“Say I Love You”: A Realistic Shoujo Anime… Sort of

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Nana broke my heart, in more ways than one. So after I dried my tears, I put on some lipstick, my best dress and went searching for a rebound anime. That’s when I ran into, Say “I Love You” (Suki-tte Ii na yo.).

[HorribleSubs]_Sukitte_Ii_na_yo._-_07_[480p].mkv_snapshot_04.00_[2012.11.20_10.39.10]I’m pretty picky with my shoujo since I typically prefer josei and seinen manga and anime. But of course, I find myself falling for some amazing shounen and shoujo like Bakuman and Ouran High School Host Club. I find a lot of shoujo anime too unrealistic for my tastes. I know, I know, that’s just the nature of the beast. But Say “I Love You” is not your typical shoujo. I found the characters and its depiction of high school life realistic… Well, as realistic as possible when you’re in shoujo land.

On the surface, it seems like the typical teenage romance you’ll find in a manga. Handsome popular boy, Yamato, falls for the wallflower, Mei. Yet, under the surface, there’s a lot more going on in this anime. But don’t fret shoujo-lovers! Say “I Love You” definitely has plenty of sappy moments and enough blushing to remind you what kind of anime you’re watching.

Despite their cliché appearance, the main characters have some depth and interesting qualities. Mei starts off as a socially awkward loner. She is quick to push people away and slow to trust others. But she’s emotionally stronger than she looks. As the anime progresses, she becomes more approachable and opens up her heart to friendship and love. She doesn’t make a complete change, but she’s getting there.say-i-love-you-anime-430x244

Then we have the charming Yamato, however, we discover he isn’t as perfect as everyone thinks. Mistakes he made in his past haunt him and he even makes some mistakes in his relationship with Mei. But he tries, and we love him for that. Although I do admit, I wish Mei didn’t need to fall in love with Yamato reconnect with the world… But it beez like that sometimes.

Because Nana was more mature and intense, I often felt like I was constantly getting my heart broken. Say “I Love You” was different. Oh trust me, it has its fair share of baby heartbreaks, but it also gives you moments that mend your heart.


  1. I really enjoyed this anime. It was probably one of the first shoujo anime I had watched in many, many years! It has awakened this all consuming shoujo beast! I want to watch all the shoujo now (I’m definitely trying out NaNa)! I felt this was painfully realistic because the characters were quite relateable to real relationships – even my own. Mei’s insecurities definitely hit home because I’d be just like her if a cute guy actually wanted to date me. Not that Yamato helped her get over that at times…


  2. Okay um I think the complete opposite this anime was sooo annoying to me how timid she was over the dumbest of things, teens these days aren’t really like her of course there is always an exception but still come on, she gets shy over every little thing and they barely even talk and tell me when in real life will the “popular guy” like the wallflower, maybe if she was gorgeous, but even then these days the popular guys go for the popular girls and OMFG but when he slept with that one girl and said it was because he felt bad for her hahaha what a load of BS all he wanted was for her to open wide free sex was why he did it, a self respecting guy would not sleep with a girl to make her feel better unless he knew it would be beneficial to him


  3. Hi! I’m currently in the Nana-verse right now, and it is heart-breaking as hell! But I wouldn’t want my heart broken in any other way… I wish Ai Yazawa will finish it though.
    I saw “Say, I Love You” first and this was the start of my shoujo love. Ao Haru Ride is also great. I think you’ll love it if you loved “Sat, I Love You.”

    Have a good one!


    1. I LOVE Ao Haru Ride! If you want to get out of the heartbreaking manga and more lighthearted ones my faves are Kimi Ni Todoke/From Me To You (also an anime), Ore Monogatari/My Love Story (also an anime) and Hirunaka no Ryuusei (Daytime Shooting Star). They are SO GOOD and not as sad. My Love Story is hilarious!

      Here are more of my favorite shoujo’s: http://www.girlgonegeekblog.com/2015/03/my-favorite-shoujo-manga/
      And my favorite josei’s: http://www.girlgonegeekblog.com/2015/02/my-favorite-josei-manga/


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