Anime: Sukitte Ii na yo (Say I Love You) – Episode 2 Summary + Review

“Pick a girl, any girl”

(Mei has to watch her anime shows on TV)

Studio: ZEXCS

Genre: Romance, Shoujo, Drama,  Age: 13+

Released: 28 September 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, Mei is rescued by the charismatic Yamato, and taken to karaoke with a bunch of school friends. She feels pretty awkward with so many strangers, and Yamato acting comfortable around her. After running out of the group, Yamato chases after her.

Warning! May contain spoilers!




The problem was that Yamato had gotten further with Mei unintentionally then she was willing to admit. After speaking to one of her classmates, Asami, Mei finds out that there are rumours about Yamato pulling every cute girl in the school. He only appears to have hesitations about Arai, who seems destined to be Yamato’s girlfriend.

Asami has her own issues about being bullied for her large chest size. Mei admires her for not crying in front of the bullies.

(Bullying in the toilets, how original)

Later at night when Yamato calls Mei, she refuses the invitation to karaoke after knowing that Arai will be there.

(“Mei, I think you should remember how good looking I am, and reconsider”)

At school, Yamato and Arai seem like the perfect couple, and Mei starts to wonder what Yamato sees in her.

(Arai is first in the daily Yamato-Appreciation-Club worship)

Mei comes across the cruel girls that were picking on Asami before.

(“We’re mad cause all other girls cut in front of us in the Yamato-worship line”)

After trying to defend her friend from malicious gossip, Mei is hit for her trouble, Yamato seems to be concerned, but Mei only gives him the cold shoulder.

(“Were you always this short?”)

Yamato offers Mei one of her own band-aids, which he has been keeping with him.

(Where do you look when your crush looks at you?)

Asami takes a break from the rest o her classmates, by hiding in the nurse’ room. The mean girls show up there, and it looks like Mei, Asami and them will have a fight.

Kenji accidentally walks in, but defends Asami.

(Kenji does the robot to distract from his nosebleed)

Asami is touched by how highly Kenji thinks of her, and she agrees to go out with him.

(“Just pretend we’re the last man and woman on earth”)

At karaoke, Arai tries to get Yamato and her into a more private place, but Yamato’s thoughts are far away.

(“I’m much prettier than any girl. You know I can have any guy.”)

Although she was initially sitting at home, Mei decides to hang around the karaoke place in disguise. Yamato coincidentally walks out, and recognises her.

(Yamato needs a breather from Arai’s “flirting”)

Although Mei is embarassed at being caught stalking him, she tells Yamato off for playing with her feeling. Especially since he has a girlfriend.

(“It’s not stalking when you use check-in with facebook. It’s not.”)

Yamato claims that all the rumours spread about him are false, and that he only cares for Mei. He proves his feeling for Mei by kissing her.

(“If you become my girlfriend, Mei. You can stalk me as much as you want”)

Overall, I’m really enjoying this cheesy, and teenage angst-filled series. The characters are little bit recycled from other greater series. Arai, in particular, could be Kurumi from Kimi no Todoke all over again, and Yamato could be replaced by the charismatic Kazehaya.

Despite all the similarities, Mei’s social awkwardness, but also boldness, makes her a bit different from all the other “shy girl” types.

It’s shocking how quickly the side characters got together. Usually they chase after the main couple a bit more. Shouldn’t Asami have been the backstabbing friend to Mei? It’s a bit refreshing that friendship is given some credit.

Who knows? Maybe I’ll be proved devastatingly wrong…

Rated – 4/5 Teenage soap-opera with plenty of angst.

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