Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You) Volume 21 focuses on Sawako Kuronuma, a high school girl who is a loner and has trouble fitting in. Due to her looks, she has acquired the nickname “Sadako” from a character in a horror movie. But her life changes when she meets Shota Kazehaya, the most popular boy in class. As time goes on, the two progress from being friends to being a couple.
Kimi no Todoke (From Me to You) Volume 21
Written by: Karuho Shiina
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Volume 21 opens on White Day, a day in Japan where boys give gifts to the girls who gave them chocolate on Valentine’s Day. This portion of the story focuses on four girls who receive gifts and the awkwardness that goes along with it. But most of the emphasis is placed on Sawako and Shota, and I’m glad that it was. It’s an incredibly sweet scene that takes place between them, but it also seems to start setting thoughts for the future in Sawako’s mind.
After this, Sawako and the others begin their third and final year of high school. With this, the various characters are starting to think about what their future will hold and what will happen to them after high school. There’s a bit of humor involved when their temporary homeroom teacher starts talking with the students about what their plans are and what college they want to attend. Sawako finds herself feeling torn, because she loves Shota and wants to go to the same college as him, but she wants to be a teacher and a school in another city is strongly being suggested to her. But when Shota tells his plan of wanting to go to college to his family, they are in disbelief because he hasn’t done anything to prepare for the entrance exams.
Meanwhile, Kento insists that he wants to go to the same college as Ayane, and even suggests getting married at some point in the future. He follows her into cram school, and even Sawako goes in for a trial lesson. It seems like Kento’s words and actions may be causing Ayane to question some of her decisions. And I wonder if Sawako’s devoting herself to studying at cram school will convince her to go to the college recommended to her, and perhaps potentially cause her and Shota to slowly start drifting apart. There are a lot of directions that this plot point could take, and I’m curious to find out what’s going to end up happening to these two particular characters.
When it comes to the art, Sawako has a very distinct look to her. Of course, this is due to the fact that early on, she was seen as being different and scary. The other characters have designs that are very typical in shojo manga, but that doesn’t mean that they look like carbon copies of each other. They look unique when compared with each other, but many of the characters have designs that employ common tropes seen for both female and male character designs in shojo manga.
Longtime readers of this series should appreciate the plot and character progression that takes place over the course of Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You) Volume 21, especially the decisions and confusion that the characters have to face. The series as a whole will appeal to readers who enjoy shojo manga featuring high school characters and having a main character who may not necessarily fall into the standard beautiful lead character mold. Kimi ni Todoke is ultimately a story about a teenage loner who gains confidence and friends through the help of another.
The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media
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