Kimi ni Todoke is one of my favorite animes of all time. Probably because I'm kind of like Sawako, shy and whatnot. It's not as easy to me to make friends, but I get there, just like Sawako does. This anime was slow-paced, and I actually liked it. The characters developed more and more after each episode, and I found myself falling in love with them. Even Kurumi (Ume), lol.
One of my favorite characters was Pin! He was very funny and a loud character. The reason he is one of my favorites is because he reminds me of some of my family members. Another obvious favorite of mine is Sawako. Also, I would love to find friends like Chizu and Ayane one day. Yet another fav. character would have to be Ryu. He's just awesome.
Another thing I liked about this anime was the art. It was very nice, and the colors really popped.
Finally, if you haven't seen this anime, you need to watch it ASAP!