Don’t worry no spoilers, since I’m sure a lot of you are also watching the anime. I just finished reading chapter 22 and it really kind of hammered home just why I love this manga/anime so much.
I won’t go into detail about the circumstances behind the picture since I don’t want to spoil anyone, except to say the girls have been worried about Chizu.
Back when Toradora aired, one of the things I liked most about that show, is that even though the main plot point seemed to be about romance, and Taiga and Ryuuji’s pursuit of it, what also shone through was the friendship between everyone.
I think its for this same reason that I really love the manga/anime of Kimi ni Todoke. Of course the main plot revolves around Sawako and Kazehaya and their growing feelings, but the theme of friendship is also strong in this series.
Sawako is opening up to the world thanks to Kazehaya, but her friendship with Chizu and Yano is also helping her to grow as a person.
Whether its Sawako and Kazehaya, Chizu and Yano, Sawako, Chizu and Yano, Kazehaya and Ryuu or Chizu and Ryuu. There are so many different friendships here, separate from one another and yet also together.
Sawako and Yano feel like failures as friends because they don’t know what to do for Chizu in her situation, but relax as Kazehaya provides a friendly ear and points out Chizu will be okay, because they are her friends. So even though Kazehaya isn’t really close to Yano, there is still a friendship there of sorts, friends can be bridges to making other friends. Would Kazehaya have said anything if Sawako wasn’t also in that equation?
Whether they are cheering each other on, silently wondering how to help, picking fights in order to get their friend to confront their feelings, or just listening and giving what advice they can, the feelings of friendship clearly shine through.
Hopefully we all have friends like these in our lives 🙂