She won’t steal your soul, just your heart!
- Episodes: 25
- Genre: Romance, Drama, Slice of Life, School, Shoujo
- Airing Date: October 2009 – March 2010
- Studio: Production I.G
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Sawako Kuronuma has grown up with people constantly misunderstanding her, even her name is confused for the “The Ring” spirit, Sadako. She lives a rather lonely life but she never gives up trying to make friends. Unfortunately, her attempts at reaching out look more like a ghost reaching from the grave and she has a naturally morbid air about her. She wishes she could be more like her classmate Kazehaya Shouta who has a natural sparkle to him and the ability to make others happy. When Kazehaya starts spending time with Sawako, she thinks her dreams are coming true. Little does she know he feels the same way.
Sawako Kuronuma (Sadako) Highlights (Spoilers Beyond This Point)
1. She Has That Awesome Ghost-girl Aesthetic
While this may not sound like a plus at first, Sawako has a unique look that makes her stand out from other girls. If you two were on a date and she got lost in a crowd, she’d be easy to find both by her appearance and from the amount of space people are giving her. Anytime you two have to go to a costume party, you know Sawako will wow everyone (whether intentionally or not). Even though she’s a catch, you wouldn’t need to be afraid of other guys stealing her away because they’d be too scared to. Even though her features can look creepy, her pale skin is smooth and soft, her thick, black hair is long and beautiful, and her dark eyes sparkle in the sunlight.
2. She Has a Pure Heart Blinding Her to Her Own Hardships
Knowing that she often scares people and she’s called ‘Sadako’ might make you think she’s a gloomy person, but that’s not true. Not only does she want friends and to make people happy, but she’s also a generally happy person. Her heart is so pure that she often doesn’t understand when other people are being mean to her. When she overhears some classmates saying Sadako should pretend to be a ghost during the school trip, she misunderstands and readily agrees, thinking that the girls are saying it because it would make them happy if she did. Even when people are loudly whispering around her, Sawako is often in her own mind thinking of cute puppies or her friends. It’s probably because of her naturally cheerful, hard-working personality that she has remained so kind after years of being ostracized.
3. She Has Multiple Special Skills That Would Make Your Life Better
While being an absolute treasure is reason enough to move you, Sawako has multiple skills that would help make your life more enjoyable. One great thing if you’re still in school is that she’s a fantastic tutor. Because she’s spent so long by herself studying while imagining how she might help someone, she’s very good at breaking down information so that it’s easy to understand for anybody. She’s also a competent baker! After making treats for her new friends, everyone’s surprised at how good they are. Not poisonous, just delicious!
4. You’ll Always Know How Important You Are to Her
Whether it’s through words or actions, you’ll never have to doubt if Sawako loves you. On the contrary, she has a very expressive face and is moved to tears by very simple acts of kindness or attention. She can’t seem to help but say how thankful she is or how happy she feels or how much fun she has with you. You know she means it so it’s endearing no matter how many times you hear it. She also loves to surprise people she cares about with little gifts. She often buys drinks for others or bakes them cookies. Sawako made a whole study guide after she heard her friend saying how much easier it was to study with Sawako’s help.
5. She’s Family-Minded
Some kids don’t always respect or listen to their parents, which can be quite uncomfortable for those who are used to a close-knit household. Sawako has led a rather lonely life, but thanks to her parents’ love and affection, she’s become someone who can recognize and reciprocate kindness. The simple but eager ways she pitches in to help around the house show her appreciation for everything her mom and dad have done. Even when all of her friends and her beloved Kazehaya throw a Christmas party hoping she’ll attend, she doesn’t even let her parents know. Despite all these new, wonderful relationships, it’s important to Sawako to be there to celebrate her birthday with the people who have always loved her.
The lonely and misunderstood beauty is a common trope, but one of the things that make Sawako so adorable is there’s a lot more to her. Of course, she’s kind and well-meaning, but her love of dogs, the night, and reading are part of her charm too. The way her fascination and appreciation of the world blinds her to her own hardships is extremely endearing. You wouldn’t have to try socializing an anti-social person or deal with someone’s constant mood swings. Sawako is just honestly herself, and we love everything about her.