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review 2017-02-24 21:42
Manga Review: Kimi ni Todoke From Me to You, Vol 1 by Karuho Shiina
Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, Vol. 1 - Karuho Shiina

I have never read a manga book before this. It seems surprising, since I watch anime and I’ve always been interested in the stories, but I guess I’ve always thought reading novels would be more satisfying. However, I’m glad I decided to read this one.

 

It’s such a cute story. I finished this book in about three days, even during finals week. I like how the author takes time to really develop the characters and the story. It’s not a fast-paced romance, where both of the main characters instantly fall for each other and can’t live without each other; rather, it’s more real. It’s obvious that they like each other, but they don’t immediately fall in love. Instead, they talk and hang out and get to know each other.

 

Despite the fact that this is paced slower than most stories, I still really enjoyed it. It’s very funny — some parts even had me laugh out loud. I am definitely going to read the rest of the series.

 

All in all, a very good introduction to the manga world.

Source: www.purplereaders.com/?p=2303
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review 2016-05-22 10:32
Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, Vol. 24 - Karuho Shiina

Not a very long review, I just want to put my thoughts out to the world. :D

This was yet another magnificent volume, though I do wonder how long the series will continue. Sawako is now in her last year, she is preparing (as are her friends) for entrance exams and future things. Maybe the manga will continue later with them in college, but I don't know, it just feels like the author is tying up the last strings, finishing the last things. Maybe I am wrong, but that is the impression I get from this (and also the last few) volume(s).

Like with the other volumes we see Sawako and Kazehaya, but also Chizu and Ryu, and (YES YES YES) Ayane and Pin. Well, OK the last one is just a hope of mine, but considering the hints that were thrown in this (and also other) volume(s), I am just hoping that they will get together when Ayane graduates. They would just make the perfect couple, they have real chemistry and their moments (though sparingly) are just soooooo cute and sweet (though of course, often Pin just ruins it by doing something, arghhhh. I do hope that it is just Pin being worried about the direction this thing is taking, and not his normal prank-a-lot personality).
Ryu and Chizu's relationship is really flying, and I am delighted to see it, it took them so long and now they are finally together (though it is still awkward for both).

Of course Sawako and Kazehaya's relationship, and Sawako's growth to be more mature is the most important part of the manga, and I do love them together, however it felt a bit weird and off in this one. They are celebrating their 1 year anniversary, and they have a lot of cute moments, but it just feels forced and out of place. It is a shame.

The ending made me afraid for a bit, I won't say what happened, but Boy I was thinking they were going to do x, but instead something else happened. Thankfully!

I will be eagerly awaiting the next volume, I just hope that we see more romance with Kazehaya and Sawako. (Come on guys you have been together for a year, kiss already or at least kiss more!)

Review first posted at http://twirlingbookprincess.com/

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review 2016-02-01 10:34
Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, Vol. 23 - Karuho Shiina

After thinking for a bit, I have decided to downrate this volume from 5 stars to 3. The overdramatic stuff, the fact it was all about an Ayane that was just too meh.

 

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review 2015-10-01 11:18
Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, Vol. 22 - Karuho Shiina

Kimi ni Todoke, even though we are volume 22 now, it keeps surprising me, it keeps getting better and better and my love for this series is just growing with each volume.

On the one hand I am still delighted that we focus on all 3 girls and their love lives, but on the other hand, I would also love to see more Kazehaya x Sawako. Now, due to the fact everyone gets a spotlight, I feel that they are fading to the back. At times it isn't easy to slide back into the various love parts we have.

An other thing that I miss is the kissing, the hugs. I can imagine this not happening with Ayane or Chizuru (due to reasons), but Kazehaya and Sawako have been together for a year, yet, it feels like they just started dating. They are really awkward around each other, they barely touch or do anything romantic. And it is kind of grating on me. I wouldn't want full make-outs, but a bit of kissing? A little bit of holding and hugging? I hope the next volumes will get a bit more of that. A bit more maturity wouldn't be wrong in this series, especially now that the characters are slowly moving from High School and onto College or Work.

But this volume was pretty good, we got a whole bunch of confessions, and best of all, something I have been hoping and cheering for, we finally have a kiss between two characters and a confession. Finalllyyyyyy, it only took them 22 volumes to get to this point, and I even thought it would never happen. But it did, and I was just squealing and swooning a lot when it happened. I won't spoil who kissed, who confessed, you will just have to read the manga. ;)

Then the other big surprise was the Kurumi part. She is not one of the characters I like, but I can tell you honestly that in this volume she was amazing! She is sweet, nice and I loved what Sawako did for her. Even after all that Kurumi did, Sawako is forgiving and even helps her out. Now we already know that Sawako is amazing, but I was just so proud of her here. She is still a bit awkward to talk to people, but you can really tell that Sawako has grown. I know for sure that in the beginning she would have never even thought of asking someone who was so mean to her if they needed help!

Ayane and Kento? I just can't see that going the way Kento wants. I am really sorry, and I feel terrible, but I just have the feeling that we will see something big happen (and not in the good way) soon. :( It would make me sad, because I really hoped that despite everything, they would be a great couple.

The art is still really pretty, and I just love the backgrounds and how the characters are drawn.

Recommended? Yes, yes and yes. I would highly recommend this series to everyone. And also the anime, even though that one should get a new season.

Review first posted at http://twirlingbookprincess.com/

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review 2015-07-27 00:00
君に届け 22 [Kimi ni Todoke 22]
君に届け 22 [Kimi ni Todoke 22] - Karuho Shi... 君に届け 22 [Kimi ni Todoke 22] - Karuho Shiina I honestly hope this manga is not close to its end! But everything leads to it, it is getting angsty and all our couples are established...

* Sawako and Kazehaya: <3 Their love is still pure and sweet. It has been a year since they started dating! WOW they are growing up (my children =D) although they still have problems to say each others name!<br/>
* Sawako and Kurumi-chan: <3 I am liking where this is going! It is impossible not to like Kurumi-chan (despite her personality) and since she is a lonely girl and Sawako is so nice and in spite of all, Kurumi-chan has always admired (and liked) Sawako, I am glad they are finally becoming pals.<br/>
* Chizu and Ryu: <3 uhhhh, my current favorite couple, although they are a bit dramatic! Not Ryu though, he will never be dramatic. But their whole situation.... But they are finally a couple (just not official?) and Chizu is still funny (their text messages... short and so-them). Ryu waited for Chizu longer than Kazehaya waited for Sawako, so the title "Kimi ni Todoke" could be about him as well. Congrats Ryu, you have reached stubborn Chizu at last.<br/>
* Ayane and Kent: ah... hm... same as Vol. 21 I guess. Sorry Kent, you are really nice but... It is me, not you.

All three couples will have to separate because one of them will stay at home and the other will go to college. These chapters are, therefore, more dramatic.



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