Covers volumes 1–10 of Kimi ni Todoke by Karuho Shiina
The year 2018 marked the end of an era: After 30 volumes, the deeply treasured Kimi ni Todoke is over. And to mark this special occasion, we’re once again embarking on a trilogy of podcasts. Shojo & Tell host Ashley is a huge Kimi ni Todoke fan, as is Anime Feminist author/editor and all-around shojo manga connoisseur Caitlin Moore. The two gush about the series’ best qualities (particularly the developments of healthy and tender female friendships) and how Ayane is the best character but Chizu is more relatable. Kazehaya is called “a good boy” several times. Constant questions about whether Pin is good or bad come up. Angry exclamations of KENTOOOOOO!! YOU IDIOT!! happen. A rant about how several men in Ashley’s life have very WRONG opinions about Shiina’s series ensues. Sawako captures our hearts and doesn’t let go. Here’s a message, from me to you: Kimi ni Todoke is a delight.
- Kimi ni Todoke is available from Viz Media’s Shojo Beat in North America
- The Kimi ni Todoke anime is available on Crunchyroll (if you’ve only watched the anime, you can follow this podcast episode)
- Some of Caitlin’s other favorite shojo manga: Yona of the Dawn, Basara
- Shojo anime Ashley watched along with Kimi ni Todoke: Skip Beat, Say “I love you”, My Little Monster
- Some images Ashley took of the Kimi ni Todoke Exhibit that happened at Tokyo Anime Center in DNP Plaza back in March/April 2018
- Are we friends with Akiko Higashimura yet?
- Outro song: “My Love All For You ‘Kimi ni Todoke...’” by MAY’S [ending song of the second season of the Kimi ni Todoke anime]. It’s available in American iTunes.
- Caitlin on Twitter: @alltsun_nodere
- Caitlin’s writings on Anime Feminist
- Visit Caitlin’s blog, where she writes a lot about shojo
- Shojo & Tell on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram
- Ashley on Twitter: @AshMcD00