I recently finished another anime about two days ago. I started watching this anime late October of last year. It was streaming at Crunchyroll that’s why I was able to watch most of its episodes a week after its release.

Say “I love You” (好きっていいなよ。) is based on a shoujo manga by Kanae Hazuki. The anime version of the manga was released last October 6, 2012 and ended December 30 of the same year with 13 episodes in total.

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The story is about a 16-year old girl named Tachibana Mei. Mei, who got emotionally hurt by her so-called friends as a child, defensively changed and decided to not trust anyone and not make friends anymore. While she intentionally shuns social interactions and connections, she unknowingly attracts the most popular guy in their school, Kurosawa Yamato. The episodes revolve around the challenges they come about as a couple and how Yamato eventually makes Mei say “I love you.”

My thoughts

I really like watching animes on shoujo or josei. Actually, anything focusing on romance is good to me. If you can remember I even watched a yaoi before. I started watching this anime when I found it while browsing my Crunchyroll app. I found several new animes but this one caught my attention, like what I said I like watching romance. If you’re into romance genre just like me, you would be intrigued with just the title itself. Intrigued as I was, I then played the video and watched the episodes right then and there. At that time, Crunchyroll only offered the first and fourth episode for some unknown reason, so I had to search for it on the web. Luckily, I found another streaming site with it.

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What I liked about the anime is the cuteness and lightness of the story. Though quite similar with Kimi ni Todoke‘s plot (popular guy liking a weird girl), I believe this anime has another feel to it, probably a little more mature in my opinion.

Same as other romance films/animes/dramas, the love story of the main couple is tested by a third-party in the form of a very pretty and popular girl and in later episodes a guy friend. Oh well, we love those episodes where we see the guy or the girl (but mostly the guy) dying of jealousy towards the other person.

We cannot put aside the very nice art of the anime as well as its soundtrack. I especially like the closing theme Slow Dance by Suneohair. Definitely something to add to my playlist.

For my final verdict, this anime is a must-watch for shoujo-lovers out there. Sad that it have to end with only 13 episodes.

* Photos from Goodfon.com, edited by me. Videos by their respective owners.