Bloom Into You (Yagate Kimi ni Naru) is a yuri manga by Nio Nakatani. From the very first chapter, it stands out from the rest just by its narration. It quickly became one of my favorite yuri and I’m very happy that it got itself a worthy anime adaptation. Troyca is the studio that also made Aldnoah.Zero, which I enjoyed for the first season. They’ve also created Beautiful Bones and I liked that one as well. The studio has a good reputation from me for the most part.
My first impression of the Bloom Into You anime was as breathtaking as when I first read the manga. It brings out the topic of romance and how our main character, Yuu, fantasizes about it because of all the stories and songs. However, when a boy confesses to her, she feels nothing.
I love the imagery of Yuu in the bottom of the ocean unable to reach the surface. It’s a feeling of being unable to experience romance like other people. The interpretation in the second episode with Yuu in black and white is a great one as well. It isn’t blatantly hitting you on the head, but it’s easy enough to understand what she’s going through.
There are scenes later on in the manga that I am a bit uneasy with. I’ll restrain from talking about it until we get to that point.
The cinematography for this anime is on point. It doesn’t feel like an anime, it’s almost like a movie (or a full-length TV show). The close up shots of their eyes when they’re making eye contact. The first person point of view. Their facial expressions. I thought it was weird at first, but they certainly grant a new flavor to this yuri.
The art in Bloom Into You (Yagate Kimi ni Naru) is beautiful. I adore the background and how colorful it is. A lot of care and effort is being put into this and unfortunately, I can’t help but to compare this to Citrus. Unfortunately, it was a bad decision to have Passione animate Citrus, especially towards the end of the anime. There were a lot of scenes ruined for me. It was and still is a disaster. However, no amount of disgust I have for the anime can separate me from my respect for Citrus and how it brought more people into yuri. I still enjoyed the manga.
When it comes to the soundtrack, I’m not too crazy about it. If it fits, it fits and I don’t have much to say about it. One of the only times I fell in love with a soundtrack was from the anime Gatchaman Crowds. It’s a great blend of EDM and orchestra music. Even if you haven’t seen the anime, you should check out the music anyways.
The characters’ voices are appropriate, although it took me a while to get used to Yuu’s voice. That’s a personal thing and I thought her voice would be deeper. The characters themselves? We’ve only been following Yuu and Touko, but I love them both nonetheless. I can relate to Yuu’s narrations and I love her attitude overall. Touko is your “perfect” president with a side nobody’s ever seen. The way she is portrayed, though, gives her more character than the template she’s based off of.
I find her newfound love for Yuu to be adorable. Unfortunately, this relates to the previous scenes later on in the manga that I will continue to not talk about. Right now, she feels like a doll that discovered emotions for the first time and is reeling in all the effects. Once we get to know more about her backstory, we’ll break off from the “perfect anime girl” template.
I discussed this in a previous video about the “asexual identity.” Yuu fits the bill and the way she explains her feeling (or how she’s not feeling anything), I can relate to it extremely well. This is one major reason why this yuri climbed to the top of my favorites so easily. I’ve never seen a yuri like this before and it’s a breath of fresh air. I might write about it more once this anime finishes. I’ll think about it.
Overall, Bloom Into You (Yagate Kimi ni Naru) is a fantastic yuri and an amazing anime adaptation. If you’re a yuri fan, you need to check it out. If you’re interested in yuri, come on over.
Thank you for reading this. I am doing a reaction/review series on this if you’re interested. Other than that, I hope you give this anime a chance.