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Sawako Kuronuma is just like any other high school girl who wants to make friends and be useful. The only problem is she bears a worrying resemblance to Sadako from 'The Ring!' Because of her reputation, people are not only terrified of her, but small dogs even bark in fear at her presence; in fact, the only person in school who will talk to her is the lively class hottie, Kazehaya. As the pair spends more time together, Kazehaya slowly begins to bring Sawako out of her shell and soon their feelings for each other develop further. Though with her crippling insecurities, lack of social skills, and a series of cruel rumors and misunderstandings, it seems that Sawako's dream of a normal life won’t be quite so easy to obtain.
Both of these series feature girls who have lived isolated lives until their teens, and now suddenly find themselves in male-female relationtionsips for the first time in their lives. The girls in both series have a great deal of uncertainty regarding what they're supposed to do, understanding their own feelings, understanding their partner's feelings, communicating the thoughts & desires effectively, etc.
Yano Motoharu is the most popular guy in class, the school’s basketball ace, and highly charismatic to boot! No wonder Nanami Takahashi can’t resist falling in love with him. When Yano returns Nana’s feelings, things seem too good to be true and the two begin a relationship; but Yano has a contradictory personality which confuses Nana most of the time. On top of that, tragic events in Yano’s past won’t stop haunting their relationship. Unable to halt their passionate feelings, are Yano and Nana heading for disaster or can they save each other from irreparable hurt?
One of the other series I first thought of when reading Kimi ni Todoke was We Were There. The relationship between the two main character have the same types of conflicts and real life issues that have to be overcome to make relationships work. The naivity set forth by both of the main characters is accuratly portrayed, while the suspense of the series keeps the readers on the edge of their seats.
Both of these series revolve around a girl who scares off the people around her, yet who secretly wants to be well-liked. Some of the people around each girl slowly begin to pull her out of her shell.