Let’s start off this post by just saying the following: I wasn’t surprised.
The previews looked promising, the voice actresses they went with seemed pretty damn fitting, and the manga itself is already one of the best ones out there. What could possibly go wrong?
Well, they could have delivered some low-quality animation, given that many if not most yuri shows usually don’t have the budget to come with anything more than what we consider to be just “okay” visuals. But in this case, from what we’ve seen so far, that’s not quite it. Well, they didn’t deliver anything outstanding, but something solid, like what the previews promised us. In fact, I’m very pleased not only with the animation quality, but with the character design as well. They really made sure that the art style presented in the manga would shine through even in the anime, and I seriously love that.
Furthermore, they could have also delivered something that is not quite Bloom Into You, as in a deviation from the source material that is just too big. But, as it seems, they are so far sticking very, very closely to what Nakatani Nio provided in the manga version. The atmosphere, or so to say, the feelings the manga and anime deliver are quite the same, and I just can’t help but appreciate the fact that an anime adaptation is able to evoke the same kind of feelings by the use of music, lighting, or the angles a scene is presented in. In short, this truly feels like Bloom Into You, and even the voice actors they chose for secondary characters are just spot on in my eyes.
The only thing I did struggle with a little is probably the presentation of Tokou’s confession at the end of the first episode. It’s an important key moment, and in my opinion, it gave off a different feeling than what was shown in the manga. It might be the different wording of the translations, since in the manga Tokou phrased her confession as follows, making it sound like a possibility.
In the anime, however, it was translated as “I think I’m falling in love with you”, which more sounded like she already was. Then again, I don’t speak Japanese, so it might as well be the same words but translated differently. I know, the confession came just as fast in the anime as it came in the manga, and it’s true that the first episode needed this moment to get people interested in the story, but for me, it just came too fast. For those who’ve already read the manga, we know why Touko asked the questions she did before confessing and why it might feel like it came out of nowhere, knowing her past, but I just wish they made it more, let’s call it obvious, that she didn’t just fall in love with Yuu after talking to her like twice. Then again, I’m only judging this scene so harshly because it is literally one of the most important scenes of the whole show. and I just remember not being shocked, or let’s say, too surprised, by the sudden confession when reading the manga.
That’s everything negative I have to say, though.
Lastly, let’s also talk about the first kiss that happened in episode two. I said (or let’s say, predicted) something similar in the past while talking about the upcoming adaption with someone in the comments section. The kiss shows two things. First of all, it shows that they are not afraid to show what the manga is depicting, that being the actual display of love between girls that is not only presented to us by words alone, but also physically. That might have been obvious to some people, but you never know when it comes to this genre. Secondly, we also see that there’s no oversexualization happening. The scene is not dragged out, we don’t hear them randomly moan while doing so, and it actually is shown just as depicted in the manga: A short, but meaningful first kiss between two girls. Nothing more and nothing less. And that’s exactly what I like about it.
Now, what’s more to say than I’m ready for more?!