At first, this show was boring, but now it’s sorta funny in a sad kind of way.
You know how some people don’t understand basic social interactions so they tend to concentrate on the details rather than seeing the whole? For example, you smile once at them just to be nice, but they take that as a cue that you’re interested. A single smile means nothing in the big picture, but to them, they relive that moment over and over and over in their heads. Did you slightly graze your hand with their hand? They’ll be dreaming of that at night. Did you say you liked video games? Oh man, would you like an invitation to watch Silent Hill at 1 AM in his room alone? Well, Kimi ni Todoke caters to those people who make a giant deal out of everything because every moment in the show is big. Every moment is HUGE. Kazehaya isn’t just wishing Sawako good luck. He’s sending her his heart! Better not wash that hand for a week.
Look at Kazehaya walking away with that dumb grin on his face — what is he even staring at? In reality, between normal people, it would just be one friendly moment between friends. But in anime…
…that boy will literally stare back at you awkwardly for a good five seconds just so you know… it meant something.
I can understand the feeling, honestly. In middle school, I used to think every isolated moment with my crush meant something more — maybe it meant as much to her as it did to me. She asked when my birthday was! OMG, maybe she likes me too?
But most people grow out of that. Relationships aren’t built on “super-moments;” if someone’s breaking up with you, you can’t trot out a laundry list of special occasions to convince them otherwise. Nerds want to define relationships in terms of isolated moments so that relationships are easy to understand, but it doesn’t work that way. I’ve been with the same girl for over three years now and I’ve never been happier, but if you ask me to name one or two special moments to define the relationship, I’d have a hard time because the whole thing is important. Anime like Kimi ni Todoke, however, caters to those people who refuse to accept that romances just aren’t made of those “super-moments” (it’s no surprise that these romance anime typically end as soon as the couple are together for good — the actual romance itself is unimportant). When anyone else gives you a high-five, it’s no biggie.
But when it’s Kazehaya-kun…
And that’s why it makes me laugh. ‘Cause I know people like this… people who think a smile is a big deal when it’s not. And when you try to convince them otherwise, when you try to tell your friend that its creepy to IM a girl out of nowhere just because she said hi to him once at work, they run off to their little fantasy corners (i.e. TV shows, movies, fanfiction, etc.) where there are thousands of people just like them. Thousands of people who think everyone has a true love so they fret and worry over whether or not they’ve found that “special someone” — people who make up complex relationships out of nothing. Two characters in a TV show locked eyes? TIME TO SHIP IT. Take a look at Fandom Secrets:
These people love “super-moments” and don’t you dare tell them that the smile meant nothing.
If some guy saved my girlfriend from being hit in the face, I’d just be like… “Nice grab, dude; thanks.”
But not in Kimi ni Todoke. That grab… meant something. *runs off to ship Sawako/Ryu*