What’s the show? Bloom Into You, Episode 5.
So how’s this episode? Somehow even slower than previous episodes–but at the same rate it’s probably my favourite episode so far!
Oh yeah? How’s that work? It’s intimate on a lot of levels. The episode starts with a cute scene at Yuu’s family bookstore where we find out the kind of books all her friends like then her classmate Koyomi asks her to read a novel that she wrote. The rest of the episode is ~literally~ just Yuu and Touko studying, first at the library every day after school leading up to mid-terms, then, when the library is too busy to find a seat at, Yuu invites her over to her house to study. And they study some more!
That sounds very dry and dull. You’d think so but for anyone remotely invested in this relationship watching this gradual and contemplative examination of the forming of a “relationship” in a somewhat unconventional way is as beautiful as it is interesting. All the little moments, the hair flicks, the gentle touches, the stolen glances–they’re all so much more meaningful given Yuu’s ~difficult~ frame of mind. Is it slow paced? Sure. But it is called ‘Bloom Into You’, not ‘Burst Into You’ and some flowers take a long time and care and nurturing to bloom.
You seem to be awfully forgiving of this show’s pace. I can’t help but think that’s to do with the fact that you’ve read the manga. I’ve read some of the manga, just two or three volumes–but yes I admit, knowing the pace this series would undoubtedly take has probably softened by critical eye a little bit. Also, I’ve never said this series is perfect, I find it hard to relate to Yuu often as I’m someone who gets passionate and animated about many things and have a sort of ‘addictive personality’ that means I fall in love with things very quickly. Added to that I’m not really sure how much the side characters bring to this series–but then again they are needed as it would be weird not to have them in a school based show.
So basically you’re saying the show has flaws but the flaws are either what make it interesting or are necessary to its existence? Kind of, yeah. I mean just because I can’t relate to Yuu doesn’t mean I can’t empathise with her situation and if anything her being so ~different~ from the norm highlights the necessity for a character like her to be represented in fiction. And for her to be represented with care and consideration for the life she’s living and the way she chooses to approach love. It may not be conventional, but it’s the only way she can do it and that’s what’s important.
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Categories: Fall 2018 Anime