an item.
There was some potential drama in the last story, a Valentine’s Day story. Sawako doesn’t feel comfortable giving her homemade chocolates to Kazehaya, even though they are, of course, obligation chocolate and not romance chocolate. Seeing other girls give him some wrecks her momentum even more, and a confrontation with her rival more-or-less drives a nail in the coffin. And Kazehaya is very disappointed he doesn’t get any, but everyone else did. I would be, too.
I like different shoujo series for different reasons… We Were There for its soapy drama, Otomen for its sense of humor, and this is one of the best for being an absolute joy to read. There is rarely a dark cloud, and I know I will come out on the other side of the volume feeling elated. Sawako just has that effect on the reader. I would say it’s worth a look for every shoujo fan. It really is good stuff.
This was a review copy provided by Viz.