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Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, Vol. 16 (Volume 16) Paperback – 2 April 2013
With her jet-black hair, sinister smile and silent demeanor, Sawako “Sadako” Kuronuma always had trouble fitting in. But her whole life changes when she befriends the most popular boy in class, Shota Kazehaya. Can love trump her cursed life?
While their friends’ romantic relationships deepen, Sawako feels Kazehaya pulling away. Will a big Christmas party bring the troubled couple back together, or will Kazehaya continue to hide his pain from the person who most wants to help him?
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- ASIN : 1421551616
- Publisher : VIZ Media LLC; Translation edition (2 April 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781421551616
- ISBN-13 : 978-1421551616
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 1.78 x 19.05 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 237,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To be honest, this arc is starting to drag a bit, at least as far as Sawako and Kazehaya's story goes. The relationship has just kind of stagnated. Also, I'm a little annoyed with Kazehaya for his behavior. Fortunately, we do get to hear what he's thinking, and, judging from the cover blurb, things should pick up next volume. Chizu's relationship with Ryu doesn't get a lot of attention in this volume... but Ayane and Kento's does. This was the high-light of this volume. Ayane is a refreshingly complex character; I relate most to her, the way she wants to have a romantic relationship but never seems to fall in love. Kento really likes her and wants to be there for her, but is uncertain how to reach her. Their relationship is nuanced; Ayane likes Kento and thinks he's a good guy, but isn't so sure she could fall in love with him. As with Chizu and Ryu, it's uncertain how things will work out.
In addition to the story, this volume also includes tribute drawings and one-shots from other manga-ka like Aya Nakahara ( Love Com ), Kazune Kawahara ( High School Debut ), and Takako Shimura ( Wandering Son ). It's a bit of a shameless plug, but the sentiments seem sincere nonetheless. The one-shots are cute, and it's fun to see "Kimi ni Todoke" drawn in the styles of other manga favorites. It's also funny to think about your favorite manga-ka reading and enjoying each others' work.
Overall, this volume doesn't cover much new territory when it comes to Sawako and Kazehaya's relationship, but Ayane and Kento's becomes more complex and interesting, and the tribute is a nice bonus. Looking forward to the next volume.
I love this series. I don't even care what's happening anymore, who the focus is on, or how long I have to wait between volumes. I just love this series, it's so good. And I think I'm going to keep this review short, because I don't want to go into too much detail about what happened this time, nor do I have too much to talk about (I don't think).
This was a bit of a slow volume, whereas progress shows. Chizu and Ryu are in pretty much the same position as before, with very little-to-no attention given them as a couple. Chizu seems to mostly be thinking about things, about Ryu and what she wants to do.
Meanwhile, it's obvious that Kento has feelings for Ayane. Ayane, though is hesitant, and trying to avoid him and stop anything from happening. Kento, surprisingly, has a cute, helpful conversation with Kazehaya about it. And Ayane talks with Sawako about some stuff, including her bad self-image.
The big couple, Sawako and Kazehaya, are being stupid. Sawako has no idea what Kazehaya is thinking, doesn't understand why he's pulling away from her, when all she wants to do is be closer to him. And Kazehaya is conflicted about her, including kissing her, and is just reacting to everything badly. To sum it up, they're miscommunicating, or just not communicating at all, which they seem to be very good at, as we know from before the became a couple. They need to learn to just talk things out, go to each other and talk about it if they have a problem. I really hope that they clear stuff up soon.
Christmas is coming, and the volume ends with everyone arriving to their class Christmas party. Which is surely to be good. I'm rather excited for everything, for whatever happens next. I really hope that it focuses on Sawako and Kazehaya, but I would be happy if it focused on someone else, too.
Overall, just very happy and excited about this series.
Oh, there was also a lot of extras at the end of the volume, all of them being drawn by other known mangakas, some of it just pictures of the Kimi ni Todoke cast, but some of it also little comics. Some of them were just okay, but some were also funny, and very pretty, and I find it neat seeing other mangakas, particularly ones that I read, drawing another authors characters.
[This review is also available on my blog.]