WOOHOO! Kimi ni Todoke’s back! However, we must issue the following warning: may contain DAWWWING. Lots of DAWWWING…..
Our adorable heroine spends most of the episode trying to give the hero her homemade Valentines chocolates… but doesn’t.
So now that the clip show, Ume 00, is over Sawako is getting ready for Valentine’s day, Sadly with the start of a new year means that Sawako and her friends are no longer in optimal positions as I suspect Ume has fixed the drawing to separate Sawako and Kazehaya. Sawako is still rather confused about her feelings, which I am more than willing to forgive her for, but Kazehaya has yet to man up to Patrick levels and thus we all suffer for it. If nothing else at least Sawako is forming friendships with other classmate who should be a of some help against Ume.
Ume refuses to accept defeat with dignity and grace and now seeks to make Sawako the new target of her attacks as Kazehaya was immune to her low ball tactics. It is the mark of a foul and unforgivable woman if she insists on interfering. I have no doubt in my mind that Ume seeks to keep Kazehaya lonely so that he will come to her out of desperation. Her direct assault failed for her methods were foul and she was duly punished for her insolence. Ume once again resorts to lies and seeks to harass Sawako in a bid to continue her unjust war on True Love. Since Ume wishes to remain unrepentant and altogether loathsome I wish her an unhappy life and a harem animu loser boyfriend.
Speaking of that spiky haired loser I wish the fucker choked after eating like a pig would have been great if he had choked on pink paper that he was too lazy to remove. Still Kazehaya gets none for himself but at least he scores a taste of Sawako’s chocolate that was so rightfully his. Ume may have won this round but I look forward to another one of her imminent failure and subsequent FAKE TEARS I just hope the resulting ELS kills her and Pin.
It seems that a new rival for Kazehaya has appeared but I do not like him his professed like of Ume makes me want to shoot him on sight. Hopefully he will see what that foul wretch has done to poor Sawako and will recognize Ume for being the trashy harlot that we all know her to be. This is a dangerous time for Sawako and Kazehaya, as Ume will try and break them apart. I hope Ayane, Chizu, and Ryu will mobilize now that Kurumi has broken the ceasefire and has already launched a surprise attack without a formal declaration of a shipping war. It is an episode that will live in infamy and with a bit of luck maybe they can cast Ume back into the depths of despair.
It should be a more interesting season now that another player has entered while Ume refuses to exit with what little dignity she has left, but I will enjoy pouring the haterade on her. I hope that the pace will pick up a bit since much of the slowness was in part due to Kazehaya and Sawako getting side tracked by Ume, but now that they have met and know each other one can hold out some hope. While I value my SawakoXKazehaya ship I hope this new guy takes direct action instead of scheming like Ume, because if it did he would slow things down immensely and then I will be calling for his head.
Firstly, I must say HELL YAY! to the return of one of the best feel-good shoujos of last year. Seriously, by the time I finished watching the new OP (sung once again by the brilliant Tomofumi Tanizawa) and the opening shots of our adorably happy heroine cooking in this epi (yeah, I’m clearly not counting last week’s fillerific recap epi 0 either, nuff said), the smile on my face was just as wide as Sawako’s. Skip to the next day and cue some moments with faces both old and new getting friendly with Sawakao, then a brief recap of the waters previously sailed by the SS SawakoXKazehaya, and the stage is set for more highly anticipated romantic and comedic high jinx.
Until we get the all DAT ANGST following the switching of the seats and concerning the dishing out of certain Valentines chocos…
…but fear not! For, while the plot and pacing have never been the most original or breakneck aspects of the show respectively, it’s all about the execution of the plot and character development. Thus, in this respect, Sawako’s inner dorama does nothing short of suck you right in. Yes, even though we were probably all screaming at her to just give those bloody chocolates to that poor boy too (seriously, even Pin got some! Pin!!) and even though we’d view such behaviour in most other girls as downright retarded, for the uber-shy and much wrongly-maligned SawakonotSadako, her actions (or rather lack of them) are both believable and empowering. Indeed, how can she possibly give her future husbando the same chocolates that she’s just handed out to everyone else as if he were just another platonic pal?
In short: she can’t, because they are too important to her to give him (I know it sounds lame, but bear with me), because she is realising that he means so much more to her and thus she wants to give them to him not just as a Thank You, but as an I Love You.
In shorter: this is a big deal for Sawako.
Overall, as an epi 1 of a second season that directly follows their unofficial first dayto, I have a largely positive impression of the epi. While the pace seems determined to remain (almost) as glacial as it was in season 1, and while you could argue that it was nonetheless kinda lame and insensitive spending a whole epi making and giving out Valentines chocolates to everyone except the guy who deserved them the most, I am satisfied that Sawako is making steady progress both in coming out of her own shell with more others and in coming to terms with her own feelings about Kazehaya. Speaking of which, I second comrade Crusader’s hopes regarding Kurumi and Master Kento as catalysts for more such development for Sawako and Kazehaya, and thus for SawakoXKazehaya.
And finally, how could I (we?) forget that such a feel-good and sweetly funny [oh Yano, Chi, Pin and co., hope I’ll have more to say about you rather than just LOL during your hopefully not so limited appearances next time] show could have so much dorama and angst, eh?! In short, I don’t know… but I look forward to spending the rest of this series finding out!