I haven’t watched much shoujo anime in my lifetime. Simply put, shoujo anime is the chick flick-equivalent in the anime world, meaning they are shows geared for girls and female audiences.
As a guy of course, I prefer to watch the shounen (boy) stuff normally, but there are times where I feel like giving other anime genres a shot out of curiosity. Kimi ni Todoke (you can translate this title a lot of ways, but I prefer to say “Reaching You”) is a very popular shoujo romance manga/anime series. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————-
Sawako Kuronuma, called Sadako by her classmates for her resemblance to the character from The Ring, has always been feared and misunderstood because of her appearance. There are rumors that Sawako can see ghosts and curse people. However, despite her appearances, she is a sweet and timid girl who longs to be able to make friends with everyone and be liked by everyone else. When her idol, popular boy Kazehaya, begins talking with her, everything changes. She finds herself in a new world, trying to make 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.
What actually got me to start watching Kimi ni Todoke was after I stumbled across the anime’s first opening song. I found it really catchy, which prompted me to find a couple of episodes to view. From there, I was hooked.