Love Takes Time – ‘Bloom Into You’ Episode 1 Review

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.

*blush*

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.

Yuu.

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!

Gorgeous background art though.

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.

We’ll see if I have enough to talk about come episode 2.

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5 comments

  1. We’ll see if other people talk about it. I always found that it was kind of rare that people would review romance shows, especially ones like this where it’s not about a bunch of aaaaaangst and bad people being bad. But part of the problem is what you say, that there tends to not be that much to talk about with it.

    If you won’t compare to the manga, I will. I thought they kind of overplayed it with Yuu seeing some sparkles around Touko and her interactions with her. I kind of wanted it to be played a little bit flatter, since the lack of those things is kind of the driving point of this first part of the manga.

    One thing I’m interested in knowing is if the manga is going to end with the anime series, or at least at the same point as the anime series. Or is the manga going to continue past that, and therefore we might end up with decisions having to be made about the anime ending. I know that was one of the more disappointing things about other yuri shows like Sasameki Koto and Sweet Blue Flowers, that they just kind of stopped in the middle. And I know we’ll never get season 5 of Maria-sama ga Miteru, although that was stopped at a fairly good point.

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    1. Yeah, I thought the manga made felt like the attraction was more one-sided (at least at the start) whereas it felt like there was more of an attraction on Yuu’s side here. But that could be something that gets dialled back for Episode 2. With the exception of the post credits sequence this episode felt somewhat contained, almost like a short film so maybe that’s why it had that feeling?

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  2. I thought the first episode went really well! I haven’t read the manga, so I don’t know everything that happens in this series, but I’m kind of tempted to binge read it before I watch the next episode… Thanks for reviewing a yuri series though! I don’t see a lot of people cover this genre, so it’s nice to see a well written review for a new series. If you’re interested in trying out any more new yuri series, there’s a manga out right now called Girlfriends that I think has a lot of potential. It’s a strangers to lovers type of story that’s set in a school with a couple of really interesting twists. So far, I’ve really enjoyed it and I’m pretty excited to see where it goes.

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    1. Thanks for the comment and recommendation, seems like a lot of people are interested in this series so I’ll probably continue to review every new episode as it airs. And yes, I definitely recommend reading the manga!

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