Kimi ni Todoke 9

August 31, 2011

Karuho Shiina – Viz – 2011 – 14+ volumes

I don’t know why I’m surprised every time a love confession happens before volume 17 of a shoujo series, but I am. I was still really enjoying this series without it, but volume 9 goes ahead and crosses that line.

Of course, this love confession doesn’t quite go the way you imagine. That surprised me a little too, since Kimi ni Todoke is all about sunshine and flowers. But this is probably the worst thing that has happened so far.

It’s interesting the way this is handled. Sawako and Kazehaya miss each other on a very fundamental level, and then don’t talk about it. It seems the situation can only get worse from there, but instead it’s an opportunity for all the people around Sawako to give her advice and gently nudge her in the right direction. Even after all this time, she lacks self-confidence, and that’s part of the problem. Kazehaya can only take so much, after all.

I can’t say too much without spoiling it more than I already have, but still. With addictive characters and the normal good vibes thrown so far out of whack here, I’m still really impressed by what this series has to offer.

Actually, this volume flew by, and it leaves off in a place that makes reading volume 10 immediately afterwards VERY IMPORTANT. I will do so now.

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