Yuu undresses immediately, seemingly confident, but then we get her internal voice and hear her mentally strategizing on how to get through this.She is a person who really has constructed their personality in reverse, taking in criticism from the people around her and building a self designed to answer those critiques
The classmate says Ă˘Â€Âśeveryone relied on you.While some writers really do just put one page in front of another until a story is done, that style tends to resolve in shapeless, rambling nonsense.Thank you all forĂ‚Â all that you do..Sunflowers and hydrangeas up and down this production
Hakozaki introduces another adult, Ichigaya, who will be helping with rehearsals
HeĂ˘Â€Â™s actually an alumni of the school from ToukoĂ˘Â€Â™s sisterĂ˘Â€Â™s grade.Ă˘Â€ÂśWhat are you hiding in that locked boxĂ˘Â€Âť as Sayaka reaches out to her, only for Touko to walk away
Ă˘Â€ÂśThe girl who lost her memories wants to regain her former self.Ă˘Â€Âť I appreciate that this playĂ˘Â€Â™s narrative only vaguely transposes over ToukoĂ˘Â€Â™s life story, allowing some room for interpretation.The buildup to the teacher opening the door isnĂ˘Â€Â™t frenetic enough, and the punchline too minimal
All three of them are basically vibrating with horny energy as they go to bed, but paralyzed by the fact that some third wheel to their respective duo is there.Thanks for worrying.Ă˘Â€Âť A great victory for Sayaka!
Well shit, weĂ˘Â€Â™re really in it now.But what comes after sheĂ˘Â€Â™s already done all the things her sister pursued? And will YuuĂ˘Â€Â™s feelings even remain repressed that long? WeĂ˘Â€Â™ve got plenty of thorny drama to look forward to as we explore another episode of this terrific show!
WeĂ˘Â€Â™re greeted by the sound of cicadas as we pan down from a bright blue sky, both choices that emphasize the feeling of summer.Now THIS is some Shakespearean tragedy
Yuu is excited about fireworks, but Touko is busy stewing in existential dread
Ă˘Â€ÂśIĂ˘Â€Â™m afraid IĂ˘Â€Â™ll use her kindness until itĂ˘Â€Â™s all gone.Ă˘Â€Âť This is such a succinct expression of a universal terror – the fear that, as much as your friends are kind and accommodating, thereĂ˘Â€Â™s always some waiting limit.I appreciate how well these fireworks emphasize how delicate Sayaka is trying to be in everything she asks Touko
Ă˘Â€ÂśIĂ˘Â€Â™m fine with you knowing.Hurraaaay for engaging with adolescent sexuality in a non-voyeuristic way
A long shot emphasizes how close our leads are within this room, as well as implying a vast and uncomfortable silence surrounding them
Touko Likes Boobs
Some light comedy beats as the girls go to sleep, but this show isnĂ˘Â€Â™t really as comfortable with Ă˘Â€Âśgoofy shenanigansĂ˘Â€Âť as it is with its other dramatic modes.If her impression of her sister is entirely informed by her worship of an older sibling, sheĂ˘Â€Â™s clearly not going to be acting like a fully realized person.The ideal Touko was emulating was never a real thing
Ooh, beautiful shot of them leaving the school
Ă˘Â€ÂśSheĂ˘Â€Â™d always use us as she pleased, yet for some reason, we all liked her.Ă˘Â€Âť Touko has become more like her sister by accident than she ever did on purpose
Ă˘Â€ÂśYou may be siblings, but you and Mio arenĂ˘Â€Â™t much alike at all.Ă˘Â€Âť And it was her very efforts to emulate her sister that drew her further away.They knew each other well
And Sayaka overhears
Ă˘Â€ÂśI thought a student council president was someone who orders everyone else around while taking it easy.Ă˘Â€Âť Ichigaya neatly and accidentally illustrates the fundamental irony of ToukoĂ˘Â€Â™s goal.You were cheerful and kind to everyone.Ă˘Â€Âť The brother says Ă˘Â€Âśyou were rarely at home, and I canĂ˘Â€Â™t remember the last time we had a real conversation.Ă˘Â€Âť The lover says Ă˘Â€Âśyou were never like that in front of others, but with me, you were a crybaby, always looking for my attention.Ă˘Â€Âť All three of these seem to describe Touko pretty accurately, and may well form the main faces of her social existence – a polite non-person at home, a shining example at school, a blubbering wreck with Yuu
This showĂ˘Â€Â™s psychological inquiry obviously extends far beyond this particular point, but I appreciate how thoroughly the idea that Ă˘Â€Âśwe all present different selves at different times, and the consequences of this can be painful, but it doesnĂ˘Â€Â™t make you strangeĂ˘Â€Âť is baked into this narrative
Ă˘Â€ÂśWith the day of her hospital release approaching, she decides to choose one of the three selves.Ă˘Â€Âť An anxious teenagerĂ˘Â€Â™s perception of selfhood – this idea that we all have a bunch of diverse yet rigid and disparate potential selves we could grow into, and that we must choose one during our adolescence or risk becoming no one at all.The truth is that we all contain multitudes of partial selves, and also that the process of growing into and reinventing yourself continues throughout your whole life, but when youĂ˘Â€Â™re being asked to simultaneously sort out your emotional self-image while also choose your professional life path, itĂ˘Â€Â™s understandable that youĂ˘Â€Â™d see this situation as incredibly urgent and intimidatingly final
The current ending is Ă˘Â€Âśshe chooses to be with her girlfriend,Ă˘Â€Âť but itĂ˘Â€Â™s only a matter of time before that changes.Bloom Into You is generally good about using environmental sound design to enhance its drama
Apparently ToukoĂ˘Â€Â™s sister Mio actually foisted a ton of work off onto others, and the impression of her being this perfect president was mostly just a consequence of her speeches and public persona.Touko could be afraid that her Ă˘Â€Âśtrue selfĂ˘Â€Âť is invalid, but at this point, itĂ˘Â€Â™s just as likely she feels she has no selfhood beyond the facade of her sisterĂ˘Â€Â™s personality.Real writers tend to have a good grasp of a projectĂ˘Â€Â™s scale and intent from the start, but Ă˘Â€Âśfiguring out the moralĂ˘Â€Âť is something that narratives naturally want to maintain as a final hook, and thus fiction is full of writers who have no idea what theyĂ˘Â€Â™re writing about until they arrive at the final page
Sayaka starts to freak herself out about the group sharing a bath.Oh my god these girls
This sequence doesnĂ˘Â€Â™t feel like fanservice – when the camera focuses on one or another of them, itĂ˘Â€Â™s because one of the other characters is genuinely preoccupied with staring at them.ToukoĂ˘Â€Â™s negotiation between multiple potential selves must eventually collapse into the realization that we are all simultaneously multiple selves, and here, Ichigaya is hinting at the reality that even ToukoĂ˘Â€Â™s sister contained such multitudes
Touko is eager to learn more, but canĂ˘Â€Â™t really press him
Music cuts in the leadup to Touko asking him more, and they add the sound of feet crunching over leaves to emphasize the quiet intimacy of the moment.Koyomi is already unhappy with the existing ending
Ă˘Â€ÂśUnlike your parents or classmates, your girlfriend is someone who chose to be with you, so choosing them in the end seems right.Ă˘Â€Âť Trust Yuu to champion the path towards her own dramatic substitute
Ă˘Â€ÂśTell us what the next Shakespeare can do.Ă˘Â€Âť The downside of using this playĂ˘Â€Â™s development as a direct metaphor for ToukoĂ˘Â€Â™s feelings is it kinda accidentally implies that Koyomi isnĂ˘Â€Â™t really able to parse the thematic subtext of her own narrative.The fear that your friends simply donĂ˘Â€Â™t yet understand what a burden youĂ˘Â€Â™ll eventually become, and that their smiling assurances are only made in ignorance
And Yuu sees sheĂ˘Â€Â™s in pain, and actually wants to reach out to her, but canĂ˘Â€Â™t
Ă˘Â€ÂśItĂ˘Â€Â™s difficult to make it go all the way.Ă˘Â€Âť Ă˘Â€ÂśYou have to keep still.Ă˘Â€Âť Very appropriate that Sayaka is uniquely good at maintaining perfect stillness in order to let this firework undergo its full life cycle, whereas Touko canĂ˘Â€Â™t help but move and shatter it
And so Sayaka carefully, carefully asks Ă˘Â€Âśis something wrong?Ă˘Â€Âť
A very neatly composed scene.After reveling in just a few scenes of classic love triangle drama, this episode shattered our existing paradigm with the revelation that ToukoĂ˘Â€Â™s sister was nothing like Touko imagined.She can no longer affect the nonchalant, flirtatious person who once effortlessly sparred with Touko – having actually developed strong feelings for her senpai, she is now hyper-aware of ToukoĂ˘Â€Â™s every movement, and increasingly unsatisfied with their romantic stasis.It was a welcome reveal that fitted naturally into Bloom Into YouĂ˘Â€Â™s general suspicion regarding the concept of a Ă˘Â€Âśtrue self,Ă˘Â€Âť and it resulted in one of the showĂ˘Â€Â™s most endearing and well-executed conversations yet, as Sayaka probed Touko with all the precision and sensitivity of a hostage negotiator.IĂ˘Â€Â™m guessing the group is meeting over summer break to practice the play?
Even the wide-open nature of this composition implies Ă˘Â€Âśfreedom.Ă˘Â€Âť This is a very loud shot
Yep! Looks like theyĂ˘Â€Â™re even staying overnight at the student council office
Yuu and Touko havenĂ˘Â€Â™t met for ten days, and now theyĂ˘Â€Â™re going to be trapped in a shed together for three.ItĂ˘Â€Â™s nice to see one of these girls getting to stress about genuinely mundane romantic drama for once
Sayaka eventually resolves to come along, but only to make sure the other two arenĂ˘Â€Â™t up to no good.AH, YOUTH
More sunflowers today.[Episode Of GLORIO Heroes Needs Legend Dusty The Shave 18 A] Alright folks, you know itĂ˘Â€Â™s time for Bloom Into You.For Yuu, the last several episodes have seen her undergo a profound shift in how she views both Touko and herself.Ă˘Â€ÂśThe castĂ˘Â€Âť as a collective need to have trouble arriving at this ending, but Koyomi wrote a script that already implies one clear thematic conclusion ThereĂ˘Â€Â™s a funny natural disconnect in the way creative writing actually works versus how itĂ˘Â€Â™s generally portrayed in fiction.I donĂ˘Â€Â™t want any of these characters to end up unhappy at this point, and Sayaka in particular deserves far better than this ridiculous situation.I canĂ˘Â€Â™t wait to see what catches fire next in our next Bloom Into You! ThisĂ‚Â articleĂ‚Â wasĂ‚Â made possible by reader support.IĂ˘Â€Â™m sure nothing will go wrong!
Alright folks, you know itĂ˘Â€Â™s time for Bloom Into You.For Yuu, the last several episodes have seen her undergo a profound shift in how she views both Touko and herself.Ă˘Â€ÂśThe castĂ˘Â€Âť as a collective need to have trouble arriving at this ending, but Koyomi wrote a script that already implies one clear thematic conclusion
ThereĂ˘Â€Â™s a funny natural disconnect in the way creative writing actually works versus how itĂ˘Â€Â™s generally portrayed in fiction.I donĂ˘Â€Â™t want any of these characters to end up unhappy at this point, and Sayaka in particular deserves far better than this ridiculous situation.I canĂ˘Â€Â™t wait to see what catches fire next in our next Bloom Into You!
ThisĂ‚Â articleĂ‚Â wasĂ‚Â made possible by reader support.IĂ˘Â€Â™m sure nothing will go wrong!
With Yuu having at least partially gotten in touch with her own feelings, my focus in the OP turns to ToukoĂ˘Â€Â™s half of the story.Touko wants to become her sister, because she feels a facade of her sisterĂ˘Â€Â™s personality is the only way sheĂ˘Â€Â™ll be accepted, but Touko doesnĂ˘Â€Â™t even necessarily know her sister.As the season moves towards its endgame, we find ourselves approaching an inevitable clash between the rapidly diverging desires of Yuu and Touko.Meanwhile, challenges to ToukoĂ˘Â€Â™s desire to replace her sister seem to have only hardened her own resolve.