Saturday, March 10, 2012

Manga Review: Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, Volume 12, by Karuho Shiina

Rating (Out of 5): ~4/4.5
Publisher: VIZ Media (Shojo Beat)
Volumes: 15+

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sawako "Sadako" Kuronuma is the perfect heroine...for a horror movie. With her jet-black hair, sinister smile and silent demeanour, she's always had trouble fitting in. But her whole life changes when she befriends the most popular boy in class, Shota Kazehaya.

Sawako and Kazehaya are now dating! Sawako's worried that she hasn't told her parents about it, though. Will her father freak ou that his little girl has a boyfriend?


Why are Kazehaya and Sawako so cute together? They are just so adorable, it shouldn't be possible. But it is and I love it.
Okay, so after thinking about this one for a while, I'm not as excited about it as I originally was, but just looking through it makes me excited all over again. It's mostly Kazehaya and Sawako, especially together, that makes me feel this way, I'm sure. I just can't stop myself from fangirling over this series every time.
Most of the volume is about Kazehaya and Sawako getting used to being around each other romantically, and it's super cute. Sawako is still unsure of her relationship with most people, and feels that it would be bothersome if she were to call or text Kazehaya at anytime, but Ayane and Chizu convince her otherwise. And then Kazehaya walks Sawako home after school, and there's a cute incident where they hold hands.
Kazehaya was not at his cutest in this volume, which was a bit disappointing (because I love him), but he's still sweet and awkward around her. Sawako, though, was so sweet and like her normal awkward, but she got a bit brave a few times around Kazehaya, which was nice to see. It's good that she's finally gaining some confidence.
On their walk, they run into Sawako's mom. Sawako hasn't told her parents about having a boyfriend, but her mom is excited and really nice to Kazehaya. She invited Kazehaya over for dinner, where Sawako's dad is very tense. He freaks out over meeting and finding out about Kazehaya, and tries to find something bad about him, and is disappointed when he doesn't.
Overall it was really nice, and I'm excited to watch their relationship develop even more. They took several steps forward in this volume, and there was a mention of Sawako meeting Kazehaya's parents, so hopefully we'll get to see that.
In the last chapter, we get to see how Ayane and Chizu first met. They've only known each other about a year, and they didn't really get along at first. Ayane thought Chizu was stupid, while Chizu thought Ayane was a snob; they had a bit of a competitive feeling for each other at first, which is funny. We also get to see Chizu hanging out with Ryu and Kazehaya, which was pretty awesome; and what they thought of Sawako when they first saw her at school.
I did rather enjoy this one, like I usually do, but it wasn't as amazing as I'd hoped. Even saying that, though, I am really excited to read the next one. I just love this series, and I tend to go through the volumes as soon as I get them, and they end way too fast.

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