Kimi ni Todoke
|Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You)|
Cover of the first manga volume featuring Sawako Kuronuma and Shōta Kazehaya
(Kimi ni Todoke)
|Written by||Karuho Shiina|
|Original run||May 25, 2006 – November 13, 2017|
|Written by||Kanae Shimokawa|
|Original run||August 1, 2007 – December 25, 2015|
|Written by||Kanako Shirai|
|Original run||March 1, 2011 – June 5, 2015|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Hiro Kaburaki|
|Written by||Tomoko Konparu|
|Original network||Nippon TV|
|Original run||October 6, 2009 – March 30, 2011|
|Live action film|
Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You (君に届け, lit. Reaching You) is a Japanese shōjo romance manga by Karuho Shiina. It was published by Shueisha in Bessatsu Margaret from 2005 to 2017 and collected in 30 tankōbon volumes. In 2008, it won the Best Shōjo Manga award in the 32nd Annual Kodansha Manga Award. The series was also nominated for the first Manga Taisho awards in 2008. Two anime adaptations of Kimi ni Todoke were aired in Japan, produced by Production I.G. The second season of the anime was announced in Betsuma Magazine, began airing in Japan on January 4, 2011 and lasted for 12 episodes. A live action film adaptation was released in 2010 starring Mikako Tabe and Haruma Miura.
The story takes place in Hokkaido. 15-year-old high school freshman Sawako Kuronuma—dubbed Sadako by her classmates for her resemblance to the character from The Ring—has always been feared and misunderstood because of her appearance; rumors around school report that she can see ghosts and curse people. However, despite her ominous appearance, she is actually a sweet and unassuming girl who only longs to be helpful; she has been shunned for so long that the idea of making friends has become foreign to her. When a boy, the popular boy Kazehaya, begins talking with her, everything changes. She finds herself in a new world, making new friends and talking to different people, and she can't thank Kazehaya enough for giving her these opportunities. Slowly, but surely, a sweet love blossoms between the two as they overcome circumstances and obstacles that stand in their way.
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- Sawako Kuronuma (黒沼 爽子, Kuronuma Sawako)
- Sawako is the main protagonist. She is an honest high school girl in search of friendship, but her resemblance to the horror film character Sadako Yamamura made this difficult. Her unhealthy levels of modesty and ineffective communication skills prevented her from correcting misconceptions. As a result, she was tragically ostracized by everyone she met, and forgot how to understand others and express herself. Despite these obstacles, she remains a pure, positive, and caring person who works hard in everything she does.
- On the day of the entrance ceremony at Kitahoro High School, Sawako meets Shōta Kazehaya under cherry blossoms by chance and helps him find his way. Due to his friendly and broad-minded nature, he is the first person she is able to smile genuinely around and get through to as herself and not Sadako. Her world begins to change as she learns to communicate her feelings and form close friendships with fellow human beings, especially Chizuru Yoshida and Ayane Yano, for the first time in her life.
- She is rather short - a characteristic inherited from her father, who is only 160 cm tall (however, by the end of the series, she is taller than him) - but is surprisingly fast, to the point that some people believe she has teleportation powers. A running gag is that she takes everything people say very seriously, and tends to over-analyze a situation. When she is deep in thought, her dark appearance often terrifies her peers. Her pacifist nature and protectiveness sometimes makes her sacrifice herself for her dear ones, as seen when she avoided Ayane, Chizuru, and even Shōta, to protect their reputations. Though on top of academics, Sawako is oblivious socially, being scolded by Shōta and Chizuru for thinking that putting herself down and avoiding others was normal.
- Sawako is forever grateful to Shōta for giving her the opportunities to make friends and initially idolizes him. Thanks to her rival Ume Kurumizawa and Ryu Sanada explaining what the feelings of romantic love are, she realizes that she is actually in love with him. Working through various misunderstandings, she eventually finds the courage to confess to him during the school festival during her second year, and they finally become a couple. Later in the same year when Kazehaya acts distant towards her for months due to his own insecurities, Sawako openly questions their relationship and cries and yells at him for neglecting her. This snaps him back to his senses, and they get their relationship back on track.
- During her third and final year, Sawako begins to ponder for the first time what she wants to do in the future. With the help of her homeroom teacher Pin Arai, Sawako discovers her wish to pursue her innate ability of teaching, particularly in Japanese Language (the reason is because it is her worst subject, but challenges her improve her communication skills). Ultimately, she decides to leave her hometown and attend a Sapporo Educational University along with Ume, who becomes her best friend. By the end of high school, Sawako finally is able to clear up the misconceptions of her as "Sadako" by her class, graduating with a positive note. Bidding Ayane and Chizuru heartfelt farewell, and retaining a strong long-distance relationship with Shōta, she receives a ring from him on her 18th birthday and a letter the day she leaves with promises for the future.
- Four years later, Sawako returns to her hometown after graduating from university, and reunites with and hugs Shōta at the place where they first met.
- Shōta Kazehaya (風早 翔太, Kazehaya Shōta)
- Shōta is Sawako's friendly classmate, and initially her idol. His popularity is so widespread regardless of gender because of his refreshing exterior. However, Shōta himself does not believe that he is refreshing. With a serious, honest personality and his father's inherited stubbornness and temper, Shōta follows his own inflexible ideals and does not mindlessly follow the crowd. Though he treats everyone equally and without any bias, this is because he keeps a certain distance between himself and others, excluding those who he regards as familiar and trustworthy. In Sawako's case, he regarded her existence as special to him from the beginning.
- Shōta's family owns a sportswear store, and his father is a baseball coach. He has known his best friend Ryu Sanada and Chizuru Yoshida since elementary school. Ever since he was a young boy, Shōta was on his father's baseball league team, and played along with Ryu on the middle school baseball team. However, due to his strained relationship with his father, and his mother's failing health, Shōta quit playing baseball in High School "before he could hate it", a decision that disappointed his homeroom teacher Pin, and angered his father. Thus, he does not belong to any club in high school, though still attends Pin's morning practices.
- When he sees Sawako smile on the day of the entrance ceremony, Shōta immediately feels a need to get to know her better. Willing to look past false rumors about her, Kazehaya is able to see who Sawako truly is, and feels a deep admiration for her strength, optimism and kindness. Early on he recognizes that these are feelings of romantic love, though is unaware that she feels the same way. Despite her gratefulness towards him, Shōta is unassuming about the impact he has on her, believing that Sawako is able to stand up and make everything possible with her own willpower, regardless of the circumstances, the very thing that he had always wanted to be able to do.
- During his second year, Shōta begins to feel depressed when Sawako does not give him chocolates on Valentine's Day, unaware that she had been too nervous to give him any. Attempting to work through the misunderstandings that plague them, he eventually confesses to her during the school festival, promising to always take care of her. After she confesses her own feelings, they become a couple. Later on, Shōta begins to avoid Sawako for many months because of his own fear of not being the refreshing persona he believes Sawako is in love with, unconsciously causing a rift in their relationship. It is only after Sawako deems him a liar for ignoring her that he realizes that not facing his fear was his mistake, and they get their relationship back on track.
- Shōta's relationship with his father throughout the series is sour, as he believes Shōta is irresponsible and dependent on others. As a result, Shōta is constantly trying to prove to his father that he can be independent. Although initially deciding to succeed his family's store, Shōta thinks again about what he wants to do, and decides to return to baseball as a sports trainer and inherit the store at the same time. He ends up taking the entrance examination of the department of sports science at a local university. With the final full confidence that he is able to make his own decisions, he makes amends with his father.
- Four years later, Shōta returns to the place where he first met Sawako after graduating from university, and reunites with and hugs Sawako at the place where they first met.
- Ayane Yano (矢野 あやね, Yano Ayane)
- Ayane is a close friend of Sawako's and part of Kitahoro's advanced school program. She is fashionable and noted to look mature for her age. An intelligent tactician, Ayane is easily able to decipher people's intentions and use them to her advantage. On the other hand, she gives just enough information to leave enemies and friends alike wondering and thus, force them forward. Generally, Ayane is strong-willed and caring, but also calculating and cold.
- From a young age, Ayane was cautious academically and socially, easily giving up and never striving beyond her abilities. Retaining an aloof demeanor, she was a social recluse who hated being around others. Though once the captain and setter of her middle school volleyball team, after a sticky incident where she was shunned by her team, she quit before the last tournament and moved to a different high school (Kitahoro).
- During freshman year, she makes her first true friends, Chizuru Yoshida and Sawako Kuronuma. Admittedly, they are the only people she has ever extended a hand to outside her immediate family, for they were the first to inspire her with their sincerity and courage. Fiercely loyal to them, she often takes up the role of an elder sister who supports and advises them. However, even with them, Ayane does not confide her own worries or intimate details, preferring to not make them worry about her.
- Though appearing to be a self-assured individual, Ayane is actually quite shy. She suffers from an aversion to taking risks and striving towards her dreams like her friends. For this reason, she envies them and has severe lack of self-esteem, thinking of herself as a cruel coward. However, Pin affirms she is nice, surprising her.
- During her second year, a schoolmate named Mogi confesses to her, and she agrees to date him, but their relationship instantly falls apart when she realizes that he was just using her. It is later revealed that despite her wealth of romances, Ayane has never actually fallen in love. Kento Miura comforts and forms a crush on her, and though Ayane is not in love with him, she is moved by his sincerity and agrees to date him.
- Throughout her senior year, Ayane struggles with what she wants to do when she graduates, and it is ultimately Pin who drives and encourages her, personally believing in her potential to become tremendously successful. As they spend more time together and he sheds his usual rambunctious image to seriously advise Ayane, she realizes that he saw through her from the beginning. Ayane begins to admire him as a teacher and an individual, cherishing every piece of advice and encouragement he had ever given her.
- Ayane's longtime dream has been to get into a prestigious university in Tokyo and eventually go overseas, but Kento expresses his disapproval and wishes for her to attend a university in Sapporo with him. Though Kento is the first boyfriend who truly cared for her, Ayane is unable to fall in love with him in the long run. Eventually Ayane realizes that she will never get anywhere if she doesn't take responsibility for her own actions. No longer wishing to take the easy path, she decides that she wants to challenge herself by pursuing her dream, and breaks up with Kento on mutual terms, though they remain good friends.
- While studying for the university exams, Ayane finally realizes that she is in love for the first time, with none other than Pin. Due to their nearly 10-year age gap and roles as teacher and student, she does not expect him to return her feelings, or ever see him again after graduating. Still, thanks to Sawako and Chizuru's encouragement, she summons the courage to confess her feelings and passing university result to him on Valentine's Day. As expected, he rejects her confession as "10 years too early", but praises her as a kind person. Applauding not only her academic efforts, but her growth as a person, Pin lets Ayane know that he believes in her future and encourages her to have more self-confidence. Tearfully smiling, Ayane thanks Pin for everything he has done for her and aspires to become an amazing adult who doesn't shame him in 10 years.
- On the day she leaves for Tokyo, she meets Sawako and Chizuru for the last time at the train station and exchanges heartfelt farewells with them, thanking them for always supporting her and vowing to remember them anytime she felt like giving up and do her best. By the finale, Ayane is shown to have gained self-confidence, beaming when a few of her university classmates compliment her as "kind".
- Chizuru Yoshida (吉田 千鶴, Yoshida Chizuru)
- Chizuru is another close friend of Sawako and Ayane and in Kitahoro's basic school program. Her nickname is "Chizu". Out of the 4 heroines, she is the tallest and most athletic, boasting a streak of 99 victories wrestling guys in middle school. Though not very feminine, she likes wearing miniskirts and sports shorts to accent her legs. Because of her tomboyish appearance, she has often been mistaken for a former Yankee since childhood.
- Her personality is fearless and hot-blooded, with a strong sense of duty and justice. Unlike Sawako and Ayane, Chizuru is extremely loud, brash, and talkative, always ready to speak her mind. She is cheerful with a large amount of fortitude enabling her to show courage in the face of adversity. Despite her intimidating nature, Chizuru has an unexpected sentimental side, often crying out of fear, frustration, anger, humiliation, or even comical effect. Not one of the brightest students, a running gag throughout the series is that she is constantly having classes during school breaks to make up her failed academic assignments. Additionally, she is often oblivious to her surroundings and insensitive to the feelings of others.
- Chizuru is also a big fan of Ramen, as shown when she wrote that she would like to study it in her career questionnaire, and Ayane onced joked that Chizuru was ramen in a previous life. Her favorite ramen shop is "Tetsuryuken", run by her childhood friend and neighbor Ryu Sanada's father, and she eventually ends up working there.
- Before high school, her only friends were boys, particularly Ryu Sanada and Shōta Kazehaya, who she went to the same middle school with. From a young age, she was in love with Ryu's older brother Tōru Sanada, although he had only ever seen her as a little sister. All the while, Chizuru was clueless to Ryu's own romantic affections for her, only seeing him as a little brother.
- As their parents are close, Chizuru's relationship with Ryu goes back to the time they were toddlers. While they were in 3rd grade, Ryu's mother Tetsuko Sanada tragically died in a car accident and Tōru had to leave Ryu and his father for college in Sapporo. Chizuru comforted Ryu and vowed to be by his side forever as his sister. It would be upon this promise that their relationship akin to siblings would be founded until Ryu confessed his romantic feelings to the horrified 17 year old Chizuru.
- At the freshman entrance ceremony, Chizuru first meets Ayane Yano, and later on in the year Sawako Kuronuma. Although her relationship with the two starts off rocky, after understanding both, she takes an instant liking to them. The two become such close friends to Chizuru to the point where she threatens Kurumizawa Ume to "say whatever you want about me, but don't talk about them like you know them!"
- Near the end of the year, Tōru returns from Sapporo with a new fiancée named Haruka Katayama. Chizuru goes through her first heartbreak. This leads to her having a conflict with Ryu on his birthday, who wanted her to realize her love was futile from the beginning. However, after Chizuru and Ryu are able to resolve their differences on the issue, their friendship is strengthened.
- But during her second year, Chizuru suddenly finds the nature of her relationship with Ryu tested. While on a school trip to Okinawa, she hears from Joe Sōichi that Ryu rejected a girl because he is in love with another girl. Chizuru begins to feel jealous that Ryu never told her who he liked, and starts questioning his trustworthiness. When the girl who was rejected confronts Chizuru and tells her to stay away from Ryu if they are not in a romantic relationship, Chizuru becomes furious and yells at her to mind her own business. This fight leaves Chizuru visibly shaken and feeling anger and awkwardness towards Ryu.
- Later during the trip, Ryu finally confronts her about his romantic feelings. Chizuru is horrified and rejects him on the spot. From this moment on, she finds herself unable to see Ryu as her brother, and can only see him as a distant stranger. Both aware that they can no longer go back to the way they were in the past, they end their long and treasured friendship. The anguished Chizuru finally breaks down in tears when the class returns to Hokkaido, wondering if their friendship was only built out of Ryu's feelings and never existed from the beginning.
- Throughout the year, Chizuru does not interact with Ryu, but shows uncomfortable emotional outbursts whenever he is mentioned. When Christmas arrives, both Chizuru and Ryu attend their class party and talk to each other again after a long while. Chizuru awkwardly gives him a baseball wristband as a present. Ryu gives her a pink rose, something that he says reminds him of her. Chizuru is left confused over her feelings for Ryu.
- During senior year, Chizuru starts thinking about what she wants to do in the future, and decides to work part-time at Tetsuryuken. Unexpectedly, Ryu reveals to her on Valentine’s Day that he plans to leave their town to pursue his dream of playing baseball at a Sapporo university. The two become even more distant. Deeply saddened, Chizuru realizes that she has begun to see Ryu as a man and does not want him out of her life.
- On her 18th birthday, Ryu thanks Chizuru for always supporting him from childhood, and promises her that he will succeed in baseball. At this, Chizuru bursts into tears and asks him not to go, confessing her realized romantic feelings for Ryu. As they sort out the issue together as a couple, Chizuru begins to understand that her bond with Ryu will never die no matter where he goes. Eventually, she finds the strength to support his dreams again.
- After graduating from high school, Chizuru bids Sawako and Ayane heartfelt farewell. She decides to work full-time at Tetsuryuken, and she and Ryu make a promise to marry and run it together after he returns from university one day.
- Ryu Sanada (真田 龍, Sanada Ryū)
- Ryu is also member of Sawako's group of friends. He is the son of the ramen shop owner of Chizuru Yoshida's favourite ramen shop. He is quiet most of the time and rarely talks, but still can communicate well with Sawako, as they both don't talk much anyway. Ryu and Kazehaya became friends when they were on the baseball team during middle school. He later confirms his love when he confesses that he likes Chizuru to Sawako.Ch. 14 While his love is one-sided, he is very patient with Chizuru realizing that Chizuru probably won't like him in a romantic sense, at least not right away. He's more than willing to comfort Chizuru if she's depressed, though he would rather have her mad at him as he knows Chizuru can vent out her emotions better. Ryu also seems to like animals a lot; when Shōta was going to walk "Maru", his adopted puppy, home with Sawako, Chizuru pulled Ryu away telling him he's going to walk with Ayane and her instead. While being pulled away from Shōta's puppy, he cried out for it. A running gag in the series is that he has a very hard time remembering a person's name (with the exception of Kazehaya and Chizuru as he's known them for a long time, and after some time later Sawako and Ayane). In chapter 43, he casually tells Chizuru that he loves her and she is totally shocked.Ch. 43 However, in chapter 59, he truly confesses his love for her, but she replies saying, "I have never looked at you in that way". In response, he smiles and says, "I know." After graduating from high school, he attends a university in Sapporo to play baseball and made a promise with Chizuru to marry and run Tetsuryuken together after returning from university one day.
- Kazuichi "Pin" Arai (荒井 一市, Arai Kazuichi)
- Arai is the temporary homeroom teacher for Sawako's class, taking over when the previous homeroom teacher became sick during the summer holidays while Sawako was helping him. Sawako, being formal, always refers to him as "Arai-sensei," while almost everyone else refers to him by his nickname, "Pin." Pin is a great fan of baseball as well as the school baseball team's coach. He used to be part of Kazehaya's father's league team, so he has known Shōta since when he was young. A loud and eccentric man prone to believing the silliest things, Pin apparently enjoys interrupting people. He nicknames the puppy that Sawako and Kazehaya find by the river "Pedro Martínez" after the legendary baseball pitcher, which Sawako suggests be shortened to "Maru". A running gag through the series, despite being a teacher he is prone to actions that are more suited to a teenager, such as eagerly running to the bathroom when he heard about a fight yet became depressed when Sawako and her friends were making up rather than fighting.Ch. 7 He and Ayane tend to run into each other a lot, often bickering loudly as they walk away, though on rare occasions he will give her advice (though it comically ends in his ruining the moment to praise himself). He also has a false impression that Sawako is an exorcist.Vol. 2 But for how he acts, Arai is rather insightful and is very helpful when it comes to his students, especially when he was suggesting career paths for Sawako, Ayane and Chizuru that best suit their talents and abilities. Pin also has a habit of believing girls in Sawako's year fancy him and often turns them down when they speak to him, stating that he's just too old for them.
- Ume "Kurumi" Kurumizawa (胡桃沢 梅, Kurumisawa Ume)
- A girl who appears friendly and sweet to everyone around her, she has had a huge crush on Kazehaya since their first year of middle school; as a result, she understands his personality well, despite the fact they were never close friends. From when she was first seen, for many chapters she was known only as "Kurumi", which Sawako mistook to be her given name. She dislikes her given name, Ume, because it sounds old-fashioned and prefers to be called her nickname, "Kurumi."Ch. 11 Kurumi is extremely jealous of Sawako, which led her to spread fake rumors of Sawako's only friends at the time, Yoshida and Yano, using Sawako's name.Vol. 4 Kurumi does not attend the same class as Sawako or Kazehaya. During the next series of events it comes out that the middle school "Kazehaya is Everyone's" alliance had been Kurumi's idea, in order to preserve her own chances with Kazehaya.Ch. 11 She eventually confesses her love to Kazehaya, but receives an expected rejection.Ch. 17 Because she is always surprised with Sawako's naiveté, Kurumi, in her own words, "You just don't get it, do you?! Sawako-chan, when I'm talking to you ... I get irritated and say what I really mean...",Ch. 12 and regards her as a rival for Kazehaya's affection.Ch. 17 Following Kazehaya's rejection, she becomes colder to her classmates, but is able to finally express her feelings and personality. When Sawako hesitates on expressing her feelings, Kurumi tells Sawako that Sawako is not worthy of being a rival, but changes her mind after hearing that Sawako and Shōta have become a couple.Ch. 43 She even defends Sawako against some other jealous girls, and got angry at Miura Kento for saying unnecessary things to Sawako that had caused a rift between Sawako and Shōta.Ch. 43 Despite Kurumi's harsh personality, she is deep down, a stubborn, clear minded young woman who had stooped to unfair tricks to win a person's heart but has since learned better.
- Kento Miura (三浦 健人, Miura Kento)
- Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano
- A student who sits next to Sawako at the beginning of their second year.Ch. 29 Miura considers himself fairly popular among the girls, but he immediately expresses an interest in Sawako that Kazehaya becomes a little jealous.Ch. 29 Miura assumes Kazehaya likes Sawako because he feels sorry for her, and tries to persuade Kazehaya to not be as involved in Sawako's life.Ch. 31 His interference with Sawako and Kazehaya's developing relationship irritates Ayane.Ch. ?? He expresses gratitude over the fact that the two began dating before he fell in love with her.Ch. 51 In recent chapters, however, it hints that Kento may be developing a sort of attraction for Ayane and has helped her through some difficult times.Ch. ?? He tends to help girls with broken relationships, as he continues to grow feelings for Ayane, he seeks advice from Sawako and Kazehaya.Ch. ?? It is from Kazehaya that Kento finds out that Ayane has been slapped by one of her ex-boyfriends.Ch. ??
- Tomoko "Tomo" Endo (遠藤 朋子, Endō Tomoko) and Eriko "Ekko" Hirano (平野 依里子, Hirano Eriko)
- Voiced by: Mayuki Makiguchi (Eriko Hirano), Voiced by: Miho Miyagawa (Tomoko Endou)
- Endou and Hirano are classmates of Sawako, and also members of her study group. After Sawako begins to open up, Endou and Hirano become some of her first friends and try to find ways to encourage her to be less formal around them. They both become close friends of Sawako, who shows her appreciation of their friendship by making them Christmas gifts in addition to those she makes for her parents, Ayane, Chizuru, and Kazehaya.Vol. 6
- Soichi "Joe" Jonouchi (城ノ内 宗一, Jōnouchi Sōichi)
- Voiced by: Masahiro Yamanaka
- One of Sawako's classmates, easily swayed by other people. He generally appears in the background. Jounouchi is very attached to Kazehaya, which usually results in him unwittingly interrupting conversations between Sawako and Kazehaya. At one point, he is rejected after confessing to a girl he liked and is comforted by Kazehaya. After hearing about how Yano broke up with her boyfriend, he sets his attention on her though she is not interested in him.Vol. 6 It appears Joe is a character used for comedic value, often blundering with simple tasks or interrupting serious moments.Ch. 39 He does not seem to take hints nor does he often realize his mistakes when they are pointed out.
- Toru Sanada (真田 徹, Sanada Tōru)
- Voiced by: Wataru Hatano
- Tōru is Ryu's older brother by eight years and Chizuru's crush since she was young.Ch. 19 Although he is Ryu's brother and they resemble one another, their personalities are nearly opposite.Ch. 20 Tōru resembles Kazehaya personality-wise and looks extremely refreshing, except much more mature. He lives three hours away from his parents' house but much to Chizuru's surprise, on his visit with the family he introduced his fiancee.Ch. 20 He cares about Ryu and Chizuru a lot, and eventually tells Chizuru he loves her like a little sister.Ch. 23 He calls Chizuru by the nickname "Chii" because a person has to smile when saying it, and he wanted to cheer her up.Ch. 23
- Yoshiyuki "Zen" Arai (荒井 善行, Arai Yoshiyuki)
- Voiced by: Takuma Suzuki
- The original home room teacher of Sawako's class. He and Pin have the same surname, but are not related. To distinguish between the two teachers Yoshiyuki Arai is nicknamed "Zen", which is an alternate reading of the kanji for "Yoshi". He seems to be afraid of Sawako and the rumors surrounding her as "Sadako". Early in the series, he falls ill and has to take a leave of absence from school; because of that, students often believe that Sawako has cursed him. Arai is newly-wed and eventually retires from teaching in order to help his wife's family business (a sake brewery), resulting in Pin taking over his class permanently.Ch. 25
- Shino (詩乃)
- Voiced by: Kanae Oki
- The only link to Sawako's past, Shino was her elementary school classmate and the only person who Sawako can openly speak to as the series begins. According to Shiina, Shino was an unnamed character in the manga, but was named by the staff for the anime. In Kindergarten, Shino thought Sawako looked angry, and accidentally called her "Sadako." becoming the catalyst of the many rumors surrounding her. Because of this, Shino feels guilty and personally responsible for Sawako’s problems, and her appearances often consist of her worrying over Sawako and occasionally checking up on whether she is fitting into high school. Shino is in a different class and regrets that she doesn't get to see Sawako very much. She is a cipher, appearing only occasionally as a catalyst for Sawako's interactions with other people. When Sawako finishes her university examinations, Shino checks up on her one more time with an apology and congratulates her on becoming more cheerful and sociable.
- Chigusa Takahashi (高橋 千草, Takahashi Chigusa)
- Voiced by: Yurin
- A classmate of Sawako, Takahashi sits behind Sawako after the seating arrangements change for the third term of first year. She enjoys teasing Sawako and Ayane remarks that Takahashi is eccentric.
- According to Shiina, she was just Takahashi-san in the manga, but has the given name Chigusa in the anime show and from volume 10 onwards.Vol. 10
- Yagi (八木)
- A classmate of Sawako who sits next to her after the seating arrangements change during the third term of first year. He often consults her on supposedly spiritual or occult concerns.
- Mogi (茂木)
- Mogi is a new character introduced in the recent chapters of the manga. He is a boy from Class 2-B. In Chapter 54, he asks Ayane to date him, to which she immediately agrees. Ayane breaks up with him in Chapter 59.
Originally planned on being a one-shot to be compiled in her previous work, Crazy For You, Shiina decided to expand the story and make it into a full series.[ch. 1:author's note] It has been running in Japan in Bessatsu Margaret since the September 2005 issue of the magazine, with 29 compiled volumes as of November 13, 2017. Shiina took a break starting in the March 2009 issue to have a baby; serialization resumed in the October issue. With the release of the September 2017 issue of Betsuma, on August 12, 2017, Kimi ni Todoke entered its final arc. The series is licensed by Viz Media for an English-language North American release. The manga ended in November 2017 and the final volume was released in March 2018.
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN||North American release date||North American ISBN|
|1||May 25, 2006||ISBN 4-08-846061-8||August 4, 2009||ISBN 1-4215-2755-3|
|Sawako Kuronuma is a 15 year old high school freshman who has always been ostracized by her peers due to her frightening resemblance to the horror movie character Sadako. But underneath her frightening exterior is a kind, gentle girl in search of friendship. Naturally drawn to the most popular boy in her grade, Shouta Kazehaya, who she met under a road of cherry blossoms, Sawako considers him the "100% refreshing" role model whom she can only admire from afar. But when he suddenly begins talking to her, Sawako's world is turned upside down as she learns to communicate and form relationships with other human beings for the first time in her life.|
|2||September 25, 2006||ISBN 4-08-846094-4||October 6, 2009||ISBN 978-1-4215-2756-7|
|Sawako's dream to make friends shows hope of coming true with newfound friends Ayane Yano and Chizuru Yoshida, but her chances take a dark turn when strange rumors begin spreading through school that Ayane is a slut and Chizuru is a former gang member. When Sawako herself is wrongly accused of being the culprit of these rumors by her peers, she is deeply saddened and retreats to her former isolation in order to protect her friends. This causes tensions between the 3 as they all begin second-guessing their friendship. When confronted by nasty bullies, Sawako is finally driven to step up to the plate and defend her friends. With clear, direct communication, Sawako is able to convey her feelings of love for Ayane and Chizuru, and clear up the misunderstanding that she was the culprit. The 3 girls officially become best friends.|
|3||January 25, 2007||ISBN 978-4-08-846134-2||February 2, 2010||ISBN 978-1-4215-2757-4|
|Sawako finally begins to open up socially with and connect with her fellow classmates instead of scaring them off. Strangely, even the prettiest and most popular girl in her grade, Ume Kurumizawa, is suddenly eager to be her best friend. But appearances are misleading, and when Sawako and Ume become friends, Ume immediately reveals that she has a crush on Shouta (due to him being the only sincere person she knew in middle school) and asks Sawako to support her. Sawako is suddenly forced to take a deep look into the nature of her feelings for Shouta.|
|4||May 25, 2007||ISBN 978-4-08-846174-8||May 4, 2010||ISBN 978-1-4215-2786-4|
|Sawako finds herself unable to support Ume, but cannot understand why. Ume is angered and hypothesizes that Sawako herself may have a crush on Shouta. Sawako begins to wonder what romantic love is, and asks Chizuru's childhood friend, Ryu Sanada, to explain it to her. Ryu explains that romantic love is a love where the person in question is special to you, and reveals to Sawako that he is in love with Chizuru. Sawako realizes that she is in love with Shouta. Ayane uncovers evidence that Ume was the actual culprit behind the rumors and wanted to ostracize Sawako from Shouta, Ayane, and Chizuru due to jealousy. Ume's plans are thwarted when Shouta is mistakenly led to believe that Ume was in an unrequited love with Arai Pin, the P.E. coach and the group's teacher. Upset, Ume reveals herself to be a dishonest, manipulative individual to Sawako. Sawako is saddened, but lets Ume know that she is also in love with Shouta. Ume feels like giving up on clearing up the misunderstanding made between her and Shouta, but Sawako advises her to just tell him the truth.|
|5||November 22, 2007||ISBN 978-4-08-846237-0||August 3, 2010||ISBN 978-1-4215-2787-1|
|The disheartened Ume encounters Shouta, who comforts her on being "rejected" by Pin. Ume remembers Sawako's words, and finds the courage to clear up the misunderstanding by confessing her romantic feelings to Shouta. Shouta cannot accept her feelings, as he has fallen in love with Sawako, and respectfully rejects Ume. Ume is saddened, but happy that she was able to genuinely express herself instead keeping things misunderstood. After the rejection, Ume becomes more honest and open with her harsh personality, and declares Sawako as a worthy rival in love. From this experience, Sawako begins to learn to live with her romantic feelings for Shouta. Ayane breaks up with her college boyfriend after he slaps her face. On the other hand, Chizuru is excited to learn that her longtime crush and Ryu's older brother Toru Sanada is returning to their town, but is left heartbroken when she learns that he is getting married.|
|6||March 25, 2008||ISBN 978-4-08-846278-3||November 2, 2010||ISBN 978-1-4215-2788-8|
|Chizuru gets into a fight with Ryu during his birthday when he tells her that her love was futile and he wished that she had given up sooner. Sawako and Ayane are saddened when they realize that they cannot do anything to fix the situation, but Shouta assures them that Chizuru will be fine as long as they are there for her. Ryu calls Toru to talk to Chizuru one last time before getting married, and Chizuru finds the strength to finally confess her feelings to Toru. Toru assures Chizuru that he will always see her as a little sister. Chizuru begins to accept that their relationship will never change, and congratulates Toru on his engagement. Ryu comforts the heartbroken Chizuru, and they reconcile.|
|7||July 25, 2008||ISBN 978-4-08-846313-1||February 1, 2011||ISBN 978-1-4215-3175-5|
|The Christmas holidays arrive, and freshman year is coming to a close. Sawako wants to attend her class Christmas party along with her friends, but she has already promised to celebrate with her parents. With the help of her friends, Sawako finds courage to ask her parents to attend. Realizing that their daughter is beginning to grow up, they allow her to attend and gift her her first cell phone. On New Year's Eve (which also happens to be Sawako's 16th birthday!), Chizuru and Ayane invite Sawako to join them in visiting a local shrine, and as a birthday surprise, they get her to go alone on a "date" with Shouta. Sawako and Shouta are initially nervous, but eventually become comfortable as they learn more about each other's childhoods. Once they get their fortunes, Sawako and Shouta exchange phone emails. They walk together and part at the same path where they met, eager and anxious about the future of their relationship. Near the end of freshman year on Valentine's Day, Sawako intends to give Shouta Honmei chocolates along with her friends, but Ume spitefully discourages her by making it appear that Shouta will only accept Giri ones. Sawako ultimately chickens out, as her chocolates are too serious to be considered Giri chocolates, but she is afraid to risk Shouta's rejection. Shouta, on the other hand, is disheartened when he discovers that Sawako has given everyone chocolates except him, and begins to wonder if this is a clue that she is romantically rejecting him.|
|8||November 25, 2008||ISBN 978-4-08-846356-8||May 3, 2011||ISBN 978-1-4215-3176-2|
|April brings Sawako into her second year of high school. She is glad that she is in the same homeroom as Chizuru, Ayane, Shouta, and Ryu again. Her reputation is changing as her classmates are becoming more receptive to her true personality. However, while Sawako is making friends with new classmates, Shouta no longer sits next to her, causing her to feel lonely. After the Valentine's Day incident, their relationship has become strained. Sawako has begun to feel self-conscious and ashamed for unknowingly favoring Shouta and wanting to be more than friends. A new classmate named Kento Miura notices Sawako's dilemma, and pitying her, befriends her. He is very flamboyant and open with Sawako, stirring jealousy in Shouta. Ayane notices this, and offers to help Shouta pursue Sawako (though it isn't explicitly stated). However, he tells her that he would prefer to tell the person themselves about his feelings for them, instead of involving a third party. Ayane notes that Kazehaya is the type of person who does not like others interfering with his affairs. He asks Sawako if he was too conceited to think he was her closest male friend. Sawako does not know how to reply. Shouta expresses worry to Ryu over how he had troubled Sawako, but realizes that he must stop beating around the bush and act soon; otherwise, she may be snatched away by someone else (namely Kento). A few weeks before midterm exams, Kento announces to the class that Sawako is holding a crash course after school. Kazehaya helps spread the word and brings a lot of people to the study group. During the session, everyone praises Sawako for being such a great teacher. Afterwards, Kento confronts Shouta about how much an outcast Sawako was before Shouta started talking to her. Thinking that Shouta, being her opposite, is no longer necessary in Sawako's life and could cause her to become an outcast again, asks him to stay away from her. Annoyed by his pitying attitude towards Sawako, Shouta tells him not to look down on her and that he does things for a reason; thus, he will deal with corresponding issues himself. Kento asks if Shouta likes someone, and Shouta responds "I do!" Kento offers to help Shouta, who angrily rejects the idea. This discussion causes Shouta to lose confidence in how Sawako perceives him. Chizuru and Shouta meet up on the way home, and Shouta confides with Chizuru over this insecurity, but Chizuru, unaware that he likes Sawako, tells him that due to their different backgrounds, he is probably the most distant person to Sawako. Although they attempt to communicate how they feel, various misunderstandings prevent Sawako and Shouta from understanding each other. They begin to avoid each other.|
|9||September 11, 2009||ISBN 978-4-08-846440-4||July 5, 2011||ISBN 978-1-4215-3688-0|
|After the midterms, everyone is praising Sawako for her review session. Sawako's class decides on having "Sadako's Black Magic Café and Shamanic Advice" booth as their exhibition for the summer school festival. Ayane separately advises Sawako and Shouta each to stop avoiding each other and act. Chizuru finally realizes that Kazehaya likes Sawako and that she screwed up. During the weekend, Chizuru attends Toru's wedding and solidifies her sibling-like relationship with Toru. Afterwards, Chizuru asks Ryu to follow up with Shouta, feeling guilty about what she said to him, and Ryu concedes.
The next week, during lunch, Ryu and Pin push Shouta to confess to Sawako in the courtyard. However, Kento interferes by revealing to Sawako that Shouta is in love with someone (both not realizing it is Sawako herself), and probably only talked to her out of pity. Devastated, Sawako begins to cry. Kento tries to cheer her up by asking her out, only to be drowned out by the arrival of Shouta, who confesses his love to Sawako. Kento finally realizes that Shouta has never pitied Sawako and likes her romantically, but Sawako mistakes his feelings as just friendship. Shouta and Sawako skip class to finally talk. However, due to a misunderstanding, they both end thinking they have been rejected by the other. With her self-esteem crushed, Sawako deems herself conceited to Ayane and Chizuru and thinks that she has inconvenienced Shouta this entire time with her feelings. Outraged at Sawako's attitude, Chizuru states that only her tendency to sell herself short is inconveniencing Shouta and storms off. Ayane tells Sawako that she is no less than others unless she feels she is. Ayane catches up to Chizuru, and after discussing what happened, they both arrive to the conclusion that Sawako will be able to fix this problem herself.
Ume learns about the “rejection” and confronts Sawako after school, angrily stating that even though Shouta is the only person who never pitied her, she didn't even put up a fight for him and that she is not a worthy rival. While getting ready for the festival, Pin, who believes Shouta rejected Sawako, scolds him for leading her on. Upset, Shouta tells him that Sawako rejected him. Pin realizes that Shouta is only complaining about himself instead of trying to understand Sawako, and tells him to just give up on Sawako, leaving Shouta to realize that he has always been self-involved.
The next day, Ayane and Chizuru confront Kento and Ume, who both have dabbled in and caused all issues. Ume breaks down in angry tears, stating that even if she messed things up, even she couldn’t believe Sawako could be such a spineless girl who couldn’t fight back, and runs off. Ayane explains to Kento that his “philanthropy” was selfish, and that he is only feeding his narcissism while messing up Sawako and Shouta’s affairs, so it is best to not interfere.As the day of the festival arrives, Sawako ponders everyone’s words and realizes that she has never taken initiative when it came to Shouta. Sawako apologizes to Chizuru for belittling herself and thanks her for her friendship, and Chizuru brightens. On the day of the festival, Kento apologizes to Sawako and Shouta separately for interfering. Sawako further realizes that she has built a wall between her and Shouta, the one who has always been honest with her, out all people. Shouta tells Kento that he may be Sawako’s opposite, and that he is not as great as she thinks she is; in fact, he is the one who has always admired her for her strong willpower to make everything possible all by herself. Sawako reflects that even though she initially thought of Shouta as a divine role model, the person she fell in love with is just an ordinary boy. With this conclusion, Sawako realizes that she no longer cares who Shouta likes or if she will be rejected, and is spurred to take on action by finally letting her feelings out.
|10||January 13, 2010||ISBN 978-4-08-846481-7||September 6, 2011||ISBN 978-1-4215-3822-8|
|Sawako finds Shouta in the classroom. Shouta apologizes to Sawako for troubling her with his selfish thoughts, and promises to properly listen to what she has to say. Sawako tells Shouta that she used to always receive frightened apologies whenever she tried to help others, but Shouta smiled and thanked her when they first met as if she were like everyone else, which made her really happy. Sawako thanks him for changing her world, and confesses her romantic love to him. All misunderstandings are cleared, and Shouta realizes that Sawako feels the same way that he does. Jou Sounichi interrupts them, saying that Pin is looking for Sawako. Embarrassed, Sawako runs off and Shouta mulls over her confession.
That night, the class collects at Chizuru's house once more to prepare for the costume parade. Pin visits to discuss with Sawako about her costume parade's solo performance (reenacting the reemergence of Okiku from the well from the Japanese ghost story (kaidan) Banchō Sarayashiki). Sawako becomes embarrassed and tells Pin she can't look at Shouta without impure hopes. Pin replies that everyone has a heart, so it's natural to have impure hopes, and finishes off with his own comedic impure hope to bribe the judges to win the costume parade and win a bet to get premier sushi. He runs off, telling her not to worry about it and for her to do well in the solo performance. Sawako becomes more confident, barely able to wait to see Shouta again.
The next day, Shouta ensures that Sawako knows his feelings, but she interrupts him saying she wants to go first. She tells him that she wants to know more about him and build their new relationship from scratch. She asks him to watch her perform as she will try her best to win for everyone's sake. Kazehaya smiles and confidently shouts out to her saying that he likes her. Everyone turns to them in surprise, including Sawako who blushes. Sawako gives a brilliant performance but gives cold drinks to the judges as part of Pin's bribery. Their class ends up getting no points for the parade. Nonetheless, they earn sixth place in the competition. The class decides to have an after party, where the students voice their beliefs that Sawako won Shouta over with black magic. Sawako and Shouta have to clear up that misunderstanding by making their relationship clear. Kento sees how surprisingly perfect Sawako and Kazehaya are together.
The next day, Sawako goes to confront Ume, understanding that she is heartbroken. Along the way, Sawako is harassed by the same bullies who originally bullied her in the girls' bathroom, but Ume defends her. When Ume is about to be harassed, Sawako determinedly stops them, stating that she is her true rival. Sawako reports to Ume that she is now dating Shouta, but cannot thank or apologize to her, as dating him is itself disrespectful to Ume. Ume confesses that the only reason she had the courage and confidence to profess her love for Kazehaya was because of Sawako, and states that she was glad she was her rival. Ume explains to Kento and Ayane that her and Shouta having a romantic relationship was impossible from the beginning, as Ume had been a dishonest, manipulative individual, and though heartbroken, is relieved that everything has ended.Shouta thanks Ryu for listening to his troubles and Pin for advising him. Sawako and Shouta part ways outside their school. Remembering Ume's heartbreak, Sawako initially stops him, but realizes that there is nothing that she can do for Ume, says nothing. Watching Shouta go, Sawako cries for Ume's situation, and vows to treasure Shouta always as a way to honor her.
|11||June 11, 2010||ISBN 978-4-08-846539-5||November 1, 2011||ISBN 978-1-4215-3922-5|
|1/2 of this volume paints the previous events of Kimi ni Todoke up until now from Shouta's point of view. Shouta monologues how he was a rather impatient young man before he met Sawako, and how falling in love with her changed him.
Afterwards, the volume returns to the present July, where the first semester has ended and summer vacation is to begin. Sawako discovers that she missed Shouta's birthday back in May. Sawako is disappointed in herself, and wonders how she can make it up to him. Ayane notices that Sawako and Shouta are getting along well, and Chizuru comforts her on being single. Chizuru and Ayane walk together and meet Pin. Realizing that Pin's students stole his candy after the failed school festival, Ayane gives him sweets. Chizuru tells Ayane that she is too kind and not to waste it on useless men. Once Chizuru leaves, Ayane reveals to Pin that in actuality, she is a cruel, calculating coward, fundamentally different from Sawako and Chizuru. Pin, however, forms his own opinion of Ayane based on her kindness towards him. He pats her on the head, and says, "you're a kind girl." Ayane is astonished, and watches him walk away.
That night, Chizuru visits Ryu's house, and realizes that Ryu has grown taller than her. Ryu gives her a family picture taken during Toru's wedding, and Chizuru thanks him. Ryu asks Chizuru to state his good qualities, and Chizuru says that he is kind, honest, and caring. Ryu smiles and replies that he is patient.Finally, Sawako goes on her first official date with Shouta to a Planetarium. Sawako finally gives the Valentine's Day Chocolates she originally couldn't give to Shouta. Tearing up, she tells Shouta that she doesn't know how to properly do a girlfriend's job, and wants time to pass so that being in a relationship with him will feel normal. Shouta hugs her and tells her that being a girlfriend is not a job, and to just be herself. He tells her that as they thought that their respective loves were unrequited, they must not waste the time they have together.
|12||September 24, 2010||ISBN 978-4-08-846568-5||January 3, 2012||ISBN 978-1-4215-4023-8|
|Due to her failing grades, Chizuru has to attend summer school. Although their grades are well off, Sawako and Ayane decide to keep her company and study. Afterwards, the 3 best friends walk home together and discuss many topics, including Sawako’s date with Shouta and how Ayane and Chizuru were bitter rivals before they became best friends. As Sawako is still trying to feel natural about being in a relationship with Shouta, she is at a loss of what to tell her parents. Sawako’s mother, Youko Kuronuma, suddenly discovers them while they are on a date. Shouta politely introduces himself, and Youko invites Shouta to have dinner with them. Sawako lets her father, Kitao Kuronuma, know that she is now dating Shouta, and he is shaken. Although their meeting initially starts off rocky, mostly due to Sawako’s father’s overprotectiveness and distrustfulness, Shouta and Kitao eventually hit it off after he realizes that Shouta is worthy of his daughter. Shouta assures Sawako that he will never hate her, and promises Kitao that he will date her seriously. Kitao and Youko thank Shouta for influencing Sawako to become more sociable and confident.|
|13||March 11, 2011||ISBN 978-4-08-846635-4||March 6, 2012||ISBN 978-1-4215-4120-4|
|Chizuru badly needs a vacation from summer school, so she and the gang go to a local beach to relax. But there, while waging arm-wrestling matches with tourists who want to spend time with her, Ryu suddenly wins her hand, and Chizuru finds herself strangely uncomfortable and flustered. Kento finds himself saddened that Sawako and Shouta got together, as he had fallen in love with Sawako. Ayane comforts him. Shouta later invites Sawako to his place to study and meet his family: first his lookalike mother, who has health issues, his mischievous little brother Touta, and strict father Shouichirou, a baseball coach. While studying together, Sawako and Shouta pluck up the courage to call each other by their first names for the first time. Summer school eventually ends, and the second semester begins. Everyone is excited when a school field trip to tropical Okinawa is announced, but then a boy named Mogi suddenly confesses to Ayane. Ayane agrees to date him and get to know him over the trip.|
|14||September 13, 2011||ISBN 978-4-08-846635-4||June 5, 2012||ISBN 978-1-4215-4266-9|
|The 2nd years travel by plane to Okinawa. The first evening in Okinawa goes well, and Sawako, Ayane, and Chizuru share a hotel room. While bathing in the Onsen, Sawako asks Ayane when she had started liking Mogi. Chizuru comments that Ayane never talks about her own love affairs. Surprised, Ayane replies that she had never thought about such things. Shouta, on the other hand, becomes self-conscious when the class teases him over his relationship with Sawako.
The next day, the class visits the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Ryukyu Islands, and Sawako takes pictures to commemorate new memories. News goes out that Ryu rejected a girl from Class C because he likes another girl. Chizuru becomes jealous that Ryu kept this information to himself. Ayane returns before class curfew from a date with Mogi, and crosses paths with Pin. She asks him if even he has ever truly loved anyone, and Pin replies, "of course!" Ayane is taken aback, and realizes that unlike everyone else, she has never loved anyone.
On the third day in Okinawa, the girl rejected by Ryu confronts Chizuru and tells her to stay away from Ryu if they are not in a romantic relationship. Chizuru becomes furious and yells at her to mind her own business. This fight leaves Chizuru visibly hurt and even more angry with Ryu for getting her involved. Sawako and Shouta meet up during the evening, but things become awkward after they end up nearly kissing.
On the last day in Okinawa, Ryu gets ice cream for Chizuru and Joe. Chizuru wonders if Ryu and her will inevitably become distant due to only being childhood friends, not lovers. But this view is shattered when Ryu finally confesses to her after Joe leaves. Horrified, Chizuru rejects him on the spot. While on a date with Mogi, Ayane overhears him talking with his friends and discovers that he was only dating her under false pretenses. Ayane breaks up with him. After some time, Kento finds Ayane sitting alone. Realizing that all this time, she has never been in a proper relationship, Ayane begins to cry, and Kento hugs her.At the end of the volume, the 2nd years return to Hokkaido, but now the main cast is troubled and distant from one another.
|15||January 25, 2012||ISBN 978-4-08-846738-2||November 6, 2012||ISBN 978-1-4215-4919-4|
|Fall has arrived. Sawako and Shouta have become distant ever since the almost-kiss incident in Okinawa. Kento has developed a new interest in Ayane, but Ayane avoids him out of embarrassment. Although Chizuru is sent to bring food for Ryu by her parents, she cannot even look him in the eye. Instead, she makes Shouta give him food.
Realizing that her friendship with Ryu has ended, the anguished Chizuru broods by the harbor, even skipping school and meals because she is too depressed.
Shouta brings her food and finds her after school. Sawako and Ayane eventually find her as well, and Chizuru explains why she cannot look at Ryu in a romantic light.
The volume flashes back to Chizuru and Ryu’s childhood. Ryu and Chizuru were inseparable from the time they were toddlers. They had opposite personalities, but were able to understand each other well. When Ryu’s mother Tetsuko Sanada died in a car accident, Ryu went under depression and did not smile for many months. Realizing that he was suffering, Chizuru went as far as to leave his favorite food, Onigiri, at his doorstep. After finding Chizuru standing at his doorstep, Ryu finally let down his stoic face and broke down crying for the first time since his mother’s death.
The same year, Toru left Ryu and his father for college and asked Chizuru to look after Ryu. The evening Toru left, Chizuru vowed to Ryu at the harbor that she would be by his side forever as his sister.The volume returns to present day, where Chizuru realizes that she still wants to salvage her friendship with Ryu, and brings him Onigiri as an early birthday present. Ryu looks at her with gratitude, and Chizuru immediately becomes uncomfortable. She yells that his confession is ruining their friendship. But Ryu grabs Chizuru and yells, “Let's end it then!” He explains that he had been waiting for it to end, and that it is impossible to salvage it. He eats the Onigiri and leaves Chizuru devastated.
|16||May 11, 2012||ISBN 978-4-08-846772-6||April 2, 2013||ISBN 9781421551616|
|17||September 25, 2012||ISBN 978-4-08-846829-7||August 6, 2013||ISBN 9781421554785|
|18||January 25, 2013||ISBN 978-4-08-846881-5||January 7, 2014||ISBN 978-1421559179|
|19||June 25, 2013||ISBN 978-4-08-845059-9||June 3, 2014||ISBN 978-1421567808|
|20||October 25, 2013||ISBN 978-4-08-845114-5||December 2, 2014||ISBN 978-1421573359|
|21||March 25, 2014||ISBN 978-4-08-845181-7||June 2, 2015||ISBN 978-1421578705|
|22||September 12, 2014||ISBN 978-4-08-845261-6||September 1, 2015||ISBN 978-1421580838|
|23||January 23, 2015||ISBN 978-4-08-845331-6||January 5, 2016||ISBN 978-1-42-158265-8|
|24||July 24, 2015||ISBN 978-4-08-845418-4||May 3, 2016||ISBN 978-1-42-158586-4|
|25||December 25, 2015||ISBN 978-4-08-845498-6||September 6, 2016||ISBN 978-1-42-158853-7|
|26||May 25, 2016||ISBN 978-4-08-845576-1||March 7, 2017||ISBN 978-1-42-159163-6|
|27||September 23, 2016||ISBN 978-4-08-845636-2||September 5, 2017||ISBN 978-1-42-159504-7|
|28||February 24, 2017||ISBN 978-4-08-845718-5||January 2, 2018||ISBN 978-1-42-159690-7|
|29||July 25, 2017||ISBN 978-4-08-845788-8||May 1, 2018||ISBN 978-1-42-159950-2|
|30||March 23, 2018||ISBN 978-4-08-844007-1||December 4, 2018||ISBN 978-1-97-470380-7|
Kimi ni Todoke has been adapted into two series of light novels in Japan released by Shueisha, one under their Cobalt imprint and one under their newer Mirai Bunko imprint. Sixeen volumes have been released in the Cobalt imprint series; the first was released on August 1, 2007 and the last on December 25, 2015. They were written by Kanae Shimokawa, who also novelized the Nana movie and Yūkan Club.[ch. 26:author note#2] Thirteen volumes of the Mirai Bunko version have been released; the first on March 1, 2011 and the last on June 5, 2015. They were written by Kanako Shirai. Both series were illustrated by the author of the original, Karuho Shiina.
A separate volume, also by Kanae Shimokawa, was released on September 11, 2009. The volume took the place of the manga in Bessatsu Margaret magazine while Karuho Shiina took a break due to her pregnancy; it contains the story of Kazehaya and Sawako's first meeting, before the events of the manga.
Cobalt Imprint Volumes
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN|
|01||August 1, 2007||ISBN 978-4-08-601059-7|
|02||November 1, 2007||ISBN 978-4-08-601096-2|
|03||April 25, 2008||ISBN 978-4-08-601165-5|
|04||November 28, 2008||ISBN 978-4-08-601242-3|
|05||October 2, 2009||ISBN 978-4-08-601342-0|
|06||January 29, 2010||ISBN 978-4-08-601381-9|
|07||July 1, 2010||ISBN 978-4-08-601424-3|
|08||October 30, 2010||ISBN 978-4-08-601461-8|
|09||April 1, 2011||ISBN 978-4-08-601519-6|
|10||September 30, 2011||ISBN 978-4-08-601573-8|
|11||March 1, 2012||ISBN 978-4-08-601619-3|
|12||June 30, 2012||ISBN 978-4-08-601654-4|
|13||June 29, 2013||ISBN 978-4-08-601741-1|
|14||April 1, 2014||ISBN 978-4-08-601801-2|
|15||January 30, 2015||ISBN 978-4-08-601849-4|
|16||December 25, 2015||ISBN 978-4-08-601887-6|
Mirai Bunko Imprint Volumes
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN|
|01||March 1, 2011||ISBN 978-4-08-321003-7|
|02||April 5, 2011||ISBN 978-4-08-321012-9|
|03||July 5, 2011||ISBN 978-4-08-321028-0|
|04||October 5, 2011||ISBN 978-4-08-321046-4|
|05||February 3, 2012||ISBN 978-4-08-321069-3|
|06||May 2, 2012||ISBN 978-4-08-321089-1|
|07||October 5, 2012||ISBN 978-4-08-321115-7|
|08||January 4, 2013||ISBN 978-4-08-321133-1|
|09||May 2, 2013||ISBN 978-4-08-321151-5|
|10||September 5, 2013||ISBN 978-4-08-321170-6|
|11||May 2, 2014||ISBN 978-4-08-321210-9|
|12||October 3, 2014||ISBN 978-4-08-321234-5|
|13||June 5, 2015||ISBN 978-4-08-321264-2|
Banpresto released a game for the Nintendo DS in Japan based upon the series on October 16, 2009, entitled Kimi ni Todoke ~Sodateru Omoi~ (君に届け ~育てる想い~). A second Nintendo DS game, also from Banpresto, was released in the Spring of 2011 under the title Kimi ni Todoke ~Tsutaeru Kimochi~ (君に届け〜伝えるキモチ〜).
The first season of the Kimi ni Todoke anime adaptation aired between October 2009 and March 2010. A second season was announced in the November 2010 issue of Betsuma magazine. The second season aired in Japan on NTV on January 2011. Both seasons of the anime are produced by Production I.G. and directed by Hiro Kaburagi. The music is done by S.E.N.S. Project, with the opening sung by Tomofumi Tanizawa and the ending by Chara. NIS America announced at Anime Expo 2011 that they have licensed the first season of Kimi ni Todoke. They released the first season on DVD/Blu-ray on January 10, 2012, and released the second season later that year. NIS America later released the series from Volume 1 through Volume 3 alongside Natsume's Book of Friends seasons 1 and 2 on February 4, 2014.
The February 2010 issue of Bessatsu Margaret (released in January 2010), announced that a live-action film adaptation of the series had been approved. Mikako Tabe and Haruma Miura starred in the film, released in Japanese theatres on September 25, 2010 and directed by Naoto Kumazawa. The Live-action movie was released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 11, 2011.
Volumes of the series commonly ranked in listings of top selling manga in Japan. All the volumes have been translated and published in English.
At the debut of the twelfth volume, all twelve of the current volumes were ranked on Oricon's list of 100 best-selling manga for the week. According to Anime News Network, Kimi ni Todoke is now the "shōjo manga with the most #1 books and the most books to sell one million copies since 2008" in Japan. The series was the third best-selling manga series in Japan in 2010, with 6,572,813 copies sold. As of the release of the 16th volume in May 2012, Kimi ni Todoke will have reached a total of over 20 million copies in print. In 2013, Kimi ni Todoke sold over 3.4 million copies, placing 11th on Oricon's best selling manga series for that year.
Anime News Network called the series "hands down one of the best new English-translated manga series of 2009" and suggested that everyone, not just shōjo manga fans, read the series. The first volume of the series was listed as a "Hot Fall Graphic Novel" for libraries in the teen section by YALSA. The series was also listed in the Best Comics for Teens category of the School Library Journal's Best Comics for Kids in 2009 list. Kimi ni Todoke has also been included on the American Library Association's list of 2010 Great Graphic Novels for Teens.
According to Oricon, the series was listed as 3rd on a list of titles that Japanese readers wanted a drama adaptation for. The live action movie adaptation opened at second place in Kogyo Tsushinsha's box office chart during its first week in Japanese theaters. The movie was number 3 on Box Office Mojo's chart during its first two days, earning the equivalent to US $2,770,613 on 285 screens.
Many of the first season volumes have sold well in the first week of release to be ranked on the weekly Oricon Sales Chart for Japan's Animation DVDs.
|Volume #||Sales Period||Copies||Ranking|
|2||January 25–31, 2010||7,449||19th|
|3||February 22–28, 2010||7,557||18th|
|5||April 19–26, 2010||7,136||17th|
|6||May 24–30, 2010||7,035||12th|
|7||June 21–27, 2010||6,613||14th|
|8||July 12–18, 2010||6,125||20th|
The second season of the anime was number one in a poll of Dengeki Online readers as their most anticipated anime series debuting in January 2011. Anime News Network reviewer Carl Kimlinger gave the second season 4½ out of 5 stars, saying, "This remains the finest series of its type since Lovely Complex, and the most beautiful since...well, I don't know when." Japanese viewers voted it the most enjoyable anime of the Winter 2011 season during a poll taken just before the season ended.
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