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Kimi ni Todoke Gets Season 3, 12 Years Later

Kimi ni Todoke Gets Season 3, 12 Years LaterGood things come to those who wait. Kimi ni Todoke, the anime series based on the manga by Karuho Shiina, has just landed a third season — 12 years after season 2 aired.

Season 3 of Kimi ni Todoke will stream on Netflix next year, and will star the original leads Mamiko Noto and Daisuke Namikawa as Sawako and Shota. It will be animated at Production I.G.

Shiina drew a new illustration to celebrate the news, and gave the following comment:

This new season, after so much time has passed, must be a great surprise to those of you who enjoyed the anime back then. I was one of those people. I’m very surprised and very, very happy.

The original Kimi ni Todoke manga ran from 2005 to 2017, and the first two seasons of the anime aired from 2009 to 2011, with 38 episodes in total. Here’s how NIS America describes it:

Sawako Kuronuma has had a difficult time fitting in. Some say it’s her jet black hair, others say it’s her hushed manner of speaking, while still others claim it is due to her name’s similarity to Sadako, a character from a popular Japanese horror series. On her first day of high school, Sawako meets the one boy who treats her like a normal girl—Shota Kazehaya. Through his selfless aid, Sawako slowly learns to come out of her shell and even begins to make friends for the first time in her life. However, with a new social life come social pressures. Rumors begin to circulate about her, her friends, and even the kindhearted Kazehaya. As she grows into her new identity, Sawako must learn to deal with such pressures as well as start to understand the unfamiliar feelings inside of her, especially in regards to the boy who made her new start possible.

Source: Comic Natalie

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.