Season 3 of Kimi ni Todoke: From me to you anime adaptation will come to Netflix worldwide in 2024. The sequel comes 13 years after the second season ended in 2011. Mamiko Noto and Daisuke Namikawa reprise their roles as Sawako Kuronuma and Shota Kazehaya. Production IG returns to animation.
Production IG also animated the first two seasons of the rom-com series, along with all the specials that came out of it. The first season of the TV anime Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You premiered in the fall of 2009. It ran for 25 episodes (ended in 2010). A 12-episode sequel followed in 2011.
The anime is based on Kimi ni Todoke: From me to you manga written and illustrated by Karuho Shiina. The manga was serialized in Bessatsu Margaret from 2005 to 2017 and ended after 123 chapters collected in 30 volumes. Adaptation of a light novel by Kanae Shimokawa (known for novelizing the Nana series) ran from 2007 to 2015 under the banner Cobalt Bunko. Sheena did the illustrations for him. A side story taking place after the events of the main manga titled Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You – Soulmate was also serialized in Bessatsu Margaret from 2018 to 2022 and collected in three volumes. A one-volume prequel, Kimi ni Todoke: Ashita ni Narebaby Shimokawa also exists: it was published while Shiina was on maternity leave and suspended the manga at Bessatsu Margaret.
Karuho Shiina commented on the announcement of the third season and revealed a special illustration:
The return of the series over time should come as a big surprise to those of you who enjoyed the anime back then. I was one of the people who rejoiced then. I was very surprised and very, very happy. I was able to observe the post recording and Sawako is Sawako and Kazahaya is Kazahaya. I couldn’t believe it had been over 10 years and was so moved by the wonderful performances of the cast. The pictures are very cute too! The cohesion of each episode is too good, so please come back and enjoy it again with us!
Viz Media licenses the manga and describes the plot as:
Sawako Kuronuma is the perfect heroine…for a horror movie. With a striking resemblance to a haunting movie character – pitch black hair, a sinister smile and a taciturn demeanor – she is mistakenly called Sadako by those around her. But behind her scary facade is a very misunderstood teenager. Too shy to fit in, all she wants is to make friends. But when the most popular boy in class befriends her, she’s sure to gain more than that—she’s about to make enemies, too!
An action film based on the manga was released in 2010. Netflix and TV Tokyo co-produced a new film that premiered this March. Netflix also streams anime. Watch the trailer below:
source: Netflix Twitter
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