I was never really interested in reading Kimi ni Todoke before because I kinda got sick of those usual "quiet girl meets outgoing guy" love stories. I decided to read about a month ago, however, because I was running out of shoujo manga to read, plus I wanted to know what the hype and the good reviews are all about.
It's nothing new, honestly, but as Sawako would describe Kazehaya, it is refreshing
. Sawako is an ok heroine, Kazehaya is actually adorbs, and the two of them together is just so cute and squishy all over. I also like that there's more to Kazehaya than being just a perfect popular guy because he also has his faults, and the conflicts in their love story is not as dramatic, irritating and tedious as other love stories in shoujo manga.
What I also liked about KnT is the unlikely friendship Sawako makes with Chizu and Yano, the former a tall, brutish girl; the latter a teenage gyaru
who looks too mature for her age. Think Tohru's friendship with her BFFs Hana and Uo, it's that kind of special friendship. And of course her friends also have their own love interests:
There's Chizu and her unresolved sexual tension with her childhood friend, Ryuu.
And Yano and the other popular guy in class, Kent.
I was first really invested with the ChizuRyuu dynamic but for some reason, my interest in the pairing faltered as I've progressed with the series. Surprisingly enough, I'm most intrigued and interested in this not canon (YET... I CAN FEEL IT HAPPENING) pairing:
Yano x Pin PLZ. THEY'VE GOT SO MUCH MORE SEXUAL TENSION THAN YANO/KENT!! Idk I never really liked Kent as a character so I'm not too invested with him and Yano actually together in the series.
Guess he stuck to me as the ass who meddled in Kazehaya and Sawako's relationship SOB I was crying that whole time I swear
This is probably one of the few Teacher/Student pairings I like aside from Shizume in HnR (which is sorta defunct atm SOB) and I guess like most T/S pairings, this will be a complicated relationship. Well, let's see how Shiina Karuho treats this pairing, and I hope she does it right.