I’m going to compare Seiji Amasawa (Whisper of the Heart) to Edward Cullen (Twilight) and Christian Grey (50
Shits Shades of Grey).
Because I can.
Let’s get started:
Edward loves Bella not because of who she is, but because of what she does for him.
Seiji loves Shizuku because of who she is.
Christian doesn’t do romance.
Seiji, on the other hand, has marriage on his mind.
Edward stalks Bella, and it’s creepy.
Seiji tries to get Shizuku to notice him, and it makes me go “Aww!”
Christian wants Anastasia to fulfill his desires.
Seiji encourages Shizuku to follow her desires.
Christian’s goal in life is to have as much sex as possible.
Seiji’s goal in life is to learn a skill.
The lesson here is:
A boy in the 8th grade is more of a man than a twentysomething billionaire and a 100-year-old vampire.