Anime Review: Sukitte Ii Na Yo (Say ‘I Love You’)

Episodes: 13
Genre: Romance, Shoujou
Related Words: School, popular, drama, friends
Rating: 4/5

Friends will only let you down—that is the sad truth Mei Tachibana lives with, ever since she was wrongfully blamed for the death of a class pet by her so-called friends in grade school. Since then, she stays away from people in order to avoid ever being hurt again. However, Mei’s life begins to change drastically when a misunderstanding in high school causes her to encounter popular student Yamato Kurosawa.

Yamato finds her intriguing and insists on being her friend, even though Mei wants nothing to do with him. But when a dangerous situation ends with Yamato kissing Mei to save her from the unwanted attention of a stalker, Mei begins to develop feelings for him. On the heels of her discovery that their feelings are mutual, they start dating and she gains not only a boyfriend, but friends as well. Mei, however, finds it very hard to adapt to this new lifestyle, especially in expressing her true feelings towards Yamato.

Throughout misunderstandings of their new relationship, each other, and the attentions of other girls, Mei and Yamato slowly grow closer and learn the true meaning of those three little words: “I love you.”

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Full Review (Without Spoilers)

This was a really sweet romance and I personally really liked it. It’s your typical popular guy and weird, outcast girl start to date sort of thing, but sometimes you need these kinds of things, you know.

The anime was really fast paced and I really liked that because we didn’t need to wait 30 episodes until the couple got together. This was more of a during-dating anime where they go through a series of obstacles to strengthen their relationship. The fact that the anime only had 13 episodes made it really quick to finish, but even after it was over, you realize that they have already been through quite a lot and it was amazing to fit that in 13 episodes.

There were a lot of scenes that I really liked and it was just very cute to watch. I do wish they could have made the plot a little bit more unique, since it does follow the standard shoujou anime format, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

I’d recommend this to anyone who likes Shoujou anime and wants a quick series to watch.

Rating

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6 thoughts on “Anime Review: Sukitte Ii Na Yo (Say ‘I Love You’)

  1. Karandi says:

    I liked this well enough but found Yamato a little bit too over-bearing at times (not completely creepy like some romantic leads but just a little bit too pushy for my liking). Still, there’s some really cute moments and I like how Mei develops throughout the series. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. TPAB~ says:

    I remember this anime because of the soundtrack. They used the songs of Ritsuko Okazaki long after the angelic voiced star has died. It was haunting to listen to sometimes/

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      • TPAB~ says:

        She sang the ending song for Fruits Basket, and she does have an angelic voice. I understand the intention of using her for the OST, but it just comes off creepy to me.

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