Sukitte Ii na yo. – 01
「キスをした」 (Kisu wo Shita)
Living an isolated life where no one can betray you is the ideal way of living according to the social outcast Tachibana Mei. Little did she know that an accidental roundhouse kick would put an end to her lonely days. Everyone, meet a genuine love story in Sukitte Ii na yo. – an adaptation of what is currently one of the most popular shoujo manga in Japan.
Awkward girl meets popular boy – how many times have we seen that now? It’s a concept that can be found in most shoujo titles and can be tiring. So what makes Sukitte worth watching? It’s the way it displays social issues that many of us can relate to. This is not your typical romantic fairy tale where everything goes smoothly. Sukitte is an honest love story that shows the hardships of being alone more than anything. If you are familiar with Hazuki Kanae’s other manga, you probably know that she tends to create stories about society as it is now. Many of her works are very dark and explicit. Some of them involve rape, stalking, crimes, drugs, and domestic violence. Compared to her other works, Sukitte Ii na yo. can be considered to be quite mild.
As a fan of the manga, heck, I was even part of the team that worked on the scanlations for it (I used to be a cleaner/typesetter before joining Random Curiosity), I must say that the anime presented the premise way better than the manga. Both of them introduced us to the characters in a similar way but aesthetically, the anime did better with its beautiful dreamy scenes accompanied by wonderful piano tracks. It’s also easier to understand Mei’s situation in the anime because we were shown a picture of her father who has probably passed away (this was not part of the manga). Therefore it’s not very difficult to realize why she and her mother have to work so much at late hours. The anime truly presented the story beautifully, artistically, and sincerely to us so I can do nothing but praise the first episode of Sukitte Ii na yo. Considering that this show is directed by Satou Takuya, director of last year’s big hit Steins;Gate, we can probably say that this might be a safe bet to be enjoyable.
Aside from the presentation, the characters are all very well written. I prefer to hear Sakurai Takahiro voicing villains or cold guys because that’s what he does best, but he definitely did Yamato justice, and the same can be said about Kayano Ai voicing Mei who, if you ask me, did a perfect job in portraying Mei as a humble, awkward, and sweet girl. I thought the bandage scene was adorable and it reminded me of why I like Mei so much as a character.
The first episode of Sukitte Ii na yo. was very enjoyable and I’m definitely looking forward to more. Hearing Suneohair performing the ending theme makes it even better as I am a big fan of his songs. So far, this is my favorite ending song this season. To me, Sukitte has been artistic in every aspect so far; ZEXCS couldn’t have done it any better, so to answer this anime’s title’s request – I love you!
ED: 「slow dance」 by スネオヘアー (Suneohair)