Happy Endings are FTW~
After all the many updates on Metanorn that you have been seeing one after the other, I finally have time to complete my solo episodic of Winter! The reason I dedicated this weekend to Kimi ni Todoke and catching up on some animu. So, what if I’m getting some threatening calls from my friends, right? I already gave them my Saturday; I can’t make everyone happy. Anyways, moving on, let’s get on with the lovey-dovey ride that is Kimi ni Todoke and see how things have changed around our favourite couple of 2010 by the end of season two! I marathoned episode tenth to twelfth so my roundup would not be getting into intricate details of what happened, rather their repercussions and my final thoughts on how all the characters transitioned with the flow of plot.
Restarting from where I left off previously, the school festival continues with everyone working their butts off to complete the costumes and floats, which would go around their school locality. Not to mention, they would be rated by the judges on their performance too. For Sawako and Kazehaya, the preparation is something that they have to deal with but for them time should just speed up so that they can talk with each other.
On the day-two of School Festival, Sawako is able to not only better explain her confession but is rewarded with similar feelings from Kazehaya with a completely public shoutout of “I like you”—I DAAAAWWWW’d so much on this scene, even when that earthquake sign was flashing. More squeeing on the fact that he was looking handsome in costume made by Sawako and she did marvelously in the float prepped up by him.
Rabu confession, yo~
Brilliant performance. Sawako even takes the stars away from Sunako!
Sawako’s Magic Café becomes the number but due to Pin’s bribe to judges, they don’t get anything for Sadako’s scary performance. Tch.
This is not the final confession! And even if it’s a cheesy line, I can’t help but to quote, “It’s a like a dream… I’ve finally reached you.”
When your own life becomes inspiration for drama…
Things progress well with the after party when their progress is reenacted for everyone. Of course, there are question on every lip about how the hell this happened (the nincompoops!). Kazehaya makes his feelings known and announces it simply, “I fell for her”, which was a surprise for our Sawako even to the chagrin of Yano-chin.
Pin’s powerful voiceover creates a chance for MARRIAGE?!
Though, Sawako knew it all along that it was a joke…
You can be a baka too, you know, Kazehaya… hey, you already are the baka-prince!
Sawako, you little minx!
At least Pin would like to take some credit for the “Strawberry time” but it boils down to the actual communication between the couple. They finally talk and have their voice heard by everyone. It was hella cute when Sawako runs off to imagine the married life with Kazehaya, even when it was a twisted joke by Pin. You can’t really blame Kazehaya for blushing like a warning sign and going on his knees. It was so good to see them happy and enjoying each other’s company. Poor Sawako’s dad though, he must have had nightmares that night.
Too much nostalgia!
Simple truths of going-out
Sad but quite symbolic and true
Some people were of the opinion that the last episode was season one all over again but c’mon! Things have to be explained because it took a lot of time for Sawahaya to get together. So, all the uproar had to be dealt with; many students joined the Sawahaya unit in spreading the news and killing whatever rumour there was. Even the arch rival helped, with whom Sawako reverently talked. Would things have turned out the way they had if there was no Kurumi or Kento? I don’t think so. Sadly our main protagonists are too innocent and they would have gotten to the same result sooner than later but Kurumi and Kento were the catalyst that made this a much needed realization.
I would say in Usui’s voice, Sly, Chizuru, very sly~
Before I forget, we definitely got another confession and from my second favourite couple too! Ryuu bombed Chizu with a simple line and her reaction was priceless! These two definitely need to be a couple! What about Yano? She’s a tough girl, she will find someone. Kurumi? She would need time to actually let go of the Kazehaya obsession. Kento? He has a copious supply of girls who would fawn at him. Pin is going to be a jerk but he’s not that bad. Also, there will be a lot of coupling in the school but hey, it’s the adolescent days after all~
All’s well that ends well? Of course, this is a perfect story to relax around and that is what the audience does in the last few moments, seeing Sawahaya go on their first official date as a couple. There was no difference in their feelings at all. It just had to reach each other and it did.
Okay, srsly, I can’t stop DAWWWWing!
FINAL SPARKLES… HHNNGGG…
The DAWWWWWW experts~
Introducing the prancing idiot: Joe
When you know for a fact that your idiocy caused the loss of a trophy
And you did what when we were not home?!
Sawako’s Pregnant…. Uh, just kidding!
Ryuu is not concerned about the rumours rather his hunger
Ryuu: “Curry rice… Nomnomnomnomnom”
Pin, you incorrigible beast! I still like you
Sawako, I like you and all, but hon, your DRAWING SUCKS!
Kazehaya’s broken harem. Tsk.
Dance, puppet, DANCE!
Hmmmm, I’m checking out my b–o–y–f–r–i–e–n–d–
AAAAAAAAAAAA…. Who’s checking me so right back~!
Final Thoughts: This is what you call a satisfying end! If you compare it to my last post on the season one, you would only see my crying over why NO MOAR! Well, I got my wish granted and what a fabulous season two it has been. For those of you, who have not been reading the manga, this was a romance treat and I DAWWW’d and SQUEE’d throughout. There was a time that even I got tired of the drama but the built-up has been worth the wait and simply seeing Sawahaya together lifts my heart and brings a genuine smile to my face. This is the sign of a good anime, a perfect treat to your eyes with a lot of HHNNGGGs, an awesome way for the much needed escapism and entertainment.
I’ve heard a lot of complaints about the slow pace of the series but don’t you think it all pays off by the end with that lovely confession and how everything develops? Of course, Production I.G could have paced up the storyline by not strictly following the manga chapters but the bottom line remains that this was the story of an underappreciated girl, who was finally able to realize her dreams and not only the cheesy part of getting the guy she liked but actually makes friends and be a part of the class, who really never saw how she was to begin with. This became a story of the journey that evolved Sawako for the better; the agent of change being Kazehaya. Sawahaya deserve to be together with all the sparkles in the world; who can be cuter than them, HUH?!
It was interesting to see everyone just gather around, from small characters to the major supporting ones in these last few episodes. Of course, Pin would always be annoying but hella funny, bullying Kazehaya every chance he gets; Kento would be the sparkly Ginga Bishounen sliding his way in everywhere; Ryuu would be there to hold back Joe whenever needed, while his feelings for Chizu would remain unchanged; Chizu the airhead would actually get sudden bursts of wisdom; Yano would continue being the sharp girl keeping a hawk’s eye on everything; and Kurumi, well, her current version would always be better than her fake-self and I could never hate her, rather admire her for how she handled everything.
Oh god, I’m going to miss Sawahaya so much; amazing friendship, awesome side-characters (except for Joe, he’ just plain annoying!), brilliant animation, the sparkles, heartwarming music and last but not the least, the DAWWWWNESSS….!!! This has been a great journey of smiles, laughter, lip-biting and even a few tears. Love in itself is not really explainable; it just has different definitions and ways of expression for varied people. Though a part of it was captured by this beautiful story and whoever watched this felt it in their hearts. Yeahhhh, I’m a sucker for a good romance and this was definitely a brilliant one.
I was first of the opinion that another season would be a mistake but it’s actually plausible based on how manga has progressed and still many volumes can be animated. Production I.G can actually milk this story a bit more. So, what can a fan do now that it has ended? GO READ THE MANGA, which is still ongoing. Also, the movie is out and subbed so this is not the end for a fan. Being one of those people who have been following this since late 2009, I’m satisfied of this franchise because this was really dealt well. I would be delighted if another season is announced but I’m contented with the manga for now. For the last time for Kimi ni Todoke season two, Ja ne~