- Nanami and Koito are looking for a doki doki heartwarming love.
- Popular lovely senpai [senior] falls for younger kawaii Kōhai [junior].
- Senpai needs attention, and younger kind Kōhai is the one who comforts her.
- Bloom Into You approaches drama while keeping a distance from complexity and stupid annoying regular fails.
- Both Koito and Nanami are looking for a love confession moment that'd make their hearts melt like they have never felt before!
That's basically the story.
- It's a highschool Shoujo Ai romance with usual situations that involve school love story: working together in the Student Council, preparing some events together, walking home together..
Of course it's not that simple, there's some kind of drama being revealed by the time, however it's not irritating or stupid so far. It's just some needed character and love development.
- Although Koito-Kōhai is younger than Nanami-senpai, but in this sweet romance relationship, the girl you expect to be in control and domination [of relationship] is letting her guards down and is in need of attention,
while the girl you expect to be the stalker-like who suffers and tries hard to reach senpai's heart is actually the one who's needed and who's in control of this sweet heartwarming story!
- Kōhai holds senpai's hands, senpai's blushing.. I would expect the opposite, and this is why this anime triggered me!
- It feels lighthearted so far, and hopefully it keeps like that til the end.
- Sweet colorful art style that feels like a Shoujo Ai romance indeed:
Character design is beautiful, and the city, the school, the train, the people, the green trees leaves flying around with the camera moving swiftly and then slowly, the details, the sceneries.. everything is beautiful and so colorful to the point that my eyes are glowing and my heart is racing!
I'd like to say it again: colors make love story even more sweet and heartwarming!
- Beautiful music:
Piano playing in the background and the camera moving smoothly with the flying leaves under golden sun rays, while Koito is patting her senior Nanami and giving her some sweet hugs!
So art and music make a great combination, and music is actually beautiful not sad, thank God!
- Voice acting is very well done:
Switch off lights of your room, wear your headphones and feel Koito and Nanami voices finding their way smoothly into your heart as if you were with them in the same room!
- Everything about music and voice acting finds itself smoothly into my heart, and that's what I need when I watch romance.
- Honest and not honest Koito Yuu [the little Kōhai], and lovely blushing Nanami Touko [the senpai].
- Koito was introduced as a different character than usual characters in romance shows, she seemed to be honest about her feelings. She tells senpai about her feelings whether they're negative or positive.
But when love grows in her, she begins to change.
In both cases, she's not making awkward situations because of hesitation. Whether she acts honestly or not, she's trying to find true love that will find its way into her heart.
- What makes Nanami Touko senpai adorable and cute?
She's like the ideal main girl at school, everybody knows her, everybody wants to be her boyfriend/girlfriend, she's most likely confident and she's almost best girl in everything.
But despite all of that, imagine such unattainable girl is like a cute little puppy who demands petting!
However, she won't be like that with anyone but Koito.. she's now in love,
Her heart is like doki doki when she's with Koito, and of course her beloved Koito is so kind that she would give her what she needs!
- It would be an understatement if I say that's everything about Koito Yuu and Nanami Touko or if I say their characters are that simple!
In fact there's more about them, for example Touko looks confident but she's actually not, and Yuu sometimes says I don't when she actually does!
If I explain more, I will spoil the whole thing for you, so I hope this much will help you understand the characters to decide if you're gonna watch this anime.
- Saeki Sayaka is Nanami's best friend, she has that role to play and you can just imagine what does it mean to be best friend.
- We also get to meet boy characters, one of them seems really interesting.. specially his curiosity!
I'm fine with that as long as it doesn't involve in the main plot. Bloom Into You seems really cautious when approaching dangerous drama courses!
* Enjoyment and Overall:
It's a sweet heartwarming colorful romance story with a bit of lighthearted drama to the point that doesn't ruin your enjoyment at all.
No depression or stupid drama so far.
Im pretty sure there are some of us here who always wanted to fall in love, but could never seem to find the 'spark' it needs to actually fall into one. Then you see people around you start to get into relationship while you feel insecure as in why you cant feel quite the same as the others. And here I present you Yagate Kimi Ni Naru, aka Bloom Into You. This show personally hits me home, it is a very well written story that relates to me to a point I cant describe so easily just with words, and for those out there with
any similar experiences, wait no more, stop reading this review and just head on watching this anime already. Otherwise, this is still a really good shoujo ai that is heartwarming and just a great romance show overall.
Story / Character -10-
This story unfolds as it shows Yuu who has always loved reading shoujo ai mangas, dreaming of the day when she might actually fall in love with someone and have a heart racing relationship, however in reality she doesnt feel anything remotely close to it. As she enters high school, she incidentally saw her senpai, Touko who rejected a male student's confession. Having realized that there might be someone out here who is the same with her, knowing that Touko might be the one who can relate to how she feels, she tried to approach her to as for her opinion. However, things didnt go to plan, what Yuu got instead was a confession from Touko herself. The premise of the story basically revolves around this two cast, and with the supporting cast adding more to the story and helping the story to develop. A very simple plot that is very much likable and very well written one at it, pretty much what you will expect out of a shoujo ai but with unique dialogues and monologues that makes it stand out from the others.
Troyca has done a really, and I MEAN REALLY good job on this adaptation. The character designs are basically spot on from the manga, animations are really fluid and whats the most praiseworthy parts are the camera angle, which is seriously superb. Nothing really to complain about tbh, it is an eye candy that everyone can appreciate.
Voice acting wise it is top notch, having read the manga prior to this anime I didnt thought that the voice acting can actually bring the characters to life, and they sound very suitable for how they look. Soundtrack on the other hand are very good as well, I personally really like the Ending of this show as it is sang by our two main protagonist, and it has a catchy vibe to it.
Bloom Into You is a must watch IMHO, even if you arent really into the romance genre. The way the story unfolds to how the characters each feel is truly unique and has an indescribable lovely feeling to it. You cant seem to know whats going to happen next (albeit predictable to some extend) and theres always a turn that you might not see coming your way. Aside from the well written main characters, the supporting cast really contributes to the show, their back stories add up to the fullness of the story and hence why I rated it as a 9. As a manga reader of this story, I can boldly say that this anime has a great potential with the source material it has been provided. If you are down for a feel trip, or if you want something that can hit you home, this anime will surely Bloom Into You. Give it a go, and you might find yourself falling in love with it.
Loving someone can be
a slow, intimate connection.
As unexpected the confession
may be, hidden in discretion
As true to love this
story may be, it's definitely slow
and uneventful. Will Koito grow
into bloom? I don't know --
but I'll watch.
Because these emotions are
in all of us, waiting to grasp desperately
the person we love inseparably;
but we don't, because we watch worriedly:
for we don't want them to go.
It's true to heart, its
true to soul. I care much for Koito,
for Nanami, together by the rainbow,
slowly sparking, the duo below
to loving embrace.
Bloom Into You is slowly unraveling to be a very touching, intimate and very real story of a relationship. I think
the best thing to consider of what exists currently is that it tones down a lot of melodrama that would generalize or dumb-down the significance of the relationship very well. The plot seems uneventful but it's time dedicated to emotionally build these characters, and that's where you really get the feel for Koito and Nanami.
If you're looking for a well-written, well-directed story in general, I would not hesitate to suggest this at all. It's great so far, and looking to be greater going forwards.
This anime has a very beautiful art style with some solid animation, in addition the music is placed well in key moments as well as both the OP and ED being beautiful
The plot is simplistic and very basic, however it's executed very well and the characters are all likeable and feel realistic. Also, I love how the shoujo ai/yuri romance is portrayed; covering most of their emotions rather than lust as in other shows of this Genre.
The anime is all-round solid and I've enjoyed the majority of my time watching it; there could be some tweaks made
here and there but all in all, it's an enjoyable experience for any shoujo ai or romance fans!
I'm not quite sure how to say exactly what YagaKimi is to me. There's so much to say about its portrayal of a unique relationship, how it explores the concept of love and what it makes me feel to watch it as it progresses. If I had to sum it into one word YagaKimi is 'interesting'.
Story - 10
The story of YagaKimi is about someone who has never fallen in love before, Yuu, having a 'more than friends, less than lovers' kind of relationship with her senpai, Nanami and how misconceptions about love shape that relationship. It is a rather slow burn and you
could complain about nothing really happening but, that is one of the strengths of YagaKimi, after the first episode there is a gradual build-up of emotions that slowly but surely endear you to the characters, thoroughly immerse you into their mindsets until you feel you know them better than they know themselves and never wastes a moment of time, constantly adding or expanding on details.
Another strength of YagaKimi is the maturity in which it handles its themes and its refusal to have cheap drama or adhere to cliches. You never get the impression the impression that anything in this isn't genuine. Any drama that exists comes from the natural progression of events and the reasonable response given the personalities. No drama overstays its welcome and is often resolved in the episode it appears in when the characters talk about the problems. There are plenty of ways Nakatani Nio could have extended the drama infinitely or gone over the top like many of her contemporaries but, she refuses. A non-spoiler example is an indirect kiss that is only noticed by Nanami and that she only has a mild reaction to.
Character - 9
Romances, particularly shoujo romance, has always held a disconnect for me; an often insurmountable hurdle in the way they present love. They often present it, as Yuu perceives it should be, an overwhelming feeling of happiness just being around a person, that I never understood. This results in the anime having to convince me that this feeling is genuine.
YagaKimi overcomes this hurdle by having its main character being in that same situation of longing for that feeling but not being able to grasp it that makes for an instantly relatable character that you get invested in growing as a person as the story goes on.
Nanami, on the other hand, becomes one of the most emotionally complex characters in romance anime and seeing her various layers peeled back and explored is truly where my 'interest' in YagaKimi stems from.
My personal stance on side characters is too ignore them until they're relevant and let them not waste space or make them interesting. YagaKimi follows the former, the side characters are interesting enough that I'm not bored during the short time that they're the focus while adding little bits of detail to the overall message of the story. Though none of them really stand out.
Art - 10
YagaKimi was a decently drawn manga with a penchant for symbolism, visual storytelling and an interesting composition. The anime has managed to bring some of the less expressive parts of the manga to life and has so far translated the panels beautifully into animation. Particularly in the second and fourth episode, Troyca has done an outstanding job with the visuals, making the best looking anime this season. Although other anime are technically better looking, YagaKimi uses its visuals in the best way.
Sound - 9
Every piece of music used compliments the scene that it plays under as music should, though nothing about the OST stands out. The OP and ED aren't to my taste, but neither is most Japanese music I've listened to so I can't judge them fairly.
The voice acting is on point, perfectly representing the characters and really selling their emotions.
Enjoyment - 10
As you can probably tell, I really enjoyed YagaKimi. It is definitely the best shoujo-ai I've seen and among the best romances I've read (all my other favourite romances haven't been adapted yet). The way all the points mentioned above work together to create an anime that I'm tempted to call a masterpiece. I can't quite put my finger on it but there's just something about YagaKimi that makes me more 'interested' in it than I am emotionally invested in it. Though I am a cold-hearted cynic, so it probably won't be a problem for most people and the anime may change my opinion on it by the time it ends.
YagaKimi is an interesting take on an interesting relationship dynamic with a mature handling of its themes and a refusal to add cheap melodrama or cliches. It has relatable and emotionally complex characters that are voiced well and animated beautifully. The soundtrack adds to the experience without standing out and the visual storytelling is the best this season. Though it might not warm the hearts of those made of stone like mine.
P.S. after watching episode 6, I'm so impressed with the adaptation that I'm giving it a 10.
I expected this one to be the best and cutest lesbian romance shojo ai series from this season, but the other 2 have been much more fun to watch.
The other main character here is some sort of ideal girl, student council president, getting confessed by boys (and girls) all around, super kind and polite. However, how she is presented in the series makes her just seem empty and distant. Her entire personality pretty much ends with her way of being so damn nice.
The story is advanced from the POV of Yuu, our real main character, and she really isn't much better. Kohai to mrs.
president, looking up to her like she is the real senpai. Other traits include being kinda weak and awkward at times, pondering over every little thing that happens. That's pretty much it.
Dialogue has also been pretty dreadful. All they do is talk about love confessions and how to turn down boys in the most polite way possible. The way it is presented makes it seem like the girls and the story writer are so hard trying to not get anyone's feelings hurt or in any way offended that it is simply too much. It's almost disgusting.
At this point, I don't really even care about what is going on with the story anymore since the characters have been such a huge letdown and uninteresting that whatever happens, it won't mean anything to me. I guess they are a good match to each others at least, considering both of them are boring and uninteresting. I will, however, say that the story surely is not making this thing any better. The pacing is just ridiculous and the romance development doesn't make any sense. It's contradicting against what our characters say and so fake / unbelievable that this thing is starting to be like air to me. If the series had managed to be good even for a second, I would claim this was an insult towards the girl love genre, but unfortunately this thing is so bland that it doesn't manage to even be that. As much as I disliked Citrus, at least the series had its moments. I conclude this series is terrible because it is making me see other shows I strongly disliked in more positive light.
Eventually, I will become you, or Bloom Into You, has met all of my expectations and holds all of the fundamentals of a top tier romance anime. Who should watch Yagate Kimi ni Naru? Anyone looking for a deep investment in a beautiful well thought out Shojou-ai story. Covering this more below.
This is very well done here, the episodes seemlessly fit together and do not drag in the slightest. The narrative itself is a bit fast, and a bit complex, which is okay. You will be jumping from scene to scene wondering, wait - how did they get here? As well as
some unexplained settings, such as Yuu's home being in a bookstore. Slight deduction for pacing too quick in some scenes.
No complaints here, the art is flawless and encaptures the cute, "special" feel of young love. The art is easy on the eyes, and the nice colors are consistent throughout each episode. Very realistic art style. A very unique one as well, from the scenery, all the way down to the character's noses. Yagate Kimi ni Naru is at art style you won't find elsewhere.
Nailed it here as well, the sound is outstanding and very innocent, but uplifing. The sound matches the tone and overall atmosphere throughout each scene and episode. Never is it out of place.
Arguably the selling point of the series, i'm glad to say the characters here really bring it. Yuu and Touko. Our supporting characters are strong as well, notably Yuu's parents and her older sister. The personalities of Yagate Kimi ni Naru, are unique and really sell the story. Yuu and Touko's intense situations give you an "in the moment" feeling. Also, why are there so many characters? A lot of them look alike and you may not catch their name. Point deduction for craming in too many characters.
Yagate Kimi ni Naru (Bloom Into You) is a timeless series that i would recommend to any romance/drama fan, especially shoujo-ai (same sex) anime fans. While I may not be adding a new song to my playlist, this series has a place in my heart, just as I expected it too. The tension between Yuu and Touko is one that is hopefully relatable, and may make you emotional during some scenes. The story, art, sound, and characters flow together like a river. If you appreciate high production value, you will be very satisfied with Yagate Kimi ni Naru. Thanks TROYCA for a masterpiece.
I was really hesitant in watching this anime. I wanted to just forget about it and move on to what else is airing. An anime like this isn't really my cup of tea. Yet... after experiencing the dazzling animation displayed in the trailer, I couldn't resist the urge to try this one out.
This is actually my first Shoujo Ai. I've heard about shows like Aoi Hana and Strawberry Panic, but I'm not at all familiar with the genre besides its general premise. My standards are neither high nor low, although it isn't really what I prefer. With that in mind, I'm genuinely glad I've taken
the time out of my day to watch the first few episodes of Bloom Into You.
Stuff like Steins;Gate, True Tears, Hotarubi no Mori e, while all are, for the most part, completely different, they still contain something crucial in watching an anime. Investment. You can't fully enjoy an anime if you don't care about the characters, right? And while there are many shows that are light-hearted or utilise over-the-top comedy, there are some that take a more serious route, and therefore require a bit more of your time.
Bloom Into You is exactly that, but it's far more than what some might expect it to be. I've seen people who regard this as Yuri, and keep mentioning some of the kissing scenes as "yuri moments". Really? If you want Yuri, then Citrus is the right anime. But not this show. Bloom Into You is far more mature, and far better handled. There is no deliberate fanservice, in fact, there are none at all. There is no exaggerated and obnoxious melodrama. There is nothing of that sort. It is just two high school girls figuring out their feelings for one another. It takes its time, it's rather slow, but the subtle cues of inner conflict are timed perfectly, and the characters actually feel real. You can understand and sympathise with both Yuu and Touko, catalysts of the romance. Their personalities are just too endearing and adorable to not like.
Not to mention the fantastic animation! A lot of the imagery perfectly reflects that of the emotions of the characters. The glittering purple-filled palette of colors that fill the screen when you don your first kiss. The bleak black emptiness of jealousy and worry. Without the vibrant animation that is executed efficiently, I probably wouldn't be that keen on continuing. Not to say the only good part is the animation, but it really brings the full scope of what this anime offers.
The sound and music is also far better than average. It's calming to listen to, and the Opening and Ending are both great songs. And I must say, that Opening is animated beautifully. Really awesome.
This show has great potential to be one of the best underrated anime in the fall season. If it continues at this current pace, I'm sure it'll be top notch. I am actually invested now, something that is rare in my experience in seasonal anime. I am curious on how it will turn out, and hopefully it doesn't take a drastic turn for the worst because that'll be disappointing. As for people reading my review, do I recommend it based on what's been given so far? First, Bloom Into You is a slow burn romance. Are you easily bored? Second, do you like natural and believable characters that are also adorable and endearing? Last, do you prefer a more mature approach to romance? Bloom Into You may appear "dull" or "lackluster" to others, but I personally like the direction its going. Nothing spectacular, that's for sure, but it's always great to watch something more peaceful. Of course, there's bits of light drama, but it isn't exaggerated to huge proportions. Like I said, it all feels like it makes sense. You can believe what's going on, something that some anime can't really portray.
But that may all change depending on the route it goes. This is just my observations based on the four episodes I watched. Still, I hope it stays with its current flow, and no unnecessary stupid melodrama either.
TL;DR: No fanservice, no overexaggerated character traits, and no simple random romance either. A must watch for romance fans in my opinion.
Story & Characters:
Already the first few episodes got me hooked. Both of the main characters have very interesting personalities and are well developed. One of them being very open about her feelings, while hiding a side of herself to everyone else, the other having difficulties actually feeling love but wanting to actually fall for her. This makes it less plain than simply 2 people starting to go out immediately, and in some way more realistic as well.
It is really nice to see the
characters slowly growing closer and strengthening their relationship.
Art, Animation and Sound are truly amazing in my opinion. The detail, especially the trees, plants and leaves are really beautiful.
My first Yuri Anime was Citrus.
Bloom into you is nothing like Citrus, and focuses on a complex relationship. It handles the relationship development in quite a mature way, which is pretty good.
I find it hard to tell, if it is a Yuri-Anime or not, since the girls do not fall into a explicit category of lesbian or anything. They harbour a complex identity, with one afraid of falling in love and other cannot love anyone.
The other one (Yuu) feels like she identifies herself as asexual, though can't say uptill Ep 7.
The way their relation is handled is quite well, but requires a certain maturity to
understand whats going on. Hence, I won't recommend it to any person who doesn't have that maturity to respect what's going on here.
Art : Beautiful.
OP : It has an eerie vibe associated to it. Never knew flowers could have an eerie feel associated with them. It's just fantastic
Also the small references, like the Ice-Cream Tear, and the two droplets of coffee separating apart (Ep 7) throws a light into the small details crafted by the animators and director.
Sound : OP/ED is again pretty good. Song added to playlist.
Overall : 10 / 10
It is better than Citrus like anime, and handles a delicate relationship very well. (atleast up till Ep 7)
Looking forward for the rest of the Anime.
It's very difficult to find good shows with 'shoujo-ai' themes that don't fetishize the characters or give the characters no personalities, sure there can be an improvement with some of the characters but overall at the moment it's a very wholesome show with beautiful art that never fails to bring a smile to my face.
I really like this show, for one, as a female who likes other females, its nice to see representation out there in a non - sexual way as I stated earlier, it is also a plus that the characters aren't written to be defined as their sexuality ( i don't think
any of the characters in this story have explicitly come out yet anyway.)
Another reason I love the show is the art (especially in the opening song!!), it's very colourful!
an improvement could be the general storyline, but it's still enjoyable so far
I have to say it. I absolutely love the show. The art, the sound, the voices, the characters, everything. I do have my pet peeves like how I think Nanami's voice is around 5 years older than how she should be but there really aren't much. It's a beautiful adaptation that's -- so far even with the minor and inconsequential tweaks which I guess are due to time constraints -- very faithful to the source material.
Honestly? I have little to no complaints.
Putting the flashy stuff aside, the story itself -- which follows the interactions of the characters -- develops really well. Even with the limited
number of episodes, the pace of gradual progression can be considered neither too fast or too slow. It may be a story about romance but that's not all there is to it.
Maybe from anther perspective, it can be said to have started on the bland side with small "gimmicks" that aren't really gimmicks. BUT YagaKimi builds things on top of what is seemingly plain and that little touch is one of the things that make this great.
The way the characters are introduced doesn't go the typical "this is X" with a string of achievements attached to the person's name the moment they show up. No. YagaKimi goes multiple steps further by not giving us all the information right off the bat. It also doesn't randomly add information that clearly didn't have enough thought put into it. What it does is giving us a wrapped box that we can only open up bit by bit.
The characters are buds and we watch them bloom into their future selves.
The characters are human. They have real emotions. They have their own troubles. They are alive. And most of all, they are very much like us: Imperfect but growing.
I dropped this show because I stopped believing maybe there's something interesting that I'm missing and is coming up. It was pretty hollow and empty.
From what I can see, people who like this show are people who looked for lighthearted entertainment. I looked for an interesting story that would teach me to understand something I didn't understand before, or share insights to things I didn't feel/think of before, but I found none here. This doesn't mean it has to be incredibley psychological - I found that in Idolish7 or Anohana for example. This one doesn't match to them.
There are pretty irregular personalities and relationships here
I suppose, which is good, but I don't think we had a chance to understand them in any deep level - I feel like we're only shown these on a surface level, their actions don't make sense to me. We don't see why is the connection like it is and where does each character feel like they stand, we just get a couple of dry reasons so we're like (making up an example not from this story) "uh huh so she's crying because she was abandoned as a child", they don't feel like something I'd encounter so I would understand it on my own with no need for the anime to show me how it feels, and they also don't get explored a little and I don't see stuff that would help me get a grasp of what these reasons feel like. It's dry, you're getting information but you finish an episode and you don't feel an emotional impact because surface level drama that does't make that much sense to you is all you saw. I don't come to understand why a character acts this way, why a character feels this way, I just come to generally know the listed reason the author told me earlier and enjoy the ride.
Now, you might think maybe it was shown and I just didn't get it, and maybe it is so, but I know I don't tend to miss stuff like that, so just try watching it and keep an eye out for that. I'd drop it pretty quickly and look for other good shows. If you'd like an interesting, incredibley insightful and smart LGBT manga, I recommend Shimanami Tasogare.
i If you want a lighthearted anime to ease your mind, I'd pick one that is meant for that, like Squid Girl or Yuru Camp. I feel like watching this is kind of a waste of your time in comparison to other works that are out there.
The sound is actually beautiful, the op and ed songs are interesting and I kept noticing the beautiful background music through the anime. Kind of like Violet Evergarden's maybe, soft melodies that feel rich to me as far as I can tell. The tracks also kick in very unnoticabely and they don't take shame in silence and no track when it fits - which means a lot to me and was apparent in Idolish7 too, which is from Troyca as well.
The visual art for the backgrounds is incredibly pretty, there is no slack in the visual metaphors and they were very good in my opinion, both visually and in their meaning and presentation. If only they had actual depth to resemble thoguh.
I feel like that's about all I can say prety much. This left me feeling hollow, I don't see what's in here to like over other shows.
I won't compare the manga to the anime but I will say one thing. The anime is a bit too loyal to the manga.
Story - 7/10
The story is somewhat weak in Yagate Kimi ni Naru. It lacks any major strong point except for it's sheer realistic nature. Don't get me wrong, the dialogue is actually damn well written, but one reason why I regard the manga much better than the anime is for one sole reason. THE PACING. The anime is way too slow to progress. It feels like real time is passing as you watch the anime and honestly. This isn't a reality
show that will go on for years on end. The pacing is wack too slow, but it's realistic and I can guess why people like it. Other than that, the story is quite strong in regards of foundation. It really doesn't have too much of a plot but it works. But the pacing just ruined it for me. Ideally, it should be an 7-8 episode adaptation for how much they are really adapting.
Art - 9/10
The art is absolutely beautiful in this anime, the animation and blending is absolutely spectacular and this anime obviously possesses some of the best art one can produce with such a budget. It's absolutely amazing and beautiful to look at. Tho I can say that the characters look quite the same.
Sound - 9/10
Another strong point of the anime. The OP and ED are great and the soundtracks really fit the slow pace of the story. Really enhances and compensates for the slow pacing.
Character - 8/10
Now the characters are what you call, interesting. The story lacks any real and major antagonist, but the antagonist seems to be the character themselves. There's a constant masquerade that fools the viewer and leaves the viewer questioning some of the character's portrayals which is exactly what the anime wants the viewer to do. The characters develop a bit slowly yes, but when they do, it reveals inner parts of themselves that you don't really expect to see.
Enjoyment - 7/10
The pacing. Too slow. You might as well end up falling asleep. That's just how slow the pacing is. Nothing happens that can retain the viewer's attention for too long.
Overall - 8/10
Overall, it's a great anime. It's perfect if you want to rest and you need to relax. That's the best time to watch this anime. The show is fairly light and doesn't delve too deep into emotions and psychology. Honestly just a great show to relax to. However if you've just come off a series like My Hero Academia or Attack on Titan. If you're one of those people who likes heavy shows and action, this anime is not for you.