「祭りのあと」 (Matsuri no Ato)
“After the Festival”
The aftermath of the confession continues with an extended party to celebrate the finishing of the festival. Peeps ain’t down with the new couple, so a little defending had to be done by Kazehaya. Later on, Sawako gets some alone time with Kazehaya after several people butting in like always, and finishes the night with an official confession by Kazehaya. Sawako wakes up to an incredible amount of reminders that it wasn’t a dream, and I d’awwed so hard. People at school still think it’s IMPOSSIBRU, and I DON’T BELIEVE, so Kazehaya continues pushing the fact that yes, they are a couple. Cliffhanger: Jealous bitches gonna bitch.
Pin knowing more about Sawako’s naiveness than Kazehaya was hilarious, especially since he’s such an ass about it. You have to admit, he’s incredibly good at manipulating Sawako to piss Kazehaya off, but that’s what makes it so funny. The whole marriage deal had me going so hard, I was actually surprised that Sawako knew what he was talking about, but I mean, you could never really know with her. From what we’ve seen so far, the marriage misunderstanding COULD actually be written to drag out almost exactly in the same fashion as their “likes” fiasco, and that seriously makes me shudder. I needed him to ask her out formally though, just as a “confession in writing” sense. It’s amazing how satisfying that was, just a simple, “will you go out with me” and a “yes.” Dammit KnT, see how low you made me fall to get some closure?
I almost forgot the class still wouldn’t typically approve of the relationship, so the entire school bugging out was annoying and a pleasure at the same time. Why? Because for what these two knuckleheads put us through, they deserve to be forced to state their relationship to everyone they even meet, let alone their entire school. On a more serious note, what does “perfect for each other” really even mean? Characters like Miura throw the statement around to convince the viewer that they’re made for each other, but personally, I think it’s just because they really really really really really really like each other. That and strawberry time. Whatever the hell that is.
「大事な人」 (Daiji na Hito)
Our lead couple enjoys a little trashbag alone time, until interrupted by Pin like usual. Sawako realizes there’s some unfinished business with Kurumi, but gets intercepted by some jealous girls. They get told by Chizuru, one that has mastered the art of an unrequitted love, and Ayane hits it home. Sawako attempts to communicate with Kurumi, but fails to get much out, and leaves. Ayane gives a good talking to Kurumi as well, and what can I say, the girl is an expert at making other girls cry. Ryu confesses like an absolute bro to Chizuru, doing what Kazehaya and Sawako couldn’t do in an entire two seasons in several minutes. Sawako realizes how important this relationship really is, and later goes on their first date to the planetarium.
In my case, I would’ve thanked Kurumi, and would’ve gotten slapped in the process, so it’s a good thing Sawako kept her mouth shut. It’s true, thanking her might have been worse than apologizing, so there really was nothing Sawako could say, despite the fact that they both knew what they wanted to say. Communication is complicated hypocrisy sometimes.
Barring the closure near the end, this episode was absolutely great (and so was the previous). I’ve brought up the issue of the rest of the girls having an unfair fight against Sawako simply because love isn’t really a fair game to begin with. That said, the point brought up by Kurumi was that none of the girls even confessed to Kazehaya, so they did not deserve a chance to compete on the same level as Sawako. She then made more points, and then Chizuru and Ayane came in, and I was just mesmerized by how much sense was being made… Need I remind anyone again, this is what makes KnT so good for me.
There’s really not much to be said here here except me repeating how great this part was or how amazing the other part was. Kurumi and co. were really the last issues to be resolved, and with the exception of Ayane and Chizuru’s stories, which just weren’t part of the series because the manga is still ongoing, the ending was extremely satisfying (you’ll see this word a lot, just watch). Sawako crying and stating that she’ll treasure this relationship was quite powerful, as it’s quite amazing how a single sentence can provide such closure to an entire series. It was actually quite a revelation for me to realize that their (or any) single relationship was built upon the misery of dozens of others, but you can blame Kazehaya for that. And his victory cheer at the end, LOL. You deserve it bro.
Do I like Kimi ni Todoke? I couldn’t say yes any harder. Do I like the second season? I might be a little hesitant, but.. yes, yes I did.
It’s a little odd to be making final impressions for this series, because I forget many things. I feel like it’s too obvious to be bringing them up, like an absolutely excellent and entertaining cast of characters, a humor that stirs up a riot at times, and an engaging relatable plot of self discovery, friendship, and love. It’s a shoujo series at its finest, and I don’t really need to drive the point home what the first season did already. So if you want to hear me gush about the series, you won’t see it here. Really, if you’re reading this and you haven’t seen either seasons, please give the first a shot.
But this second season? Kind of a thorn. Sure, the season started off well, but then the series decided to take a dip into the romance crutch of misunderstandings. You don’t know how disappointed I was, and still am, that Shiina Karuho (the mangaka) couldn’t think of a better device to bring the two together. It absolutely did not help that the misunderstanding was over semantics. Yeah, the motherload of all misunderstandings and probably most hated. Following that was a cycle of frustration with two people having no idea what to do, repeating scenes over and over again with no results. I think you’ll remember Kazehaya confessed to her face several times to no avail. Absolutely ridiculous. The mess of emotions were also never stated clearly by either character, so actions started to completely lose meaning, subsequently lowering my enjoyment of the show. I don’t know whether to point the finger to Production I.G. for possibly screwing up the clarity of the adaptation, or that fault still lies on Karuho.
Thanks to humor and brotastic supporting characters, I was able to endure through the frustration and make it through what I like to call “The Dark Ages of KnT.” Once the series was past this point, all the good things about the series quickly came rushing back, and the show was once again in its familiar groove. While it’s too bad that only lasted for the remaining two episodes, the series ended on a really strong point, with several moving final scenes, especially the last minute. There was just so much closure the series was able to bring with a few simple sentences that simply had me awestruck, so I’m sorry guys, but this series won me over again.
From the start, I had thought a second season with only twelve episodes couldn’t possibly be enough. Sitting here now, I disagree, twelve episodes was more than enough. It’s funny, I’m not exactly sure if I’m satisfied because the ending was good, or because I’ve just seen enough of Sawako and Kazehaya’s fumbling around (lol), but I’m not too sad if they don’t make a third season (unless someone tells me something amazing happens). I may read the manga, I may not, all I know is, Sawako and Kazehaya are together, they’re happy, I’m happy, life is good.
Okay, maybe I’m a little sad. ;_;