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Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You Volume 1

August 24, 2009

Kimi ni Todoke volume 1Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You volume 1
by: Karuho Shiina
published by: Viz Media [Shojo Beat imprint]
summary: Sawako Kuronuma is the perfect heroine…for a horror movie. With striking similarities to a haunting movie character –her jet-black hair, sinister smile and silent demeanor — she’s mistakenly called Sadako by those around her. But behind her scary façade is a very misunderstood teenager. Too shy to fit in, all she wants to do is make some friends. But when the most popular boy in class befriends her, she’s sure to make more than just that–she’s about to make some enemies too! (from the back cover)

Ramblings: Pretty much everyone and their brother (maybe more likely sister in this case?) is posting reviews of Kimi ni Todoke recently, mostly since volume 1 just came out from Viz earlier this month, and probably the fact that the anime starts in like a month and a half-ish. Not to mention it’s one of the best recent shojo manga out there.</bias> Random note, the series is supposed to resume September 12th in Japan after Shiina-sensei took time off to have a baby (source).

I’m going to try to be a little less biased here, but this really is one of the best series I’ve read in a long while which makes it kind of hard.

The first thing you notice when you open the book is the adorable litle stickers inserted; many points to Viz for that lovely addition. Based on fan approval of the series so far, I’m guessing (at least hoping) they’re not the last of the freebies either (from what I’ve gathered, series that sell well are more likely to get freebies added in). Another thing that Viz gets props for is how closely the cover resembles the Japanese version (something Laura over at Shojo Flash brought up in her review of volume 1). Most of the Shojo Beat manga before have had their covers changed to match up with the rest of the line, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because none of the covers that I’ve seen Japanese versions of have been that different, it’s just that sometimes the bars at the top and bottom of the cover that were so common before took away just a little from the image. That, and occasionally they stayed with one color (for the bars and title art) for the whole series and it didn’t match some of the volumes very well.

As for the story and characters, I’m pretty much in love with them already. Sawako is one of the best heroines ever, and I have a feeling a lot of people (myself included) can relate, if even the slightest, with her and just wanting to have friends. Based on some of Kazehaya’s comments, I’m not sure he’s completely who he seems to be, so I’m very curious to see how he’ll turn out. The story is one that, like Sawako, almost anyone can understand, and is shown in just the sweetest way. It doesn’t hurt that Shiina-sensei’s art is gorgeous either.

If you’ve ever liked any shojo slice-of-life manga, you will fall in love with this series in a hearbeat. Even if you’re not a huge fan of slice-of-life series, Kimi ni Todoke is one series that just might be able to cause you to have a change of heart.

The end of this volume leaves you with a serious cliff-hanger, and it’s killing me. xD I can’t wait until Viz publishes volume 2 (October 6th, according to Amazon).

2 Comments leave one →
  1. warriorhope permalink
    August 25, 2009 7:46 am

    It is completely and totally awesome. It will probably eventually end up on my top manga list (waiting to see how it pans out). For the most part Kazehaya does seem like a rather nice if flustered teenage boy (from the first 16 chapters anyhow) I’d kind of like him to stay that way, as it isn’t often that I like a nice nice boy in manga as opposed to a stubborn nice boy (i.e. kyo from FB) or a nice-but-stupid boy (i.e. Tama-chan from Ouran). It’s different. And yeah I do idenify with Sawako alot especially as of volume 2.

    (you could always cheat and read the scanlations and then buy the next volume *shot*)

    • August 25, 2009 10:10 am

      Yeah, I think no matter how it pans out, It’ll definitely be at least one of my favorite manga. It’s just too good for anyone to pass up.

      I really hope Kazehaya doesn’t change too much and I don’t think he will too much (I was really basing that on the end of the first chapter where he’s like “you really don’t know me at all” which just made me wonder, but it could be a good thing).

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