Time for some hot and nervous chocolate~
FINALLY. I can write about my most favourite series of the Winter 2011 season. I have been waiting quite patiently for this. Though the quick blogging plans of this failed because even if I totally slacked off at work today; rather than writing, I was chatting incessantly with my aniblogging buddies. A time came that even Twitter got overwhelmed with our conversation so we switched to MSN. At one point in time, around 9 people were in the chatroom and still understood whatever the hell we were talking about. Don’t even ask me about the topics as it moved from PG-13 to R-18 and beyond. xD
Coming to Kimi ni Todoke, as I recapped last week, the timeline has skipped around a month after the New Year’s Even when Sawako finally realized her feelings for Kazehaya. The story resumes with their new term and it’s already the Valentine’s for which Kurumi was shopping in the 00 episode. Not to mention, chibi Sawako is back and she seems even MOAR ADORABLE than before to me!
Anyone you know makes a bento like this? DO WANT!
I must say, our Sawako is one awesome girl. She knows how to cook amazing looking food (seriously, presentation is 40% of cooking, while taste is the rest), makes homemade chocolate and is so humble that hypocrisy can’t even touch her. That is the reason why all classmates are waking up to her existence and interacting with her more and more.
On the other side, the class seating has changed yet again and the usual quintet (Sawako, Kazehaya, Yano-chin, Chizu and Ryuu), have been separated by different rows. Even if the Yano and Chizu eat lunch with Sawako, Kazehaya and Sawako only stare at each other quite longingly. It is as if a marked distance has built between the two main protagonists with the extra friends being acquired by Sawako while Kazehaya being his popular and admired self.
Remember fangirls, this is a Valentine’s episode and chocolate giving is quite important. Be it a giri (obligatory), tomo (friendly) or honmei (for special someone) chocolate, it’s the day of festivity and celebrated with much pizzazz throughout the school. Sawako being herself brought homemade chocolates for her friends, Pin and of course Kazehaya. Throughout the episode she kept on having her usual nervous monologues (cute as ever! <3), being pretty unsure of herself for the main reason she wanted to give the chocolates to Kazehaya, which was not giri at all.
Oh, Mr. Casanova, please accept by hot chocolate~
It’s interesting to note that Sawako’s nervousness is fueled by Kazehaya being so popular because starting from the beginning of the day, he has been getting one form of the chocolate or the other; also, eating Sawako’s homemade chocolates from other people. Both are pretty damn frustrated with the situation but being the meek themselves, they are slow to realization.
Kazehaya’s backstory was hilarious indeed. We finally get to know Pin’s trump card over him, a certain picture of self-wetting… BUT AWW, he was a kid then and he was scared shitless too! *defends Kazehaya plushie* But I was happy to see him retaliate against Pin, who was simply being a jerk (Kunyaro~!). I just wish Yano-chin was around to narrate some more scary stories to him.
Such a creeper!
In the end, it was all ruined by one Kurumizawa UME! Ugh, such a troll. Who intercepted our clueless hero and made him accept her first and last chocolate to him. Being a gentleman he accepted; though, being a total bitch, Kurumi crushed whatever confidence Sawako had for dishing out the chocolate.
Still, I understand Sawako’s sentiments for not giving chocolate disguised as a thank-you one because her feelings are stronger than that. Who knows she might just dish them out to her dad (poor bloke, always gets Kazehaya’s leftovers xD).
The big twist: A new challenger appears with a smexy voice~
Twin-tailed Sawako. DAWWW~ <333
Stop bothering me… Don’t want your perverted stories >.>
This should come under sexual harassment! xD
I have to knit another cap for him?! NOOOOOOOO!
Sucks to be you; didn’t get chocolates from your girl
PIN! You are such a pedobear!
*Obligatory Kazehaya goodness* Cover your ears boy, you DO NOT want to hear this~
Repent for your sins, human! Or else Aliens will kidnap and probe you
Such a bitchee (said in Panty’s voice)
Ah, Production I.G, you make me happy for staying true to the original content (always WIN in my books). For some reason, a certain podcast didn’t even mention you in their nominations for the year of 2010 when you entertained us with so many titles like Kimi ni Todoke’s first season; Sengoku Basara Ni and Break Blade, Bungaku Shoujo and Eden of the East movies. Tsk!
This episode was an awesome come-back episode. Not only because Valentine’s is just around the corner but it rightly captures the continued tension between Sawahaya, which is going to mount with time. Yes, this is a shoujo after all and insecurities will arise; you already got to see a hint of it when Kazehaya witnessed more and more of his classmates accepting Sawako as she is.
Ryuu, Yano and Chizu were WIN as usual and I don’t even want to talk about Kurumi. The most interesting though was the appearance of Kento, the one with the fabulous bishie sparkle as noticed in opening sequence. Mamoru Miyano voicing him is so on-the-spot! Also, peeps, remember Yano-chin’s words about the bribe-chocolate to Pin. Something good to happen? You should keep on hoping even with a new challenger appearing. Can’t wait for the next episode and I just hope Production I.G increases the number of episodes. There is so much material to work on!
Before I sign off though, some pro advice for the three kinds of watchers of this series (in general terms):
- You just finished the first season marathon and are dying for MOAR after I posted up that recap episode. Be ready for a slow pace because this series takes its sweet time for development, which is never boring because the side characters are so lovable. And when it does peak, it is so epic that you forget the previous pacing and just bask in the wonderful glory of the main protagonist. You are in safe hands!
- You followed the first season when it aired on weekly basis or caught up by the mid and regularly followed then on. You might not have time to catch up on manga but rest assured the stuff you loved in the first season is going to be doubled in this one. Get ready to kyaaa~
- You have read the manga before or after season one ended and can’t wait for that confession to happen! We are in the same boat and I can tell you one thing, this will not be another nice boat and you should rejoice! Sit back, relax and enjoy~
Reading the above, you already know, I KNOW everything that happens. So, don’t expect wtf or wth from me but rest assured I have no intentions to spoil and would request all the commentors to use spoiler tags in case of wanting to discuss something from manga material. Anyone, who is curious and just want to see how the manga fairs against the anime for this specific episode, you can check it out till chapter 28 of manga.
The new challenger introduces himself to Sawako, while Kazehaya looks on. He better do something more than just looking! Till next time, Ja ne~