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Bloom into You Vol. 7

Bloom into You Vol. 7

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growth/change (0-5): 2 - Touko really shows how much she's changed since the play, actually showing vulnerability around her school mates. I started reading this coz the anime left things at a very awkward stage and I'm so glad I did because the way the story progressed is better than what I expected.

It's good to have a character like Maki for representation, someone who is so completely asexual/aromantic that there is no mistaking it.

By the time my copy had arrived, I had rewatched the anime, but still felt I needed to reread volume 6.

The initial parts of this instalment deal with the fall out from Yuu’s decision and Nanami’s reaction to it and it is an absolute masterclass in storytelling. Certainly she is different by degree than Maki, but I don't feel that her depiction completely betrays her status as a potential representation of asexuality/aromanticism either.

I personally do not think this would have happened if they did not take this time away from one another.

One of my favorite scenes was early on when Touko tries to strike up a conversation with Yuu, but Yuu wants nothing to do with her. prose/writing (0-10): 8 - I think some of Touko and Sayaka's interactions and how Yuu is depicted a bit like a sulking, petulant, emotional wreck even within her tightly controlled unemotional self demonstrates some really fine writing of teen characters. Remember, in the sex-segregated religious schools, girls only have the option to be either madonna or whore and whore is acceptable only within marriage as “mother”.BTW, I use both aromantic and asexual because they are not interchangeable but the characters don't use either term to identify themselves, so I shouldn't really be assuming anything). From what I understand, it is entirely possible for someone who is aromantic and/or asexual to also love someone, whether that is because romantic and sexual feelings exist on a spectrum, or just because asexual and aromantic people can love, just in their own ways. For anyone that's looking for a good romance comic that defies expectations and is relatively chaste, Bloom Into You is a good choice.

Similarly, Yuu has a very important conversation with her aromantic buddy, and starts moving towards her emotional conclusion as well. And that does sound a lot like my own 16 year old's stubborn-ness, so it is in keeping with Yuu's character to date as well. I won't spoil the details of the confession, other than to say that Touko knew, for a long time, or at least highly suspected that Sayaka liked her. But I'm not sure the message, that "it's all or nothing," really applies to all aromantic/asexual people.I'm so sad the final volume is fast approaching, but I have ADORED this series and am so curious to see how it ends.

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