Something has been bugging me ever since I first laid eyes upon Sawako from Kimi ni Todoke. Then it finally hit me. Everyone in the class says Sawako looks like a ghost and how it freaks them out etc etc, but they never had the benefit of considering this…
Mamiko Noto, Sawako’s seiyuu
That’s right… Sawako pretty much is the animated version of Noto, which makes Noto the real life version of Sawako. Show me a person who says he freaks out at seeing Mamiko Noto and I will show you a liar. Those guys who freaked out at Sawako are going to regret it when Sawako wears a kimono and unleashes the Yamato Nadeshiko side of her. I can just see that coming.
On a sidenote, Sawako’s endless optimism never ceases to amaze me. If I had to choose between Nogizaka Haruka or Sawako as the better Noto-voiced female lead, I would choose Sawako without batting an eyelid. Haruka is too “perfect” so to speak, while Sawako is a normal girl that is sweet and endearing. I felt more for Sawako in 2 episodes than I did for Haruka in 15 episodes, which is saying something.
So yeah, Kazehaya is no fool and knows a good girl when he sees one, unlike all the other idiots in the school. More power to him, he is one of the rare few none-hotblooded male lead that earned my respect. Everyone else that I classify as a true man have this tendency to scream out their intentions before beating the crap out of their opponents, so this guy is a special case, I guess.
To wrap things up, putting aside the convenient and uncanny resemblance of Sawako and Noto, go watch Kimi ni Todoke if you like shoujo anime or manga. You will not be disappointed.
This is Julius Firefocht, signing off.