Manga Review: Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You) Volume One

Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You) Volume 1 is a manga with the story and art by Karuho Shiina. Viz Media holds the North American rights to distribute the manga in the United States, and this manga volume was published in 2009. This English adaptation, which is presented as an “unflipped” release, was translated by Tomo Kimura. Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You) is rated “T” for Teen, and is recommended for ages 13 and up.

Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You) Volume 1
Written by: Karuho Shiina
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: August 4, 2009

Sawako Kuronuma is the main character of Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You). She’s often mistaken for being scary, being able to see ghosts, and being able to curse people due to her looks and her demeanor. Many of the kids call her Sadako because of this; “Sadako” is the name of a character from a horror movie, and is synonymous with an image of a girl with long black hair that covers her face. However, Sawako is a nice person, and all she really wants is to make friends; she’s starting out at a high school where very few of her peers from junior high ended up attending. However, she becomes friends with Kazehaya, the most popular boy in her class. As her friendship with Kazehaya grows, some of the other students become friends with her as well. Also, Sawako and Kazehaya develop feelings for one another, but neither one is willing to admit their feelings to the other.

When it comes to the art, Sawako has a very unique look to her. Kazehaya has a look that I find to be similar to Yuki Sohma from Fruits Basket; while they may both look a little more “feminine,” their “pretty boy” look is nowhere nearly as exaggerated as the male leads in Peach Girl. Unfortunately, some of the other girls that appear in the manga have more of a “plastic” look to them, although not nearly looking as plastic as Sae or Momo from Peach Girl.

Overall, I thought Kimi ni Todoke was a decent manga, especially for a shojo manga title. It contains a lot of the elements one would expect from a manga set at a high school, and there was nothing in the visuals that would be objectionable for younger readers. I would recommend Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You) for female readers who are thirteen or fourteen years of age and older.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of this manga volume that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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