I haven’t watched a new anime for a while… and suddenly, Kimi ni Todoke popped into my mind.
Sawako is a misunderstood, shy high-school student. She admires her classmate, Kazehaya Shouta and later develops feelings for him. In the beginning, Sawako has difficulty expressing her feelings. Most of her character growth comes from being comfortable with who she is and able to openly express her feelings.
If Sawako had a K-pop playlist, I think these songs would definitely be on it.
- Blueming – IU
IU’s cute and upbeat track of love blossoming throughout exchanged texts is something that would be up Sawako’s alley. It’s innocent, sweet, pure, and catchy.
Sawako would probably be a huge fan of IU. And, I mean, who wouldn’t be?
- Do What We Like – TWICE
This song is a memorable B-side track from TWICE’s latest album. A cute track about being in a relationship and just “do what we like.”
Side note: I wasn’t a fan of I Can’t Stop Me, but this song hits on a different level. Props to Sana for writing the lyrics.
- Happy – Taeyeon
Another song that talks about being happy with someone you love. It’s a fresh, summer song that isn’t too strong. Rather, the melody is very simple, which can reflect the calm sentiment of just being happy.
I think Sawako would also be a fan of Taeyeon and Girls’ Generation.
- Dolphin – OH MY GIRL
The chorus so catchy that it’ll get stuck in your head after the first listen. Dolphin talks about meeting the person you like in the worst times and getting “splashed.” It’s a cute song.
Side note: Dolphin is one of OH MY GIRL’s B-side tracks, and the only song I checked out from the group. But after seeing them on variety shows, I might check out more of their songs.
- Euphoria – Jungkook of BTS
Euphoria is a song that can be interpreted in different ways. It can be reminiscing the good times with a loved one and how that has changed. Or, it can be about moving on to a new place while reminiscing the old times.
Were you wandering around
Looking for an erased dream too?
It’s different from the typical definition of destiny
Your pained eyes are looking at the same place as me
Won’t you please stay in dreams
I hear the ocean from far away
Across the dream, over the horizon
I’m going to the place that’s getting clearer
Take my hands now
You are the cause of my euphoria
While I didn’t read the Kimi ni Todoke manga, I know that Sawako and Shouta end up in long-distance relationship. I wouldn’t be surprised if they remember their times back in high school. I would think that Sawako also reminisces about the memories she made with her friends back then.
And… That’s It!
I think Sawako would love TWICE. But, as she gets older, I think she would start listening to songs with a stronger sounds from artists like Chungha, ITZY, and Blackpink.
Anyway, thanks for reading!