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''Kimi ni Todoke'' (officially translated as ''[[Music/TheBeatles From Me to You]]'', more literally as ''Reaching You'') is the story of [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette Sawako]], whose resemblance to the horror movie character [[TheRing Sadako]] has made her a social outcast. Being outcast from a young age has made her socially awkward, which only makes her more of an outcast, so it's all really a vicious cycle.

The actual inciting event of the story proper is the beginning of Sawako's friendship with Shota Kazehaya, the most popular guy in school. Unlike 99% of other "most popular guy" characters, Kazehaya is genuinely nice, and has feelings for Sawako, despite her loner nature. As they get to know each other better, Sawako forms an ever-expanding network of friends, yet she and Kazehaya never seem to realize they like each other in the same way.

Ultimately, [[TearJerker a very]] [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming touching story]] about liking people for who they are without trying to change them.

The ongoing manga has been adapted as a 25-episode {{anime}} series that started airing October 6th 2009, and the notable voice actors are listed under their characters in the [[Characters/KimiNiTodoke character page]]. The second 12-episode season continues the story. There's also a light novel adaption and a live-action movie adaptation that was released on September 25, 2010. Both seasons are now licensed in North America by [[NipponIchi NIS America]].
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!!This series provides examples of:

* AlertnessBlink: Every so often.
* AlmostKiss: [[spoiler: Happens ''twice'' before the real thing.]]
* AlphaBitch: Yuka and her friends from Class A.
** Also, on a more personal level, Kurumi. She [[LovableAlphaBitch changes overtime, though.]]
** Yano may also count, but she's more of a LovableAlphaBitch, considering she's ''on Sawako's side'' and is even encouraging her to open up.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove - [[spoiler:Sawako's confession to Kazehaya in Season 2 Episode 9.]]
** And [[spoiler: Chizu's confession to Ryu in chapter 88.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Chizu:''' *crying* I love you, idiot!]]
** People usually forget about Kurumi since she doesn't make up half of any OfficialCouple, but her (rejected) confession to Kazehaya was anguished beyond belief.
* [[AnimalsHateHim Animals Hate Her]]: Sawako's usual ghostly appearance make animals fear her.
** [[spoiler:After a while though, at least Maru gets used to her.]]
* AnimeAccentAbsence: Averted in the weirdest way. Sawako has a habit of giving herself and Kazehaya American accents in her {{Imagine Spot}}s.
* ArmorPiercingSlap:
** [[spoiler: Ayane's (then) older boyfriend slaps her when she suggests that they break up.]]
** [[spoiler: Kurumi slaps Kent when he suggests that he goes out with Sawako so that Kurumi could have Kazehaya for herself.]]
* ArtEvolution: Just compare the earliest manga chapters to the most recent ones.
* BeachEpisode - Chapter 51, [[spoiler:even though Chizuru was the only one who wore her swimsuit; the rest came in their school uniforms]].
* BeautifulAllAlong - Sawako; rather than changing her appearance in any tangible way, she's very beautiful when she smiles genuinely, as opposed to forcing herself (which just comes off looking [[StringyHairedGhostGirl really creepy]]).
* BeautifulDreamer - Kazehaya sits near Sawako and finally manages to say her first name while she sleeps on the staircase during the sports festival afterparty.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe
* BestHerToBedHer - In Chapter 51, [[spoiler:Ryuu was the only guy able to defeat Yoshida in arm-wrestling and "won" her for a romantic walk along the seashore.]]
* BetaCouple - Chizuru and Ryu fill that role, though Chizuru [[ObliviousToLove didn't notice it yet until recently]].
** As of Chapter 70, [[spoiler:Kent and Ayane]] finally become this.
** There's also Yui and Andy, although they don't get as much characterisation as the others mentioned, of course.
* BettyAndVeronica - Sawako and Kurumi for Kazehaya, Kazehaya and [[spoiler:Kent]] for Sawako.
* BeYourself - Arguably the point of the story, and not in a heavy-handed way. Sawako makes friends and wins Kazehaya's affection by using her natural gifts and personality, not with the aid of makeovers. Not that makeovers are a bad thing, [[spoiler:as Sawako finds out on New Year's Eve]].
* BigDAMNKiss: [[spoiler: Sawako and Kazehaya ([[RuleOfThree times 3]] or 4!) in chapter 71.]]
** And then again with [[spoiler: Chizu and Ryu in chapter 88. He moves in to kiss her so quickly that ''his hat falls off.'']]
* BirdsOfAFeather: Subverted by Kazehaya and Kurumi. Even though many students (Sawako included) feel that they suit each other, Kazehaya only thinks of Kurumi as a friend while Kurumi pines an unrequited crush on Kazehaya.
* BishieSparkle - Sawako's world is filled with this, as well as LoveBubbles and flowers. Even the Japanese tankobon covers have these.
* {{Bishounen}} - Kazehaya, and the female side of the school is very aware of this. Ryu and Kento also count.
* BitchInSheepsClothing - Kurumi acts sweet and nice to gain Sawako's sympathy, then tells her to keep her hands off Kazehaya. [[spoiler:She gets better.]]
* BrickJoke - Chizuru inadvertently causes things to become awkward between Sawako and Kazehaya by telling Kazehaya that he was the most distant person from Sawako. Ayane eventually finds out that it was Chizuru who caused that awkwardness when she (Chizuru) blurts it out by mistake while watching Kazehaya ask Sawako out formally at the beach from afar.
* BrotherChuck - Shino, the girl who gave Sawako her nickname, is never shown again after Episode 6.
* BumblingDad - Sawako's father, who along with his wife are both a DotingParent.
* CerebusSyndrome: The series has definitely been growing less [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming light-]][[CrowningMomentOfFunny hearted]] and more [[TearJerker serious]] as of recent chapters. It does make sense, since the characters are nearing graduation and having to make heavy decisions about their futures.
* CharacterDevelopment - Sawako's character development is the main point of this series.
** Pretty much all of the supporting cast get their fair share over the course of the series, as well.
* CharacterOverlap - The cousin that Sawako mentions in the New Year's episodes, Eiji Akahoshi, is a character from the mangaka's previous series CrazyForYou. The fanbook has a short crossover chapter where he visits her family after [[spoiler:her first date with Kazehaya]].
* ChekhovsGunman - [[spoiler:Hirano and Endo]] have actually witnessed [[spoiler:Kurumi]] spreading out those rumors about Sawako in Chapter 2 of the manga. This information is enough for Chizu and Ayane to confront [[spoiler:Kurumi]].
* ChildhoodFriends: Chizu, Ryu and Shota have known each other since elementary, and Chizu and Ryu have known one another pretty much forever.
** ChildhoodFriendRomance: [[spoiler: Ryu and Chizu, eventually.]]
* ClingyJealousGirl - Kurumi uses every indirect attack in the book - slander, threats, manipulation - to pry Sawako away from Kazehaya. Against someone as innocent as Sawako, it's like [[KickTheDog kicking a puppy]]. Sawako's kindness, however, severely unnerves her, and [[EpicFail all her plans backfire spectacularly when she only ends up bringing Sawako and Kazehaya even closer]].
** Chizu becomes an interesting variation of this towards Ryu during the Okinawa field trip; she doesn't seem to have romantic feelings for him, even [[spoiler: rejecting his confession in chapter 59]], but that doesn't change the fact that she gets ''very'' angry with the girl who confessed her feelings to him (and was thus rejected), and even, to an extent, with Ryu for not telling her about it.
* ClipShow: One about Kurumi's crush on Kazehaya as she shops for [[JapaneseHolidays Valentine's chocolate]] opens the second season of the anime.
* ClosedDoorRapport: Sawako and Kazehaya finally clear things up during the SchoolFestival beginning with a conversation behind the classroom's door.
* ColorFailure
* CompletelyMissingThePoint - One of Sawako's defining traits and a main point of comedy -- being honest to a fault, she assumes everyone else is as well and takes everything literally without hearing any of the pretext behind it. Thus, she thinks Kurumi is flattering her when Kurumi writes down her name in the [[Manga/DeathNote "Bastards Who Call Me Ume Note"]].
* ContinuityNod - Lots of it.
* CooldownHug: Happens a few times. Kento pulls [[spoiler: Ayane]] into a hug when she starts to cry upon confessing that [[spoiler: she's never truly been in love with any of her boyfriends]], and Ryu and Chizu shared one as young children shortly after [[spoiler: the death of the former's mother.]]
* [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil Covers Always Spoil]] - The [[http://kelakagandy.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/kiminitodoke10.jpg cover]] of the manga's tenth volume pretty much spoils the fact that [[spoiler:Sawako and Kazehaya become an official couple in that volume]]. [[CaptainObvious Not that anyone wasn't expecting it from the get go, though.]]
** Volume seventeen's [[https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1358264200l/16146022.jpg cover]] isn't any better as it ''completely'' spoils that [[spoiler: they finally have their first kiss]].
* CrossPoppingVeins - Especially Kurumi, when Sawako refuses to take her bitchiness as something other than good intentions.
** Kazehaya also prone to this when he's angry or [[CrazyJealousGuy jealous (or both)]].
* CryCute: Sawako, Kurumi, Chizu, [[spoiler: Ayane]]...all of the girls we see crying in the series, really.
* CryIntoChest: [[spoiler: Chizu cries into Ryu's chest/shoulder in Episode 21 after having her heart broken.]]
* CutenessProximity - [[TheStoic Ryuu]] with Maru.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Kazehaya in Chapter 44.
** Chapters/episodes that place more focus on the relationship between Chizu/Ryu or Ayane/[[spoiler:Kent]] count as well.
* EarlyBirdCameo - Ayane and Chizuru, Hirano and Endo, and Kurumi all appeared as unnamed sketchy background characters before receiving proper names and personalities.
* EpicFail - Kurumi attempts to make Kazehaya think Sawako and Ryuu are an item. It ends with Kazehaya and Sawako walking off together, with Sawako realizing her feelings for Kazehaya, who in turn asked her out. Pin then came to where Kurumi waited for Kazehaya to come back, and, thinking Kurumi was going to confess to ''him'', rejects her just as Kazehaya came back. The guy then promised to "not say anything". '''''Ouch.'''''
** Kurumi will never get Kazehaya even if she's [[Literature/{{Cinderella}} Umerella]] or [[Literature/SnowWhite Snow White Ume]] and Sawako is the [[DesignatedVillain evil Stepmother/Queen]].
* EveryoneCanSeeIt - Everyone can see Sawako and Kazehaya's feelings for each other. Acknowledging it, though, took some time for most of them.
** A different variation with Chizu and Ryu; Ayane comments on how they "might as well be dating" and Sawako thought they ''were'' at first (not to mention she obviously [[ShipperOnDeck imagines them like that a lot]]), but Chizu usually reacts to these thoughts with the expected horror and embarrassment.
* PreciousPuppies -> [[spoiler:BigFriendlyDog]] - Maru-chan.
* EvilDetectingDog - Well, you can't call Sawako "evil," but still...
* ExtremeDoormat - Sawako, at least initially. Part of her CharacterDevelopment has to do with mustering enough courage to not agree to things she cannot go along with. Thus, [[ManipulativeBitch Kurumi]] gets a big surprise when Sawako flat-out refuses to help hook her up with Kazehaya out of ''her own'' feelings for him.
** And yet not really- Sawako may come off as an ExtremeDoormat, but part of her charm, at least to Kazehaya, is that she's always enjoying whatever she's doing. She doesn't do things because she feels forced, she does them because she likes being helpful. Exemplified early on in the manga when Yano jokingly suggests she learns how to tell scary ghost stories and Sawako is *sparkling* with excitement. She's got the looks, she's got the aura, she might as well do it right.
* FadeToBlack
* FamilyBusiness - Ryuu's family runs a ramen shop. Kazehaya's family runs a sports equipment store.
* FinishDialogueInUnison: At the end of the rumours arc in the anime series:
--> '''Ayane and Chizu''': There's no way Sawako would do that!
* FirstNameBasis - A very SeriousBusiness. [[spoiler:Sawako finally calls Kazehaya by his first name "Shota" in Chapter 53.]]
* FlashStep - Sawako apparently learned how to do this while being taught football (or soccer) by Kazehaya. Though it's been established that she's very fast from doing daily jogs.
* TheForeignSubtitle - Viz is releasing it under the full title ''KimiNiTodoke: From Me To You''.
* FourGirlEnsemble - Kurumi may not really be a part of the friends' circle, but the important female characters in the series fall into this:
** Ayane - the mature one.
** Chizuru - the tomboyish one.
** Sawako - the quiet one.
** Kurumi - the popular one.
* FriendlessBackground - Sawako.
* FriendToAllLivingThings - Maru instinctively liked Kazehaya and hated Sawako.
* GeckoEnding - The LiveActionAdaptation is basically the first season with a slightly different ending.
* GenkiGirl - Chizuru is very excitable.
* GirlPosse - Complete with bullying in the toilet.
* GoodBadGirl - Ayane. Aside of her mentioned older boyfriends, in a series in which holding hands is SeriousBusiness, she's quite casual about [[spoiler:kissing a guy she barely knows]].
* GoodIsDumb - Not actually dumb, but extremely naive in the case of Sawako and Kazehaya, the author even comment on creating a "guy who is so nice that he's dumb."
* GoodParents - From what we can see, the main characters' parents are doing a really good job.
* GreenEyedMonster: On various occasions.
** PlayedForDrama in case of Kurumi to Sawako
** Played sympathetically in case of Kent to Kazehaya and Ayane to Sawako and Chizu
** PlayedForLaughs in case of Sawako to [[http://mangafox.me/manga/kimi_ni_todoke/v17/c068/27.html someone receive Kazehaya's present]].
** PlayedForLaughs and sympathy in the case of Kazehaya to [[CrazyJealousGuy anyone who gets too close to Sawako for comfort]].
* HappilyMarried - Sawako's parents.
* HeelFaceTurn - [[spoiler:Kurumi earns a heartwarming redemption in later chapters, when she defends Sawako from a bunch of girls jealous of Sawako's relationship with Kazehaya]].
* HeroicSelfDeprecation - Without the heroic part, but on a scale of 100, Sawako has a self-esteem in the single-digits.
* HeterosexualLifePartners - It's not easy to find a scene where Ayane and Chizuru aren't side-by-side.
* HimeCut - Sawako, of course.
* [[spoiler:HoldingHands - Chapter 48.]]
* HotBlooded - Pin and Chizu.
* HumiliationConga - Kurumi. Sawako may be [[NiceGirl a saint]], but [[{{Jerkass}} Pin]] certainly isn't.
* IDontWantToRuinOurFriendship: One of Chizu's arguments against dating Ryu [[spoiler: after the latter's confession]].
* IgnoredConfession - In the last episode of season two of anime [[spoiler:Ryuu confesses his love to Chizuru]]. Further in the manga, in chapter 57, they have a conversation in which they ''both'' act as nothing like this has ever been said. One must remember, though, that [[spoiler:[[FridgeBrilliance Chizuru took his confession as a platonic one and not romantic.]]]]
* IJustWantToHaveFriends - This was Sawako's situation pre-series...
** IJustWantToBeSpecial - ...to the point where she actually wished she could summon ghosts.
* ImagineSpot - A lot of them, mostly from Sawako. And they are all ADORABLE.
* TheIngenue - Sawako, to the point that Chizuru and Ayane tease about her "300% innocence".
* [[UglyGuyHotWife Intimidating Looking Guy Hot Wife]] - In terms of looks and personality, Shota seems to take on more from his [[http://www.mangareader.net/kimi-ni-todoke/52/9 mother]] than his [[http://www.mangareader.net/kimi-ni-todoke/53/24 father]]. His mother and Pin, though, think otherwise.
* [[ItsPersonal It's Personal]] - Played for laughs, when Ayane's hostility towards Kurumi seems exist ''equally'' because of the latter's beautiful skin as well as because of hardships she's given to Sawako.
* [[spoiler:IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy]]
** Eventually, [[spoiler:Kurumi towards Kazehaya and Sawako.]]
** Kent reconciles with the fact that [[spoiler:Kazehaya and Sawako are a couple]], but [[spoiler:he is depressed when he sees them having fun together at the beach in Chapter 51.]]
* {{Jerkass}}[=/=]JerkWithAHeartOfGold
** Pin.
** Chizuru has her moments, such as [[ObliviousToLove her treatment of Ryuu]].
* JustFriends - Sawako and Kazehaya, and Chizuru and Ryu. The latter two are just a little more convincing.
* JustTheWayYouAre - One of the best features of the series as a whole is that Sawako is constantly rewarded for being herself, and not having to change to please anyone.
* KissingDiscretionShot - Subverted in Episode 5 of the second season. Chizu was asking Ryu to help her with the problem that she made worse for Kazehaya. Ryu was even well aware that she was going to ask him something.
* LastNameBasis: [[spoiler:As of Chapter 53, Sawako has yet to call Ryu by his first name]]
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand
* [[LikeBrotherAndSister Like Brothers]] [[strike:And Sister]] - Chizuru and Ryuu claim to be like that. Yes, no gender-related doubts; as long as she can be the older "brother," Chizuru is fine.
* LiveActionAdaptation - A live action movie was released last September 2010 in Japan.
* LonersAreFreaks: As it turns out, all three girls were outsiders before befriending one another. The most obvious example is Sawako, but Chapter 50 reveals that before Chizu and Ayane became friends, Chizu felt like a loner for always known as OneOfTheBoys and Ayane was somewhat alienated for UrbanLegendLoveLife.
* LonelyTogether - [[RuleOfFunny Parodied]] and [[InvokedTrope invoked]] with Joe in regards to Ayane, [[GenreSavvy she complies only due to the situation]] [[DatePeepers she's in]].
** Played straight with [[spoiler: [[PairTheSpares Kent and Ayane]], eventually]].
* '''LoveBubbles'''
* LoveConfession: [[spoiler: At various points onscreen - Kurumi to Kazehaya, Chizuru to Toru, Sawako to Kazehaya, Kazehaya to Sawako, Ryu to Chizu, and Chizu to Ryu. ]]. Several others also occurred offscreen, but they were all rejected and mostly just happened to trigger a GreenEyedEpiphany or establish a character's popularity.
* LoveEpiphany - Sawako gets one in Episode 13 with some help from [[TheRival Kurumi]].
* LoveHurts: For ''everyone'' at some point or another, although things usually get straightened out.
* LoveTriangle - Ryu, Chizu, and Tooru; Sawako, Kazehaya, and Kurumi; Kazehaya, Sawako, and [[spoiler:Kent.]]
** LoveDodecahedron: So, letís see...Kurumi (and Yuka and a whole harem) is in love with Kazehaya. Kazehaya loves Sawako, who loves him back; however, Kent also likes Sawako but eventually turns his affections to Ayane, who at various points dates her unnamed college boyfriend, Mogi, and [[spoiler: Kent]]. [[ShipTease Pin may or may not also have feelings for Ayane, who may or may not also have feelings for him,]] and Joe also likes Ayane. Meanwhile, Sae has feelings for Ryu who is in love with Chizu, who may or may not be developing similar feelings for him, but who was initially in love with Toru, who is engaged to[[spoiler:/married to]] Haruko. LoveDodecahedron indeed.
* LoveYouAndEverybody - Sawako tends to innocently declare her "love" for her friends, which made her "confess" to Ryuu. [[TheStoic He didn't misunderstand her]], but Yano and Yoshida were shocked for a moment.
* LuminescentBlush - 2nd Season's Episode 9 was full of them because of [[spoiler:Sawako's LoveConfession.]]
* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]] - Kurumi tries to be this, but [[EpicFail fails spectacularly]]. Yano seems to be better at it, and even then she usually has good intentions.
* MissingMom - Tetsuko Sanada.
* MomentKiller:
** '''Joe'''.
** [[spoiler: Believe it or not, Ayane becomes this in Chapter 58]].
* MundaneMadeAwesome:
** "Sawako, '''''you have a call from a friend!!"'''''
** Chapter 51: "[[BeachEpisode The beach is only fun if everyone goes]]!!!" Chizu ''definitely'' lost her way to the {{Shounen}} series. Or maybe it was a [[HumongousMecha mecha anime]].
* NiceGuy - Kazehaya. Atypically for shoujo, he's the main character.
* NiceGuysFinishLast - Pretty much completely subverted as [[spoiler:Kazehaya gets the girl]]. Subversion could also apply to a few others in the series.
* NoSocialSkills - Sawako's social skills are poor in the beginning.
* NotWhatItLooksLike
** [[ManipulativeBitch Kurumi]] happens to [[EpicFail be "refused" by Pin in front of Kazehaya, who earlier walked off with Sawako after confronting her]]. The fact that [[SmallNameBigEgo Pin himself is convinced she was confessing to him]] doesn't help.
** In the manga, when Pin sees Ayane [[spoiler:with a swollen cheek (after having been slapped by her college-age ex-boyfriend for suggesting to break up), he automatically assumes a guy in the ''class'' did it.]]
** When Kazehaya stumbles upon [[spoiler:Sawako crying and Kent holding her by the arms]], he assumes the worst out of a very confused [[spoiler:Kent]], who was just trying to comfort Sawako.
* ObligatorySwearing: [[http://www.mangareader.net/kimi-ni-todoke/51/12 Here]]. Somehow it's hard to imagine Kazehaya saying "[[PrecisionFStrike fuck]]." It's more likely just in the translation, though.
** In the official translation, he says "You look just fine in a uniform!"
* ObliviousToLove
** Basically the definition of Kazehaya and Sawako's relationship for a good duration of the manga and [[spoiler:the entirety of the anime's first season]], despite their feelings being mutual. Also applies to [[DidYouThinkICantFeel Chizuru when it comes to Ryuu]]. But it's an enjoyable torture for the series audience because the [[RelationshipUpgrade next step]] feels much, much sweeter as a result.
** By the time the New Year's Eve episode rolls around, Kazehaya is dropping anvil-sized hints that he really likes Sawako.
* OffModel - Near the end of the first season, [[http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/2232/roneryknt.jpg only Sawako has footprints in the snow.]] Some fans have jokingly interpreted this as Sawako completely imagining Ayane and Chizu.
* OfficialCouple - Sawako and Kazehaya, and everyone can already see it from miles away. [[spoiler:Ultimately they confess their feelings for each other.]]
* OneOfTheBoys - Chizuru, especially before she started hanging with Ayane and Sawako.
* OppositesAttract - all over the place.
** The ShrinkingViolet Sawako and the sociable class ChickMagnet Kazehaya. In fact, he rejected a girl much more similar to him... and she ended up forming [[TheRival a meaningful relationship]] with ''Sawako''.
** Chizuru is a ditzy GenkiGirl, Ryu's TheStoic.
** Ayane is a slightly [[ManipulativeBitch manipulative]] CoolBigSis of SugarAndIcePersonality and [[spoiler:Kent]] is a bubbly, cheerful {{Keet}}. Though there are hints these two might turn out NoAccountingForTaste, at least from Ayane's side.
** On the ShipTease side: Ayane is level-headed, but still has some standard teenage issues, Pin is an adult SpoiledBrat, but can display a surprising maturity.
** A friendship example: Ayane and Chizuru were an inseparable duo since since the beginning of the high school and they couldn't be more different.
* OverprotectiveDad - Sawako's father.
* PairTheSpares - [[spoiler: Kent and Ayane]] get together eventually.
* PetTheDog - [[spoiler:In Chapter 45, when [[LovableAlphaBitch Ayane]] confesses that she doesn't believe she's kind (compared to [[TheIngenue Sawako]] and [[PluckyGirl Chizu]]) because of how [[ManipulativeBitch cunning]] she can be in front of [[{{Jerkass}} Pin]], she dreads another SmallNameBigEgo lecture from a surprisingly quiet Pin, who instead stares at a candy Ayane gave him because he was whining about not getting one after the festival. Then, Pin literally ''pats'' Ayane on the head and reassures her that she is kind before walking up the stairs, leaving Ayane (and the readers) ''speechless'' that Pin could actually '' have'' a PetTheDog moment.]]
* PleaseDontLeaveMe: [[spoiler: Chizu doesn't take Ryu's planning on going away to university very well, breaking down crying and saying ''"Don't go!"'' over and over again.]] She feels bad about it afterwards.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: One of the main themes of the series.
* PrecociousCrush - Touta appeared to be blushing a bit when he met Sawako.
** Chizu's feelings for Toru come across this way in the flashbacks to when she was a little girl.
* TheQuietOne - Ryuu.
* RecapEpisode
** Done halfway through the anime by the little old men Pin believes haunts his house.
** The first episode of the second season, dubbed Episode 00, is a recap of the first season told from Kurumi's point of view.
* [[spoiler:RelationshipUpgrade]] - Well, ''finally''.
* RousseauWasRight - Taking [[ManipulativeBitch Kurumi]] out of the equation, this might be the single most optimistic view of teenage life you'll ever see. [[spoiler:And even she [[HeelFaceTurn comes around]] in the end, thanks to some CharacterDevelopment]].
* SatelliteLoveInterest - [[spoiler:Mogi]].
** [[spoiler:[[TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste Which is arguably the point.]] SatelliteLoveInterest => [[LoveHurts Shallow Love]]]]
* SceneryPorn - Starting with the opening.
* {{Sensei-chan}} - Pin could be considered a [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender Inverted Example]].
* SeriousBusiness: Sawako's dad is EXTREMELY serious about checking if Kazehaya is appropriate enough to be his daughter's boyfriend.
* SerialEscalation - The anime takes this to heart with its prevalent and spectacular use of BishieSparkle, LoveBubbles, and other stereotypical {{shoujo}} frills. Hell, one of the first times Kurumi grabs Sawako's hands, an entire flowering bush sprouts behind the former.
* SheCleansUpNicely - Both [[http://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tumblr.com/tumblr_le8vwymbJB1qd2vbko1_1280.png?AWSAccessKeyId=0RYTHV9YYQ4W5Q3HQMG2&Expires=1298977600&Signature=6%2BAd118%2FkCvYQHXnmXDjrLxyVYA%3D Sawako]] and [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/chizu_cleans_up_8680.jpg Chizuru]] look gorgeous after their respective makeovers.
* ShipTease - Combinations of the [[PairTheSpares 'spares']], ie. Kent/Kurumi, Kent/Ayane and Pin/Ayane get some moments. With the exception of Pin/Kurumi, which's been humourously [[ShipSinking 'sank']] early in the story.
* ShipperOnDeck - Sawako believes in Ryuu and Chizuru as a couple, [[spoiler:especially since Ryuu told her he loved Chizu]]. Meanwhile, her friends pair her with Kazehaya.
** Ryu's mother also appeared to have paired Chizu and Ryuu when they were little.
* ShoutOut
** "I'll write your name in the [[Manga/DeathNote 'Bastards who call me Ume' Note]]."
*** Bonus points when you notice that Kurumi and Manga/DeathNote[='=]s Misa Amane share [[Creator/AyaHirano the same voice]].
** Episode 00 saw the appearance of the [[Manga/DeathNote Ume Note]].
** And of course Sawako's nickname [[TheRing Sadako]].
** The mini theater has [[strike:[[Literature/{{Cinderella}} Umederella]]]] [[Literature/{{Cinderella}} Kurumirella]] with '''Sawako''' as both the Evil Stepmother ''and'' Fairy Godmother. Also ''Literature/SnowWhite Ume'' with Sawako as the Evil Queen.
** On multiple occasions, Ryu is seen wearing a hat that reads [[RedHotChiliPeppers RHCP]], and in chapter 32, Chizu is seen wearing a t-shirt embellished with the same logo. Kazehaya also wears a t-shirt with the logo on in a later chapter.
* [[spoiler: ShutUpKiss - Kazehaya and Sawako's first kiss together is one of these.]]
* SiblingTriangle - [[spoiler:Ryuu likes Chizuru, Chizuru likes Ryuu's elder brother Tooru, who is ''engaged''.]]
* SiblingYinYang - Quiet, stoic Ryuu and friendly, expressive Tooru.
* SickEpisode - Episode 17. Except the person who got sick was Pin and Kazehaya ended up doing all the [[HoYay "couple-like"]] things for him -- only because he didn't want ''Sawako'' [[ClingyJealousGirl to do all of the "couple-like" things for Pin]].
* SingleGirlSeeksMostPopularGuy - Not only does the guy actually like her back, he's genuinely nice.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan - One of the things that makes this series so refreshing to read
* SlasherSmile - Sawako's ''forced smile'' is ALWAYS mistaken for this.
* SleepCute - Aww, they were so cute sitting on that staircase ...
** [[spoiler: Ryuu and Chizuru]] in Chapter 89. Not only were they [[HoldingHands holding hands]], she was [[LapPillow resting her head on his lap.]]
* SnowMeansDeath - For [[spoiler: Tetsuko Sanada]]. Heck, it's what caused her death in the first place.
** SnowMeansLove - A lot of the major Ryu/Chizu scenes involve snow. The most blatant examples would be in chapters 23, 27, 62, 63 and 69. Of course, this occurs in most of the chapters involving snow with some pairing or another, given that, well, [[CaptainObvious this is a romantic manga.]]
*** Not to mention that Sawako and Kazehaya [[spoiler: have their FirstKiss in the snow]].
* StalkingIsLove - Kurumi, towards Kazehaya.
* StringyHairedGhostGirl - Sawako. She even dresses up as one for the Test of Courage.
* StrawberryShorthand - ''Strawberry time'', anyone?
* StrongFamilyResemblance - Tooru gets his looks from his mom.
* SugaryMalice - Kurumi tries it on Sawako, but since Sawako is generally incapable of recognizing the malice beneath the sugar, it mostly just backfires.
* SuperDeformed - Happens a lot. And happens whenever Sawako gives off admiration or is shocked by something.
** The Mini Todoke theater.
* SurroundedByIdiots - Ayane, often.
* TeamMom - Ayane, seemingly more mature than Chizu and Sawako.
* TeamPet - Pedro Martinez AKA Maru-chan.
* ThatWasNotADream: Sawako will sometimes put notes near her or her diary to remind herself that everything amazing that happened the night before actually happened.
* ThemeTuneCameo: A variation. In the anime's first Christmas episode, Joe sings the opening theme's B-side, "''Uchuu Ryokou''", for karaoke.
* [[spoiler:ThirdOptionLoveInterest]] - [[spoiler: [[http://www.89890.com/comic/3670/54/?28 Mogi]] from Class B was this for Ayane.]]
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself - Sawako and her feelings for Kazehaya, at least according to Ayane.
* ThoseTwoGuys - Hirano and Endo.
* TitleDrop: By Kazehaya at the end of the first episode of the anime.
* {{Tomboy}} - Chizuru Yoshida.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl - Chizuru's the athletic one, Ayane's quite prissy.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood - Chizuru's obsession with ramen stems from her childhood love, whose family owns a ramen shop.
* TricksterMentor - Ayane has sprinklings of this; That is, intentionally tricking or being outright mean to Sawako, but purely for the sake of helping her and Kazehaya out.
* TwiceShy - Take a guess.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend
** [[spoiler:Chizuru to Tooru]].
** Kurumi to Kazehaya, though "middle-school-hood" rather than childhood.
** VictoriousChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler: Ryu and Chizuru to one another as of [[FirstKiss Chapter 88.]]]]
* UnnamedParent - Both of Kazehaya's parents, Ayane's mother and Chizu's father have all made appearances but lack first names. Averted with the others, however; Chapter 62 refers to Chizu's mother as Chiaki and Ryu's mother as Tetsuko. [[AllThereInTheManual The anime's official blog]] reveals two more names: Genji Sanada (Ryu's father) and Youko Kuronuma (Sawako's mother). And according to a quiz in the magazine the manga's published in, Mr. Kuronuma's first name is Kitao.
* TheUnsmile
* VisibleSilence - Combined with ColourFailure when Chizu '[[SarcasmMode concludes]]', after Yano presents the evidence, that Kurumi likes ''Ryu''. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Uhh]]...
** The combination mentioned above is once again shown when it's revealed that Chizu had no idea of Kazehaya liking Sawako.
* VisualNovelShot
* VitriolicBestBuds: Sawako and [[spoiler:Kurumi]] might be finally heading there. Of course, all the vitriol comes from the latter.
** Chizuru and Ayane bicker a lot, but there's no denying how much they actually do care about one another.
* WhamEpisode: The entirety of Volume 14 (covering most of the Okinawa field trip) dramatically changes not only Sawako and Kazehaya's relationship but also Ryuu and Chizuru's. It's also difficult to look at Ayane's character in the same way afterwards. In fact, the field trip was probably the turning point in regards to the [[CerebusSyndrome change in tone,]] although some might argue that it was already growing serious beforehand.
** Later on, chapter 63 hits ''hard'' in regards to Ryu/Chizu, even on rereads.
** And in regards to Ayane's storyline, ''Chapter 92'' definitely qualifies, regardless of who you ship her with.
* WhenSheSmiles: Two things can happen when Sawako smiles, depending on whether the smile is forced or natural: either it comes out as TheUnsmile, or everyone watching gasps in awe.
* [[WholeEpisodeFlashback Whole Chapter Flashback]] - Chapter 44 is [[spoiler:a flashback within a flashback. Kazehaya flashes back to his point of view of the very first chapter. The end of his flashback reveals him hugging Sawako after her confession, the same scene shown in Chapter 39.]]
** Chapters 62 and 63 also entirely consist of flashbacks, save for the first few pages of 62 and the last few of 63.
* WomanInWhite - Sawako wore a white dress to play the role of the ghost during the test of courage.
* WrongGenreSavvy - Pin really lost the way to his sports {{Shounen}} series. Yoshida and Ryu may have been heading there too.
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