Say I Love You

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  • 2012
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Say I Love You is a romantic anime television series that aired in Japan in 2012. Produced by Zexcs and based on the manga of the same name by Kanae Hazuki, the series consists of 13 episodes, each running for approximately 24 minutes. The story follows Mei Tachibana, a 16-year-old high school student who has never had any friends or romantic relationships. She is an introverted and lonely girl who prefers to be by herself rather than socializing with her peers. This changes when she accidentally kicks Yamato Kurosawa, one of the most popular boys in school, while trying to protect her friend from his harassment. Yamato finds Mei intriguing and begins pursuing her, which leads to a tumultuous romance that challenges both of them to confront their innermost fears and insecurities.

Mei is initially resistant to Yamato's advances, as she believes he is playing a cruel prank on her like some of her past tormentors. However, he gradually wins her over with his kind and caring nature, and they begin dating. As they navigate through the ups and downs of their relationship, they encounter various obstacles in the form of jealous rivals, overprotective parents, and misunderstandings caused by their own insecurities. Mei also struggles with her past traumas, such as being bullied and abandoned by her mother, which make it hard for her to open up to others or trust anyone.

Despite these challenges, Mei and Yamato's love for each other grows stronger as they learn to communicate and support each other. They also make new friends and learn valuable life lessons, such as the importance of forgiveness, self-acceptance, and following one's dreams. The series ends on a bittersweet note, as Mei and Yamato's relationship faces a major crisis that forces them to confront their true feelings and priorities.

Overall, Say I Love You is a heartwarming and relatable portrayal of teenage love and growth. It deals with serious issues such as bullying, social isolation, and mental health in a sensitive and nuanced way, while also providing plenty of romantic and comedic moments. The animation and music are both top-notch, with vibrant colors, expressive character designs, and catchy opening and ending themes. The voice acting is also excellent, particularly Ai Kayano's performance as Mei, which conveys both her vulnerability and strength.

The characters are the strongest aspect of the show, each with their own distinct personalities and motivations. Mei is a complex and sympathetic protagonist who defies the typical shoujo stereotypes of being overly timid or passive. She is brave in her own way, standing up for herself and others when needed, and her journey of self-discovery is rewarding to witness. Yamato may seem like a typical Prince Charming at first glance, but he has his own flaws and doubts that make him more relatable and interesting. The supporting cast, such as Mei's friend Asami, Yamato's friend Kai, and rival Megumi, also have their own story arcs and add depth to the overall narrative.

One potential drawback of the series is that it does rely on some cliches and tropes of the shoujo genre, such as the love triangle, the mean girls, and the dramatic confessions of love. Some viewers may find these elements predictable or overdone, while others may appreciate them as part of the typical shoujo experience. Additionally, some of the issues addressed in the show, such as sexual harassment and abusive relationships, may be triggering or uncomfortable for some viewers.

In conclusion, Say I Love You is a well-crafted and emotionally resonant anime that explores the joys and pitfalls of teenage romance. Its relatable characters, captivating story, and impeccable production values make it a must-watch for fans of the shoujo genre or anyone seeking a heartwarming and thought-provoking tale of love and growth.

Say I Love You is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (15 episodes). The series first aired on October 27, 2012.

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E 13
13. E 13
December 29, 2012
Yamato is sick and under the care of his over protective sister, a timid Mei wants to visit but can't find the courage.
13. Say "I Love You"
January 29, 2013
When Yamato is too ill to go to school, Mei goes to care for him. However Yamato's hovering sister sends the wrong message to Mei...a message that could end things between them.
E 12
12. E 12
December 22, 2012
An emotionally fallen Megumi must pick herself up and become true to herself. Mei is given some motherly advice on her relationship with Yamato.
I'll Protect You
12. I'll Protect You
January 22, 2013
Megumi must come to terms with her past in order to be a better person for the future. Meanwhile, Mei's mom provides her input on Yamato.
11. Parade
December 15, 2012
Yamato is planning a trip for him and Mei to Land, but somebody is trying hard to sabotage it. Megumi begins to unravel when her 'friends' and popularity start to drop.
Nothing Else
10. Nothing Else
December 8, 2012
After listening to Mei's, Kai's, and Asami conversation about Land, she hatches a new plan to drive a wedge between Mei and Yamato.
Each and Every
9. Each and Every
December 1, 2012
A new frequent customer to Mei's shop is actually a boy from Yamato's past. He brings with him scars from the past.
New to Love
8. New to Love
November 24, 2012
Mei is trying to be strong, but this new feeling she is having is starting tearing her apart. So young and new to love, it will take the help of her friends to make everything right.
I Really Love You
7. I Really Love You
November 17, 2012
Yamato new fame as a model is widening the rift between him and Mei. An offer to continue modeling with Megu-tan might be the breaking point in their relationship.
6. Why
November 10, 2012
A new girl has transferred into Toumei, the rising idol Megu-tan and she has set her eyes on Yamato.
Just Like This
5. Just Like This
November 3, 2012
Yamato has invited Mei to his house; the pressure is almost overwhelming. Yamato's little sister doesn't pull punches when she sizes up Mei for the first time.
They Have Scars
4. They Have Scars
October 27, 2012
An old friend has wants to meet Yamato's new girlfriend. Their meeting is less than pleasant has Mei continues to learn new things about Yamato.
If You Trust Someone
3. If You Trust Someone
November 2, 2012
While Mei is nervous when Yamato says they should act like a couple and holds her hand, she also experiences her first warm emotion. However, when they run into Yamato's friends Muto Aiko and Tachikawa Masashi, the four of them end up going bowling. Aiko, who has feelings for Yamato, becomes irritated when she realizes Yamato is serious about Mei, and reveals a shocking bit of information to Mei...!?
Fried Chicken Flavored
2. Fried Chicken Flavored
October 29, 2012
After their kiss, Mei begins developing feelings for Yamato. As Yamato's presence begins to grow little by little inside Mei, she hears Yamato is going to hang out with his first love...
We Kissed
1. We Kissed
October 27, 2012
Tachibana Mei does everything alone, and her peers torment her every day. One day, Mei's roundhouse kick accidentally hits the innocent Kurosawa Yamato, the most popular boy in school.
Where to Watch Say I Love You
Say I Love You is available for streaming on the King Record Company Limited website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Say I Love You on demand at Amazon Prime, Hulu and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    October 27, 2012