Friends will only let you down—that is the sad truth Mei Tachibana lives with, ever since she was wrongfully blamed for the death of a class pet by her so-called friends in grade school. Since then, she stays away from people in order to avoid ever being hurt again. However, Mei’s life begins to change drastically when a misunderstanding in high school causes her to encounter popular student Yamato Kurosawa. Yamato finds her intriguing and insists on being her friend, even though Mei wants nothing to do with him. But when a dangerous situation ends with Yamato kissing Mei to save her from the unwanted attention of a stalker, Mei begins to develop feelings for him. On the heels of her discovery that their feelings are mutual, they start dating and she gains not only a boyfriend, but friends as well. Mei, however, finds it very hard to adapt to this new lifestyle, especially in expressing her true feelings towards Yamato. Throughout misunderstandings of their new relationship, each other, and the attentions of other girls, Mei and Yamato slowly grow closer and learn the true meaning of those three little words: “I love you.” – My Anime List
Based on 13 review scores:
Say “I love you” was the first romance anime I’ve watched, and It’s by far my favorite of any anime. It made me realize that watching a good anime is like falling in love, and when it finishes, it leaves an empty space inside you, and it hurts. But it’s not a bad hurt, it’s a hurt that you love almost as much as the love you had at first. It makes you remember the love you had, so that you’ll never forget it, and makes you cling to the memory of the show so that you’ll want to watch it over and over again so that you can keep falling in love. Say “I love you” showed me that, and I’ll never forget it. I strongly recommend you watch this show so that you too can feel the love it gives you.
The Fall 2012 season was fairly well stocked for fans of shoujo romances, including two that included emotionally withdrawn heroines who find a reason to reconnect to the world of people around them when they become romantically involved with a boy. For those who want to watch a sincerely sweet romance, played out without too much annoyance or overblown drama (and largely free of manufactured drama, which is the worst kind of that), and that does not wallow in sugary syrup either, I happily recommend Say “I Love You.” The characters are fairly realistic, the situations, while often expected and cliched, do not always play out according to standard expectations, and a good balance of essential elements (comedy, drama, and romance) is maintained throughout.
Say “I Love You” is nicely animated, great backgrounds with interesting perspectives, details and color. I watched it dubbed and think the American voices fit well. It all worked great to support the story and the characters.
I had a bit of a shock when it was over, I mean it seemed to just end. However, I knew that just couldn’t be it, so I went back and watched the closing song and video that I had skipped, so, make sure you watch it and stay until you hear the last words. It may be a bit of a weak ending, but it still finished satisfactorily.
So, as a whole, I would recommend this series to anyone who loves the manga but I can’t recommend watching it with the English dub. I hope the Japanese sub is better.
If you’re looking for something uncomplicated and somewhat predictable, then this is a pretty good choice since it fills these requirements and still has enough of a story to keep you interested. It goes beyond the usual shoujo genre in that it tackles tougher topics and keeps it real. A little bit of angst, a bit of fun and laughter and some romance set this up to be one of the better shoujo animes on offer and is well worth a watch!
Anime News Network
Say “I love you.” really is a shoujo romance in the classic style. It is compulsively watchable, melodramatic, and charming without being cloying. It goes too quickly in a lot of cases and then conversely doesn’t really need episode thirteen (things end nicely at twelve), but with good attention to details in the animation, such as how cats move, pleasantly voiced characters in two languages, and a heroine who is sympathetic but not pathetic, it is a nice way to pass the time. It isn’t earth-shattering, but if you’re just looking for a nice romance, Say “I love you.” really fits the bill.
A very weak four stars, but I was attached to the cast, and to the show, by the end, and I think that warrants it. A few troubling aspects at the beginning aside, it ends up being a really pleasant series to watch.
There were a lot of scenes that I really liked and it was just very cute to watch. I do wish they could have made the plot a little bit more unique, since it does follow the standard shoujou anime format, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
My Anime List
Even though in the end I have quite a few complaints about Suki na yo, it’s still a good watch. If you’re really starved, as I was, for a romance anime with a sweet ending and are not demanding to be shown some that’s never been seen before then you should have a good time with it as well.
All in all, the characters are deep, and the soundtrack is pretty great as well. The only reason that this get’s an 8 is that the plot isn’t in focus, instead it hyper-focuses on the characters, but this series makes it work. After all, the path of love isn’t without challenges. I enjoyed watching it, and I don’t know why this series gets so much hate. I hope you give it a chance, as it is definitely a series that is great when you get into it.
The Online Anime Store
Say “I Love You.” is a really sweet and realistic romance anime. It did a good job of executing the plot in a way that was not rushed, as well as add a bit of trouble for the couple to overcome. At times, it was a bit frustrating, but other than those few moments where you think “Just do it,” it turned out to be a relatively good romance.
Pretty Little Book Head
Overall this series hasn’t had a particularly interesting opening. With stereotypical protagonists and poor art design and animation nothing really caught my eye. It really needs to pick up and progress in the next few episodes to re-capture my interest therefore. If you are looking for an interesting shojo or romance title this season therefore I would thoroughly recommend that you do watch My Little Monster instead.