Kimi ni Todoke Season 2 Episode 1 [First Impression]: Giri… Honmei… I have to give… *HIDES*

It is Valentine’s day once again in Japan with all the shoujo animes and mangas it’s probably Valentine’s day 20 times a year, and Sawako gives chocolates to her friends and family. The whole rest of the episode is all about her trying to give her last bag of chocolates to Kazehaya.

It is ZEE bag. Who'd have thought an episode could go around such an item for the whole half hour?

Kuronuma Sawako is back to school at the start of the new semester, and the seating plan has changed, however the people around her aren’t scared of her like previous semesters and it makes her really happy. Of course, she seems really happy in her own little world surrounded by friends, but we can’t forget about Kazehaya either. Sawako starts thinking about him and how she feels distant from him now that the seating plan has changed, meanwhile Kazehaya remembers what happened on New Years and smiles d’awww, so cute.

We then learn that the next day is Valentine’s day, and Sawako has all her chocolates prepared: Ryuu and Chizuru, Tomo, Ekko, Ayane, her dad, one for Takahashi (the creepy girl sitting behind her in class), and she’s making Kazehaya’s bag when she realizes that he seems more important than the others. She makes it nonetheless, however the next day she finds herself unable to give him his chocolate, and Kazehaya notices that she gives some to everyone but him Heck, even an idiot like Pin got chocolates and kinda starts feeling jealous. Sawako is about to finally give them, however Kurumi gives them first and then Sawako is, in the end, unable to give her chocolates to him because she can’t pretend they’re only obligatory chocolates. At the end of the episode we meet a new character, who doesn’t seem to despise Kurumi’s new personality, and who looks at Sawako as she wants to give her chocolates to Kazehaya suspicious….

 

Impression: Alright, first, I’d like to mention that the subs for this kinda pissed me off, because in my opinion the chocolates should have been explained in more detail. I think sometimes it must have been seriously confusing for some people, and I’m not quite satisfied of the subbing company about that. When they say “obligatory chocolates” their definition isn’t too bad, however the “homemade chocolates” are just plain sad. Anyways, in Japan you can give 3 types of chocolate. Giri chocolate is one that you give because you feel “obligated” to give chocolates to someone, Tomo chocolates are more about giving some to friends, and Honmei chocolate (what they called a homemade chocolate -_-) is a chocolate given to someone you love, so in Sawako’s case it’d basically be a confession. Now that this has been cleared up, let’s actually get to the impression.

First off, the whole concept of Valentine’s day. I’m kinda sick of it. I know it’s an important day for all shoujo animes, but come on, this is getting really redundant -_-. Anyways, apart from that, I was really happy to meet all the old characters and their personality again. I laughed so much when I saw Joe waiting for Ayane to give chocolate and Pin being an idiot like usual, these guys are complete idiots and they’re just plain hilarious! There are a couple of new characters in this, notably Takahashi, who seems to have a fetish for tickling people wtf!, and there also seems to be a guy in Kurumi’s class that will probably be important later on he’s reaaaaally suspicious…

Hey, you. Yeah, you with the flowy hair and good looks. You're suspicious *stares*. Your hair flows too much in non-windy areas.

Anyways, on to Sawako now. She’s totally adorable! She tries her best to be integrated into her class and, in this episode, to give out her chocolates and it’s so cute! I love that girl. “If I give him mine he’ll have way too many chocolates!” d’Awwww ^.^. Stop worrying so much, cute little girl. The reason why in the end she didn’t give out chocolates also made lots of sense. She can’t give them and pretend they’re Giri chocolates, because to her that would be denying her feelings, however in the end she couldn’t give Honmei chocolates either because she would be confessing and doesn’t want that. Kazehaya’s thoughts were pretty interesting too, it’s quite obvious that both sides like each other and once again I can’t help but find everything really cute.

Lastly, I would like to say: Yaaaaaaaay, Ryuu’s back!

…Sorry, I just had to.

The show already has some plot started off, with the suspicious dude and Kurumi especially, it seems there will be a lot of bonds forming and others getting stronger! It’ll be an awesome second season!

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