Ume "Kurumi" Kurumizawa
|Japanese Name||胡桃沢 梅|
|Height||156 cm (5'1)|
|Weight||44 kg (98 lbs)|
|Life Philosophy||"Careful preparation"|
|Voice Actor||Aya Hirano|
Ume Kurumizawa (胡桃沢 梅 Kurumizawa Ume) is a character in the series Kimi ni Todoke.
A girl who appears friendly and sweet to everyone around her, she has had a huge crush on Kazehaya since their first year of middle school. She dislikes her given name, Ume, because it sounds old-fashioned and prefers to be called "Kurumi." When she was in middle school, many of the girls hung around her to get attention from other boys who found Kurumi attractive and began to see her as a "boyfriend stealer" since many of the boys they liked would only ask her out. Kurumi was deeply hurt and saddened by this and one day, while crying alone in the classroom, Kazehaya came and comforted her, leading to her developing feelings for him. It is possible that her fake personality comes from the pain she received from the people who she thought were her "friends", who turned out to only use her and that she feels she can't trust others. She is extremely jealous of Sawako , which led her to spread fake rumors of Sawako's only friends at thetime, Yoshida and Yano , using Sawako's name. Kurumi does not attend the same class as Sawako or Kazehaya. She eventually confesses her love to Kazehaya, but receives an expected rejection. Because she is always surprised with Sawako's naivete, Kurumi is able to be her true self in front of Sawako and regards her as a rival for Kazehaya's affection. Following Kazehaya's rejection, she becomes colder to her classmates, but is able to finally express her feelings and personality, which makes them respect her more.
After Kazehaya and Sawako become a couple, Kurumi disappears from the series for a while until she reappears later, revealing that she wishes to study to become a teacher, which is Sawako's goal as well. She and Sawako thus form more of a friendship as they agree to help each other do the best they can in pursuing their mutual dream.
She was seen to have a great relationship with Sawako, calling herself Sawako's friend. Later, as a part of her plan, Kurumi wanted Sawako to support her and Kazehaya, and when Sawako tells her she couldn't, Kurumi breaks their friendship. Kurumi admits she never thought Sawako was her friend.
Kazuichi Arai "Pin"
Earlier in the Kimi ni Todoke manga, Kurumi shows herself as a very cute and nice girl. She was constantly smiling, and Sawako admired her and looked up to her as her role model. She later sheds her fake personality and shows that she can be aggressive and manipulative when it comes to Kazehaya. Kurumi is very honest and upfront about her feelings, later showing that she lacks self-esteem and considers herself to have a "bad personality", something that Sawako vehemently denies. Kurumi is very ambitious and driven no matter what her goal, and is shown to be stressed own and deprived of sleep when studying to become a teacher. As she matures, she becomes more accepting of others' help, such as Sawako's.
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- 'Kurumi' in Japanese means 'chestnut' or 'walnut'