Bloom Into You
|Bloom Into You|
Cover of first manga volume, featuring Touko (left) and Yuu (right).
(Yagate Kimi ni Naru)
|Written by||Nio Nakatani|
|Published by||ASCII Media Works|
|Original run||April 27, 2015 – September 27, 2019|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Makoto Katō|
|Produced by||Shinpei Yamashita|
|Written by||Jukki Hanada|
|Music by||Michiru Ōshima|
|Licensed by||Sentai Filmworks|
|Original network||AT-X, Tokyo MX, SUN, KBS, TVA, TVQ, BS11|
|Original run||October 5, 2018 – December 28, 2018|
|Bloom Into You: Regarding Saeki Sayaka|
|Written by||Hitoma Iruma|
|Illustrated by||Nio Nakatani|
|Original run||November 10, 2018 – present|
Bloom Into You (Japanese: やがて君になる Hepburn: Yagate Kimi ni Naru, lit. Eventually, becoming you) is a Japanese yuri manga series written and illustrated by Nio Nakatani. The manga began serialization in the Japanese monthly shōnen manga magazine Dengeki Daioh on April 27, 2015, and ended on September 27, 2019. It was published in Japan by ASCII Media Works under the Dengeki Comics NEXT label.
As of April 2019, seven tankōbon volumes have been released. The manga was licensed for English release in North America by Seven Seas Entertainment on February 14, 2016, and its first volume was released in January 2017. An anime television series adaptation by Troyca and covering five volumes of the manga aired between October and December 2018.
Freshman high schooler Yuu Koito has always loved shōjo manga, so she is aware of what she ought to be feeling if she were to receive a love confession. But when a junior high classmate confesses his feelings for her, she somehow does not feel anything. She delays her response, and ends up entering high school, still unsure of how to respond to those type of feelings. While there, she happens to see the student council president, Touko Nanami, elegantly turning down a confession. Yuu is inspired to ask her for advice. She finds out that Nanami has never accepted a confession because none of them has ever made her feel anything in particular. The two bond over their similarities. Nanami realizes that she could be falling in love with Yuu, so she suddenly confesses her feelings to her.
- Yuu Koito (小糸 侑 Koito Yū)
- Voiced by: Hisako Kanemoto (manga PV), Yūki Takada (anime) (Japanese); Tia Ballard (English)
- Yuu is a first-year high school girl who has trouble experiencing feelings of love. She's the type that finds it hard to refuse any requests asked upon her.
- Touko Nanami (七海 燈子 Nanami Tōko)
- Voiced by: Minako Kotobuki (manga PV, anime) (Japanese); Luci Christian (English)
- Touko is a second-year high school girl and the student council president. She had trouble experiencing feelings of love until she met Yuu. While on the outside she seems dependable and unshakable, inside she has hidden her fears and desires especially when it comes to everyone else comparing her to her deceased sister. Only Yuu has deduced this and seen her vulnerable side.
- Sayaka Saeki (佐伯 沙弥香 Saeki Sayaka)
- Voiced by: Ai Kayano (Japanese); Shanae'a Moore (English)
- Sayaka is Nanami's best friend since their first year of high school, and feels she knows Touko best. She is a second-year high school girl and the student council vice president. She is secretly in love with Touko, but she keeps this to herself, unwilling to jeopardize their existing relationship. She decided that she was fine simply supporting her friend however she could.
- Seiji Maki (槙 聖司 Maki Seiji)
- Voiced by: Taichi Ichikawa (Japanese); Clint Bickham (English)
- Seiji is a first-year high school boy and a member of the student council. He grew up surrounded by two older sisters and a younger sister, so he finds it easy to talk with girls.
- Suguru Doujima (堂島 卓 Dōjima Suguru)
- Voiced by: Shō Nogami (Japanese); Greg Cote (English)
- Doujima is a first-year high school boy and a member of the student council.
- Koyomi Kanou (叶 こよみ Kanō Koyomi)
- Voiced by: Konomi Kohara (Japanese); Brittney Karbowski (English)
- Koyomi is Yuu's classmate and friend from middle school. She wants to become a writer.
- Akari Hyuuga (日向 朱里 Hyūga Akari)
- Voiced by: Yuka Terasaki (Japanese); Amber Lee Connors (English)
- Akari is Yuu's classmate and friend from middle school. She is a member of the basketball club.
- Riko Hakozaki (箱崎 理子 Hakozaki Riko)
- Voiced by: Mai Nakahara (Japanese); Patricia Duran (English)
- Hakozaki is a literature teacher and the student council's staff advisor.
- Miyako Kodama (児玉 都 Kodama Miyako)
- Voiced by: Nanako Mori (Japanese); Samantha Stevens (English)
- Miyako is the manager of a café that the student council members frequent. She is in a relationship with Riko Hakozaki and the two of them live in an apartment together.
- Rei Koito (小糸 怜 Koito Rei)
- Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu (Japanese); Marissa Lenti (English)
- Rei is Yuu's older sister who attends university. She has a boyfriend, Hiro, who visits the family regularly. She likes to bake. She also seems to realize there is something between Yuu and Touko.
The manga is written and illustrated by Nio Nakatani. It began serialization in ASCII Media Works' monthly magazine Dengeki Daioh on April 27, 2015 and ended on September 27, 2019. Seven tankōbon volumes of the manga have been released as of April 26, 2019; the eighth and final volume will be released in November 2019. Describing the series as having “…Adorable artwork and [a] charming love story,” Seven Seas Entertainment announced its licensing of the manga for English release in North America on February 14, 2016. The manga is currently published in Japanese, English, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Thai, French, Italian, German and Spanish.
|No.||Title||Japanese release||English release|
|1||I Think I Might Be Falling in Love with You…|
Suki o shiranai shōjo ga deau, hitosujinawade wa ikanai ── on'nanoko dōshi no ren'ai (好きを知らない少女が出会う、一筋縄ではいかない──女の子同士の恋愛)
|October 27, 2015 |
|January 3, 2017|
|2||Only Time Can Tell…|
Watashi ni suki wa, otozurenai (わたしに好きは、訪れない)
|April 27, 2016 |
|May 16, 2017|
|3||Never Say Never|
Kono mama de itai. Hontoda yo. (このままでいたい。ほんとだよ。)
|November 26, 2016 |
|September 19, 2017|
|4||Practice Makes Perfect|
Wagamamada. Anata mo, watashi mo. (わがままだ。あなたも、わたしも。)
|June 27, 2017 |
|February 20, 2018|
Kokode wanai basho e (ここではない場所へ)
|January 27, 2018 |
|August 14, 2018|
|6||The Curtains Rise...|
Senpai wa mou, daijoubu da ne. (先輩はもう、大丈夫だね。)
|September 27, 2018 |
|March 26, 2019|
Gakkō ni nokoru Yū wa, suki ga wakarazu ni… … . (学校に残る侑は、好きがわからずに……。)
|April 26, 2019 |
|February 11, 2020|
Suki o shiranai shōjo-tachi no koi monogatari, saishū maki. (好きを知らない少女たちの恋物語、最終巻。)
|November 27, 2019 |
A side-story novel, titled Bloom Into You: Regarding Saeki Sayaka (やがて君になる 佐伯沙弥香について Yagate Kimi ni Naru: Saeki Sayaka ni Tsuite), is written by Hitoma Iruma and published on Kadokawa's Dengeki Bunko imprint on November 10, 2018. The second volume was released on May 10, 2019.
A 13-episode anime television series adaptation was announced in the June issue of the Dengeki Daioh magazine on April 27, 2018. It is produced by Troyca, Kadokawa, Docomo Anime Store, AT-X, Sony Music Solutions and Kadokawa Media House and directed by Makoto Katō, with Jukki Hanada handling series composition, Hiroaki Gōda designing the characters and Michiru Ōshima composing the music. The series aired in Japan between October 5 and December 28, 2018. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the series and are streaming it on Hidive in both subtitled and English-dubbed formats. The opening theme is "Kimi ni Furete" (君にふれて Touched By You) by Riko Azuna, while the ending theme is "hectopascal" by Yūki Takada and Minako Kotobuki.
|No.||Title[a]||Directed by||Original air date|
|1||"I Can't Reach the Star"|
Transcription: "Watashi wa Hoshi ni Todokanai" (Japanese: わたしは星に届かない)
|Makoto Katō||October 5, 2018|
|Asked to help out with her school's student council, Yuu Koito comes across student council member Touko Nanami turning down a confession, stating she doesn't intend to go out with anyone. Recalling a confession from a boy she had yet to reply to, Yuu confides in Touko about feelings she didn't understand. After helping her turn down the boy properly, Touko tells Yuu that she has fallen in love with her. Later, Touko asks Yuu to be her campaign manager for the student council president election.|
|2||"Heating Up / Application for First Love"|
Transcription: "Hatsunetsu / Hatsukoi Shinsei" (Japanese: 発熱／初恋申請)
|Shū Watanabe||October 12, 2018|
|Touko's decision to make Yuu her campaign manager doesn't settle well with her long-time friend Sayaka Saeki, but she decides to help Yuu nonetheless. Later, as Yuu states she's not the type to fall in love, Touko suddenly kisses her. As attentions turn to the campaign, Yuu notices that Touko really thinks of her as special, and becomes jealous that she can't experience the same feeling. Noticing this, Touko asks Yuu to let her be in love with her without Yuu falling in love with her in return, which Yuu agrees to.|
|3||"Still Up In The Air / The One Who Likes Me"|
Transcription: "Mada Taikiken / Watashi o Suki na Hito" (Japanese: まだ大気圏／わたしを好きな人)
|Geisei Morita||October 19, 2018|
|During school break, Yuu meets up with some of her friends from middle school, one of which was turned down by her crush. On the day of the student council elections, Touko reveals to Yuu that she is nervous about remaining perfect in everyone's eyes and scared of reverting to the person she used to be, but Yuu assures her that it's fine to show her weakness to her. Despite being nervous herself, Yuu manages to pull off her campaign speech while also announcing her intention to join the student council, resulting in Touko winning the election.|
|4||"The Distance Between Fondness and Kisses / Not One of the Characters"|
Transcription: "Suki to Kisu no Kyori / Yakusha janai" (Japanese: 好きとキスの距離／役者じゃない)
|Masatoyo Takada||October 26, 2018|
|Touko reveals that she wants to revive a tradition where the student council would hold a stage play during the culture festival. Later, fellow student council member Seiji Maki spots Touko and Yuu kissing. After confronting Yuu about it, Maki, who prefers observing the romance of others, agrees not to tell Touko or anyone else about what he saw, hinting to Yuu that she may actually love Touko more than she realizes.|
|5||"The Problem with Choices"|
Transcription: "Sentaku Mondai / Zoku Sentaku Mondai" (Japanese: 選択問題／続・選択問題)
|Kōhei Hatano||November 2, 2018|
|While in denial about what Maki implied, Yuu is asked by her classmate Koyomi Kanou to give her feedback on a novel that she is writing. Later, Yuu invites Touko to her house to study, where Touko worries about how Yuu feels about her before exchanging contacts with her sister Rei.|
|6||"Words Kept Repressed / Words Used to Repress"|
Transcription: "Kotoba wa Tojikome / Kotoba de Tojikomete" (Japanese: 言葉は閉じ込めて／言葉で閉じ込めて)
|Shū Watanabe||November 9, 2018|
|As the student council look for someone to write a script for their play, Sayaka approaches Yuu, who had Koyomi in mind but didn't bring it up out of concern for Touko, and tells her to look into the student council president of seven years ago. Unable to find any relevants documents from seven years ago, Yuu learns from both Rei and one of the teachers that the president back then was Touko's older sister, Mio, who died in a traffic accident before she cound perform at the culture festival. Realising that Touko has been trying to imitate her sister, Yuu tries to convince her not to force herself to do the play, but Touko refuses, feeling she can't let go of what makes people consider her as someone special. Stating that she can't fall in love with either side of Touko, Yuu promises to stay by her side and help with the play. Later, while walking together, Touko thinks about how she never wants Yuu to change because she fears if Yuu does then Touko wouldn't love her anymore and go back to being lonely. As such, Touko hopes Yuu will never fall in love with her.|
|7||"Secrets Galore / Sparks"|
Transcription: "Himitsu no Takusan / Tanebi" (Japanese: 秘密のたくさん／種火)
|Hayato Sakai||November 16, 2018|
|Sayaka recalls how she dated a girl in middle school, only to find that she wasn't taking it seriously, after which she fell for Touko. As Yuu, Touko, Sayaka, and Koyomi get together at a café to discuss the play, Sayaka notices something between her teacher Riko Hakozaki and café owner Miyako Kodama. Speaking to Miyako alone, Sayaka learns that she and Riko are dating each other and confides with her about her feelings for Touko.|
|8||"Intersection / Rained In"|
Transcription: "Kōten / Ori Komeru" (Japanese: 交点／降り籠める)
|Geisei Morita||November 23, 2018|
|While waiting for Touko, Sayaka has a brief run-in with her ex-girlfriend, managing to say her peace to her. Later, as the student council prepare to take part in a competitive relay event, Yuu spends some time with Sayaka to hear her thoughts on both the play and Touko. On a rainy day, as Yuu ends up walking home with Touko, who becomes wary of Yuu showing affection towards her.|
|9||"On Your Marks / The Unheard Start Signal"|
Transcription: "Ichi ni Tsuite / Gōhō wa Kikoenai" (Japanese: 位置について／号砲は聞こえない)
|Masatoyo Takada||November 30, 2018|
|While preparing for Sports Day, Touko brings Yuu into the sports supply closet to kiss her, asking for a kiss from her in return at the end of the day. On the appointed day, Maki tells Yuu that he doesn't have romantic feelings towards anyone, preferring to watch other romances from a distance, though notices Yuu doesn't feel exactly the same way despite her claims. At the end of the day, as Touko claims her reward, Yuu starts to become aware of her own feelings towards her.|
|10||"The Incomplete Me / Midday Star / Mirage"|
Transcription: "Watashi-miman / Hiru no Hoshi / Nigemizu" (Japanese: 私未満／昼の星／逃げ水)
|Shū Watanabe||December 7, 2018|
|Koyomi finishes her first draft of the play script, which centers around a girl with amnesia having to choose which person's interpretation of her is her true self. As the student council make plans for a study camp to rehearse for the play, Yuu goes shopping with her middle school friend Natsuki, who notices how Yuu has changed. Meanwhile, Touko remains obsessed with the idea of becoming Mio.|
|11||"Centroid of the Triangle / Lit Fuse"|
Transcription: "Sankakkei no Jūshin / Dōka" (Japanese: 三角形の重心／導火)
|Kana Kawana||December 14, 2018|
|The student council begin their study camp, with Koyomi having concerns over whether the ending she chose for the play is the right one. On the second day, Tomoyuki Ichigaya, a former classmate of Mio, is brought in to coach the students. Upon asking Tomoyuki about what kind of person Mio was like, Touko is shocked to learn that the person he knew is different from the person she thought she was.|
Transcription: "Kigatsukeba Iki mo Dekinai" (Japanese: 気が付けば息も出来ない)
|Shū Watanabe||December 21, 2018|
|As the camp draws to a close, Yuu grows more concerned about Touko's behavior. Following the camp, Yuu invites Touko to her room and learns of her worries about what Tomoyuki told her about Mio. Wanting Touko to stop hating herself, Yuu makes the decision to ask Koyomi to rewrite the ending of the play in order to change Touko.|
|13||"To The Last Stop / Lighthouse"|
Transcription: "Shūchaku Eki Made / Tōdai" (Japanese: 終着駅まで／灯台)
|Makoto Katō||December 28, 2018|
|While Yuu and Koyomi work on the new script, Sayaka asks Touko about what she personally knew about Mio. Later, Yuu and Touko go to an aquarium together, where Touko talks about her feelings for her. Deciding to rehearse the play with her, Yuu indirectly tells Touko that she doesn't have to force herself to become someone else.|
- All English titles are taken from Hidive.
As of 2019, there are 850,000 copies in print in Japan alone. It placed 4th in the 2017 Next Manga Awards from Niconico and Da Vinci. The manga has also ranked on Oricon's weekly manga rankings chart, with Volume 4 reaching 30th place and Volume 5 reaching 21st place. The manga placed 3rd in AnimeJapan's 2018 "Manga Most Wanted as Anime by Fans" poll.
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