"Bloom Into You" is an adaptation of a yuri romance manga made by studio Troyco. With the story being about Yuu, a high school student who is unable to feel love. When she tries to help out with the student council, she meets Nanami, who also feels the same way. After Yuu confess the fact that she feels the same way as Nanami, Nanami falls in love with her. With Yuu still not feeling the same way, lets her be in love with her.
I have read some of the manga and thought it was decent, and sort of cute. So honestly did not have that much expectation for this anime. Especially when Citrus, another okay yuri manga (okay maybe not as good as Bloom into You), had an a-okay anime adaptation. Usually, an anime is either worst than the manga or on par. This is one of those anime that shows that you can be more than just a lazy adaptation, and use the medium to bring the source material to life. This is all thanks to the direction. How the camera knows how to move to make a moment feel big. With the sound editing being on point with a great soundtrack. Add in visuals that are made much bigger and symbolic compared to the manga, and you get an experience that knows how to entice the inner yuri fandom within. Especially love the one shot where they get a close up of one of the characters eyes and shows her reaching out her hand, I mean that scene alone just made me feel sort of things. The anime manages to enamor me with its beautiful visuals, soundtrack, camera angle, shots etc. They try to end each episode big to make the viewers want to keep watching. I mean the art style itself is good for what it is, but nothing amazing, but the way its position, the shot and composition is what makes the difference.
As for the actual story itself, it is fairly engaging. I mean the plot sounds a bit pretentious at first, but when you actually watch the show it easy to care about the characters. From their struggle of what society think love is versus how we actually perceive it. To sexual orientation, standing up to people expectation, falling in love it just does it so well. Yuu character is interesting, she seems to really care about people, which is probably why she can never tell when the line is drawn between caring and being in love with someone. As for Nanami, she at first does seem like the typical perfect student council president type who is nice, smart and wonderful at everything, but it just a facade. She is a bit shy, vulnerable, and has to deal with lots of internal struggle. The other side characters are also for the most part great. Granted there is a weird kid who is obsessed with hearing other people love story, and he seems to not be really involved with the plot that much, and just seem like a weird addition. He seem to only be there to be that one person Yuu can talk to about her weird relationship, and not much else. But aside for that, the character drama is great and engaging. With a play going on that reflect each of the character inner struggles, making for some clever parallel that is intertwined with the plot. It is probably one of my most anticipating anime to watch week by week.
So I gush about the stuff I love, so what did I not like about the anime. Well, I guess the fact that like most anime this year, it did not end strongly. Funny enough each episode knew how to end in a point that leaves the audience wanting more, but the final episode basically just end in the middle of an ongoing plot that was going somewhere. With that being the last episode of the season, it was just unsatisfying. I mean they tried their best to end at a good point, but the story ended in what seems to be close to the end of the story arc. Which that was really disappointing. While a great adaptation, the biggest weakness is the fact that it is an adaptation. So with the manga still going on, and only having 13 episodes, it was almost impossible to end on a high note without being unfaithful to the source material. Maybe this would not bother me as much, but there is no guarantee for the second season. But I guess it makes me want to continue reading the manga again, so as an advertisement for the manga I guess it did its job. But as a fulfilling anime, it missed the mark. Not to mention the anime is a bit slow to get to the main drama of the show, which while it did not bother me, it might be a turnoff to people. Also, a nitpick I have to mention is the fact that the anime constantly said but they are girls. Which do not get me wrong, I know homophobia is a thing in Japan and they do a good job tackling that, but at the same time, people do know gay people exist right? It got a bit annoying with the amount of time they say it. Also again what with the weird guy and his weird kink of seeing other people be in love. Despite some those critique, it was probably one of my favorite anime of the winter season.
Bloom into you manage to bloom my inner yuri fandom. It was engaging, with great direction, soundtrack and makes me want another season ASAP. If you love yuri, romance or the manga I definitely recommend this. I give this anime a B+.
I don't have preference. I watch both yaoi and yuri and see how both do completely different things like this year's yuri had featured school girls and I think we had only one yaoi, it featured adult men
This is one of the shows I haven't watched. I think I sampled it. It was pretty but it didn't hook me in with the first episode.
You mentioned it explores homophobia like harassment from the outside or was it just an obstacle mentally or verbally.
I think Japan might be similar to my country where we treat gay people like they don't exist. I recall my uncle never really talk of his son. He knew before. His son struggled and came out.
Taka , I mean Japan is making some progress with same sex relationship, so I be a little bit surprised if they do pretend gay people do not exist. But again a little, as homophobia is certainly more prevalent there compare to the US. I mean I know the US have some problem, but we are definitely better in a ton of area compare to other countries like racism, homophobia and free speech.
As for the homophobia, it was a former girlfriend of one of the character. She basically say it was a phase and that she feel sorry for making her do something wrong, and hopefully she no longer gay. Luckily the character manage to make her shut up. Granted homophobia only plays a small part, but I thought the scene was done well. Adding more to set character and be a good stepping stone to explore more of her and her mixed emotions.
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
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