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Kimi ni Todoke – From Me to You

Type: Quiet gal and Nice guy take two seasons to become high school sweethearts

Synopsis: Shy girl named Sawako looks like a ghost or something, causing all her classmates to cower at her feet. Instead of using this ability to gain power over the school, she decides to become more outgoing. She becomes friends with this super popular dude named Shota. This gives her access to the stylish Ayane and sporty Chizuru. Whether or not this is all a genius plot for world domination is yet to be seen.

Pros: Super cute. Too cute. Sawako is too cute. Her appearance and timid nature makes her a social periah among her peers. But this masks a kind and helpful demeanor. You fall in love with her. You wanna give her a hug when she’s sad, and are so happy when other people see what a great person she is. You understand why she wouldn’t make friends easily, but also how she would inspire really strong loyalty from the friends she does have. Ayane and Chizuru are good friends for her. Ayane is the opposite of Sawako, confident and glamorous. Chizuru is spunky and emotional. You like them because they like Sawako. You just can’t help but smile when something nice happens to her.

Cons: Super melodramatic. Too melodramatic. The whole show is too melodramatic. But surprisingly, this doesn’t ruin the anime. The melodrama involved only makes Sawako a more sympathetic character. I mean, the amount of emotional hardship this girl has to go through! Yeesh! Very high school. The main source of this is Shota, the boy that likes Sawako. He’s super popular, so every other girl is jealous and angry at Sawako. Shota isn’t that interesting to watch, but at least he likes the girl that seems to like him. Another source of conflict it the cast’s tendency to jump to conclusions based on incomplete information and rumors. Realistic yes, but bothersome also. Their’s also Kurumi and Kento. They were annoying buttingskis who stuck their nose into other people’s business and caused trouble. I could have lived without them.

Watch it?: Yeah, but if your looking for something “tough,” then move along. (4/5)

MVP: Sawako Kuronuma

The most likable heroine in anime history

Best Episode: S2, Ep.11 “After the Festival” (one of my harder decisions)

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Lovely Complex

Type: Tall girl stalks a short boy romance story

Synopsis: There’s this tall girl and short boy who are always paired up in high school. They decide to create an alliance in order to take the fun out of insulting them. Later, the tall girl falls in love with the boy. Then he rejects her. So obviously she falls deeper in love with him. Then shes rejected again. She then falls into obsession with him. The more he hates her, the more she wants him. Women.

Pros: Risa Koizumi. That’s right. The protagonist of a love comedy is actually the biggest reason  to watch this anime. I’ve noticed this only ever happens when the protagonist is a female. Weird. She’s very persistent. You can’t help but root for her. She’s just a tall glass of spunk. The premise is also genius. A love comedy revolving around a tall girl and a short boy. I’m a sucker for opposites attract stories.

Cons: Atsushi Ootani. That’s right. The male protagonist made this love comedy weaker. He’s just so mean to Risa.  Let me be clear, I really wanted to like this anime. I really, really did. But the show falls short of its potential so quickly that it leaves a bitter taste in your mouth. It’s not even all Ootani’s fault. You can’t fault a dude for not liking a girl romantically (even though he could have been nicer and more straight forward with it). The thing is, this relationship with Ootani makes Risa look so weak. Her interest with him soon turns to desperation. Even when she wins him, he’s still an unemotional dick to her. This is a horrible message. The show should have introduced a serious alternate love interest for Risa, then show Ootani’s own growth. But contemplating on all things not is ultimately futile.

Watch it?: If it was only 12 episode. But its not (its 24), so don’t. (2/5)

MVP: Risa Koizumi

She deserves so much better

Best Episode: Ep. 1 “Freshman Year Summer! I’ll Definitely Find a Boyfriend!” (so much promise…)

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