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Manga: Kimi ni Todoke
aka: Kimi Nitodoke

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.

This series provides examples of:

  • Alertness Blink: Every so often.
  • Almost Kiss: Happens twice with Sawako and Kazehaya before the real thing.
  • Alpha Bitch:
    • Yuka and her friends from Class A.
    • On a more personal level, Kurumi. She changes overtime, though.
    • Yano may also count, but she's more of a Lovable Alpha Bitch, considering she's on Sawako's side and is even encouraging her to open up.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love:
    • Sawako's confession to Kazehaya in Season 2 Episode 9.
    • And Chizu's confession to Ryu in chapter 88.
    Chizu: *crying* I love you, idiot!
    • People usually forget about Kurumi since she doesn't make up half of any Official Couple, but her (rejected) confession to Kazehaya was anguished beyond belief.
  • Animals Hate Her: Sawako's usual ghostly appearance make animals fear her.
    • After a while though, at least Maru gets used to her.
  • Anime Accent Absence: Averted in the weirdest way. Sawako has a habit of giving herself and Kazehaya American accents in her Imagine Spots.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap:
    • Ayane's (then) older boyfriend slaps her when she suggests that they break up.
    • In Season 2, Kurumi slaps Kent when he suggests that he goes out with Sawako so that Kurumi could have Kazehaya for herself.
  • Art Evolution: Just compare the earliest manga chapters to the most recent ones.
  • Beach Episode: Chapter 51, even though Chizuru was the only one who wore her swimsuit; the rest came in their school uniforms.
  • Beautiful All Along: 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 really creepy).
  • Beautiful Dreamer: Kazehaya sits near Sawako and finally manages to say her first name while she sleeps on the staircase during the sports festival afterparty.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Kazehaya treating Sawako with no hostility since the day they met is why she respects him so much.
  • Best Her to Bed Her: In Chapter 51, Ryuu was the only guy able to defeat Yoshida in arm-wrestling and "won" her for a romantic walk along the seashore.
  • Beta Couple:
    • Chizuru and Ryu fill that role, though Chizuru didn't notice it yet until recently.
    • As of Chapter 70, 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.
  • Betty and Veronica: Sawako and Kurumi for Kazehaya, Kazehaya and Kent for Sawako.
  • Be Yourself: 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, as Sawako finds out on New Year's Eve.
  • Big Damn Kiss:
    • Sawako and Kazehaya (times 3 or 4!) in chapter 71.
    • And then again with Chizu and Ryu in chapter 88. He moves in to kiss her so quickly that his hat falls off.
  • Birds of a Feather: 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.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Sawako's world is filled with this, as well as Love Bubbles 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.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Kurumi acts sweet and nice to gain Sawako's sympathy, then tells her to keep her hands off Kazehaya. She gets better.
  • Brick Joke: 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.
  • Brother Chuck: Shino, Sawako's old (and initially only) friend who gave her nickname, is never shown again after Episode 6.
  • Bumbling Dad: Sawako's father, who along with his wife are both a Doting Parent.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The series has definitely been growing less light-hearted and more serious as of recent chapters. It does make sense, since the characters are nearing graduation and having to make heavy decisions about their futures.
  • Character Development:
    • 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.
  • Character Overlap: The cousin that Sawako mentions in the New Year's episodes, Eiji Akahoshi, is a character from the mangaka's previous series Crazy For You. The fanbook has a short crossover chapter where he visits her family after her first date with Kazehaya.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Hirano and Endo have actually witnessed Kurumi spreading out those rumors about Sawako in Chapter 2 of the manga. This information is enough for Chizu and Ayane to confront Kurumi.
  • Childhood Friends:
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • 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 kicking a puppy. Sawako's kindness, however, severely unnerves her, and 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 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.
  • Clip Show: One about Kurumi's crush on Kazehaya as she shops for Valentine's chocolate opens the second season of the anime.
  • Closed Door Rapport: Sawako and Kazehaya finally clear things up during the School Festival beginning with a conversation behind the classroom's door.
  • Color Failure: Prone to these, especially when Captain Oblivious is involved.
    • Ayane has this reaction when she finds out that Chizu has no idea Kazehaya likes Sawako.
  • Completely Missing the Point: 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 "Bastards Who Call Me Ume Note".
  • Continuity Nod: Lots of it.
    • Nicely touched upon in the last episode of season 2 and its corresponding chapter where Sawako shows Kazehaya the beanie and chocolates she made for him yet couldn't give to him on Christmas and Valentine's Day respectively.
  • Cooldown Hug: Happens a few times.
    • Kento pulls Ayane into a hug when she starts to cry upon confessing that she's never truly been in love with any of her boyfriends.
    • Ryu and Chizu shared one as young children shortly after the death of the former's mother.
  • Covers Always Spoil:
  • Cross-Popping Veins:
    • 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 jealous (or both).
  • Cry Cute: Sawako, Kurumi, Chizu, Ayane...all of the girls we see crying in the series, really.
  • Cry into Chest: Chizu cries into Ryu's chest/shoulder in Episode 21 after having her heart broken.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Ryuu with Maru.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • Kazehaya in Chapter 44, as it tells his point of view when meeting Sawako.
    • Chapters/episodes that place more focus on the relationship between Chizu/Ryu or Ayane/Kent count as well.
    • Approximately chapters 89 - 90s greatly focus on Ayane and her troubles.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Ayane and Chizuru, Hirano and Endo, and Kurumi all appeared as unnamed sketchy background characters before receiving proper names and personalities.
  • Epic Fail:
    • 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 Umerella or Snow White Ume and Sawako is the evil Stepmother/Queen.
  • Everyone Can See It:
    • 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 imagines them like that a lot), but Chizu usually reacts to these thoughts with the expected horror and embarrassment.
  • Precious Puppies -> Big Friendly Dog: Maru-chan.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Well, you can't call Sawako "evil," but Maru still has the right idea...
  • Extreme Doormat: Sawako, at least initially. Part of her Character Development has to do with mustering enough courage to not agree to things she cannot go along with. Thus, 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 Extreme Doormat, 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.
  • Fade to Black
  • Family Business: Ryuu's family runs a ramen shop. Kazehaya's family runs a sports equipment store.
  • Finish Dialogue in Unison: At the end of the rumours arc in the anime series:
    Ayane and Chizu: There's no way Sawako would do that!
  • First Name Basis: A very Serious Business in this series.
    • Chizuru/Ryuu and Kazehaya/Ryuu are on this basis, which indicates their close friendships.
    • Sawako eventually comes to be able to do this with her new friends, including Ayane and Chizuru who in turn stop using her nickname Sadako.
    • Sawako mistakes Kazehaya to be doing this to Kurumi, until she finds out Kurimi is merely a shortened version of her surname Kurumizawa. It relieves her a bit which is one of the first signs she's fallen for Kazehaya.
    • After some failed attempts, Kazehaya finally says Sawako's name at the sports festival after party while she's asleep. He's able to say it to her face a few times after their Relationship Upgrade.
    • Sawako finally calls Kazehaya by his first name "Shota" in Chapter 53.
  • Flash Step: 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.
  • The Foreign Subtitle: Viz is releasing it under the full title Kimi ni Todoke: From Me To You.
  • Four Girl Ensemble: 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.
  • Friendless Background: Sawako, as she crept out a lot of people even as a child. Her main goal at the start of the series is to make new friends.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Maru instinctively liked Kazehaya and hated Sawako.
  • Gecko Ending: The Live-Action Adaptation is basically the first season with a slightly different ending.
  • Genki Girl: Chizuru is very excitable.
  • Girl Posse: Complete with bullying in the toilet.
  • Good Bad Girl: Ayane. Aside of her mentioned older boyfriends, in a series in which holding hands is Serious Business, she's quite casual about kissing a guy she barely knows.
  • Good Is Dumb: Not actually dumb, but extremely naive in the case of Sawako and Kazehaya, the author even commented on creating a "guy who is so nice that he's dumb."
  • Good Parents: From what we can see, the main characters' parents are doing a really good job.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: On various occasions.
  • Happily Married:
    • Sawako's parents.
    • Toru becomes this once he marries his fiance. They even go on to have a child.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Kurumi earns a heartwarming redemption in later chapters, when she defends Sawako from a bunch of girls jealous of Sawako's relationship with Kazehaya. She then gets Put on a Bus, only to come back later an even more redeemed and mature character, with her relationship with Sawako steadily improving.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation:
    • Without the heroic part, but on a scale of 100, Sawako has a self-esteem in the single-digits.
    • Ayane admits to not liking herself at all and thus doesn't appreciate herself nearly as much as her friends.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners:
    • It's not easy to find a scene where Ayane and Chizuru aren't side-by-side.
    • Kazehaya and his best friend Ryuu - they confide in each other with a lot of things.
  • Hime Cut: Sawako, of course.
  • Holding Hands: Chapter 48 between Sawako and Kazehaya.
  • Hot-Blooded: Pin and Chizu.
  • Humiliation Conga: Kurumi. Sawako may be a saint, but Pin certainly isn't.
  • I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship: One of Chizu's arguments against dating Ryu after the latter's confession.
  • Ignored Confession: In the last episode of season two of anime 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 Chizuru took his confession as a platonic one and not romantic.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: This was Sawako's situation pre-series and the start of the series. She gets there in the end.
  • Imagine Spot: A lot of them, mostly from Sawako. And they are all ADORABLE.
  • The Ingenue: Sawako, to the point that Chizuru and Ayane tease about her "300% innocence".
  • Intimidating Looking Guy Hot Wife: In terms of looks and personality, Shota seems to take on more from his mother than his father. His mother and Pin, though, think otherwise.
  • 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.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy:
    • Eventually, Kurumi towards Kazehaya and Sawako.
    • Kent reconciles with the fact that Kazehaya and Sawako are a couple, but he is depressed when he sees them having fun together at the beach in Chapter 51.
  • Jerkass/Jerk with a Heart of Gold
    • Pin - the Heart of Gold is evident when he actually offers decent advice to Sawako and Kazehaya in the anime, and it REALLY shows when his students come to him for advice about their futures after finishing school.
    • Chizuru has her moments, such as her treatment of Ryuu.
  • Just Friends: Sawako and Kazehaya, and Chizuru and Ryu. The latter two are just a little more convincing. Both couples get the Relationship Upgrade eventually, though it takes the latter much longer.
    • Sawako is initially happy with this even after she realizes her feelings for Kazehaya, and is puzzled when Ayane tells her she should confess her feelings as she's happy with how their current relationship is.
  • Just The Way You Are: 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.
  • Kissing Discretion Shot:
    • Subverted in Episode 5 of the second season. Chizu was asking Ryuu 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.
    • Played straight with Ayane and Kent not long after they start dating.
  • Last Name Basis:
    • Sawako has yet to call Ryuu by his first name.
    • Sawako and Kazehaya, even though they do manage to switch to First Name Basis now and then.
  • Letting the Air out of the Band: When Sawako starts telling the story of her life, the standard sentimental music plays. It's all very sweet till we see that she spent a lot of time on her own; then the music drags to a stop as she hears herself and, Blue with Shock, wonders if she's killing the mood.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Chizuru and Ryuu claim to be brothers. Yes, no gender-related doubts; as long as she can be the older "brother," Chizuru is fine.
  • Live-Action Adaptation: A live action movie was released last September 2010 in Japan.
  • Loners Are Freaks: 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 One of the Boys and Ayane was somewhat alienated for Urban Legend Love Life.
  • Lonely Together:
  • Love Bubbles
  • Love Confession: 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 Green-Eyed Epiphany or establish a character's popularity.
  • Love Epiphany: Sawako gets one in Episode 13 with some help from Kurumi.
  • Love Hurts: For everyone at some point or another, although things usually get straightened out.
  • Love Triangle: Ryu, Chizu, and Tooru; Sawako, Kazehaya, and Kurumi; Kazehaya, Sawako, and Kent.
  • Love You and Everybody: Sawako tends to innocently declare her "love" for her friends, which made her "confess" to Ryuu. He didn't misunderstand her, but Yano and Yoshida were shocked for a moment.
  • Luminescent Blush: 2nd Season's Episode 9 was full of them because of Sawako's Love Confession.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Kurumi tries to be this, but fails spectacularly. Yano seems to be better at it, and even then she usually has good intentions.
  • Missing Mom : Ryuu's mother, Tetsuko Sanada. She's revealed to have died in his childhood.
  • Moment Killer:
    • Joe. His most frustrating example would be him walking in on Sawako and Kazehaya hugging post-confession.
    • Believe it or not, Ayane walks in onSawako and Kazehaya nearly kissing in Chapter 58.
  • Mundane Made Awesome:
  • Nice Guy: Kazehaya. Atypically for shoujo, he's the main character.
  • Nice Guys Finish Last: Pretty much completely subverted as Kazehaya gets the girl. Subversion could also apply to a few others in the series.
  • No Social Skills: Sawako's social skills are poor in the beginning.
  • Not What It Looks Like
  • Obligatory Swearing: Here. Somehow it's hard to imagine Kazehaya saying "fuck." It's more likely just in the translation, though.
    • In the official translation, he says "You look just fine in a uniform!"
  • Oblivious to Love:
    • Basically the definition of Kazehaya and Sawako's relationship for a good duration of the manga and the entirety of the anime's first season, despite their feelings being mutual. Also applies to Chizuru when it comes to Ryuu. But it's an enjoyable torture for the series audience because the 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 n and yet she still doesn't catch them.
  • Off Model: Near the end of the first season, only Sawako has footprints in the snow. Some fans have jokingly interpreted this as Sawako completely imagining Ayane and Chizu.
  • Official Couple:
    • Sawako and Kazehaya, and everyone can already see it from miles away. Ultimately they confess their feelings for each other.
    • Chizuru/Ryuu and Ayane/Kent become this too eventually.
  • One of the Boys: Chizuru, especially before she started hanging with Ayane and Sawako.
  • Opposites Attract: all over the place.
  • Overprotective Dad: Sawako's father, especially when it comes to love and Kazehaya. Justified due to Sawako's Friendless Background.
  • Pair the Spares: Kent and Ayane get together eventually.
  • Pet the Dog: In Chapter 45, when Ayane confesses that she doesn't believe she's kind (compared to Sawako and Chizu) because of how cunning she can be in front of Pin, she dreads another Small Name, Big Ego 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 Pet the Dog moment.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: The latest arc of everyone preparing for exams and finding out what to do after school is abound with these.
    • 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.
    • Kent practices saying this to the mirror for Ayane after finding out where she truly wants to go.
  • The Power of Friendship: One of the main themes of the series.
  • Precocious Crush:
    • Touta (Kazehaya's younger brother) appears to be blushing a bit when he meets Sawako.
    • Chizu's feelings for Toru come across this way in the flashbacks to when she was a little girl.
  • The Quiet One: Ryuu. It doesn't help he's napping half the time.
  • Recap Episode
    • 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.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Sawako and Kazehaya do get there, as do other couples.
  • Rousseau Was Right: Taking Kurumi out of the equation, this might be the single most optimistic view of teenage life you'll ever see. And even she comes around in the end, thanks to some Character Development.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Mogi. Which is arguably the point. Satellite Love Interest => Shallow Love
  • Scenery Porn: Starting with the opening.
  • Sensei-chan: Pin could be considered a Gender Inverted Example.
  • Serious Business: Sawako's dad is EXTREMELY serious about checking if Kazehaya is appropriate enough to be his daughter's boyfriend.
  • Serial Escalation: The anime takes this to heart with its prevalent and spectacular use of Bishie Sparkle, Love Bubbles, and other stereotypical shoujo frills. Hell, one of the first times Kurumi grabs Sawako's hands, an entire flowering bush sprouts behind the former.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Both Sawako and Chizuru look gorgeous after their respective makeovers.
  • Ship Tease: Combinations of the 'spares', ie. Kent/Kurumi, Kent/Ayane and Pin/Ayane get some moments. With the exception of Pin/Kurumi, which's been humourously 'sank' early in the story.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Sawako believes in Ryuu and Chizuru as a couple, 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.
  • Shout-Out
    • "I'll write your name in the 'Bastards who call me Ume' Note."
    • Episode 00 saw the appearance of the Ume Note.
    • And of course Sawako's nickname Sadako.
    • The mini theater has Kurumirella/Umederella with Sawako as both the Evil Stepmother and Fairy Godmother. Also Snow White Ume with Sawako as the Evil Queen.
    • On multiple occasions, Ryu is seen wearing a hat that reads 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.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Kazehaya and Sawako's first kiss together is one of these in chapter 71.
  • Sibling Triangle: Ryuu likes Chizuru, Chizuru likes Ryuu's elder brother Tooru, who is engaged.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Quiet, stoic Ryuu and friendly, expressive Tooru.
  • Sick Episode: Episode 17. Except the person who got sick was Pin and Kazehaya ended up doing all the "couple-like" things for him — only because he didn't want Sawako to do all of the "couple-like" things for Pin.
  • Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: Not only does the guy actually like her back, he's genuinely nice.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: One of the things that makes this series so refreshing to read.
  • Slasher Smile: Sawako's forced smile is ALWAYS mistaken for this.
  • Sleep Cute:
  • Snow Means Death: For Tetsuko Sanada. Heck, it's what caused her death in the first place.
  • Snow Means Love:
    • A lot of the major Ryuu/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, this is a romantic manga.
    • Sawako and Kazehaya spend some time together on her birthday/New Year's shrine visit and have their First Kiss in the snow.
  • Stalking Is Love: A minor example—Kurumi, towards Kazehaya.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Sawako. She even dresses up as one for the Test of Courage.
  • Strawberry Shorthand: Strawberry time, anyone?
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Tooru gets his looks from his mom.
  • Sugary Malice: Kurumi tries it on Sawako, but since Sawako is generally incapable of recognizing the malice beneath the sugar, it mostly just backfires.
  • Super-Deformed:
    • Happens a lot. And happens whenever Sawako gives off admiration or is shocked by something.
    • The Mini Todoke theater.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Ayane, often.
  • Team Mom: Ayane, seemingly more mature than Chizu and Sawako and often taking care of the two.
  • Team Pet: Pedro Martinez AKA Maru-chan.
  • That Was Not A Dream: Sawako will sometimes put notes near her or her diary to remind herself that everything amazing that happened the night before actually happened.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: A variation. In the anime's first Christmas episode, Joe sings the opening theme's B-side, "Uchuu Ryokou", for karaoke.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: Mogi from Class B was this for Ayane.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Sawako and her feelings for Kazehaya, at least according to Ayane.
  • Those Two Guys: Hirano and Endo.
  • Title Drop: By Kazehaya at the end of the first episode of the anime.
  • Tomboy: Chizuru Yoshida is loud, sporty and rarely in skirts or dresses outside the uniform.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Chizuru's the athletic one, Ayane's quite prissy.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Chizuru's obsession with ramen stems from her childhood love, whose family owns a ramen shop.
  • Trickster Mentor: 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.
  • Twice Shy: Take a guess.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend:
  • Unnamed Parent: 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. 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.
  • The Unsmile: Sawako gives one whenever she tries to force a smile out.
  • Visible Silence:
    • Combined with Colour Failure when Chizu 'concludes', after Yano presents the evidence, that Kurumi likes Ryu.
    • The combination mentioned above is once again shown when it's revealed that Chizu had no idea of Kazehaya liking Sawako.
  • Visual Novel Shot
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • Sawako and 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.
  • Wham Episode:
    • 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 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.
  • When She Smiles: Two things can happen when Sawako smiles, depending on whether the smile is forced or natural: either it comes out as The Unsmile, or everyone watching gasps in awe.
  • Whole Chapter Flashback:
    • Chapter 44 is 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. It focuses on Ryuu and Chizuru's childhood, especially the former's mother's death.
  • Woman in White: Sawako wore a white dress to play the role of the ghost during the test of courage. She always dresses in a white kimono in their costume parade.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Pin really lost the way to his sports Shounen series. Yoshida and Ryu may have been heading there too.

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alternative title(s): From Me To You; Reaching You; Kimi Ni Todoke
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