Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, volume 20 and 21
San Francisco: Viz Media LLC, 2014/2015
Rating: 4 out of 5
Sawako “Sadako” Kuronuma is the perfect heroine… for a horror movie. With her jet-black hair, sinister smile and silent demeanor, she’s always had trouble fitting in. But her whole life changes when she befriends the most popular boy in class, Shota Kazehaya.
The volumes 20 and 21 of the manga series Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You covers the periods between Valentine’s Day and White Day as the characters are about to enter senior year. During this time, they’re also seriously considering what they want to do after high school as they do career conferences at school. It would appear that a few of them are very influenced by what their romantic partner will be doing and they need to figure out what they really want.
I do feel like the story has been going pretty slow for a few volumes now. Which may be because the manga at this point has expanded beyond Kuronuma and Kazehaya’s relationship. We also see the unlikely Ayane and Kento’s relationship grow more and the uncertain friendship/more-than-friendship between Chizu and Ryu. And while I do remember a time when I was younger and made my decisions based on my peers, I do feel a little anxious about the characters and the decisions they’re making. But based on where the storyline and character development seems to be going, I think that they’re going to be changing their decisions and making the “right” choices for themselves.
I’ve been following this manga series for awhile and absolutely loved the anime and live-action movie that came out. The anime and live-action movie only covers up to about volumes 7 and 10 respectively. I personally really enjoy this manga series and would recommend it to any shojo-loving manga readers. Just five more volumes to go until the end!