「陽だまりの詩（うた）」 (Hidamari no Uta)
“The Sunshine Song”
Why couldn’t have every episode of Kimi to Boku been this good?
In a day and age where being too close to a younger child can bring some really negative attention, this final episode brought out those honest happy-go-lucky feelings that surface whenever I get to spend time with a younger generation. Something about getting dragged along at their pace and enjoying it never fails to put a smile on my face.
But for all of your kid haters out there, I thought it was a great twist how the writers went full circle and put Kaname in the same position he once hated — being a cool senpai like Koichi. While his methods or words may not be as suave as Koichi’s, I think Kaname’s bluntness managed to instill the same amount of confidence into Ken that Koichi had once done to him. To put it bluntly, I was shocked by how emotional I became after watching Ken mature up and apologize to the girl he had feelings for.
All in all, this final episode of Kimi to Boku was pretty good. With a combination of cute little kids and more of Kaname showing off his cool side, there probably couldn’t have been a better way to end the season.
For an anime that decided to switch out girls in favor of boys, I’m pleasantly surprised to say that Kimi to Boku’s first season was pretty good. Even though it had a really rough start, this show has turned into a small little gem that’s close to finding its sparkle. I’m not sure how I would describe the changes that have occurred since those first few episodes but those changes only help to make this statement ring true — there are certain things that can’t be done with a traditional slice-of-life anime filled with moe girls.
With the standard five man group, Kimi to Boku probably won’t win you over with its characters’ personalities. What will, is how these characters interact with the situations they’ve been given and how much of an emotional response it’ll draw from you. The two biggest examples would have to be this week’s episode and episode seven. The former personifying the feelings I feel whenever I get to take care of kids and the latter proving that quiet characters like Yuuta can be complex and ridiculously cute.
If my fondness for the series hasn’t already become apparent, let me state it clearly — Watch Kimi to Boku. If you’re a fan of the slice-of-life genre and want to see something different, this series will definitely surprise you. It may be slow at times, but I think that the genuine emotions certain episodes evoke from you will make up for it. Plus, with a second season already planned, I’m hoping that the pacing issues will be replaced with an overflowing amount of awesome.