Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, Volume 3 – Manga Review

Review by: Sophie Stevens

Publisher: VIZ Media
Author: Karuho Shiina
Genre: Graphic Novel (Shojo Beat Manga)
MSRP: $9.99 US
Rating: T (Teen)
Release Date: Available Now

Is this the beginning of something other than just a friendship?

The first volume of Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You introduced us to a girl her fellow students would rather avoid like a haunted house on the way to their home. All it took was one boy to change a life and suddenly Sawako Kuronuma has friends and others are finally seeing that there’s more to her than just a creepy smile and frightening rumors. Now, in Volume 3, we find Sawako questioning her feeling for the same boy that changed her life.

After having cleared up any misunderstanding between them, Sawako finds herself comfortably meeting tough girls Yoshida and Yano outside the school setting. Wanting to share her love for ramen with Sawako and Yano, Yoshida takes them to her favorite ramen restaurant that just so happens to be run by the father of fellow classmate Ryu Sanada. While the three girls and Ryu are having a blast, one of the girls thinks it would be a good idea if Sawako invites Kazehaya over to join them.

He does come over and before the evening is ruined by the arrival of their teacher, Pin, Sawako feels like she’s seeing a more comfortable side to Kazehaya she hasn’t seen since they found that puppy back in the first volume. In fact, she even learns a few facts about him like the fact that Kazehaya and Ryu played baseball in middle school. We also learn a little something ourselves involving Ryu and Yoshida. While it’s not clear what is going on between them, we hope this is explored in future volumes.

Back in class, Sawako learns that the Sports Festival is coming up and that she will have to participate despite the fact that she’s not good at any sport. At the same time, Yano and Yoshida are trying to get their strange friend to call people by their first name … an act that, in Japan, is only done between people you’re great friends with or comfortable enough to know really well. She can’t quite do it and even more so when it comes to Kazehaya who he himself isn’t capable of calling her by her first name.

Not only is she unable to call him by his first name but she can’t stop staring at him lately. His mere presence has her heart racing and she doesn’t understand why. As she fails miserably at soccer, though, she finds that Kazehaya is willing to help her and they practice together when she starts seeing Kazehaya in a different light she doesn’t quite understand. What are these new feelings and why is it becoming hard to just look at him?

Meanwhile, the cute girl named Kurumi that helped Sawako pick up papers in Volume 2 is being pressured into hooking up with Kazehaya. She’s certainly got the looks and she has known Kazehaya since middle school but she keeps telling her friends that they will never become a couple. Still, this doesn’t stop Kurumi from trying and seeing that Sawako has become friends with Kazehaya she thinks it would be a good idea to befriend Sawako as well.

However, as the Sports Festival is coming up it is Kazehaya and Kurumi who are chosen to be on the Festival’s committee. Kurumi finds it hard to get Kazehaya’s attention when he doesn’t seem to be interested in looking at anyone else but Sawako. Even as the two girls become friendly – against the advice of both Yano and Yoshida – Kurumi tells Sawako that they are friends. The girl who unpopular for so long is happy to have one of the cutest girls in school as a friend.

Then Kurumi asks Sawako for something that the other girl cannot do. I won’t spoil things by telling you what that thing is but you can be assured that this will not end very pretty and you can bet there will be a conflict between the two girls.

Volume 3 of Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You is just getting started as a new feelings arise within Sawako and the possibility of a rival take center stage. Things are starting to get interesting in this series and as the scary girl in school is starting to become comfortable around others but aware of new feelings she might have for Kazehaya.

MANGA REVIEW BREAKDOWN

STORY: B+
Having assured them that they’re her friends, Sawako is now hanging out with Yoshida and Yano more frequently and Kazehaya is happy for her. Yet when the Sports Festival is just around the corner and Kazehaya sticks around to help her get comfortable with soccer, Sawako starts getting awkward around him. Plus, one of the cutest girls in school wants to be her friend.

ART: B+
Is it me or is the art in this manga getting a lot better and more detailed as we can see from this volume. Either way, the art isn’t bad at all.

OVERALL: B+
As Sawako becomes more accepting of her new friends and actually hanging out with them, Volume 3 of Kimi ni Todoke has our girl trying to make sense new feeling for Kazehaya as well as try to make sense of a girl who wishes to become her friend. Things are going to change after this.

Review copy provided by VIZ Media.

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