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June 7, 2012 11:55 pm by small image

Kimi to Boku has been an interesting anime experience, ever since it began last fall. The first season started off pretty slow, but once the characters were established the show became quite charming and fun, mixing in some good comedy with its slice-of-life high school setting. The characters developed very gradually, much as people likely do in real life, with individual episodes generally focusing on a single concept or feeling associated with those unpredictable teenage years. The second season has continued this trend, but many of the episodes have been incorporating more and more in regards to romance, which I feel is unique for Kimi to Boku’s particular genre.

The central romance of the series, of course, entails Mary’s (Masaki’s) infatuation with Shun, and in turn Chizuru’s infatuation with Mary. It starts out rather lighthearted and silly, and given the slice-of-life nature of the show, I didn’t really expect there to be much change to the status quo of this comedic formula. In general, Kimi to Boku didn’t seem to be so much about character development as it was about honing in on specific, passing events that take place amongst high school friends. But over the course of this second season, it’s become clear there is some plot progression intended for these characters’ relationships with one another. (Just like in real life???)

Near the start of this season, we had the Christmas episode where Chizuru began to recognize and act on his feelings toward Mary, despite knowing how she was thoroughly entranced by Shun and oblivious of any interest Chizuru had in her. Then by the time Valentine’s Day hits, he manages to comfort Mary after she failed to deliver chocolates to Shun, and after a (rather hilarious) moment of insecurity (running and screaming), he eventually manages to outright tell her he likes her with a smile on his face. It definitely surprised me, but when it happened it really felt just right.

In the latest episode of the series, Chizuru and Mary both had to deal with where their relationship could go from there. The status quo had officially been broken, and neither of them knew how to approach one another. After all, Mary still loved Shun… right? I found it interesting how Chizuru in the end was genuinely pleased with the fact that Mary had simply been thinking about him at all since his confession, when he had worried there was no room for him at all in Mary’s life while she was still crushing on Shun. Deep down, Mary is warming up to Chizuru, and with time I think these two characters–both of which were quite immature at the start of the series, I may note–may be able to find more and more common ground. At least, I hope so! The way their relationship is developing is quite gradual, but the way the characters view one another feels very genuine. To Mary, Chizuru was just a silly boy–the very idea that he was in love with her had never really crossed her mind until he confessed (even though it should’ve been fairly obvious, given the several times he had helped her out). Of course, she was so focused on Shun, the idea that she’d consider liking another boy was out of the question. Will that change? I think it’s a definite possibility, but it was nice to have this latest episode devoted to Mary’s transition of actually being able to consider such a possibility.

Along with the Shun-Mary-Chizuru plot, this season has incorporated some other stories that deal with romance. Shun is confessed to on Valentine’s Day, and his immediate reaction is a Blue Screen of Death. The cafeteria lady from the first season is moving away, and Yuuki has the dilemma of how to act in such a situation when he still has (to some degree) feelings for her. And Shun’s middle-school-aged brother is continuing to go out with the girl he was with in the first season, but encounters the problem of not knowing how to properly act within a boyfriend role. Perhaps the shared theme amongst all these sub-plots is the uncertainty that inevitably accompanies romance (and particularly teenage romance). What am I supposed to say? What am I supposed to do? What will she/he think of me if I say or do this? Every little thing can suddenly become a big deal, and Kimi to Boku manages to take a look at some of these basic elements of everyday relationships and show step-by-step how the characters deal with them.

On paper the episode synopses for Kimi to Boku may not sound very exciting (eg “Yuuki gets a part-time job” or “The gang has a sleep-over at Kaname’s house and keep him up all night.”), but the show becomes enjoyable to watch thanks to the characters and just how easy it is to relate to them. Or, at least, their thoughts and emotions. I have not been in situations exactly like those of the characters in Kimi to Boku, but I can certainly understand how they feel. And at the very least, seeing how the characters continue to move on with their lives in a positive way despite all their concerns and insecurities leaves me with a pleasant, hopeful feeling at the end of each episode.