Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You fans can refresh their memories of the first two seasons with a special recap video that collects the highlights of the story so far. The anime is returning in 2024, with a new season by Production I.G and an exclusive Netflix worldwide streaming deal. The video was released on Sawako’s birthday.
Production I.G also animated the first two seasons of the rom-com series, along with all the specials that came out of it. The first season of the Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You TV anime premiered in the Fall of 2009. It ran for 25 episodes (ended in 2010). The 12-episode sequel followed in 2011.
The anime is based on the Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You manga, written and illustrated by Karuho Shiina. The manga was serialized in Bessatsu Margaret from 2005 to 2017 and it ended after 123 chapters, collected into 30 volumes. A light novel adaptation by Kanae Shimokawa (known for the novelization of Nana series) ran from 2007 to 2015 under the Cobalt Bunko imprint. Shiina did the illustrations for it. A spin-off story, set after the events of the main manga, titled Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You – Soulmate was also serialized in Bessatsu Margaret from 2018 to 2022 and collected into three volumes. A one-volume prequel novel, Kimi ni Todoke: Ashita ni Nareba, by Shimokawa also exists: it was published while Shiina was taking maternity leave and paused the manga in Bessatsu Margaret.
Viz Media licensed the manga and describes the plot as:
Sawako Kuronuma is the perfect heroine…for a horror movie. With striking similarities to a haunting movie character–jet-black hair, sinister smile and silent demeanor–she’s mistakenly called Sadako by those around her. But behind her scary façade is a very misunderstood teenager. Too shy to fit in, all she wants to do is make some friends. But when the most popular boy in class befriends her, she’s sure to make more than just that–she’s about to make some enemies too!
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