The story revolves around Mei Tachibana, a 16-year-old high school student, who is quiet, shy-type and does not socialize with others, believing that people will eventually betray each other sooner or later. Her negative thoughts about friendship change when she encounters the good-looking and popular Yamato Kurosawa who becomes interested to Mei for some reason after he gets kicked by her. After giving his phone number, Mei eventually calls Yamato for help because a stalker keeps on following her. They later on develop a romantic relationship while Mei ultimately begins to befriend others.
Sukitte ii Nayo, literally translated as Say I Love You, is a 13-episode anime adaptation of the manga by Kanae Hazuki which began airing on October 6, 2012. The anime mainly shows romantic involvement, and some views on friendship.
The anime does not actually give off some kind of unique storyline of romance. Apart from the fact that it’s a popular-guy-meets-an-ordinary-girl scenario, it shows a typical beginning how a couple meet each other as exchanging phone numbers, a love at first sight and a sort of heroic aura within a male character. The flow of the story, including the development of the characters, is fast-progressing and does not actually give some exciting point in every episode as the series is more like a slice-of-life genre with lots of emotional conversations while viewing the daily lives of a young couple as holding hands along the street, kissing scenes, and when problem arises, they make up each other at the end of the day. Jealousy arises. Man becomes dense. Woman bursts in tears. The guy apologizes. These are some of the key points in the series that covers up the 13 episodes. It’s like taking a quick glance of a typical relationship. Nevertheless, a close-to-reality story is quite interesting and most of the viewers can reflect themselves to it.
Though the main couple, Yamato and Mei, is the center of the story, other characters are also given highlights as to their existence. They also play a big role throughout the series especially to Asami Oikawa, Kenji Nakanishi and Aiko Muto who make up the circle of friends together with Yamato and Mei. Viewers won’t get bored of seeing the same couple because other characters will also get the chance to show their romantic sides, their personality will be expressed more as they slowly become aware of themselves including their feelings to others.
As to the soundtrack, the opening theme titled Friendship by Ritsuko Okazaki, sounds so calm yet soothes our heart. It definitely gives the feeling that the anime series is much more a serious romance without any single attachment of comedy. The ending theme titled Slow Dance by Suneohair is more catchy to ear though.
To sum up, Sukitte ii Nayo is simply a good romantic series which still tries its best to grab the attention of the viewers. Typical as what it seems more than what you’d expect, you will learn to like the anime as you go on with the episodes.