Anime fans with Netflix are in for a treat! The streaming service is starting the new year with a bang by adding an iconic rom-com anime to its platform. None other than, From Me To You: Kimi ni Todoke is now available to watch for free on Netflix!
Kimi ni Todoke is widely regarded as a must-watch rom-com anime and has an 8.00 user score on MyAnimeList. The stories synopsis is as follows:
The story takes place in Hokkaido. 15-year-old high school freshman Sawako Kuronuma—dubbed Sadako by her classmates for her resemblance to the character from The Ring—has always been feared and misunderstood because of her appearance. Rumors around school report that she can see ghosts and curse people. However, despite her ominous appearance, she is actually a sweet and unassuming girl who only longs to be helpful. She has been shunned for so long that the idea of making friends has become foreign to her. When a popular boy, Kazehaya, begins talking with her, everything changes. She finds herself in a new world, making new friends and talking to different people, and she can’t thank Kazehaya enough for giving her these opportunities. Slowly, but surely, a sweet love blossoms between the two as they overcome circumstances and obstacles standing in their way.
The series originally aired its first season in 2009 and second season in 2011 and is based on the manga of the same name.
The addition of Kimi ni Todoke to Netflix marks its continued expansion into being an anime streaming service of choice. Other must-watch rom-coms on Netflix include Toradora!, Kaguya-Sama: Love is War, Maid Sama, and Ouran High School Host Club.
Recently Netflix has begun simulcasting anime weekly, rather than keeping it in “Netflix Jail” by waiting for the series to be completed (in classic Netflix fashion) before airing simulcasts.
Netflix is currently in fierce competition with Hulu, which recently had simulcasts for the megahit shows Chainsaw Man and Bleach TYBW. Will the addition of classic anime hits like Kimi ni Todoke help them compete with Hulu on the anime front? Only time will tell!
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