ANIME & MANGA - Article
11:00 - 9th June 2013, by NEO Staff

Say I Love You

Have a guess which series we're describing here: shy, unbecoming teenage girl has no friends, largely because of a number of personal psychoses. When the most popular boy in school strikes up a conversation with her, said girl is drawn into a more social world and slowly falls in love with Mr Popular. If you guessed 2009's Kimi ni Todoke, you're right. If you thought the new Say "I Love You", you're also right - because the set-up is ridiculously similar. Unlike KnT's Sawako, teased and ostracised for her similarity to Ring's ghost girl Sadako, here, Mei Tachibana has made the decision to avoid contact because she's concluded that all people will betray each other's feelings. The result is the same though - a slow-burning romance for slice of life fans, with a warmed-over plot that doesn't employ any of the originality of the series it's clearly liberally inspired by. We're being polite by saying "inspired", too.

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