Kimi ni Todoke – Review

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The first time I watched Kimi ni TodokeFrom me to you, was actually a few years before I had even started blogging. Recently I revisited this great anime so that I could refresh myself to review it. (Well, that and I just love this anime.)

Before I go into the storyline and such, I want to mention that I love the animation style of this anime. It’s really beautifully drawn, but it also dips into the incredibly humorous chibi style that you’d expect from comedic scenes. There are also enough sparkles in this show to put a diamond-crusted tiara to shame, but they’re used quite properly.

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Kimi ni Todoke follows the story of Kuronuma Sawako, a high school girl who has been misunderstood since middle school because a classmate accidentally called her Sadako (The girl from The Ring) and it stuck due to her resemblance to the horror character. After a chance encounter with an extroverted and popular guy, Kazehaya Shouta, on their way to the entrance ceremonies their first year of high school, he gradually begins to interact with her openly at school. Because of this she starts to be noticed by her classmates, makes friends, and much more.

I will say right away that I absolutely love this anime. If I were to choose one word describe it, it would be “heartwarming. This is a story about a young woman discovering what it means to have true and caring relationships with others. It’s the gradual character growth here that really gets me. There is a great balance of touching highs and heart wrenching lows in this show, and it doesn’t entirely revolve around the romance. Sawako has to grasp what it means to be a friend, have friends, and grows from there. The title really says it all. Sawako is learning to communicate her feelings to the important people in her life. I.E.: “From me to you”. 

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If you are a person that needs instant gratification (kissing and such) from a romance anime, then you may be barking up the wrong tree. This is a story of Sawako first learning to simply be more social and then working her way toward understanding the romantic feelings that grow between her and Shouta. However, don’t let that dissuade you if you love romance. In Kimi ni Todoke the romance is incredibly sweet. There are plenty  of butterfly-inducing romantic moments between Shouta and Sawako! Trust this twenty-six year old woman when she says that some of the scenes had her giddy and sighing happily like the hopeless romantic that she is.

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Kimi ni Todoke had me in every hue of my emotional rainbow. I was hopeful, happy, sad, frustrated, disappointed, giddy, anxious, tense, amused, and entertained. This isn’t a fast-paced hyper dramatic anime by any means, but if you enjoy floating through a wide array of emotions (mostly the happier sort) then you may enjoy this one. I highly recommend it to anyone – especially if you’re wanting to take a break from many of the darker anime’s out there.

Sawako and Shouta are definitely in my top 3 favorite anime couples!

Just look at how adorable they are!

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Sense8 – A Netflix Original Series: Review

There a few new shows that I watched during my unemployment period, and Sense8 was easily the most fascinating of them all.

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Sense8 is about a science fiction (woot!) drama about eight strangers from different parts of the world that suddenly become mentally and emotionally linked to each other. This is referred to them as being “reborn” as Sensates, or rather humans with more access and control over the regions of our brains that are normally dormant. This gives them the ability to sense one another emotionally and mentally; making them able to communicate telepathically, sense, and use each other’s language and overall knowledge.

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C’mon, isn’t that coolest shit ever?

I have to admit one little fact. I started and finished this series in one day. That’s right. I spent the whole day watching this show on Netflix. And it easily could’ve been because of Netflix’s nasty little habit of just starting up the next episode, but it wasn’t. I was hooked. I was so fascinated by the concept of this show.

So these eight strangers are all vastly different. It’s not just that they live on various corners of the world, but they all come from different cultures, backgrounds, and have greatly contrasting personalities. Take eight different personalities and connect them and you have one dynamic linked group.

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On top of being able to access each other’s knowledge, the characters of this story slowly but surely learn from each other and their differences.They are able to see life’s troubles and lessons from a completely different perspective through their link. Certain characters become closer than others, but in the end they all help each other in some form or fashion. Imagine having a family that was readily accessible for help mentally, emotionally, or physically no matter where they were. That’s right, people. They are able to put their consciousness into each others bodies and take control temporarily to help one another. Some of my favorite scenes are those where they “jump” bodies. Greatness.

The plot of this show dips into a lot of sensitive issues like politics, identity, religion, sexuality, gender, and religion that are either left on the back burner by most science fiction shows or not present at all. I have to give them props for that. Not only is it balls-y, but it really allows the viewer to connect with one if not more than one of the eight main characters. It makes them all incredibly relatable. They’re not perfect. They struggle with a lot of the same things that a lot us do.

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Now you may be thinking that eight main characters is too many. How could you smoothly switch from one to another especially when they live in different parts of the world? I guess that’s where this mental link comes into play. It really does feel as though they shift from point of views rather seamlessly because they’re linked. You don’t ever feel as though one is getting more attention than the others.

I should also mention that while this show is a drama, it contains a little bit of every genre. Again, I believe we have the differences in the characters to thank for this. We have drama, action, adventure, romance, suspense, and even kung fu. It really has something for everyone!

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I would definitely recommend that everyone give this show a chance. I will say that the first episode or two runs a little slow. They’re the introductory episodes, and they put more emphasis on their awakening mental capabilities. However, after that it does pick up. You get more fast paced scenes the further you get, and everything gets pretty intense toward the finale.

So go watch Sense8! Seriously. If you don’t like it, then I give you every right to come back and complain. If you do like, come back and tell me why. I’d love to hear other opinions on this show since I have yet to meet anyone who has watched it!

I realize that not everyone has an entire day to watch an entire series. Don’t be a bum like me. 😉

PS: Sense8 has some pretty graphic scenes (nudity, sex, violence, blood, hooray!) so I wouldn’t watch it with young folk around!

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