Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You
(君に届け?, lit. Reaching You
) is a romance shōjo manga by Karuho Shiina (Shīna Karuho
). It has been published by Shueisha in Bessatsu Margaret
since 2006 and collected in 12 tankōbon
volumes as of September 2010. In 2008, it won the Best Shōjo Manga award in the 32nd Annual Kodansha Manga Award. The series was also nominated for the first Manga Taisho awards in 2008. An anime adaptation of Kimi ni Todoke
aired in Japan, produced by Production I.G. A second season of the anime had been announced in Betsuma Magazine, and is now being aired in Japan as of January 4th, 2011. A live action film adaptation was released in 2010 starring Mikako Tabe and Haruma Miura.
Sawako Kuronuma, called Sadako by her classmates for her resemblance to the character from The Ring
, has always been feared and misunderstood because of her appearance. There are rumors that Sawako can see ghosts and curse people. However, despite her appearances, she is a sweet and timid girl who longs to be able to make friends with everyone and be liked by everyone else. When her idol, popular boy Kazehaya, begins talking with her, everything changes. She finds herself in a new world, trying to make friends and talking to different people and she can't thank Kazehaya enough for giving her these opportunities. Slowly, but surely, a sweet love is blossoming between the two as they will overtake any circumstance or clear obstacles in their way.
Originally planned on being a one-shot to be compiled in her previous work, Crazy For You
, Shiina decided to expand the story and make it into a full series. It has been running in Japan in Bessatsu Margaret
since 2006, with 12 compiled volumes so far. Shiina took a break starting in the March 2009 issue to have a baby; serialization resumed in the October issue. The series is licensed by Viz Media for an English-language North American release.
The series has been adapted into a series of light novels in Japan released by Shueisha under their Cobalt imprint. Eight volumes have been released so far; the first was released on August 1, 2007 and most recent on October 30, 2010.
A separate volume was released September 11, 2009. The volume took the place of the manga in Bessatsu Margaret magazine while manga-ka Karuho Shiina took a break due to her pregnancy; it contains the story of Kazehaya and Sawako's first meeting, before the events of the manga.