Bloom Into You is not a romance. Rather, it is a love story about self-realization.
The series follows the titular late bloomer, Yuu Koito, a girl who has never felt love before. Since she was young she has dreamed of falling in love, romanticizing the day when it would happen. Expecting to be swept off her feet, eventually. But that day has never come, even when someone confesses to her she feels nothing. This has kept her from fully connecting to her friends and peers, they are far more understanding of what they want romantically. She was alone until she met Tokou Nanami. A girl
who has also never experienced love, until she met Yuu.
To Yuu's surprise, Touko suddenly confesses to her, and while she does not reciprocate due to her inability to love, she allows Touko to be in love with her. The one condition Touko sets for Yuu is to never love her back. From here on, the tale of self-discovery begins, as each character learns from the other about who they are. At the start of the show Yuu seems like your typical blank slate protagonist devoid of the ability to love, but look further and you’ll see her personality is surprisingly realistic. Yuu is the type of person who cares for others deeply but masks it beneath a veneer of logic and normalcy. She possesses many of the telltale signs of sexual repression, her loneliness and lack of romantic feelings are just a few examples. Throughout the show, we see her pushing through boundaries she would have previously avoided, gaining more control of her life, she reflects on who she is and gains a better understanding of her own identity. This is why labeling Bloom Into You as a romance would be only half true; while it features people in love, it is more complicated than that. Before Yuu can love she has to face the realization what she wants, who she is.
It's worth stating that Bloom Into You depicts homosexual youth more realistically than I have seen in any anime before. Highlighting even the most minuscule of details that only someone who has experienced firsthand can convey believably. For example, in the first episode, Yuu’s father lets slide a casually homophobic comment about worrying that she isn’t in a relationship with someone of the same sex. After this line comes, the director smash cuts to Yuu in dismay at what he said. The tone sharply changes from moment to moment like this on many occasions to great success because of the subtly to which it is executed.
In comparison to Yuu, Touko is rather different in that she knows exactly what she wants and would die before she relinquished her purpose. Touko wants to love Yuu because she can be vulnerable with her, she wants desperately for Yuu to always be there to comfort her. However, she can’t stand the thought of being loved in return by Yuu because of her own insecurities. Throughout the series we see her personality pulled apart and analyzed thoroughly, she is rather basic upon first impression, but look further and there is far more to her than meets the eye. If Yuu were to love her, she would be conflicted, because in her mind she can’t possibly be loved. It's an upsetting conflict that she endures, but incredibly effective in engaging anyone who has experienced similar insecurities.
Overall, these story beats are delivered with an impressive amount of grace and panache. The dialogue feels very natural, Yuu’s interactions with her friends are realistic and believable. Most of all, the supporting characters are consistent. They don’t have random lapses in their personalities, and if anything changes there’s an explanation for it in their lives. For example, if a character is acting awkward towards the suggestion of seeing a romance movie, it’s because they had their heart broken recently and needed a push to mention it to their friends. There's a layer of depth to everyone that is far greater than what is expected of not only yuri, but anime in general.
This is also the rare explicitly lesbian show that does not fetishize its characters at all. Touko is very clear about her romantic and physical attraction to Yuu; likewise, Yuu is very clear about her lack of ability to love. Both are treated like fully realized people instead of objects. In figuring out themselves and what they mean to eachother, they do run into a few issues. Nevertheless their relationship is still built on communication, consent, and respecting boundaries. They’re a likable duo and it’s easy to get invested in their development. When the first kiss happens non-consensually, it is apologized for immediately, then it never occurs again. The author very deftly avoids, as well as subverts, the Class-S tropes negatively associated with the yuri genre.
Class-S usually refers to yuri that do not allow their characters to get into serious relationships, they are in high school and have time to play around before they get married to men when they graduate. The author of Bloom Into You has said on a few occasions that this is not a yuri, rather it is a story about girls and love. Understandably she wants to distance her story from negative connotations associated with the genre. Notably, this anime features a healthy adult lesbian relationship, showcasing that there is more to being homosexual and female outside of the scandalous high school melodrama. We also see a supporting character who faced the issue of her lesbian relationship being nullified under the pretense that 'it's just a phase', and from this, she develops into a wonderfully nuanced character.
On the production side, Bloom Into You is magnificent. Beautiful visual storytelling, the storyboards convey characters inner emotions in engaging ways, it is very visually interesting. There are occasional breathtaking moments of sakuga, but what impresses more is the director's keen eye for editing to clue us in onto how a character is feeling at any given moment. If emotions are obscured it is deliberately so, if they are shown then you have to take into account every little detail given to the audience. One of the best moments of visual storytelling in the first episode is when a rush of water divides Yuu from her friends; this shot perfectly conveys how her lack of understanding of herself divides her from the average teenager. Aside from just visual metaphors, how the story plays out is representative of the internal struggles Yuu and Touko face. The play that Touko desperately wants to enact is a tale of a woman without memories who needs to pick a desirable personality for herself, reflecting her insecurity and desire to better herself.
Punctuating each emotional beat are melancholic piano keys loudly implying the turmoils each character is enduring, and each of them is developed consistently enough for the musical accompaniment to feel very deserved. This is contrasted with melodic orchestral pieces to match the upbeat tone of scenes when characters come together and express heartwarming joy. With a talented and experienced composer like Michiru Oshima producing the soundtrack, the show’s audiovisual splendor blends together with its script wonderfully.
To say that Bloom Into You took me by surprise would be an understatement. At first, its unusually realistic characters blindsided me; Yuu and Touko are superbly nuanced people. They're lost in the dark trying to find their way through a first relationship just as real people in their situation would. The many relevant themes this series tackles are what give the cast such believability and relatability unlike any other anime in this genre; self-loathing, societal expectations, homophobia, and sexual repression to name a few. Each theme is delivered respectfully and with subtly. In the first few episodes, the pacing is quite slow, but always purposefully so, and once it gains speed it becomes enrapturing.
Without a doubt, Bloom Into You is the best anime I watched from this season, perhaps even the year. It is a masterfully crafted, unforgettable experience that will leave an impact on me for years to come.
Love takes shape that the universe may never have a precise answer on. Can we all agree that human emotions can never be truly understood? What does it mean to be in love? Why do people fall for each other? In our world of imperfection, we will never know the truth to this question. Humans are imperfect and we were built that way in the eyes of our creator.
The art of anime adaptations is a fascinating subject that takes many forms. I’m very open minded with just about any genre although when it comes to yuri and shoujo-ai, I’m rather indifferent about it. Recent adaptations
of the shoujo-ai genre hardly made an impression on me such as Citrus or Netsuzou Trap. Both of those shows let me down big time with their aggressive stance on relationships. I wanted to see a softer side of the shoujo-ai genre without subscribing to sexual same gender relationships that relies on shock service. Thankfully, Yagate Kimi no Naru is the answer.
I’m not too familiar with the community related to shoujo-ai works but it’s clear that the manga has popularity. The series was launched in April 2015 from the Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh and in the present, it has over 500k printing copies and ongoing. However, I was also curious about the anime adaptation after seeing the staff involved. Director Makoto Katou made a rather interesting impression back in 2015 when they directed a mystery light novel adaptation called “Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation”. While this series doesn’t contain much mystery, it definitely made me wonder if it has a similar mystique. Indeed, watching Yagate Kimi ni Naru (Bloom Into You) finally gave me a shoujo-ai that I desired.
Right off the bat, we meet Yuu Koito, a first-year high school student who has a love for shoujo manga. From her perspective, it’s easy to see what love is on a fictional level. It isn’t until a second-year student named Touko Nanami comes into her life that she really begin to experience what life and love is. Similar to Yuu, Touko also has trouble experiencing love although it’s clear that her mind is set to understand it. As a student, she is very admirable for her dependable personality and someone the freshmen look up to. However, all this seems to be masking her insecurity. The truth is, Touko has many weaknesses underneath her cool persona. It’s shown throughout the series that she feels loneliness due to her past and Yuu becomes the only person that she trusts in. On the other hand, Yuu seems to be more wary about love and wants to experience it. However, her view towards love is not as dedicated as Touko. She wants to experience love but often denies feelings of it. Yuu’s personality is more the opposite of Touko’s as she is indecisive at times, including her own future. So to say the least, how can these two develop a genuine relationship?
Honestly, I think the main draw of the show isn’t to see if the main characters can get together as a couple. Rather, it’s about how characters experience love and what love really means to them. Realistically, both characters views love in different ways although it’s clear that they lack experience in it. Touko is the more obvious with her insecure personality where she often isn’t sure what to do to make happy moments with Yuu. On the other hand, Yuu often believes what she experiences to be more of a fantasy than actual love. I guess part of that comes from reading all those shoujo manga although as the series progresses, she begins to grow out of her shell. The storytelling continues to test the two’s relationship on many levels. It’s a show that capitalizes on bringing in drama and thankfully, I can say that it accomplishes that very well. The drama sells with the character personalities, behaviors, dialogues, and realistic feelings. I’m also more pleased to say that everything in the show felt very real. Characters behave like humans do especially for high school students of their age. It’s a time period when young people want to get the best out of their lives and love is often a prominent part of growing up. To me, this show manages to capture the essence of character growing up while discovering what love is about.
While Yuu and Touko are the most prominent characters, it’s hard to take eyes off of some of the others. Sayaka Saeki is a good example as someone who used to attend an all-girls school and became a close friend with Touko. The two work together as part of the student council but it’s very clear that Sayaka sees her more than a friend. Love is the easiest way to describe it. It’s also easy to see why she falls for her too considering their similar personalities. Both Sayaka and Touko are hardworking individuals who are willing to help others. However, Sayaka is perhaps less outgoing compared to Touko and thus, not as easily as approachable. The series doesn’t dedicate to their relationship but it’s interesting to see Sayaka’s vision of love. In essence, she hides her feelings and is not someone that’s easy to read on the surface. This is a contrast to both Yuu and Touko as those two tends to say what’s on their mind. On a lesser extent, we also get to see the relationship between Miyako and Riko which is shown to be very healthy in nature. Their relationship is relaxing and almost like a contrast to the drama that we see so often in the story.
As for the shoujo-ai genre, I think it’s pretty easy to recognize that pretty much all the main characters are lesbians in one way or another. Some are to a lesser but it’s pretty clear from the start. What were you expecting though? The anime advertised itself as such with the same gender relationships so be prepared to subscribe to that from start to finish. But as a show with a lot of drama, I should say to watch this with a careful focus on the characters. Watch for what they say, how they behave, and their intentions. For me, I find the most complex character to be Yuu since her personality is often sarcastic and believes too much into fictional love. This is true especially in the beginning where it became hard to know what she really wants. The more I watched though, the more I came to accept Yuu for who she is and her quest to discover love. And that’s what I find so entrancing about this show.
In perhaps a coincidental timeline, we also get Troyca as the studio. It's the same one that worked on Sakurako’s Investigation with the exact same director. As my first impression, this anime managed look colorful and vibrant with its character designs. There’s a feminine charm for the majority of the cast that really brings the elegance out of the characters. The emotional context are captured with the vivid details of body language and human expressions. The background visual quality is also stellar with a certain degree feeling of photorealism. Some of the scenes during the mid-season episodes like the ones with the bridge stands out the most. Last but not least, I would like to mention that character voice mannerism for the main cast is portrayed with supreme talent. Not only did I feel attached to their personalities, these characters also sounded like they belong in this anime from the beginning.
Ah, it’s about damn time. I’ve been indifferent about shoujo-ai shows for a good while but after seeing Yagate Kimi ni Naru, I may change my mind. This show managed to capture the expression of love in ways that exceed my expectations. It seized opportunities to recreate a sensational drama without stepping over the line. Keep your pants on because you’re not going to get sexual shock content all over your face. What you get is a drama done right in the most entrancing way possible. It's almost perfect.
Yagate Kimi ni Naru is an anime that reminds us of the complexity of love. Several philosophers, artists, even you have tried to express that feeling to someone when you fall in love. A close person, a forgotten friend, call it what you want. Maybe someone declared us, and we did not know how to respond. Maybe we have failed, or we have managed to understand the meaning of love. No matter what happened in our life, those feelings are still present. This series uses that feeling, something that we cannot describe and creates a refreshing and pure plot that will fascinate you.
On the other
hand, some viewers may consider this series boring, absurd and ridiculous. If you do not like romance combined with slice of life, you will agree with them and this anime won't be for you.
The story is straightforward, and the relationship between the different characters is exquisitely well developed. We have two girls, Yuu and Touku. The first cannot experience the feeling of love. She may know the literal meaning, but she has never "loved" anyone and perhaps never will. The second is a perfect student, president of the school council who cannot accept being loved. All this leads her to reject any proposal of love or avoid any relationship with someone who shows this feeling towards her. The plot develops gradually when Yuu feels the need to reject a declaration of love. Since she cannot ask for help from her friends, she decides to ask Touku, who supports her and helps her reject the declaration. For some viewers, it could be unrealistic, a cliché, I call it destiny or love at first sight, Touku begins to love Yuu. At first, we can think that it will take advantage of Yuu's condition. However, this is the beginning of an innocent relationship in which both girls will try to understand the meaning of love and about themselves.
On the other hand, the plot is a combination of heart and self-definition, slice of life and romance. The series uses school life to improve the relationship and create perfect moments where these characters can be together. In addition, it maintains simplicity and is pleasant. It does not need any strange exaggeration to ignite love like other series like Citrus with forced scenes to name one.
Another interesting factor is the setting. In general, yuri romance fails because it is set in an unrealistic place where almost the entire cast is lesbian. However, in the beginning, we can appreciate a diverse group of characters that keep the plot alive and realistic. Unfortunately, the plot tends to this unrealistic configuration in some parts, and that can be seen as negative. The author avoids any social consequences, and this could be interpreted as ridiculous by some spectators. Also, that's one of my reasons for not giving the series a perfect score because it's weird and gives you the impression that something is missing. Another reason, the series has an open ending and the most relevant part of the story is in the manga, and it may not be animated (I hope I'm wrong).
I like the way how the characters evolve with the relationship. The story has two main characters.
Yuu Koito. She is an avid reader, cute, friendly and caring. For some reason, she cannot experience love, and she expects to learn about it with Touku. One interesting factor is the way how she can read Touku because this helps to brace the outcome. For me, she is in constant change because her doubts appear more often. Sadly, we cannot explore more of her development for that reason I invite you to read the manga.
Touku Nanami. She is a perfect girl for all the persons around her. However, she is a character full of fears and doubts. She hides that face from anyone, but Yuu can look inside her. She dislikes being loved because she hates herself, so she will reject anyone that show any affection towards her. For me, she is a very complex character but in the deep, she is the weakest one. When she is with Yuu, she gets anxious and irradiates a beautiful feeling to the audience.
--Art and Sound—
The animation is good. However, there are some angles where the character lost some proportion, and they will look a bit pointed. It is weird but does not occur too often. The camera dynamic and movement are excellent, they are smooth and fit the romantic moments. It makes your eyes focus in the details of the scene. Additionally, the animation uses a bright and vivid palette that is pleasant to the eye and makes the characters glow.
The soundtrack contributes with the atmosphere of the scenes and helps in the crucial moments. The sound is elegant, soft and perfect. The OP is fantastic, and I love the rhythm and the connection with the lyrics. The ED is average, but it has a pleasant score combination.
I do not have too many negative complaints about the series. The plot is entertaining, and it arouses curiosity. The relationship between the characters is realistic, cute and pure. I love how Yuu tease her Senpai and how she reacts to that. The relationship is amusing and captivating. Sadly, the manga stills ongoing, so the series is not going to be completed.
I certainly will recommend the series because it has a real emotional level with minor plot issues and acceptable pacing. However, if we compare the series with others from the same genre like Citrus or Aoi Hana, it will give you the impression that something is missing. The series is missing the charisma of a complete couple (two characters are needed in a relationship). In this show, Touku has that charisma, but Yuu lacks it because she cannot express the feeling of love and that gives the impression that the show is average or unfinished, but it is part of the plot concept. For that reason. I invite you to read the manga because you will see Yuu’s progression and changes in the source.
Yagate Kimi ni Naru (Bloom into You) started off showing all the markings of a beautiful love tale. It’s very distinctive in how the romantic tones are handled between its characters. It’s a quiet slow burn that follows the story of two girls who have yet to feel the excitement that should come with love. Mostly spent focusing on one of the main protagonists in Yuu Koito, who is a “late bloomer.” She feels lonely from all her romance-obsessed peers. While at first, she doesn’t seem to understand them or her own feelings, she’s already showing signs of being drawn to Touko Nanami—a girl that
she would enter an unexpected and unique relationship with.
Bloom into You is very much a character-driven story, with a steady pace that dedicates time to building up Yuu and Touko as characters first and having the romantic elements come after—which may come to you as a breath of fresh air to many in this oversaturated genre of romance. Yuu doesn’t know how it feels to love someone, more so, she has an unrealistic and romanticized view of love, inspired by music and shoujo manga—It’s supposed to be an overwhelming and perfect experience like you’re walking on air that sends your heart aflutter. After being confessed to by a boy, she doesn’t feel anything. It just isn't the way she's been led to believe it's “supposed” to be. This makes her come to the conclusion that she is incapable of falling in love with anyone. This all changes when she meets a member of the student council in Touko. The irony here is that Yuu wants to be close to her, that perhaps she can learn to love and reciprocate her feelings—in contrast with Touko who finally has someone who is unable to love in which she finds comfort in. That someone where she can be herself around, free her from her lonely struggles.
The source of the underlying conflict is what makes it so unique. The characters’ struggles are very complex but understandable and relatable in some cases. The plot is not driven by pure misunderstandings. Touko is the way she is because of a traumatic experience from her past and also, having to live up to the high expectations as a role model student, who is seemingly perfect in every way to the likes of her older sister Mio. This affects her on multiple fronts, she doesn’t want Yuu to end up falling for her when she can’t even love and accept herself. The characters feel very real and layered, everyone is fairly likeable and the story manages to tell the events from each one's point of view without compromising the development of the main duo. Bloom into You has very appreciable pacing, really exploring its themes; which are intriguing and fresh for a romance and taking its time without indulging in unnecessary melodrama. Everything feels like it's moving the plot forward, and this makes for a compelling story.
While the issues of the main ship and the main characters themselves remain interesting and reasonable, the supporting cast feels like real people as well as opposed to the character tropes we often see in all romance media. Meet Sayaka Saeki, she is very close friends with Touka and has secretly loved her for a long time now. Sayaka has been very loyal and supportive to the star pupil, she really wants to confess her love but she fears that it could ruin their current relationship. She too understands Touko’s dilemma’s and is rather jealous of the attention Yuu is getting from Touko. She feels as if Yuu has come in to take this connection away from her. This dynamic is very interesting as it feels like Sayaka would become sort of an antagonist but she is given a backstory, a moment of introspection and goals where she grows into one of the most likeable characters. Seiji Maki is a good contrast to Yuu as he is sort of similar in terms of being incapable of falling in love with the difference is that he comes across as an aromantic person, telling Yuu that he is not the same as her, as he can tell that Yuu actually loves Touko. Seiji tries to direct her on a path where she can realize that love comes in many shapes and forms, that it can also be unexpected.
From what I have seen, the art has remained faithful to Nio Nakatani’s manga thanks to TROYCA. The studio did a remarkable job of the designs, animation, layouts, colours, score, script and layout. They all come together, perfectly in sync that it gently draws the audience into its sensory and emotional world. The appeal comes from the gorgeous background art and amazing use of camera angles and special effects, it’s telling that director Makoto Katou has a great understanding of balancing the artistic and technical aspects of cinematography. You can see this is full effect in the series premiere as well as its OP. The visuals are breathtaking, filled to the brim of symbolic imagery, telling a story by the art and animation alone, complemented by a goosebumps-invoking song called "Kimi ni Furete” which is performed by Riko Azuna.
The very fore-fronted orchestral soundtrack comes from the genius mind of Michiru Oshima who composed for series such as Akagami no Shirayuki-hime, Fullmetal Alchemist, Little Witch Academia (TV), So Ra No Wo To and Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei. It becomes one with all of the themes and the aesthetics of Bloom into You and shows a great understanding of the use of the piano by balancing the harmonics with both bright and mellow tones which gives the show added emotional weight behind its impact moments and colour with a wide variety of harmonics to compliment the many emotions throughout. The visuals and music go just as well together as the pairing of Yuu and Touko, which is why the atmosphere of the show is so alluring.
Bloom into You perfectly balances all of the different moods, focusing on the heart of its drama which is Yuu's developing feelings, Touko’s self-loathing and Sayaka’s selflessness. And it does this without making things feel forced or implementing unnecessary fanservice. I appreciate that it’s not all sunshine and rainbows and that it takes time to show the good times along with the bad when in love, both joy and heartache. Every flower blooms at a different pace, sometimes we need time to realize and understand our own feelings, by carefully listening to our heart as well as learning to love and accept ourselves before we are able to love others. All of us blossom when we feel loved, and wither when we do not feel loved. This is the core message that Bloom into You presents that makes it one of the better romances in recent time.
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.
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.
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!
This show is average. Not bad, not good. Just average. That being said, I wasn’t entertained watching this, not even from laughing at how bad it was, because it wasn’t bad. It was just average. Despite what most people think, being average isn’t a terrible thing, so as a little disclaimer, I am not saying everything about this show sucks for everyone who might take this review badly. This is just my opinion, that being said, these are my reasons:
The show is very clearly, a romance genre. The key to any good romance media is the relationship: nothing else matters that much. My problem with
the show is that it doesn’t try to make the relationships between our main characters all that interesting. An issue with many yuri or yaoi animes are that they use the idea that they are in a homosexual relationship to hide the fact that there is no real substance or development; they are too lazy to create anything interesting about the relationship besides the fact that they’re lesbians. The setting isn’t the issue either as there are a ton of romance anime that do well in mundane settings (and even if a romance media is set in a more unconventional and/or radical setting- the relationships itself isn’t taken over by the setting) because romance genres aren’t really supposed to be about exterior factors that govern the story's universe per say, rather a device to tell a love story. My point being, the environment or exterior factors shouldn’t be the most important part overshadowing the characters, but should be used as an effective agent in portraying a relationship. However, Bloom Into You makes this mistake repeatedly throughout its course as boring subplots distract us from the main focus of the anime, the relationship.
So why was the relationship so uninteresting? Or, at least why did I subjectively find it bland? Well, it has to do with the romance development/buildup and characterization. A great romance anime that does this very well is Kimi Ni Todoke. There are certainly a lot of cute romance scenes in Bloom Into You, but it isn’t memorable or as effective as they could be. This is because there is no real buildup to the romance scenes or context, (for God’s sake one of the main characters doesn’t even reciprocate the same feelings) which makes the scenes unsatisfying and coming out of nowhere. There is no longing, no real angst that make the romance scenes worth while in this anime. Kimi Ni Todoke, my aforementioned example, takes the time to show longing, reciprocation of feelings as well as showing who each of the characters are: this is what makes trivial scenes of even the characters smiling at each other enjoyable and satisfying- overall making it an effective romance medium. Bloom Into You doesn’t do this very well either. Even in supposed-to-be emotional scenes, I fail to sympathize with any of the characters, and I’m a really emotional person, so it says a lot! There is no real character in dialogue, visuals or voice acting. It feels completely bland and lifeless, a very frustrating issue because the anime is centered around our characters and their relationship with each-other. There is just genuinely no substance in dialogue either which makes it very hard to emotionally relate with the last-minute backstory. Just overall making the characters less likable and therefore the romance/ their relationships less interesting and engaging.
A very important note I’d like to mention is the trend in a lot of animes that I’d like to call The Aesthetic Effect. The Aesthetic Effect is used in animes with “pretty” visuals, stories, music and concepts to be used as a facade to it’s mediocre nature. How vague the show is and the inoffensive factors of this anime make it desirable and appealing to a lot of the general audience. I think not only is this anime extremely bland, but also quite offensive at times by using lesbians as a token to justify dislikable behaviour to say the least of the main character Nanami forcefully putting herself upon the clearly uninterested Yuu. Not to be THAT person, but if a male character did things Nanami did to Yuu, it would be seen as extremely creepy. I found these scenes very unsightly and uncomfortable, which is the least thing you want for a romantic scene in a cute anime. To wrap things up, it is very clear this anime was made by people who see lesbians as an easy token key to attract audiences without adding real substance. Bloom Into You is just vague, pretty, attractive concepts jumbled into an unprofessional mess with the name of aesthetically pleasing romance. I will never understand why this anime is so overrated and put on a pedestal for being some sort of groundbreaking anime as it is just plain out boring with not really anything new to offer. Do yourself a favor and don’t watch this anime, it’s just a waste of time and it will leave you with nothing.
TL;DR - boring and mediocre, uses gay tokenism to hide behind it’s flaws.
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 - 10
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 - 9
YagaKimi was a decently drawn manga with a penchant for symbolism, visual storytelling and 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. Troyca has done an outstanding job with the visuals, making the best looking anime this season. Although other anime is 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 adopted yet). The way all the points mentioned above work together to create an anime that I can only call a masterpiece. Watching the anime has made me notice lots of subtle details I missed in the manga, causing me to re-read and gain a better appreciation for it and rewatching the episodes has been rewarding in all the extra subtleties that animation can give.
YagaKimi is an interesting take on an interesting relationship dynamic with 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. It is definitely worth a watch.
Like a delicate flower, Bloom Into You acts upon its namesake, as the seed of the slept-on dark horse blossoms into one of the most charming shows to blindside me this year. I’m glad, for had I not stumbled upon the glowing reception for this treat, it may have never swept me off my feet. From its mostly charming depictions of lesbian love to its authentic showcasing of friendship, each interaction is filled to the brim with charm and care. Said charm and care also show in a majority of the revelations which make this surprisingly relatable and whimsical cast come to life even more
than one could imagine. The revelation for Maki and subplot for Koyomi might be my personal favorites of the show, each bolstering integral portions of the show’s three overarching plotlines. Seeing them intertwine, how each colorful character bounces off them, and how Yuu evolves from them, is simply heartwarming. This show may be repetitive and melodramatic in places, but the monologues and forced wind blowing aren’t enough to smear the beauty on display here.
Speaking of display, Makoto Katou’s directing is a major selling point. While it occasionally feels forced like with the focus on scenery in emotional moments, we more often get the most luscious visualizations of each characters’ headspace, along with some mesmerizing and communicative shots that can be hung on a wall. These are the scenes where Makoto and his team at TROYCA shine.
Adding onto the visual splendor of this show, the lovely art style and facial expressions translated from the manga do well to accentuate the tender yet lively nature of the characters and their interactions. The fashionable school uniforms and other equally elegant wardrobes only compliment this even further, and the female uniforms look particularly wonderful. While there are certainly flat moments and sparse bits of unsightly CGI, the show rarely fails to remain as pretty as its females.
To add to this beauty one last time, there’s the delicate OST Michiru Oshima composed. Several of the emotional tracks do well to complement each scene, adding to the heartfelt and loving nature of the show. My personal favorite example of this is the insert track from episode 9: “Rise” by Riko Azuna, as it is one of my favorite insert tracks of the year. Nothing embodies the pleasant nature of the show more than this one track, not even the fun ending theme by the main leads’ VAs, or the opening theme by the same artist. "Hectopascal” and "Kimi ni Furete” respectively make for good songs in their own right despite the questionable techno in the former and the questionable vocals in the latter, so there’s nary an issue to be had, even here.
If there’s a word that encapsulates this delicate beauty, it would be “endearing”. The banter and interactions feel so authentic and lifelike that amidst the lampooning and exhibition of shoujo tropes lies a surprisingly wholesome and equally elegant tale of lesbian romance. For every moment of repetitious interactions and monologue, there’s an impactful revelation, beautiful interaction, or heartwarming moment to counterbalance. There may be lulls and missteps, but this beauty has enough elegance and charm for me to brush that all aside. She’s wonderful, ain’t she?
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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.
Bloom Into You is an embodiment of pleasantness, constructing a wholesome narrative about finding oneself and what lies ahead. This series is best described as a slice-of-life with romance as a primary narrative. While the setting is somewhat like Citrus in terms of character archetypes, Bloom Into You approaches storytelling much differently than most romance stories. The show is far less about dramatic tension between the characters, and instead focuses on evaluating their relationships with one another, whether it’s affection, ambivalence, admiration, or animosity. The story takes form as a series of conventional moments and activities in which characters interact with one another in a
practical, level-headed manner. Bloom Into You has a notorious aptitude for presenting these characters in such a way in which they are acting upon their own accord, rather than bending to the will of the narrative. The daily life of Yuu Koito is followed by us as we witness the changes in her everyday routine as well as her own views, watching everything blossom and mature as nature takes its course.
The melancholic tone that pervades much of Bloom Into You comes from conflicts within the characters’ own selves, but rarely between characters. Yuu struggles to feel love and ponders about her future, Touko is lonesome and fixated on her duties, and Sayaka is jealous and keeps her feelings bottled within her. These are character arcs that rarely end up in dramatic confrontations, and rather are pursued by their own accord. The cast maintains a positive rapport throughout much of the story, largely shielded from dramatic complications that would negatively affect their relationships. Hostility between characters either occurs very rarely or is short-lived. Viewers who want to steer clear of serious drama will feel right at home with Bloom Into You. But those looking for drama will be somewhat dissatisfied by this aspect.
Even as someone who has a strong bias for dramatic, emotionally driven narratives such as Octave, Citrus, and Aoi Hana, all of which are about lesbian romance as well, I can certainly say Bloom Into You has plenty going for it either way. The characters have just enough personality to give life to these situations. They emote, interject, pout, and elicit various other responses true to their character. Even the most mundane of character interactions feel very alive, and due to how likeable everyone is, this really emulates the pleasure of genuine socialization between good friends. The plot itself is largely unaffected by anyone other than Touko, and the cast succumbs to this as they wind up in various moments of recreation, discourse, and determination. In way, the plot is the cast itself.
Yuu is a very endearing character to follow in how her internal feelings slowly mature and develop as she interacts more with Touko and ponders over her feelings about her. Her attitude ranges from curious, to longing, to content, to frustrated. Her development, as with everything else in Bloom Into You, is taken slowly, but is done with nuance and purpose.
Touko is unfortunately a less engaging character, and dare I even say a missed opportunity. Her conflict is very sensical, but her background isn’t expounded enough to really make her dilemma feel genuine. Conceptually, she is a sympathetic character. Making decisions that only affect how people see you with no benefit to the self is unhealthy, and Yuu is both wise and respectable in trying to draw somebody away from this line of thinking. So this works well on paper, but the problem is this: Touko doesn’t appear to be suffering nearly as much as the story wants us to believe. Loneliness and self-deceit come with symptoms, and the only apparent aftermath of this is her attraction to Yuu, who holds nothing against the true self which Touko hides from everyone else. This along with being timid and somewhat pushy, are really the only traits of her that we see that aren’t of the ‘perfect’ self she puts on around others. The difference between these two versions of Touko isn’t evident enough for me to be convinced that she’s so drastically different than what she appears to be. Additionally, we hardly ever see her truly distressed about her whole charade, or just how negatively it affects her. Any sort of behavior she displays around Yuu, apart from romantic attraction, isn’t symptomatic of being under pressure or constant stress.
The most obvious comparison to Touko might as well be Mei Aihara from Citrus, who shows obvious signs of stress and emotional depravity as she operates in a harsh upbringing with little to no free will. She shuts herself off from people, shows signs of anguish, and even has her own health at risk due to severe stress. Mei feels like an actual person whose misguided efforts affect her physically and emotionally, and thus is more convincing as someone in need of consultation and support. Am I saying that Touko should be written the same way as Mei? Of course not. In Citrus, Mei’s circumstances were much harsher than Touko’s, and thus would have a more damaging effect. But what Touko is going through would surely be taxing in a similar way. As it stands, Touko isn’t characterized to the extent to where I actually worry about her, or believe that the charade she puts on is as damaging to herself as Yuu suspects. And thus, my emotional connection with Touko is limited.
Even if Touko isn’t as emotionally captivating as I’d like her to be, the nature of the relationship between her and Yuu is what sells the experience. The time they spent with each other is sublime, with Touko being pushy at times while timid at others, and Yuu being cheeky and somewhat playful, as well as being occasionally snide in response to Touko’s mannerisms. The dynamic between them makes for what I consider the best character moments in the entire series. Their interactions can be comedic, heartfelt, or introspective, and succeeds in all these. Furthermore, that one exchange between them in episode 6 might as well be a series highlight, and those who have watched the show will know exactly what I’m talking about.
This pairing also has a depressing nature to it, thanks to Touko’s pessimistic view of love. Touko has essentially shackled Yuu into remaining in a state where if she were to develop romantic feelings for Touko, then Touko would no longer want to be in this relationship. It’s especially disheartening to see a character you really like be confined in such a way out of her own volition, with the feeling that she may never live the dream she wanted for so long.
As worthwhile as all these characters generally are to watch, Bloom Into You really doesn’t have all that much going for it in the way of depth. The character exploration is there, and the themes about love are quite engaging, but with the exception of Yuu, the personalities aren’t exactly complex, as they’re quite limited in traits. What makes the experience so worthwhile is watching these personalities cross roads with one another. The characters of Bloom Into You are not what I would call complex or even deep, but their development and general traits are woven into the narrative with such nuance and at a steady pace to where it all feels very authentic and wholesome. Each personality is a piece of a larger whole, working like gears to give function to a wholly pleasant and mesmerizing experience.
As for the audio/visual side of the show, I feel the need to be blunt here: the anime adaptation of Bloom Into You is a sheer blessing to the eyes as well as the ears; so much so that I consider this show to be an example of how manga adaptations should be done. The backgrounds are tremendously well-crafted, with detail sprawling over each object. Nearly everything is given a texture, lighting is used appropriately, and the result is a jaw-dropping collection of scenery which rivals that of Studio WIT. In this department, TROYCA has put in an effort that I cannot sing enough praise for.
Of course, detailed scenery is just one part of what makes great shot composition in an animated product. And luckily, TROYCA manages to construct these shots with excellent color choices. The artstyle of the original manga is already a visual treat, and here it’s been translated into animated form flawlessly. The show possesses a palette mostly comprised of soft colors with varying hues, perfectly capturing the style of the original manga. The colors are also used with enough restriction to where shots aren’t cluttered. With all the detail put into the backgrounds, rarely does it ever look as though it was overcompensating to the point where colors are drowned out.
Unfortunately, along with these smart decisions in presentation, there are times when subtlety is completely discarded to communicate a point to the viewers. One such example is in the first episode, where Yuu’s feeling of indifference is evoked with water gushing into the room and submerging her, then displaying her to be located far away from her deskmates. There are also other scenes like this, which project some abstract images to portray the thoughts of the characters, in a manner that feels hamfisted and rather obnoxious. This sort of thing is common in quite a lot of anime, but it’s especially disappointing for a show like Bloom Into You to follow this same trend, as it’s a show that generally excels in doing the opposite. Bloom Into You has various moments of directing that are subtle and evoke a sense of authenticity, so it's particularly jarring when stuff like metaphorical water flooding an entire classroom leaves such a blemish on this aspect of the show.
So even without much narrative complexity, Bloom Into You displays illustrious writing skill accompanied with equally awe-inspiring presentation. Everything falls into place creating an experience unlikely to be forgotten by me or anyone else in search of a very solid and wholesome romance story between girls, as well as a tale of self-realization.
I'm absolutely perplexed and bewildered by the general consensus on this anime, so I would like to provide my two cents, because there's not a single review I can agree with.
Let's get the subjective criteria out of the way first. Art is good, character designs are pleasant to look at, and backgrounds are of high quality aswell. As for the soundtrack, the piano compositions that play at certain scenes are very nice, however I can't say the same about neither OP nor ED, I disliked them both, I'm not going to say that they are bad or anything such, it's just not the kind of
music I enjoy.
The juicy part. What unfolds in this show is a dysfunctional relationship between a person that's mentally disturbed (Touko) and a person that's flawed on the fundamental level, because she is incapable of feeling love and empathy (Yuu). People claim they see a very mellow and realistic relationship between two girls, but I personally fail to see that.
There's a lot of opinions that Touko has a genuine affection towards Yuu, but I think that people are mistaking an indulgence for affection. How can you feel genuine affection and love for someone, if you are incapable of loving yourself? She even states outright that she doesn't want Yuu to love or hate her back, and only wants to indulge herself in Yuu's kindness, as that puts her distressed self at ease, a dubious concept at best, since how can a person to whom love and empathy are alien, unknown emotions, can be kind, is beyond me.
Touko also quite frequently acts in a mentally disturbed and creepy manner, looking at her family photo and reassuring herself that she'll be exactly as her sister was in her eyes. Because, apparently, if you're a shy and meek child, instead of self-betterment, a much superior choice would be to become a literal copy of your older sister, and then grapple with mental and stress repercussions of your decisions. Not to mention that she low-key contemplates suicide a couple times, once at the crosswalk at the train tracks, and another in the final episode, where she's standing at the train station paltform and takes a step forward, while the train is about to pass the afformentioned station.
As I stated earlier, Yuu is flawed on a fundamental level, since she cannot feel love and empathy, yet somehow renowned for her kindness, sure, whatever. In the relationship with Touko, to me personally, she comes off as a Stockholm Syndrom victim, because I cannot sum up a person that puts up with someone who indulges themselves in her, forces her to kiss them, even though she's clearly not in a mood for it, explicitly tells her to not have an affection of any kind towards them, in any other way. The only solace, is that at the end of final episode she's finally had enough of it, as she says: "It's time for us to change trains, senpai".
The rest of cast is inconsequential, as they usually have about 5 minutes of screen time, over 12 episodes, total, or are there to fulfill a single role. The only one I will mention, is Maki-kun, a creepy self-admitted voyer, who doesn't want to be in any relationship himself, but rather be a spectator to the relationships of others, that he finds interesting/intriguing.
Personally, I'm revolted by relationship of this kind, I won't elaborate on it here further, as if you're reading this, it's clear as to why I'm displeased. There's nothing else I can add to this. When autumn chart was just released, I dismissed this anime, as I assumed that it will be like just about anything with similiar tags, only to be asked by my friend to join him, cause he saw potential. Now that it ended, he's dissapointed in it, though not as much as I am.
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.
The Shoujo Ai genre has seen it's fair share of ups and downs, and has been a letdown in recent times (We're looking at you Citrus), so when this show dropped in this season, I was very flawed at how I understood the taboo that is the Shoujo Ai aspect, but yet this show managed to do an outstanding justice to the genre, and (at this time) is one of (if not the best) shows due to its maturity and how it defines and breaks the convention that has been done before (e.g. moe-fied Yuru Yuri series) and teaches a whole new lesson altogether.
ni Naru, or Bloom Into You, tells the story of Yuu Koito and Touko Nanami, two individuals clasping for love in the most unusual way. Yuu, having grown up and loves reading shoujo manga, she feels the slightest (if not none) feeling of confessions from the opposite sex. Enter the high school age, and the other party (Touko) also gets the same treatment as Yuu, and immediately rejects the exact same feelings without hesitation. Having never both fallen in (true) love before, the tale of how Yuu and Touko manages to control and share their desires for each other; clear up misunderstands and all that stuff; is an entirely new territory to them. Although the lovey-dovey moments are a slow-but-painful process, the ever-folding drama is what makes the process special not just for the main duo, but the supporting cast as well (which is the Student Council), helping both Yuu and Touko in accidental taboo moments (Maki discovering that Yuu is in love with Touko, while the Sayaka-Touko-Yuu love triangle is present (but thankfully not told) and isn't the crux and problem (unlike Citrus)), discovering what's best and how to support each other. Not to mention that Saeki Sayaka, having come off from the same girls' school as Touko, has the same rivaled feelings when Touko always gives special attention to Yuu, so much that she doesn't let go, but understands her troubles and whatnot, really giving the edge to understand and not to conquer, that's a very bold decision to further drive her character into holding Touko close to her heart but not wanting to impede on her path.
Above all, everything about this series is so well done, the writing doesn't feel tacked on and it's mostly ingenious genuity that really pushes every character (be it main or supporting) into simple or complex conflict that raises doubts and questions about each other's true intentions and whatnot. Brilliant work to the writing staff.
TROYCA's art and animation is simply unrivaled. Although it is a detracting from their usual work (the Re:Creators style), they don't stop there. The beautiful art and the gripping animation are both works of wonder to draw people into the world that is both sightseeing and emotional-driving, that once you try to take your sights away even for just a moment, you're missing out on something special. Another brilliance of a work here to capture the gaze of the audience, and I have to say, this is a special moment in the world where imagination works wonders.
Even more brilliant, is the sweet dope-fresh music. Most particularly, Michiru Oshima's composure of music. The beautiful, fantastic OP by Riko Azuna is really the icing on the cake, one to listen to on repeat, as is with the beautiful and subtle emotional tellings of the trio (Yuu, Touko and Sayaka) as they attempt to mask their true feelings for one another through the lush artwork present and the timely animations that just intensify the emotions all of us have to go through, even in forbidden land. The sweet ED by the main duo Yuu and Touko is OK at best, but not one to slouch either, as they try to walk the fine line through the relationship that has already been established.
It's about time we get an absolute masterpiece of the Shoujo Ai genre, and we have reached the pinnacle (or is it?). This is a show not to be skipped, even if the Shoujo Ai tag brings displeasure or disdain to your romance list.
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.
What exactly is love? Is it a feeling of trying to protect someone you treasure, or is it a feeling of gratitude for someone you deeply care about? There’s no exact answer for it, but everyone has their own ideal of how love is, and with this idea adding a sprinkle of yuri, may I introduce you, Yagate Kimi Ni Naru (Bloom Into You), a show focusing on our two female protagonist, Koito Yuu and Nanami Touko, and their journey onto finding what love, truly means.
Story / Character -9.5-
Within the first few minutes you get greeted by our first protagonist, Koito Yuu, whom
is heavily obsessed in shoujo manga, and looks forward to having a heart pumping relationship, in which feels seemingly distant and unreachable for Yuu. Now being a high school student, Yuu was chosen to help out with the Student Council election. While trying to find out where the club is, she stumbled upon our next protagonist, Nanami Touko whom was being confessed by another male student. Having seen Touko rejecting the student, with the ‘excuse’ of not wanting to go out with anyone just yet, Yuu decides to consult her as Yuu herself too, is being bothered by the fact that her best friend confessed to her, and she didn’t feel the ‘spark’ she initially thought she might have. Thinking how Nanami senpai might’ve help her settle her problems, with the turn of the tide, Nanami suddenly confesses to Yuu, leaving Yuu in absolute confusion. What comes next are lovely moments that will surely make you go ‘awww’.
Character wise, unlike what you see in most romance anime, the dominant one usually is the older ones, or the male lead (in this case it’s irrelevant). However, Touko albeit being a third year, is constantly showing her weaknesses, lowering her guard when she is around with Yuu, whom is younger than her. Even though as affectionate as Touko is, Yuu has convinced herself that she wouldn’t fall in love with Touko (or is it (͠≖ ͜ʖ͠≖) and in return for Touko’s feelings, Yuu tends to be more kind towards her, and allows her to cling onto her even though Yuu doesn’t plan on returning her feelings. Other character such as Saeki senpai and the teacher adds the depth for the story, making the story not necessarily just about Yuri at its core, but also people finding the true meaning to their life. Quite a simple plot to understand, everything you’d expect from a shoujo ai but with a touch of uniqueness to the dialogues and monologues.
This is a great adaptation from the original manga series, characters look on point, animations are very fluid. One unexpected part that totally blew me away was the use of camera angles, some scenes were literally breathed life into them, and some made the scene extraordinarily dream-like. All in all, Troyca has done an exceptional job on adapting this manga into anime, and I think it’s very commendable for making this anime such an enjoyable one.
Most of the voice acting are done pretty well with some rare occasions where I actually found them to be slightly underwhelming, but not average enough to take a point off from the overall voice acting, so nothing to complain about here. The opening and ending are also quite good, I personally prefer the ending more than the opening, as it has a catchier vibe to it, and is sang by the two main protagonists. Soundtrack wise is sort of a mixed feeling (mostly good), what you usually here are ambient sound, like literally life-like ambient sounds, not many fancy soundtracks are going on throughout this anime, but they convey the feelings very well and tend to fit in the scenes. I personally just wished there was more to it, other than mostly being ambient.
Bloom into you is a must watch if you’re a big fan of the romance genre, taking the slower, gradual progression for the plot makes you more invested into the characters, and I think that is a great way to catch the audience’s heart. Even though the plot is rather simple, the way it was executed through good directing and writing really makes this anime all the better. The conclusion for the anime isn't necessary what I thought it would've been (in relation to the manga that is), but was still a very wholesome nonetheless. If you want something that can hit you home, look no further and hope onto the feel train, and let the anime Bloom Into You.
Love is completely overexposed and misrepresented in media. For an anime, being a piece of media itself, to make that a plot point, they need to address love as realistically as possible. Bloom into you, pulls that off with a beautiful honesty.
Yuu is struggling with the fact that she's never experienced love. Her only understanding of love is what she gleans from romance manga. She then meets the student counsel president, Touko, who immediately falls for Yuu. Because this was nothing like the romance manga, Yuu doesn't really know how to handle this, and eventually agrees to go along with it, more or less
because why not? Mind you, Yuu is very upfront on the status of her feelings for Touko throughout the anime.
In fact, the entire anime is very honest with the relationships they depict. The fact that this is a homosexual relationship is mentioned, but is not really considered a big deal to anyone. That is refreshing, and quite frankly honest for this day and age.
The hiccups our couple do hit in their relationship are more centered around their own faults, misunderstandings, and misconceptions. you know, like every relationship out there. The problems they have are very real ones, and one of the messages one should glean from this anime is to be with someone else, you have to learn to be okay with yourself. Look no further than the cafe owner for an example of that.
Another relationship issue our couple has is that their feeling evolve for one another at different rates, and for different reasons. Touko falls hard an fast for Yuu, almost in an instant, while Yuu is no where never that level of emotional involvement throughout most of the show. This to, is commonplace in real relationships.
As their relationship grows, so do the young ladies in it. How these two lead one another to better understandings of themselves and those around them is lovely to see.
If I could describe the show in one word, it would be honest. Unlike Yuu's romance manga, the relationships in this anime are not magical, or perfect. They are grounded in reality, and that makes it far more beautiful than the vast majority of other romance stories out there.
Beautiful. This was my first impression for this show.
The genre what depicting love of between women. So-called Shoujo Ai and Yuri. I've ever not watched those shows. It's fresh mood for me.
When someone love the person, it is important to understand the person's feeling. But this show is a little different case.
People have complicated state are conscious of each other. Not easy thing. In that respect, this show is succeed.
Relationship began by the course of nature. It changes gradually, and fall in love with each other. The moment is irresistible. Just like true love.
That isn't to say their relationship develop Romance. The balance is very
good. They're so adorable. At the same time, they're so sad.
You can know this point when you watched this show. Subject by love of men and women. Like that straight shows are many.
I praise to challenge lesbianism amongst all of them. In addition, perfection is different order of magnitude. Excellent quality.
Shoujo Ai and Yuri also a sort of entertainment though, they tend to avoid from people. Because of these shows seldom exist.
I don't say it, but I read a certain homosexual love manga in the past. This manga is nothing short of brilliant. This manga is similar to this show.
There is no miracle with love. Skill and spirit build up love. Acquire them, and move forward in the future. As a result, that is inquire against yourself.
So, Let's talk about this show. Story and characters are depicting by affable touches from beginning to end. Awkward depiction don't exist at all.
Protagonist of this show. Yuu Koito. A certain event made her start to dating with Touko Nanami. They're main characters of this show.
Anyways, their characteristic is so good. Yuu is a robust girl. Nanami is a girl who pampered with Yuu, despite student council first‐class member.
But Nanami has hidden circumstances. Thereby change has occurred with their relationship. She's basically the owner of sorrow heart.
In some way, She is existence as opposed to Yuu. They exchange of words in school, club activities, private. Yes, various situation.
Peculiar Shoujo Ai scenes included among them. Doing with them made sprout special consciousness. And they understand each other's mentality.
In this way, this show's plot is unique. IMO, it's draw a line between other Romance shows. The reason is that character development is very nice thoroughly.
Script also surprisingly well-written every episode. I've watched shows of Jukki Hanada. This show also polite.
Whole interval and tempo of dialogues. These are blameless thanks to manga author's supervision.
Yuu and Nanami are sensitive with person feelings because they don't experience real love. It's dramatic.
Art and animation are very gorgeous. Disturbance is less and stable. Background and color also well-made, and shape elegant vibes.
Character design is personally quite likable. TBH, it's cute! So cute! Yuu's design is awesome. Nanami also beauty.
OP and ED are stunning with animation and music. I cried OP for a period of time. What are those meaning of language of flowers?
This show's OP is Riko Azuna's debut single. Strong and delicate voice is fitting this show. I can expect her future activities.
Her tie-up song plays a certain episode as insert song. The timing are fitting well. Include splendid depiction, you'll have urge to experienced Attraction.
ED is character song by Yuu and Nanami. Although catchy and bright melody, profound lyrics are fitting this show so much. OP also same.
Voice acting also perfect. Voice is fitting each characters. Especially Sayaka's voice actor performed complex and real feeling against Nanami well.
I sympathize with Maki's assertion. But I'm not pleased his thought. Of course, This is his way of showing kindness to Yuu though, I'm not interested in him.
If I express this show besides I love this show so much, this show is so wonderful. All in all, this show is truly high level. Definitely one of my favorites.
Everyone loves someone. Efforts will not always awarded. The same may be said of Anime and Drama etc. It never everything goes well.
That's why everyone face each other while doing trial and error. This is make or break. Everything is up to you. It is important to define own purpose.
This show is delightful work what generated by destiny. Your rating is variation whether or not you can relate to Yuu and Nanami. Worth watching.
I seldom meet show what loving by author, staff, voice actors, and fans. I appreciate them. YagaKimi FTW!
To here a full review, go to this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4N1zbceq04&t=1518s
Simply the best yuri anime I have ever watched since becoming an otaku. At first, I thought its just going to be another day of girls kissing and flirting with each other. How am I so wrong. Our protagonist Yuu is asexual, which makes it hard for our lovely couple to become one fully. However, Nanami is okay with it, and Yuu plays along being a yuri lover with no romantic feelings whatsoever, yet. The complication then escalates to how Nanami wants Yuu to continue to hate her and not love her at all,
be by her side and let her love you. See the complicated relationship, but this aspect is what makes this show stands out.
But what attracts me about this show is the fantastic animation and the beautifully written story. Demonstrating the hardship being in a yuri relationship. Not to mention the yuri moments which stands out for me the most. But Nanami experience is what makes this show spark as she dealt with many hardships to meet her ideals and Yuu played the critical role of being there for her.
The opening music is the icing on the cake, loved the lyrics and the fantastic melody being turned into beautiful music to listen too. Also captures the beauty of our lovely couple.
For the whole series review, check out the link from above.