Anime Spotlight - Say, "I Love You".

by Justin Sevakis, Sep 26th 2012

October, 2012 (Japanese Premiere)

Key Staff

Director & Series Composition - Takuya Satō
    (Steins;Gate, The Student Council's Discretion)
Series Director - Toshimasa Kuroyanagi
    (Inu X Boku Secret Service, Blue Exorcist)
Animation Production
ZEXCS (Umi Monogatari)






Introduction

For 16 years, Mei Tachibana has never had a boyfriend or made any friends. Then one day, a little misunderstanding causes her to hurt Yamato Kurosawa, the school's most popular guy, but for some reason he takes a liking to her and starts calling her his friend. After protecting Mei from stalkers, he even kisses her to protect her…?! This is the hit story of a true first-love romance by Kanae Hazuki!

Story

16 years without any friends, let alone a boyfriend… Mei Tachibana was always alone, and spent her days being teased by her classmates. But then one day, when her anger explodes at a prank by Kenji Nakanishi, her roundhouse kick winds up hitting the innocent Yamato Kurosawa instead. Mei had just injured the most popular boy in school, someone she would've never had anything to do with. But for some reason he takes a liking to her, and starts asking her to be his friend…?

Characters

Mei Tachibana
VA: Ai Kayano
Mei has lived her 16 years without ever making any friends or finding a boyfriend. She's an outcast and doesn't speak to anyone at school. But one day, a misunderstanding causes her to hurt Yamato Kurosawa, the most popular boy in school…?
Yamato Kurosawa
VA: Takahiro Sakurai
Yamato is the most popular boy in school. Even though all kinds of women like him, he finds himself interested in Mei, the girl everyone in class treats as eccentric.

Asami Oikawa
VA: Risa Taneda
Asami has been friends with Yamato since middle school, and she holds affection for him. Others say a lot of things about her big breasts, but she always acts bright.
Kenji Nakanishi
VA: Nobunaga Shimazaki
Kenji is one of Yamato's friends, and in the same class as Mei. He's a spontaneous person, and often gets misunderstood. He also holds a secret affection for Asami.
Aiko Muto
VA: Yumi Uchiyama
Aiko is jealous of the relationship between Mei and Yamato. Which means she also likes… Thoughts about kind Yamato are always on her mind.

Cast

Mei Tachibana
Ai Kayano
Yamato Kurosawa
Takahiro Sakurai
Asami Oikawa
Risa Taneda
Kenji Nakanishi
Nobunaga Shimazaki
Aiko Muto
Yumi Uchiyama
Megumi Kitagawa
Minako Kotobuki
Kai Takemura
Tomoaki Maeno

Staff

Original Creator
Kanae Hazuki
Kodansha “Dessert” Publishing
Director & Series Composition
Takuya Satō
Series Director
Toshimasa Kuroyanagi
Character Design
Yoshiko Okuda
Character Design
Chief Animation Director
Junko Watanabe
Art Director
Yuka Hirama
Color Design
Naoko Sato
Director of Photography
Yoshihisa Oyama
Editing
Masahiro Goto
Sound Director
Jin Aketagawa
Music
Yuji Nomi
Animation Production
ZEXCS

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