What’s the show? Bloom Into You, Episode 1.
And what’s it about? Yuu wants to find a love that makes her heart flutter, to make her feel like she’s flying—but despite having had a close male friend confess his feelings to her she feels nothing. After joining the school council she witnessed a girl in a grade above her graciously reject a male suitor, this girl Touko is very popular with boys, having been asked out 7 times since starting high school but she’s rejected them all because she doesn’t understand what love is supposed to feel like. The two girls talk, Touko gives advice to Yuu on how to reject the friend who had confessed to her and been waiting a month for an answer and as Touko holds Yuu’s hand for support the girl realises something—she’s fallen in love with Yuu.
Okay well that’s kind of interesting. That’s not only a synopsis that’s pretty much everything that happens in the first episode. Not to say that this episode is slow, it’s just very steadily paced, its very ethereal—almost dreamlike. Also its probably worth mentioning that I’ve read the manga but I’m going to keep comparisons to a minimal in these reviews because, well I’m reviewing the anime here not the manga. A proper comparison can come at the end of the season if need be.
Right. So is it an enjoyable first episode? At first I had a bit of trouble getting used to the art style, the characters look—well not like anime girls I’m used to so that threw me off a little but by about the half-way mark I was used to it. Speaking of art the show features a very peach through pink colour palette, which again something that takes some getting used to. After these initial hurdles though I was pretty sold on this anime and this budding relationship!
And who do you recommend it too? Anyone who wants a high school set yuri romance with a bit of an unconventional edge. Obviously I more or less know what’s going to happen next so I’m trying to be vague but even if you think that there’s not a lot of drama to the story after where it ends in Episode 1—it does get more interested and complicated. But that said based on the manga, Bloom Into You isn’t by any means “required viewing”, it’s very good at what it does, its characterisation is terrific and natural—it’s sweet, even beautiful at times, but its not perfect and its not mind-blowing. But sometimes you don’t need that—not everything needs to be overly dramatic. I don’t know if I’ll continue with these reviews week-to-week, if only because it seems like a show that’ll get plenty enough coverage and I don’t think I’ll have anything that interesting to add to the conversation.
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Categories: Fall 2018 Anime