Kimi ni Todoke 13

May 3, 2012

Karuho Shiina – Viz – 2012 – 15+ volumes

Still so cute! I’m a little worried, though, that the series is still in a transitional period. Sawako and company go to the beach, Sawako meets Kazehaya’s parents, everyone goes on a school trip to Okinawa. Yano and Chizu are still getting their romantic lives in order. Kazehaya and Sawako are taking things slooooooowly. They try to call each other by their first names, but neither can quite manage it. I still like it, and it’s still cute, but as much as I adored the early volumes… now that Sawako and Kazehaya are together, I’m not entirely sure where the story is going from here. Sure, they can fumble their way through the steps of being a couple, and it’s adorable, but man. It’s been, what, three volumes? And they still can’t use first names? It’s in character, to be sure, but this is some slow stuff.

Still, I love it. One of the best things in this volume was a scene where Yano and Chizu go out with Sawako underwear shopping. Later, one of them tells Kazehaya that Sawako is wearing new underwear, and what they look like. This only adds to his embarrassment, and he can’t tell Sawako. Ryu questions him about it as well, and there’s a cute interrupting scene.

Also cute: Kazehaya’s younger brother. He does everything that Kazehaya can’t, including commenting on Sawako’s small breasts (which she seems cool with).

The parts with Chizu and Yano are intriguing. One gets a new boyfriend, and the other has to make a choice about Ryu. They’re not… really going out, but there’s clearly something there, and it looks like one or the other might be forced into action based on the cliffhanger at the end of the volume. But then again, maybe not.

While it does move slow, it always has, and it’s still incredibly adorable stuff. Volume 14 just came out, and I believe that basically catches us up to Japan (there’s a volume 15, but Viz usually runs about a year behind the current Japanese volume). The slow pace will probably be less of an issue if only 1-2 volumes of Kimi ni Todoke come out a year. I may save 14 for a rainy day, because I hate to think of this series being spoiled by reading too quickly. It really is an adorable look at a mutually happy couple exploring each other’s feelings, and the friends that help them do it. There’s nothing quite like it.

This was a review copy provided by Viz.

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