Posted by psgels on 25 November 2009 with categories: Kimi ni Todoke



Nice. Two good episodes in a row for this series. At this point this series is starting to look a lot more positive than what it did in the beginning. At this point, the obligatory school sports festival is about to arrive, and the creators did a pretty nice job to show the preparations for everything, including Sawako’s antics because she doesn’t exercise.

The episode also did nice in fleshing out the romance and the different characters. It was pretty enjoyable to watch, and you can really see that Sadako is gradually getting used of not being ignored anymore.

I guess that the biggest danger for this show is the love triangles. When you see love triangles in a series in which it’s pretty obvious that the creators have no intentions to break up the main couple, they’re just boring! This episode established that the blond girl is yet another one of those girls who has a crush on Kazehaya, so I really don’t hope that this is going to continue on throughout the series. It reminds me of Itazura na Kiss: the creators just kept throwing in love triangles to supposedly “test” the strength of the relationship between the lead couple. Unfortunately, all that did was make the entire series incredibly shallow.
Rating: * (Good)

8 Responses

  1. Ahm says:

    Love triangles like that are shallow and indeed boring but in this case it’s not quite like the others in a sense. I obviously won’t spoil anything, but I did personally like the arc that is to come here. Go go Sawako!

  2. Sapphire says:

    The scene where they’re looking at each other, right before Sawako kicks the ball, was pretty intense. It’s not a friendly smile anymore, it’s the look of love! :D

  3. E I N S O F says:

    Itazura na Kiss? god i hated that series. the lead girl was just plain stupid to me. the whole series was about her tamming him lol. anywho i really liked this episode. esspecially Sadako’s realization that she’s hanging out with a guy.

  4. Rozeh says:

    Itakiss? Aww. I love that series. But I’m not surprised if people hate it.

    As for this episode, I like it! Now Finally, Sawako’s realizing that she’s in love with Kazehaya~

  5. Ashley says:

    This episode was good. I enjoyed it :)

  6. Epi says:

    It’s sad but true and I agree with you. It seems like only Macross does really good ambiguous love triangles!

  7. says:

    I was suspicious about the series in the beginning, but found myself somehow moved watching this episode, while the rendition seems a bit abrupt/awkward (perhaps because it is tracing the original manga sequences?). The OP animation is excellent, BTW.

  8. headachebaby says:

    I love this episode…it feels like the first 3 episodes because it shows a lot of event instead of one event.

    I like romance anime but it has to be execute in a way that I can feel the characters are falling in love. This anime does do the job. You can feel that Sawako is starting to feel more than respect and admiration for Kazehaya.

    Can’t wait for the next episode!

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  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:35 PM)
    I think that just about all the manga serialized in ultra jump feel less seinen than those serialized in other seinen magazines.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:19 PM)
    There’s plenty of in battle explaining. I don’t think there’s been a battle without in battle explaining. You got the first time villain that ends up a good guy. You got powerups and levels of quinques. There’s a ton of shounen elements.
    Just because something has gore does not make it seinien. Deadman wonderland is Shounen and it has just as much gore and torture.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 02:52 PM)
    @Emma: ah, yes.
    @Aidan: How so? A variety of weapons and abilities does not turn something into a shounen battle manga.
    I’d need a lot more random in-battle explaining secret powers to your opponent, and a lot more mercy to not consider it seinen.
    Also, torture, balls and limbs being chopped off as a sick joke, slicing people in half without warning, breaking half their bones…
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 12:44 PM)
    I felt that the story became too shounen battle manga When at first it was portrayed as seinien. Especially with the quineqes and such.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 12:06 PM)
    @Raggers: His past with the old lady ghoul where he was castrated =<
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:48 AM)
    @Emma: which moment is that?
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:26 AM)
    @Raggers : And in one moment, a rather disturbing development.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:24 AM)
    @Raggers: Actually, thinking it over you’ve got a point there, As I had said I’ve been marathoning re and come to think of it, it is more enjoyable to do so that way.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:24 AM)
    Oh, the priest? Yeah, definitely an awesome touch. Wonder how he feels about Amon’s death…
    Juuzou? I’d complain about Arima more, the guy is hax beyond belief. Juuzou was just a nutcase who was skilled with knives – and has pretty good development in the manga.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:21 AM)
    @Emma: I think the pacing thing isn’t a problem if read as a whole – that’s a bit like complaining about slow chapters in books if you read them week-by-week. For a story like Tokyo Ghoul week-by-week just isn’t a good way to read it, I don’t think.

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