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「届け」 (Todoke)
“Reach”

Kimi ni Todoke finally reaches the golden milestone of all romances, the confession. Like literally, she only reaches the confession point. Most difficult cliffhanger ever.

The school festival treads on, as some final conclusions are made by the characters before entering a montage. Kazehaya believes he’s only been selfish up to this point, and basically takes the passive “I’m not really sure what to do anymore so I’m just going to do nothing” approach. Meanwhile, Sawako actually questions why she liked Kazehaya in the first place, something I didn’t expect to ever come to light. A goosebump inducing montage follows, using the full opening song, giving the idea that sometimes, only time can bring true understanding. To be honest, I’m not sure the lively song is exactly fitting for the plot at hand (because I do a little jive everytime it comes on), but it works nonetheless.

Everything, and I mean everything, from Kent to Pin to a New Year’s fortune from her box of Kazehaya, tells Sawako, rather blatantly, that she needs to tell him her true feelings. The gist of the problem is, she simply didn’t try hard enough. That comes to no surprise, and we’ve all been waiting for her to realize this. However, with Kent’s terrible attempt at “support,” she actually comes to realize she hasn’t been all that honest with her feelings. While Kazehaya’s reasons for liking Sawako aren’t something I haven’t thought before, the way he explained it was incredibly endearing, the words of a man that still pines for his rejector. Hell, him being the admiring one might even be mind blowing to some.

I’m not sure if I’m too happy about this sort of conclusion that Sawako came up with. I think I expected a realization on a deeper level than just, “oh snap, I should just tell him what I feel, I’m an idiot.” She threw away all emotions and feelings that we’ve had to go through with her the past several episodes, and said screw it, let’s do this. She even questions it herself. Maybe love is just that simple. Perhaps it’s because it was such a simple solution that we were all frustrated with the misunderstanding in the first place. Could this inevitably be a sign of bad writing in my perfect Kimi ni Todoke love story? I won’t believe it.

Since the actual confession hasn’t happened yet, the deeper emotional development I want may come through next episode, hopefully providing a much more satisfying close. I’m half expecting Kazehaya to say something weird again, but if they do become a couple next episode, my life will have become just a little brighter.

Sawako in a cloaked robe made me think they should make an OVA RPG parody with all the characters. Sawako can be the healing mage. Kent and Kazehaya can fight over who’s the better knight. Ayane is the black mage of course, and Chizuru a clumsy rogue. Ryuu is the lazy Archer. Kurumi will be the villain turned good.

 

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March 3, 2011 at 3:02 pm
42 comments »
  • March 3, 2011 at 3:12 pmShadiic

    Love your Rpg idea. Ayane as the black mage would be perfect :)

    I dont like next week. That’s all im saying.

    • March 3, 2011 at 3:14 pmKiiragi

      I think you said too much :/

      • March 3, 2011 at 8:42 pmtamaririn

        If it makes you feel better, I like next week. Does that cancel it out? lol

      • March 3, 2011 at 11:16 pmKiiragi

        a bit

    • March 3, 2011 at 3:24 pmAmurita

      What?! I was looking forward to next week but now I’m dreading it. I want my happy ending D;

  • March 3, 2011 at 3:26 pmShadiic

    Show Spoiler ▼

    • March 3, 2011 at 5:12 pmgawrshness

      oooh man!! Enough plot building already D:

    • March 3, 2011 at 8:40 pmtamaririn

      I wouldn’t say that… Show Spoiler ▼

  • March 3, 2011 at 3:28 pmAmurita

    From the title, I was expecting a confession to happen at any moment, so when I saw that the episode was nearing the end I was yelling at the screen not to end yet, but it just had to end at the, hopefully, best part. No more misunderstandings please.

    Oh, and I loved the little moment between Ryuu and Chizu during the montage. I half-expected a confession to happen right there.

  • March 3, 2011 at 3:34 pmJack Spicer

    Any bets on how many episode minutes its going to take Sawako to open that door?

    • March 3, 2011 at 5:51 pmacolyte

      Longer than you wish.

  • March 3, 2011 at 3:52 pmRika

    I was thinking that Sawako was going to open that door and see Kazehaya, but it ends there. (RAGE!!!) Finally, though, Sawako realizes that she’s just over-thinking about her feelings for Kazehaya. The fact is there and she should just tell him ASAP. I love the opening song; it fits right into the story like a glove. (listening to the full version now…) I’ve prepared a box of tissue for next week. Can’t wait for the peak of greatness in this anime! Really!!

  • March 3, 2011 at 4:02 pmKarmafan

    I wanna see Ryuu and Chizuru become a couple as well. Even Kent and Kurumi would be a nice couple. Poor Ayane would have no one decent in the cast to be her love as there really aren’t any other characters worth mentioning at school (except for maybe Pin and he is such an arrogant clueless ass that would be a bad match for her).

    • March 3, 2011 at 4:29 pmAureateFlux

      I can’t decide whether I like the idea of Ayane and Kent or Kent and Kurumi more. Kent going with Kurumi might mean Ayane gets stuck with Pin, and that’s simply an unconscionable fate. In the end, though, Ayane and Kurumi can both handle themselves perfectly well I’m sure.

      Of course, I’m also conscientious of the fact that having everyone end up in nice, perfectly sorted couples would pretty much destroy any authority the show actually has.

    • March 3, 2011 at 5:45 pmaloneinwonderland

      Not everyone has to be paired up to be happy. But don’t forget Pin gains cool points when his hair isn’t spiked.

    • March 3, 2011 at 8:22 pmP0NCH

      I really hope Ryuu and Chizuru get together as well, they are both awesome.

  • March 3, 2011 at 4:12 pmCostome

    Anyone else noticed how she uses a part of the phrase that Jigoku Shoujo uses? When Sawako tells the fortune to the girl. Same seiyuu.

  • March 3, 2011 at 4:26 pmTehJawknee

    I have to admit, I banged my head against the keyboard less times this week than last. A sure sign that this episode was less frustrating.

  • March 3, 2011 at 4:37 pmBriex

    Raging cliffhanger!!!!!

    • March 4, 2011 at 3:41 pmSirMuffin

      My thoughts precisely…

      FFFFFUUUUUUUUU

  • March 3, 2011 at 5:08 pmIchin’s

    Wtf cliffhanger…. i just yell like a crazy fellow who just lost his leg…

  • March 3, 2011 at 5:20 pmunyty

    OMG. This is it guys after many struggles, Sawako is going to do it.

    Damn why does a week have to have 7 days.

  • March 3, 2011 at 5:40 pmrandom viewer

    Man I feel really sorry for Kent after seeing him try to make himself be “available” to Sawako. I mean get a hint buddy she’s not in love with you so you should give up on her. That’s what I would have said to him before I saw how pitiful it is for him now. Sawako totally ignored what he said after he gave her a clear idea of where the problem was between Kazehaya. Aside from that…GO SAWAKO!~ <3

  • March 3, 2011 at 5:43 pmaloneinwonderland

    Sawako has a Kazehaya box. I’ve never seen that portrayed in an anime before.

    The insert song was a little strange, considering they still kept the OP.

  • March 3, 2011 at 5:51 pmacolyte

    Even though I know what’s coming, but dang the cliffhanger. And here I thought it was gonna be resolved this episode.
    Go sawakooo

  • March 3, 2011 at 5:56 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    HAHAHAHAAHAHAHA!! bet you 5 bucks that next week the CONFESSION doesn’t come out till the last 20 seconds of the ep! SLooooooooooooow

  • March 3, 2011 at 5:57 pmBarlo

    AH IT’S THE NEXT EPISODE AH ;A;

  • March 3, 2011 at 6:51 pmbear

    Earlier Ayane said that Sawako had to reach a point where she felt that she was equal to Kazahaya or their relationship would be a disaster. I think that that was what caused Sawako’s decision. She no longer thought of him as a god, as she said, but just an ordinary guy. Kent, amazingly, said the exact right things to her in the fortune telling booth (he really is a good guy even if he is a raging egotist). She finally realized that she had built the wall between them and she had to break it down regardless of the consequences (Notice she still thinks he likes someone else). Our girl has grown up (sniff).

    The scene with her passing Kurumi at the school entrance was great, putting a closure to the Kurumi/Sawako story line. Even Ayane reacted with concern when Kurumi passed her.

    Amazing how everyone knew what she was going to do, even Ryu and he hadn’t even heard her conversation with Ayane and Chizu.

    • March 5, 2011 at 11:50 pmYuumei

      Thank you for explaining that, I didn’t completely understand the whole wall thing. It’s like she put him on a pedestal that she couldn’t reach.

  • March 3, 2011 at 7:39 pmShirt

    RAEGING CLIFFHANGER! D8<

  • March 3, 2011 at 8:27 pmyuukairi

    Excited and enraged. Hopefully leaning towards the former won’t end in disappointment.

  • March 3, 2011 at 9:02 pmPochipon

    Only issue I had with this episode was the music they used at the scene where she goes to look for Kazehaya… I dunno why, but in the manga which they followed almost exactly, it felt…… more… I dunno… it felt different though than how the music made it feel…. maybe because I was clicking the pages so bloody fast or because it was my first time seeing it but I dunno… it felt different haha

  • March 3, 2011 at 9:05 pmBluance

    Sign of bad writing .. watching this series really gets you into the emotions that are constantly being twisted, I myself tend to forget Sawako has grown in a solitude type environment. Things would be so differently if Sawako had a sibling, which makes me think there should be a Maru episode where she can see that even a dog can express a loving emotion. ( Hopefully that didn’t seem like a bash to the series.) Btw if the next episode turns out to be rage at least there will be one comical skit to look forward to =)

  • March 3, 2011 at 10:36 pmNadavu

    As the show was ending with Sawako running back to their classroom, I was terrified. There’s no way this series will ever get anywhere, I thought. They’re just building up my expectations in order to make it that much more painful when they crush and burn. What horrible scene will Sawako witness when she opens the door? Kazehaya kissing another girl? But kurumi was seen leaving the building, so maybe kissing another guy? or perhaps pleasuring himself? or, most likely, in the act of mutual pleasuring session with Pin? I was scared shitless.

  • March 3, 2011 at 11:15 pmT.K.

    Is it wrong when I say my mind aches for Sawako to don a black robe put on red contacts and start riding on that hell’s chariot for the costume festival? They even have the same seiyu and all, it pains me!

  • March 3, 2011 at 11:22 pmMockman

    Cheesy melodrama. This episode should have been about five minutes long. Most disappointing episode in two seasons. Not satisfying at all. The excitement is ebbing.

  • March 3, 2011 at 11:36 pmMrRei

    the anime is getting pretty close to the manga right now.. im glad the anime made it to this point.. but people would most likely rage next episode, then be happy after that episode. so if you’re the type to hate cliffhangers don’t watch until episode 10 or 11. im still waiting for this season to end for a marathon ^^

  • March 4, 2011 at 6:54 amtamaririn

    Ah, I wish there was going to be more than 13 episodes. Did anyone read the latest chapter (55)? loooooool Oh, Ayane… Sucks that the anime won’t get that far.

  • March 4, 2011 at 8:08 amNekomi

    Wow, just knew the episode would end there.
    By the pace the season is going so far, I’m very I’m very curious to see exactly how the anime version will end.

  • March 4, 2011 at 7:17 pmahelo

    To be fair people really just snap and go, “LET’S JUST GET THIS OVER WITH.”

    Sawako must have been feeling so many emotions and she just wants to end it.

  • March 5, 2011 at 9:16 amAozora

    Oh my god, I LOVED this episode! I have never been touched by an anime in this way before. I really was on the verge of tears…

  • March 5, 2011 at 11:53 pmYuumei

    I really loved the montage (that part with Chizu and Ryu was especially cute) and I thought it fit with the song. (It’s nice the single just came out too) . I’m also really enjoying the animation. I noticed it had improved in episode 6 and there were points in this episode as well that were well done. However I disliked the CG’d people.. that really ruins it. :p

    KnT is my third favourite anime this season (after Star Driver and Madoka)… This episode really enforced that, but that cliffhanger was ridiculous!