Bloom Into You Episode 1: I Can’t Feel the Doki-Doki

One simple rule I want to get out of the way before starting this main event coverage:

No manga spoilers. No hints. Nothing. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

Got it? Good. Let’s go.

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Yuu trying to reach for the light.

We start the show with Yuu talking about a bright light (passion most likely) found in shoujo manga and love songs that she couldn’t quite reach. She also talked about (most likely) the friends from Junior High she left behind. Update: Not quite

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Yuu wondering about the student council.

Two classmates, her posse, asked if she’d joined a club but she was indecisive. Teacher suggested joining the student council as they needed extra hands.

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Mum’s the word.

On her way to the seitokai office she walked into a confession scene and was mesmerized by the girl being confessed to. Nice transition btw. The hottie rejected the guy not because she disliked him but rather she didn’t feel like falling in love with anyone. Noticing Yuu spying on her she’s like “Mum’s the word. Kay?”

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Touko Nanami.

The girl helped Yuu find the seitokai office, which was a pretty neat garden house. She introduced herself as Touko Nanami, again blowing Yuu away with her hotness.

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Yuu feeling distant.

Later Yuu’s posse talked about boys and stuff but she didn’t feel like she could contribute to the conversation. She did mention Touko’s coolness though. It was here we learned the person she sent messages to was a guy who confessed to her on graduation day but she had a hard time giving him an answer. She felt distant because of it. Remember? That out of reach light? She also thought about Touko’s rejection, hoping she’d be able to give her advice without mentioning her dilemma. When she asked Touko her answer was something along the lines of “None of the 10 people who confessed to me ever made me feel the doki-doki”.

Touko and Yuu discussing her dilemma

Touko and Yuu discussing her dilemma.

Stuck between a rock and a hard place Yuu had no other option but directly talk to Touko about it after all. Bascially Yuu liked the guy but she didn’t “LIKE” him. After reading shoujo manga and listening to love songs she thought the day of confession would sweep her off her feet…but it didn’t. Part of it may have had to do with how simplistic the guy’s confession was. She thought “Maybe in time I’ll finally feel the doki-doki”…but she didn’t. She was like “Why can’t I feel the doki-doki? So I came to you, hoping you would understand me”.

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Touko calming Yuu down.

Touko was like “I get it dood. You don’t have to force yourself to fall in love because it’s ‘what the cool kids are doing”. When the guy called her Yuu was super nervous but Touko was like “Don’t worry dood. I got your back. Tell him how you really feel”.

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Touko confesses to Yuu.

After the deed was done Touko was like “Dood. You can’t see the light yet right? You don’t feel the doki-doki, right? Well let me show you the light. I finally feel the doki-doki and it’s because of you Yuu”. Yuu was surprised but thought “I still don’t get it”.

After the ED we saw Yuu being more involved with the seitokai but was thinking about that evening. Touko snapped out of her romance trance and was like “OOPS! Sorry dood. Forget I said anything”. But Yuu didn’t forget…Anyway Touko was next in line to become the prez…and she wanted Yuu to be her running mate.




…my third wheel senses are tingling.

This is SO Aoi Hana’s successor and I’m cool with that. Looking forward to more.

PS: I liked the first-person view early in the episode. Pretty cool.

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53 Responses to Bloom Into You Episode 1: I Can’t Feel the Doki-Doki

  1. Zack says:

    I was a little worried about how well they would adapt the manga, but going by this first episode I think they did a good job.

    Also, I wasn’t certain about Yuu’s voice at first, but I think it’s grown on me.

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  2. gremriel2016 says:

    Well, I lasted 6 episodes of Citrus, so I hope this one will last a bit longer. I never could get into Citrus (only finished reading the manga last week), but I have all volumes of Yagate Kimi ni Naru. So maybe, just maybe, this will be the third anime I have watched all episodes. Here’s to hoping!


  3. yamialastor says:

    Glad you enjoyed it, I thought it was a solid first episode. Yuu is adorable, Touko is cool and my love for Sayaka is like you with Harumin was, heh. Unlike Citrus we didn’t get questionable added stuff like in Citrus with Mei looking for Yuzu’s phone under her bum cheeks and stuff like that so I I’m happy about that.

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  4. exqalph03 says:

    Hmmm… I just speed through Citrus but I’m sure that I’ll get to finish this and really enjoy it.! wonder how many episodes this will have.. hmm.! Looking forward to it!! ^_^

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  5. Bartyblogs2018 says:

    Finally…I started reading the manga while I was in Japan (I’m not caught up yet though) and I suddenly got even more hyped for this series than when it was first announced. Glad you enjoyed the first episode, its only gonna get better from here!

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  6. cyan says:

    It looked gorgeous! Looking forward to every episode.

    I became a fan of the manga, the feelings were properly executed every chapter, I’m very happy that we are blessed to see it animated. (It even aired two days after my bday! What a great year)

    It’s best that you’re watching this without knowing the story ahead, it felt short for me since I knew what was coming.

    Let’s all enjoy the pure yuri!

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  7. Giack31 says:

    Pretty good so far. I really like the art style.
    Sayaka is one ya short but she will probably still be the yayaka of the situation.

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  8. Platon says:

    The VO was fitting to the characters, Japanese VO is the main reason I can´t watch thiss shows in english. It just don´t usually fit.

    I finnished last chapter of this manga available in english, but not going to spoil it, that would be rude, I´ll only say, it is not as much drama as Citrus, but it is interesting to watch the characters development.

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    • OG-Man says:

      I’m not a “sub” vs “dub” anymore but I usually go with subs when watching female centered shows. Dubs are reserved for shounen.

      I’ve been told BiY is less soapy than Citrus and while I liked the Citrus anime I’m down with a less soapy 100% yuri show.

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  9. cyan says:

    It looked gorgeous! Looking forward to every episode.

    I became a fan of the manga, the feelings were properly executed every chapter, I’m very happy that we are blessed to see it animated. (It even aired two days after my bday! What a great year)

    It’s best that you’re watching this without knowing the story ahead, it felt short for me since I knew what was coming.

    Let’s all enjoy the pure yuri!

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  10. A lovely yuri anime whose art is up to par with Citrus’. The character design is decent and the backgrounds are just so gorgeous. I am a sucker for cute yuri couples with height difference.

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  11. tsubasasfamily says:

    This is really great, I’m super happy with this first episode. The anime is adding a LOT to the manga in terms of the characters’ emotions imo and surprisingly it feels like it’s paced better animated. I know plenty of people found BiY boring, so for them this might be the better way to experience it because clearly the director is in-touch with the source.

    I like how the tone is really laid back and… idk, it just feels “yuri” to me, like a modernized Strawberry Panic or Maria-sama almost. And the focus on Yuu’s feelings and how that’s shown visually is really good. Looking to be possibly the best yuri I’ve seen in a while.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Pretty sure this is another one of those stories that’s conveyed better animated than drawn. If this STILL isn’t enough for critics of the manga then they’re free to look elsewhere for their entertainment.

      I get more Aoi Hana/Sweet Blue Flowers vibes myself. Maria-Sama also. Strawberry Panic not so much.

      It has plenty of potential to be another yuri classic.

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      • tsubasasfamily says:

        Yah, I realized Aoi Hana was a much better comparison after posting the comment haha. Just glad to be able to watch this every week regardless. Not just BiY either; we’re frolicking in the lilies this season already and there’s more to come over the weekend!

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    • OG-Man says:

      Week 1 of the 2018 Yuritastic Fall Weekends was definitely a success.

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Mauron says:

    You’ll get no manga spoilers from me.

    I liked that brief first person view. I wonder if we’ll get more of that.

    I’m looking forward to more of this one.

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  13. OtakuGamerGirlT says:

    It’s definitely adapting the manga pretty well from what I can remember and it’s certainly more enjoyable for me in animated form. I have no doubt this will be a classic and I hope it’ll bring a better reputation to Yuri in the general public’s eyes.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Here’s hoping it succeeds since it looks to be calmer than Citrus, hence less whining from the uptight crowd and some extreme purists…though let’s face it that group will never be satisfied.

      Liked by 3 people

  14. cirno9fan says:

    I’m that one person that feels like the manga worked better. Well, I didn’t get super far, but I was farther than this episode got, I can be certain of that much.

    Personally, wasn’t an amazing episode. Lacked much of the “wow” factor I was hoping for. but, still enjoyable. I don’t expect much from this except a good watch.


  15. FantasyGirlKanna says:

    I like the POV too, that was pretty cool. I feel like they’ll do that often since Yuu has a lot of stuff going on in her head. Well I can’t really say much since it’s just the first ep and I read the manga LOL 😛 But it looks great and it’s really exciting to see this one because Bloom into You has a great story. And the MCs are mature and not afraid to be themselves and not try so hard to fit in. Most girls their age usually would easily go for the guy that confessed to them just so they could say they have a boyfriend or be like their friends etc. For Nanami that’s quite expected since she’s older but for Yuu that’s admirable…well I could say it’s also because she has her standards. Her nervousness is understandable because she never rejected anyone before especially if it’s a friend of hers. Nanami was probably able to get a touch on that baseline of Yuu’s standards when she confessed to her.

    I’m definitely definitely looking forward to next week 😀

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    • OG-Man says:

      It’s great running into people who “get” what’s going on and appreciate when it’s done well. This premiere is such an example. Very interested in where the story goes and our lovely leads’ developing relationship. Yes indeed.

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  16. tbiscut74 says:

    The animations really good on this one. Looking forward to more.

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  17. LuzeriP says:

    This is the show I’m looking forward the most. Not because I’m a loyal fan of the manga. I like the manga in a normal way. Heck right now I don’t know what happens in the manga exactly. But I remember some scenes were so good and I want it to be animated. And Yuu reminded me of my self, was.

    I like the voice actors, I think I’ve said it already Yuu seiyuu was Aoba seiyuu, Takada Yuuki. The animation is so beautiful I almost shed some tears. I like the song at the end. And I think it’s going to be the OP song because Yuu and Nanami duet song would be the ED song. So yeah, I’m so happy this day finally arrived.

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  18. kitsu260 says:

    With this we had a entirely year with proper yuri anime every season.
    I think is save think that now that official yuri serie will be common like other genres.
    Also if this anime going well, i think it could become one of the anime to recommended to newbies.

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  19. This was a great first episode! I quite liked the “camera” work too, especially that first-person PoV and such, and really looking forward to next week!

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  20. Nick says:

    My only experience with the manga was the sample on the Kindle app, which ended right before Yuu walked in on that confession, so don’t worry you won’t get any spoilers from me.

    Anyways, I really liked the first ep. it was nice and calming overall, that’s a word that kept coming to mind. It just felt relaxing to watch and I like it when anime makes me feel like that. Maybe it was the music because I really liked that. Art was nice too.

    Gotta mention the camera work too. The first person POV was cool, I hope to see more of that in the coming eps.

    But yeah, like you told me it’s a slower pace soft drama yuri show. I’m down for that totally. Really looking forward to more of this show.

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    • OG-Man says:


      It’s good to watch relaxing yuri every now and then. You won’t get more grounded yuri than this in 2018 from the looks of it. Great presentation as well.

      That would be great.

      Good to know you’re cool with it too.

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  21. The first person view is interesting, but I can see it giving me motion sickness if used for prolonged periods of time. Still not as dynamic as Girls und Panzer’s first finale movie though.


  22. I’m an avid manga reader, will be good and not say anything about it though! The anime, I think the animation and voice acting is on point, I am really happy to see full blown yuri on screen more often,I think back to when I was a younger lesbian,lol and all we could aspire to was Marimite and Kannazuki no miko if you were smart and knew where to look.

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  23. I really enjoyed this episodic review OG!
    The sexy cinematography makes the series worth the watch. I have already read the manga and if the adaptation wasn’t going to bring anything new to the table, I most certainly wouldn’t have watched it this season. Amazing how talent can make a series so much enjoyable!


  24. chikorita157 says:

    Overall, it’s a nice start. Sure, Yuu won’t get the confession Touko made, but she will realize what it means eventually. There is probably some meaning behind Touko picking her as her running mate.

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  25. yurimylove says:

    5 minutes in, the “shoujo-ish/yuri” music plays, and i felt right at home (probably from all those yuri VNs I’ve been reading lately).

    I can already tell that this series will be a definite 10/10 for me ❤

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