Some of you may recall a review I wrote on an anime called Kimi ni Todoke, about a girl named Sawako Kuronuma who is isolated from her classmates for resembling the horrifying Sadako from The Ring. The second season of Kimi ni Todoke is 12 episodes long and picks up where the first season left off. Sawako has realized that she has feeling for the most popular guy in class, Shota Kazehaya, and the two of them have gotten a lot closer since the beginning of the first season.
As with any romance series though, not everything is all smiles and hearts. Due to the inexperience of both Sawako and Shota in the matters of love, neither of them really knows how to make the transition from being friends to a couple. Actually, they don’t even know if the other likes them or not. Add to that a new contender for Sawako’s affection and Kurumi’s (the most popular girl in school) continued pursuit of Shota, and you have some tense drama happening.
Unlike the first season which was relatively slow, the second season picks up the pace a bit and feels more like an emotional roller coaster. All of the progress that Sawako and Shota made in the first season was all but lost within a few episodes and then regained again, only to hit a wall after some major misunderstandings. Looking back on it though, every obstacle that the two of them faced helped make each of them stronger individuals and helped lead up to an exceptional climax and ending.
Even though Sawako and Shota take center stage, the roles of the side characters such as Chizuru, Yano, and Ryu can’t be forgotten. While they aren’t the main focus of the story, they play major roles in developing the relationship between Sawako and Shota. Without their help, the anime would have had a very different ending. That’s not to say that the side characters didn’t get their fair share of screen time either. The relationship between Chizuru and Ryu seems almost the exact opposite of Sawako and Shota, with the two of them seemingly able to understand everything about the other, as seen whenever they were together. Yano, while still single, also gets some potential partners during the course of the anime.
The animation and music are much like the first season. Neither of them really jumps out at you, but both are beautiful in subtle ways. The way that the characters are drawn allows for a wide array of emotions to be portrayed without having to distort the characters’ faces like many comedy anime. The soundtrack for Kimi ni Todoke also compliments the story nicely, coming in at just the right time to help set a gloomy or tense atmosphere, but never going so far as to distract from the story.
I have to say that the second season of Kimi ni Todoke managed to keep up with and exceed the expectations I had for it after watching the first season. While some people may not be interested in drama/romance, I thought the struggles that the characters had to face to make their relationships work was very touching and the overall story was just beautiful.