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Kimi ni Todoke ch.38 response, with general shoujo manga commentary

Pasted here is my (very general and vague) Kimi ni Todoke ch.38 response, taken from my journal, which also touches on the shoujo manga trope of "she the therapist:"



No, it really IS all about her. So many shoujo feature heroines falling in love and gaining confidence, by helping resolve the psychological issues that are always *his.* She nurtures him; cares for him; gives him her shoulder; listens to him; forgives him. Despite a middling self-confidence, she tends to be more well-adjusted than he is, while his emotional ineptitude or traumas provide plot fodder. This is true for Bokura Ga Ita; the anime version of Fruits Basket; Goong; Please Save My Earth; Mars; Ouran High School Host Club; even Skip Beat is on that track - and then almost every "bad boy" series. But in Kimi ni Todoke...

"I want to reach him, reach him, reach him," she thinks to herself, but she already has. He is madly, deeply in love with her, after being the one to support her for so long, to watch her, and to forgive her. No, that's not the main issue at hand, whether or not she reaches him, because she *had* him before page 1. It was EXPOSITION. No, what we're witnessing now is Sawako confronting herself and her issues of extremely low self-esteem, or as Chizu so aptly puts it, her propensity to "bash [herself.]" Until those issues are resolved, she and Kazehaya can never get together; until Sawako comes to terms with her own inability to understand that people unconditionally love her, neither she nor he can ever move forward. And there comes a point by which Kazehaya has done his part, and the issue still exists. The characters' troubles continue, and even as Kazehaya understands that more can be done, he can only wait. Everything, everything hinges on Sawako's recognition of the walls she created, because she is the only who can take them down.

I LOVE this series.



Other series that invert that infamous shoujo dynamic of "she the therapist:"

Kimi Wa Petto (josei, not shoujo, I understand, but still! it's a perfect example of this role reversal)
Tennen Pearl Pink
that subplot in Here is Greenwood

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So, I was wondering what other series fit the ticket. Where else is the heroine's internal issue the main conflict of the series? Is there any messed-up-girl/boy-therapist series that I haven't heard about and MUST have? Or any other series wherein both the girl and boy have psychological conflicts to overcome, and which are resolved almost parallel to one another? (like Cat Street) Does anyone disagree with my classification of any of the shoujo items mentioned thus far?
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