Kimi ni todoke (From Me to You) Vol. 15 by Karuho Shiina (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

November 23, 2012 by  


This latest volume is all about Chizuru and Ryu as these two best friends face a challenge to their friendship after Ryu confesses his love to her.  Can they still be best friends?  Find out in vol. 15 of “Kimi ni todoke (From Me to You)”!

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MANGA TITLE: Kimi ni todoke (From me to You) Vol. 15

STORY AND ART BY: Karuho Shiina (椎名軽穂)


PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC/Shonen Jump Manga

RATED: T for Older Teen

RELEASE DATE: November 6, 2012

Ever since the near-kiss incident on the school trip, Sawako and Kazehaya have become distant. With Ayane warming to Kento’s affections and Chizuru devastated that her friendship with Ryu is beyond repair, does the change of season mean a change of heart?

A lot has changed since the school trip as Sawako and Kazehaya have grown a little distant, Ayane and Kento getting a little closer.

But for Chizuru and Ryu, they have been inseparated since they were kids.  Always best friends, their friendship now in trouble after Ryu confesses his love to Chizuru and she doesn’t know what to make out of it, as she saw him like a brother.

A look at the history between Chizuru and Ryu throughout the years in “Kimi ni todoke (From Me to You)” Vol. 15!

What is “Kimi ni todoke” all about?

From mangaka Karuho Shiina (“Crazy for You”), comes her award winning shojo manga titled “Kimi ni Todoke”.

The winner of the 32nd Kodansha Manga Award for “Best Shojo” and a series that has received an anime and film adaptation, the romance shojo manga “Kimi ni Todoke” will now be released in the United States.

Originally planned to be a one shot manga chapter for “Crazy For You”, a storyline that was supposed to be more lighthearted and fun as opposed to “Crazy For You”, “Kimi ni Todoke” ended up becoming a series that Karuho Shiina is now best known for.

The series revolves around Sawako Kuronuma. Shy, introverted and often spooking people out, she has received the nickname “Sadako” (for those who are familiar with “The Ring” horror films), because of her dark black hair and people think she can communicate with ghosts and also if you look into her eyes for more than three seconds, one will receive some type of bad luck.

Everyone in school is spooked out by her, except Shota Kazehaya, the most popular guy in school. No matter how things are, he tends to look at life positively and is always laughing and smiling.

For Sawako, she can’t understand how one person can be so happy all the time, but that is Shota’s nature.

And slowly, Shota wants to get closer to Sawako despite how other students see her, but for Sawako, she thinks it’s primarily his kindness and easy-going nature that allows him to be around her. But in truth, Shota is attracted to Sawako.

But when the two befriend a puppy, both end up spending more time with each other and being friends. But will this new friendship change the school’s negative perception of her? And what happens when the popular girls at school start to notice Shota wanting to spend time with Sawako?

In the latest volume 15, the storyline focuses on Chizuru and Ryu.  The two have been best friends since they were younger.  They grew up together, they were more than best friends, in fact they saw each other like brother and sister.

But when Ryu confesses his love to Chizuru, his confession troubles Chizuru deeply and is not sure how to deal with it.

Here we are with the 15th volume of “Kimi ni todoke (From Me to You)” and Ryu has confessed his love for his best friend, Chizuru.

And Chizuru is blindsided that the guy she grew up with since they were kids and one she looked to as a brother…is in love with her.

Ryu was the person she can turn to whenever she was lonely, was happy or sad but now…she doesn’t know what to do and she is troubled by his confession.

How will she deal with it?

This volume focuses on their relationship since they were children and getting to know why Chizuru is troubled by the confession and more.

Meanwhile, why does Kento want to speak with Sawako alone?

The artwork by Karuho Shiina is very well done. Good character expressions and Karuho’s artwork is shojo but she also uses lines on the cheeks to distinguish her artwork from others work.

Overall, if you are looking for a teenage high school romance story with quite a bit of drama but also humor, then I definitely recommend Karuho Shiina’s “Kimi ni todoke (From Me To You)” vol. 15!

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