Title: Kimi ni Todoke (From me to you) (vol.1)
Story by: Karuho Shiina
Artist: Karuho Shiina
Translation/Adaptation: Tomo Kimura
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Published: August 4th 2009 by
Genre: Manga, Romance, Slice of Life, Young Adult
Sawako Kuronuma is the perfect heroine…for a horror movie. With striking similarities to a haunting movie character–jet-black hair, sinister smile and silent demeanor–she’s mistakenly called Sadako by those around her. But behind her scary façade is a very misunderstood teenager. Too shy to fit in, all she wants to do is make some friends. But when the most popular boy in class befriends her, she’s sure to make more than just that–she’s about to make some enemies too!
I first read this manga back in high school, and I really enjoyed it but I was never able to get the volumes for myself. When I saw this in the bookstore a while back I got super excited and bought this volume, just to see if it was as good as I remembered, and it is! This manga is really cute and made me squeal hardcore; I’m surprised I didn’t wake my boyfriend up with how much I squealed and giggled, like I was back in middle school or high school.
This manga was a lot of fun to read. The characters are well thought out and easily discernable, and not just by how they’re drawn but their personalities as well. Readers meet a lot of the main characters in this volume, though not much development is seen with the lesser cast yet. Each chapter is like its own little story, but they all connect to a greater plot. This volume contains a lot of introductory material and set up for the story, which just seems to follow the main heroine, Sawako, as she opens up more to the people around her. Slice of life stories don’t always hold my attention, however, I’m desperately waiting to get my hands on the next volume!