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R to L (Japanese Style).

Sawako Kuronuma is the perfect heroine...for a horror movie. With striking similarities to a haunting movie character - jet-black hair, sinister smile and silent demeanor - she's mistakenly called Sadako by those around her. But behind her scary facade is a very misunderstood teenager. Too shy to fit in, all she wants to do is make some friends. Bu
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Paperback, Shojo Beat Edition, 216 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by VIZ Media LLC (first published May 25th 2006)
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Liz
Apr 10, 2013 Liz rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: mangas


When I started the manga/ After the first chapters:


Honestly, this is the first manga that made me go through such an emotional rollercoaster. There are not many books that made me feel so much in general...
Sawako is a girl nobody understands, her smile is creepy and she is stiff and everybody avoids her.
Everybody except Kazehaya, who is the perfect opposite of Sawako (or Sadako how her classmates call her) on the first gaze. He is always smiling and always positive.
Kazehaya is the first perso
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 Athena Ivashkova ~♥~
Jun 30, 2013 Athena Ivashkova ~♥~ rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERY LIVING OTAKU, and those who don't love mangas
Recommended to Athena Ivashkova ~♥~ by: My dear friends, thanks so much!
Here's the thing:I didn't want to read this manga after so many friends of mine recommended this to me. It's just...the cover isn't that appealing. And my motto will always be "judge a book by its cover". You see this, don't you? Maybe it's just me. Furthermore, I'll give you a list of the regular cultures in a manga that I admire little to none.

1. DAMN YOU, SEXISM

It's no lie, if you are a big shoujo reader, you would always observe that the male(love-interest),is always better than the protagon
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Farhin
I'm avoiding any spoilers for the manga itself, however I plan to use gifs from the anime to express myself better. If you're anything like me and prefer to start and discover the anime by yourself without any spoilers or too many reveals of particular moments, click away now. :)



Meet Sawako Kuronuma:

Also known as 'Sadako', named after the creepy girl from The Ring.


Now meet Shota Kazehaya:


They seem like the complete opposite of each other, right?
Wrong.

Sawako Kuronuma is a sweet, shy girl constan
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Lottie Eve
I really didn’t know what to expect when going into this manga. I have heard a little about the main focus of the story but not much else. I would say that the first volume has left me impressed!

Sawako is a girl who has trouble interacting with others. Despite this, however, she is a very sweet girl and is eager to help out. If only her classmates would ignore the fact that she looks like a girl in a horror movie. Her appearance strikes fear into the hearts of her classamates. This causes her to
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Jay
After a Japanese friend recommended this series (the live action show in particular) to me, I did do a bit of research about it before hand and I was really unsure that it would be my cup of tea considering I find I don't get on well with shojo manga (young girl comics). I thought I would still give it a go and I've sadly not been convinced - not by the manga anyway.

I found the main character completely unrealistic. It was like she had been living with absolutely no social interaction at all -
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Kate
The premise of this story just didn't appeal to me, but the reviews have consistently been high, so I finally checked out the first two volumes from my library. Then I had to read volume 3 and 4. I'm holding my breath until volume 5 is released in August. This has quickly become a favorite series of mine. I feel happier after reading it: it's a sweet uplifting story.

Sawako is our heroine, and she's a little awkward (okay, she's very awkward) socializing with others. She's extremely quiet and int
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Jessica-Robyn
The first glance of young love, the blush that sets a heart on fire, the sweet beginnings of something you can only hope will lead to more.

I've been looking forward to finally reading this first volume for months now (I'll only say this once, library system you have failed me!) and I'm happy to report that I like it!

Sawako, our female lead, is such a lovable character that she makes you invest in her from the moment she appears on page. And Kazehaya, our boy, is just adorable. I like that I'm d
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Alison (AlisonCanRead)
In my recent quest to discover good Contemporary Shojo Manga, many people recommended Kimi Ni Todoke. I can definitely see why everyone likes it. Volume 1 of Kimi Ni Todoke was alternately sweet, heartbreaking, happy, and sad.

Sawako is an outcast. Her looks and serious demeanor make her unapproachable to her classmates. Unfortunately for Sawako, bullying is a universal tendency of teens, regardless of culture. Her classmates generally aren't outright mean. Instead, they've perpetuated this idea
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Hannah
This is probably the most adorable thing ever. There's nothing new about it, the characters are standard shoujo, but there's something so heartwarmingly simple about it and it touches the heart.

Sawako is naive and completely lacks social skills and therefore finds herself feared and ignored by her classmates. It's a little sad, but there's also a lot of humor to be found because Sawako herself is completely oblivious to why her classmates fear her - her chronic shyness makes her come across as s
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Shereen
I can sum this book in two words. Unexpected manga. I'm a lover of manga (Japanese comics) and I never expected to find a book like this. If you want to find out what the book is like read it. I swear to you all that this book is a great book full of comedy, romance and you will shed some tears like I did. (Maybe I didn't shed any tears)Anyway, great book. A must-read.
Charlie Chouinard
Lovely drawings. A cute romance. Typical love story where neither is brave enough to put it on the line.
I look forward to book 2.
To read more of what I thought about this manga check-out my blog on it:
http://charliebooks.blogspot.ca/2013/...
Elspeth
I love this series.
Sean O'Hara
I've been busy at work of late, so I've been picking up a lot of manga since it's something I can power through in a few hours and still feel that I've read a substantive story. The latest is the Kimi ni Todoke series.

Yes, it's a shoujo manga.

And yes, shoujo usually means girly-girl romances aimed at 16 year olds.

Anyone got a problem with that?

Sawako is a sweet girl who wants to be nice to everyone and make friends. Too bad for her she looks just like the freaky demon chick from the Ring films -
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Sesana
Poor Sawako has the misfortune to look very much like Ringu's Sadako. Yes, the malevolent ghost that crawls out of the TV. Her classmates are honestly scared of her, something that her intense shyness does not help. (And let's be honest: wouldn't you be withdrawn if the usual response to you was fear?) From the first volume, it looks like the general story arc will be drawing Sawako out of her shell, with the help first of one of the nicest boys in class.

There's plenty to like about Kimi ni Todo
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Anonomanga
Dec 28, 2011 Anonomanga rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who liked Kare Kano (;
Shelves: reviewed
Kimi ni Todoke is a sweet romance manga that promises to look at both the good and the evil that can be found in the world. However, this is a manga not without its cons.

Sawako's character pushed my tolerance. Yeah, she's the sweet, innocent, ever-in-debt to others type, but what irked me more than anything was her epic want to be liked by everyone who irrationally shot her down and tirelessly made her out to be a pariah. Almost the whole population of her school--save the happy, carefree-appear
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Jennyes
I'm not usually the type who's into romance stuff, but since I won the first three Kimi Ni Todoke mangas, I felt like I should try them out. And boy was that the right thing to do! This manga was amazing! Every single page was adorable overload! And I actually really like the protagonist in this series (usually protagonists in romance novels are whiny or annoying and they get on my nerves, but Sawako is so unique yet relatable!)
I'm definitely buying more of these mangas when I finish the first t
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Reader17 Der
LOVED THIS BOOK!!! This is a story of Sawako Kuronma. She looks like the girl from the ring with the long jet black hair and the sinister smile and she is very quiet. Everyone around her calls her Sadako instead of her real name. They all think that they are being cursed by her if they sit near her. So she is a very lonely girl that has never had any friends and would love to have some. When she meets the most popular boy in the school Kazehaya and he says good morning to her she gets very excit ...more
Nicole
Sometimes funny, always sweet. This story follows the budding romance between classmates Sawako and Kazehaya. Sawako is a shy, socially inept girl who is often the subject of ridicule and rumor. Kazehaya is one of the most popular boys in school...and popular because he's kind, generous, and friendly to all (not just because he's good looking). Kazehaya is drawn to Sawako, and while helping her come out of her shell he falls in love with the sweet, thoughtful girl that emerges. The plots are fil ...more
Zingshowon
I actually love this "love story". I not a great fan of love content books because I can't handle the too good to be true. I'm more Onepiece, bleach,C.A.T,full metal alchemist and naruto type reader.
But this is so innocent and the characters are just the buddies I want to hang out with.
Sawako is misunderstood but good nature girl.Apart from her awkward approaches, people get the creeps. I feel really sad for her. My favourite character is Chizu and Ayane(Yano). They are nicest friends you ever w
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CJ - let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater
Originally I thought this was going to be similar to The Wallflower due to the main character being 'scary' and looking like she is the main character of a horror movie...however, this is not the case. The only thing that is similar is that both characters have long dark hair and are misunderstand. Oh and their names are a bit similar too.

Whereas Sunako loves the macabre and doesn't really want any friends (that are human) and shuns the 'bright' world. Sawako - who is nicknamed Sadako in kinderg
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Sarah Marie
Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You Volume 1 by Karuho Shiina

4 stars

So I found this awesome free app that gives me free shoujo manga and it's not bad to read on my phone and the quality is pretty good. Yay for Iphones!

Anyway, this isn't at all what I was expecting. It's very... fluffy. But in a good way. I really like Kazehaya so far. He's a cutie. I like Sadako. She's pretty alright. She does cry way too much. Sometimes it doesn't bother me, but I don't know with her she just makes me annoyed. I s
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Amr Ahmed Mansoor
Amazing , this manga is a master piece
it gave you various emotional feelings
i think it's a pure innocent love story
I loved it as anime and i more adore it as manga
Mike
I bought this translated into Spanish to add to my FVR classroom library (I am a Spanish teacher). It occasionally attracts a curious student who already has an interest in manga and is surprised to see it in Spanish. I was hoping that, given the visual element, it would attract students unfamiliar with manga but looking forward to a graphic novel with a story relevant to teens. Not so much, as it turns out. I tried reading it too and became hopelessly bored, but I recognize that I am not really ...more
Holly Letson
I watched the anime of this series, back when it originally aired. I am enjoying reading the manga, and seeing all the little differences. Plus, I enjoy revisiting all these lovable friends I have missed.
Joy
Sep 10, 2009 Joy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of High School Debut
Like High School Debut, this is a story told firmly within the genre tropes of shojo manga high school romance, but told oh so very well. Both leads are enormously likable: Sawako is shy and monumentally clueless about social interactions, while Kazehaya is friendly and completely unable to make Sawako to understand that he's falling for her. The whole thing is totally adorkable. Throw in Yoshida and Yano, as Sawako's unlikely but amusing friends, and you have a very entertaining package. Am loo ...more
Mayu
2.5

Que cosita más linda :)
Selena
I LOVED THIS ONE!!!!!!

Not only was it as pretty as I was promised, the story is wonderful!

Sawako is a girl who looks a little spooky and is awkward, and so no one talks to her, though she tries her best to make friends. She aspires to be like the most popular kid in class, Kazehaya, a boy who's earned his popularity by being nice and including everyone.

The thing I liked the most of this story is that the developing romantic relationship is based on respect and not, "OMG he's hawt" or other super
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Theresa ♫
Aug 22, 2014 Theresa ♫ rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fellow humans who are looking for a really innocent romance
Recommended to Theresa ♫ by: A friend of mine who has been watching anime for YEARS
Typical of the anime world:

1. Demons.
Especially with the really actiony anime, there's blood involved and a little violence.

2. Magical girls.
Also with accompanying demons, but girls are frilly and actiony.

3. Slow romance.
Most of the romantic manga I have read, no one makes out right away like in the average American Drama.

Some are all 3.


Point is, if you're looking for a manga that's really gentle and innocent, this is the manga you're looking for. Adorable, and giving you light-hearted feelings.
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Deborah Takahashi
Sawako Kuronuma is an outcast and, in fact, she scares everyone to death. In fact, she is nicknamed Sadako because she looks exactly like the evil girl from The Ring. Although Sawako is nothing like Sadako, she is socially awkward and people mistake her willingness to help for curses and witchcraft. Now that she is in high school, Sawako wants nothing more than to make friends and be liked, but she didn't anticipate Kazehaya. Kazehaya is the most popular guy in school and Sawako had the pleasure ...more
Debbie
Sorry Maneesha, I know you love this series but eeeeh maybe it's just not my cup of tea. If I was 11 or 12, I would love this because I used to love light-hearted, cute-romancy stories. But now, even though I'm only 16, my taste has changed drastically. I'm more of a One Piece girl, where I love action and humour and tear-jerking moments. I know it's kind of too early to judge, but I won't continue with this series. The art was very pretty, all the characters were drawn very cutesy. But I don't ...more
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Karuho Shiina was born and raised in Hokkaido, Japan. Though Kimi ni Todoke is only her second series following many one-shot stories, it has already racked up accolades from various "Best Manga of the Year" lists. Winner of the 2008 Kodansha Manga Award for the shojo category, Kimi ni Todoke also placed fifth in the first-ever Manga Taisho (Cartoon Grand Prize) contest in 2008.
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