Kimi ni Todoke
(officially translated as From Me to You
, more literally as Reaching You
) is the story of Sawako
, whose resemblance to the horror movie character 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, a very 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 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 NIS America
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