Posted by psgels on 2 December 2009 with categories: Kimi ni Todoke



Seriously, it’s like nearly the entire episode had its head in the clouds this time. The amount of slow-motion shots, close-ups with lots of sparkles, glitters and brightly coloured flowery backgrounds is really hard to believe. I don’t want to know how much sugar the creators took before writing this episode…

In any case, this episode also reminded me how different Japanese cultural standard can be at times. A lot of attention in this episode was spent to Sawako and Kazehaya who kept calling each other by their last names. I’ve been watching anime for quite a while yet, but the difficulty these people have with even pronouncing first names surprises me at what a polite country Japan can be.

The rest of the episode, aside from this and the countless other scenes that feature Sawako and Kazehaya getting uncomfortable toward each other, focused on the upcoming sports event. It’s a staple of any high school series to feature some sort of traditional school event, so I guess that Kimi ni Todoke has gone for the sports festival. In my opinion, anime in general puts too much emphasis on these things. Seeing these seemingly obligatory events in just about every high school series also doesn’t really help. And it’s a shame, really: shows like GA show that there are plenty of other things that you can do on a high school.

Oh, and a surprise was seeing that Kurumi suddenly claiming Sawako as a friend of hers. I’m not exactly sure what to think of this at the moment. It would have been pretty weird for her to do such a thing without an ulterior motive, so let’s see what the next episodes can do in explaining why she chose Sawako of all people to become friends with.
Rating: * (Good)

8 Responses

  1. Kim says:

    Well I am pretty sure anime highlights things like the sports festival and cultural festival because these are common events in Japanese schools.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_Cultural_Festival

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sports_day

  2. Supertauren says:

    My only complaints for this episode, and the series in general are:
    1. The ugly animation.
    2. The dude that Sawako likes. He’s probably the most annoying male character in these kind of series I’ve ever seen.
    3. Well this isn’t really a complaint, but every time that girl who’s voiced by the same person that does Hajime from Natsu no Arashi speaks, I picture Hajime. LOL I guess that’s not a bad thing cause he’s hilarious.

    =O

  3. says:

    > what a polite country Japan can be.
    I don’t think calling someone by her last name without honorific is polite enough :)
    It’s just a different game…

  4. Greengreen says:

    “I don’t want to know how much sugar the creators took before writing this episode…”

    You realise that this is based off a manga, and not an original written from an animation studio right…?
    Since it’s a typical Shoujo manga, its only fair that theres lotsa sparkles, and the male lead is close to perfect!

    I actually thought the series so far has some of the best animation in the season! Ugly Animation? If you want ugly animation then go watch Naruto or something.

  5. psgels psgels says:

    Greengreen: do you really think that reducing the characters to these chibi-forms half of the time amounts to good animation? Is it really better than the animation in Aoi Bungaku, which has a really smooth framerate and visual direction for nearly every one of its stories? If so, then I’d like to read why.

  6. greengreen says:

    lol.

    @pspgel: true that Aoi Bungaku has really smooth and amazing animation, that surpasses Kimi ni Todoke. However that is not to say that Kimi ni Todoke has bad animation. Well, I never actually said it had better animation than Aoi Bungaku in the first place?

    aaaanyways, given the difference in genre, it is acceptable to involve lots of light hearted chibi in a shoujo genre, yet in series like Aoi Bungaku to be more serious and not have chibi’s.

    again, “I actually thought the series so far has some of the best animation in the season!” still holds true imo.
    Even if its not the best, I just wanted to point out what Supertauran said about ugly animation was the opposite and Kimi ni Todoke had great animation.

  7. greengreen says:

    lol…you know now that you point it out, I feel so much more conscious of the chibi’s >_>

  8. nitaipriya says:

    so true your review of this episode.. actually .. after this ep i stopped watching just to let the ep pile up. I know this Kurumi is up to no good and i don’t want to get stuck waiting one week for a cliff hanger ^^

    I also wish there was less chibi and i agree this ep had too much still frames with bubbles and glitter floating everywhere …

    i am just hoping that we get a good resolution by the end of this season :} .. and a kiss in there maybe

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  • Badesh
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 01:58 PM)
    Yeah, you could even easily do a spin of series in the berserk universe, it’s that well thought out unique and huge. I dreamt myself continously into that world – mostly because of it’s bright, shimmering side, which aren’t mentioned that often because of it’s ultra dark counterpart.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 01:47 PM)
    I never understood how a franchise like Berserk with huge sales and avid fan base struggles so much to get anything made. The PS2 videogame was never released outside of Japan, and it took 20 years for the anime to get a follow-up. And after all of that we get a slim-budgeted series from an unknown studio, all the while D.Grey Man gets a full-blown slick looking second series that nobody asked for. Quite baffling.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 01:42 PM)
    @Badesh: well the creator of the Souls series Hidetaka Miyazaki is an outspoken Berserk fan. The games are replete with Berserk references.
    Cheers to you too m8.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 01:38 PM)
    @Aidan: for some reason I thought you were talking about the iOS game Berserk: Raging Wave of Mercenaries. Looks like the Musou game is getting a North American release, which is good news. But the weird part is that it’s a Sony exclusive, for whatever reason.
  • Badesh
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 01:37 PM)
    Dear God, a DarkSouls/Berserk mashup would be too god to be true. It stikes me just now, how similar these franchises are in tone. Somehow the never ending suffering doesn’t affect me that much. Could be because of my slow paced, depressive livestyle for most of my past life – no pun intended.
    Nice to hear some well thought thoughts on that topic, cheers ;)
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 01:29 PM)
    @Bam, you know I mentioned that game in the berserk episode 2 review.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 11:45 AM)
    WHAT?! This is tremendous news. Many thanks @Badesh for sharing.
    But Koei Tecmo out of all people? I guess we’re getting the Dynasty/Hyrule Warriors treatment. Where is the FromSoftware developed Hidetaka Miyazaki directed Berserk that was rumored? I guess better than nothing- which has been the mantra of us Berserk fans for a while now. Being a Berserk fan, is being Guts -> which is suffering.
  • Badesh
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 11:34 AM)
    https://youtu.be/9TPBx5Dq-Jk
    new one. the first teaser didn’t contain any gameplay just the first bit with cascar being snuggled by tentacles. it was how they introduced the new game to me. maybe i should feel raped as well…
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 11:04 AM)
    @Badesh: which one? Cuz I played thru both the Dreamcast and the PS2 version. The Dreamcast one was a stand-alone story, but it was both a good one written by Miura, and it was set between Vol22 and Vol23, so it didn’t interfere with the manga’s story. The PS2 one was almost a chapter-by-chapter adaptation of the Holy Demon War section, and it featured the de-facto Berserk theme ‘Sign’ by Hirasawa himself:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdpqV7RPnTE
  • Badesh
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 10:50 AM)
    They did the same thing to promote the video game! Srsly?
    Besides, i really enjoy the new series as a long time fan.. can’t exactly point out why. I like the action and for every shitty shot, we get an awesome one.

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