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YMMV: Kimi ni Todoke
  • Base Breaker:
    • Kurumi is either an irredeemably manipulative and nasty human being who doesn't deserve to breathe the same air as the rest of the cast, or a poor, heartbroken soul who, despite her ways early in the series, really needs a hug. She is less of one among fans of the manga, in which she has very blatantly matured, becoming more goal-oriented and friendlier (to say the least) toward Sawako.
    • Kento is either a sweet (albeit slightly obnoxious) guy who genuinely cares about Ayane and his other classmates, or a pushy, bumbling fool unworthy of Ayane's precious time. (Of course, the latter group tend to be hardcore AyaPin shippers, but there are exceptions). In a reverse of Kurumi's situation, it's the manga fandom that can often be harsher toward him. See Broken Base below.
  • Broken Base: Throughout Ayane/Kento's relationship and especially since Chapter 92's release, three camps seem to be forming. One blames Kento for all that went wrong, another blames Ayane and another finds them both equally to blame and empathises with both sides of the issue.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome
    • Three songs which share the same title with the series.
    • The theme song itself is pretty sweet and very catchy, but the full music video is what tops it.
      • The Seiyuu of the main cast did a cover of said theme. Something about hearing Sawako, Kazehaya and the others singing together just feels right.
    • The live action movie's theme song is pretty awesome as well.
    • The second season's ending theme is a very touching song to listen to
  • Ensemble Darkhorse
    • Try and find one fan who doesn't love Ryuu. Go on. Just try. It's probably going to take you a while.
    • A huge, huge amount of fans still reading the manga are only keeping up with it for the supporting couples (namely Ryu/Chizu and Ayane/Pin as opposed to the main couple of Sawako/Kazehaya, although there are a few rooting for other pairings as well).
    • Ayane has a considerable following for being the Cool Big Sis of the group and a no-nonsense, proactive Shipper on Deck for both of her best friends' and their respective love interests. She's also appreciated for fending off Alpha Bitches trying to ruin peace, and she's been undergoing a good bit of Character Development lately.
    • Kurumi's becoming more and more liked by the fandom, too, even if she did get off to a disastrous start with a lot of viewers/readers. Her Character Development has been relatively good and she's actually quite a lovable character in recent chapters, especially since she's begrudgingly becoming friends with Sawako - for real this time, with an added increase of Ho Yay for good measure.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In chapter 32, Chizu and Kazehaya have a conversation in which she casually says this line: "Yano-chin's been doing a lot of complaining about Kent lately. What do you think that's about? Love? Bwahaha!" Skip ahead about forty chapters, and Kent and Ayane really are dating. That's right, the majority of the fandom didn't see it coming, but Chizu did.
  • Les Yay
    • The fact that Sawako used to see Kurumi as a female version of Kazehaya, says much. In fact, most of what goes on between them in the early chapters comes off pretty yuri-esque, especially when taken out of context. Chapter 89 then cranked it up to 11 between Sawako and Kurumi.
    • In the manga, Ayane also gives off this vibe when sympathizing with Kurumi in Chapter 43, saying "It would've been great if I were a guy, because I would understand even your worst faults." She repeats it in a later chapter, mentioning Kurumi among "her types of girls" and that she'd "be better for her" than Kazehaya. And then, of course, we have the credits of the live action adaptation - Sawako and Kazehaya share a moment, Sawako's parents share a moment, Chizu and Ryu share a moment, and who does Ayane share a moment with? Kurumi.
    • A bit of Romantic Three Girl Friendship is going between Ayane, Chizuru and Sawako. And it even occurs between Ayane and Chizuru in their backstory, which they even lampshaded.
    • Six words: The cover of the second volume.
    • In fanon, Ayane tends to be portrayed as a lesbian, bisexual, aromantic, asexual or demisexual. Very few fans seem to headcanon her as straight.
  • Magnum Opus: Shiina Karuho's longest-running and best-loved series to date.
  • Memetic Mutation: This is the series that added "SPARKLES AND BUBBLES" to /a/'s lexicon.
  • Narm Charm: The live action movie at points.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: "Sawakaze", which is also the title of the second opening theme.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: The series is one walking heartwarming moment, with the most sweetest female protagonist finally living a life with good friends and overcomes hardships with them whether it be romance or other troubles.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes
    • Bring insulin. Lots of it.
    • Warning: Will induce sugar highs even in people who don't get sugar highs from ingesting actual sugar.
    • In-universe, this is Pin's reaction to Kurumi.
    • Maru-chan.
  • Values Dissonance: When Ayane lets her older boyfriend know that she wants to break up with him he hits her. He does this hard enough to leave a mark, and she's seen wearing a bandage for a couple episodes too. After she explains how she got the bruise to her friends, the issue is never really talked about again, and more or less shrugged off.
  • The Woobie:
    • Poor, poor, Sawako. She suffers from crippling shyness, low self esteem issues, grew up with next to no friends, and frequently blames herself for everything that goes wrong, even things that hardly involve her. Even when some of these traits lessen, you can't help but want to hug her when she cries.
    • A lot of Ayane's Character Development has pushed her into this position, since she spends a lot of time lamenting over not being able to feel love for any of the guys she dates. Considering this and the fact that two of the three boyfriends we've seen her with in the series have treated her horribly, it's hard not to feel bad for her. Not to mention that she has some serious self-esteem issues herself.
    • Chizu, too, as of later chapters. She's had to deal with her childhood best friend confessing his love to her out of the blue and the consequent awkwardness, culminating in her slow realisation of her own feelings for him, followed by said friend announcing that he's going to go away to university. Her reaction to all of this is, understandably, not the most cheerful thing to observe.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Kurumi. She may well be an Alpha Bitch in a series where this is especially obvious, but you can't help but feel sorry for her at points. Recently she's stopped being a jerkass and is in full-on Woobie territory with how obsessive she is about her studies and becoming a teacher now that her romantic dreams have been crushed.
    • Stoic Woobie: Ryuu. He's been in love with a girl who doesn't return his feelings for pretty much his entire life, his eventual confession to said girl was rejected and his mother died in a sudden accident when he was little, but don't expect him to seem anything other than apathetic most of the time.

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