The Nardio Review
Is It Worth Your Time?
Yes. Say I Love You is an excellent romance anime.
What Did You Think Without Spoiling It?
You might not be that impressed with the very first episode of Say I Love You, but all of the later episodes just work and show some real character development. It’s not your typical high school romance anime, things actually progress, which is awesome. The characters are also very relatable and you can understand all of their complexes and actions. I have to say this is probably one of the best romance anime out there. It’s only 13 episodes as well so you can bang it out in a weekend marathon.
Why it Works
PEOPLE COMMUNICATE! Sure there are moments where Mei, the main protagonist, doesn’t say what she’s thinking at that moment, but she actually speaks up later on in the episode. Conflicts actually get resolved here within an episode or two. Throughout all of the episodes of Say I Love You Mei grows and learns how to trust other people while also navigating her relationship with the popular Yamato. Unlike other high school romance anime, you actually see the relationship between Mei and Yamato progress albeit slowly. Still, they actually kiss (on purpose), hold hands, have arguments and make up. This is more than you can say about a lot of other popular anime like Love Hina, etc. Their relationship is also very sweet. You can see how much they care about each other and you can’t help but root them on. Are there times where Mei’s shyness irked me? Sure. But she overcomes them. The drama in this anime is also believable and you can never really hate any of the antagonists. This anime works on all levels. If you’re looking for something with real character development, what Say I Love You.
The art in Say I Love is very clean and simple yet is also very pleasing to the eye. The characters all look a little different so it’s easy to distinguish the characters. The basic line art draws you into the story more and really complements the overall feel of the anime. The music composition is also very simple, but it lends to the sweetness of the anime.
I want more episodes! I want to see how much further Mei and Yamato’s relationship grows. I also want to see more of the other characters like Megumi and how she changes as well.
Watch Say I Love You if you’re tired of romance anime that seem to go nowhere. Trust me, you’ll be wondering why you haven’t heard of this anime before.
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- 13 Episodes
- Available for streaming on Crunchyroll
- The voice actor for Yamato is voiced by Takahiro Sakurai who also voiced Cloud Strife