My boyfriend and I started Say I Love You while being long distance and wanting a show to watch together that we could both easily access. Say I Love You came recommended by the internet and was on Netflix for us so we decided to give it a chance, and I am so glad we did! It’s a very cute and sweet romance anime focuses on high school students Mei and Yamato as they navigate first love trials and triumphs.
Brief intro: Mei Tachibana is a plain, socially awkward schoolgirl whose idea of friendship was changed forever after being bullied by her so-called friends. To save herself the pain and heartache from this ever happening again, Mei vows to never make friends again. That is until Yamato Kurosawa—one of the most popular boys in high school. Now Mei can’t help but question her choices.
Yamato makes the effort time and time again to be her friend, even freely giving her his number. As their relationship slowly develops, and is marked with an unexpected kiss, Mei is finding it very hard to express her true feelings towards Yamato. Sukitte Ii na yo. follows their developing relationship, as well as their frequent disagreements, to portray how difficult it can really be to say “I love you.”
Review: Say I Love You is a classic school romance/drama anime. While this anime ticks a lot of expected boxes, it’s done so well that you won’t even care that it plays into typical tropes and can be easy to predict. Say I Love You is basically the standard formula of socially awkward girl + hot guy + well-placed drama = love story. The story can be so believable and accurate about the first time falling in love. You might tear up so bring some tissues!
I really like this anime as I can identify with Mei: socially awkward, introverted, little to no friends. And even if I couldn’t identify with her, the emotions, feelings, and situations Mei and Yamato go through are so accurate when you first fall in love. I could easily remember back when I had felt those things too.
The anime is also a bit frustrating at times and transparent. You can usually guess what is about to happen, and there’s a lot of misunderstandings from miscommunication or the lack of communication. I still enjoyed watching the story unfold and a lot of the supporting characters have their own backstory that adds to the selling points of this series.
The artwork is beautiful and well done as is the music which is light and sweet. The music adds to the atmosphere which is realistic and in the realm of possibility.
At the end of the day, “Say I Love You” is a sweet romance that tugs at your heart strings even with its basic plot and almost stereotypical characters. It’s well done and beautiful with light music and the right amount of romance.
Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a sweet, classic school love and (a little) tearful romance, try “Say I Love You.”
Official Rating: PG-13
Genre(s): Romance, Drama, School
Geeky Gal’s Score: 4 out of 5 stars!
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