Before you burn all your Kimi ni Todoke merchandise like the rebellious fans I know you all are, let me calm you down a bit. Yes, this is a recap, but I can give you a couple reasons not to shoot your next door neighbor in rage.
After a 25 episode run about one year ago, Kimi ni Todoke came out to be one of the best adaptations inside its genre of recent years, sans the hubbub about how slow paced it was. The story wasn’t rage inducing, the characters were refreshingly forward with their minds, making it stand out from other romances, and eventually lead way to a much appreciated second season. Starting off is a recap episode with Kurumi? But why?
I’m sure we all love hearing Hirano Aya’s voice, but Kurumi’s character disappeared from attention quickly after her arc ended from the first season. The show switched focus to Chizuru and Ayane, and Kurumi was left in the dust. The second season, being only 13 episodes, this included (yes, I’m mad too), seems like it will focus on this guy. I’m assuming he will pursue Sawako with the manliness of a raging typhoon, perhaps provoking Kazehaya to finally make a move, and eventually lead up to a smashing finale. This will effectively end the series with a confession, and leave no need for a third season (even though there’s material). However, I’m getting ahead of myself with speculation, since this Valentine’s day arc seems like it will come first.
Which brings me to reason why this recap wasn’t entirely pointless. Being a year ago, and the fact that the arc was finished far before the end, Kurumi got shoved aside as a character, perhaps even forgotten. I know I didn’t remember much of her past, and why she came to be the person she is, but this recap helped resurface those memories. Must’ve been the first time a recap actually did what it was supposed to do for me, but hey, first time for everything. Sure, a recap only a week between new episodes is pointless, but this was rather well placed, not to mention acting as a prologue for the upcoming Valentine arc. Of course, if you did enjoy the recap, more power to ya.
But why Kurumi? Well, to be a crucial character in the next arc, I think you’re going to have to know the character’s development so far, hence Kurumi’s viewpoint. The recap also shows that she’s not over Kazehaya at all, and will begin her battle of love like a true woman, with chocolates. The background art/setting was gorgeous in the newly animated parts with Kurumi in the snow, and makes me hope their budget was raised even higher this time around. Nonetheless, the recap reminded me of what I’ve long forgotten, and that’s the oh so sweet fragrance of KnT. Next week looks depressing though.
I had to pause after the first word of the song was uttered to scratch my foot, but I knew right then and there, this song was awesome. The animation was brilliant, simple, but charming, and built up nicely harmonizing with the animation. Again, ED is awesome as well, despite not being animated at all. Not exactly as fun to watch as the OP, but no complaints. The songs they picked for both OP and ED are instantly likable, which is extremely rare for me. Only other recent series I can say the same is Star Driver. A bit short running at 1 minute only, but it seems all according to plan. Maybe Production I.G. required the time to cram in as much material as they could this season. Remember, everything is done for a reason, and for a veteran studio like Production I.G., having 13 episodes, first being recap, and short OP and ED all mean something.