Marina’s Anime Picks for Valentine’s Day

I’ll be working this Valentine’s Day, but that doesn’t mean I can’t pause and appreciate the the gestures of love bound to pop everywhere around the date.  I’m a sucker for shoujo anime/manga, and love me some romantic comedy films, so it stands to reason that I plan on snuggling up after work and watching some favorite ol’ lovey-dovey anime.

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Kimi ni Todoke, Season 2 – Impressions after 1-4

Kimi ni Todoke: Second Season, fansubbed by gg

If you saw the first season, you have a good idea of what to expect with this second season.  Kimi no Todoke 2 (From Me to You, Season 2) starts off exactly where the first season ended, picking up with the start of Kuronuma Sawako’s 2nd year of high school.  For me, this anime represents everything that is young innocence, insecurity in love and its reciprocation, friendship and fitting in, and girlhood blossoming into womanhood.  Everything about Kimi ni Todoke blurs soft in color and lines, from the characters, to the art, to the music, and even to the connections that bind this story together.

If you’re unfamiliar with Kimi ni Todoke, then I suggest you try out the first season if you like shoujo story lines.  Kuronuma Sawako is slightly different than your average high school girl though, as she holds a reputation equal to Sadako, the antagonist of Ringu (The Ring) by appearance and aura alone.  Due to her awkward shyness and complete inability to convey her friendly intentions to others, she comes across as creepy.  The long, straight black hair, pale skin, and strained facial expression lend her a nickname to equal the name of the movie character, “Sadako.”  In truth, she is anything but evil; she’s like most any typical shy girl looking for acceptance and friendship.
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