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Shojo bubbles? This can only mean that he's a good guy. Pluie:
OMG, that ring is fabulous! It Must Be Mine
What? The bubbles... lied to me?
A romantic moment in anime is often accompanied by a pastel background with lots of bubbles. Nobody knows who wanders into all these series with an invisible bubble machine, but maybe they should stop before they get soap in somebody's eye...
This is a technique taken directly from manga, and often accompanied by a Bishie Sparkle
for one or both of the characters involved.
Alternately, the background may have a floral pattern
rather than a bubble pattern. In yuri
manga, the flowers may be lilies, because yuri
literally means "lily". Roses are common otherwise, although any kind of flowers may be used, at the artist's whim, including odd things like passionflowers and clematis.
The origins of this are fairly obscure; as some of the examples below illustrate, it's been around for at least half a century and examples can be found dating back to Tezuka's post-war contemporaries, making it nearly as old as World War II. Examples in older Japanese popular art, though, tend to be harder to find, not aided by the significant destruction of such works, particularly potential immediate predecessors, in the war. The inspiration for the idea seems to come from the concept of one's vision blurring when you see someone you care deeply for and the human tendency to focus only on them
- though who "invented" the trope is a fact probably lost to history.
See also Cherry Blossoms
and Flower Motifs
Anime and Manga
Anime and Manga
- Spoofed a lot in the Pretty Sammy series.
- Used utterly satirically in one episode of Soul Eater after Soul and Black Star attempt to combine their power and fail.
- Saiunkoku Monogatari occasionally plays these for comedy, as when Shuurei suspects that Ryuuki and Shuuei, or Ryuuki and Seiran, are in love. Ryuuki himself has a fierce case of Love Bubbles at the beginning of the first episode of season two, also mostly played for humor.
- Parodied in an early episode of Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo.
- Played for laughs in Pretear—every time Himeno's stepsister runs into one of the Leafe Knights, she sees them in this way.
- Used hilariously in the Maiden Rose OVA omake. Apparently the only reaction possible to neko-Taki surrounded by Love Bubbles is attempting rape.
- The title character of Hayate the Combat Butler can summon Love Bubbles, Bishie Sparkle and Dramatic Wind at will to look cool and convince people.
- In The Legend of Koizumi Hitler of all people has this when he first appears and whenever he talks about the Pope.
- Bleach: The anime plays this for laughs at the end of Episode 142. Renji gets more than he bargained for when he asks if Kenpachi and Byakuya were waiting long when timing their dramatic entrance - Kenpachi pulling a Bishie Sparkle while surrounded by love bubbles◊ as Byakuya lays on the innuendo is as terrifying as it's hilarious.
- Ranma ˝: Played for laughs during a parody of the Lady and Knight trope.
- One Piece: Boa Hancock always sees Luffy like this, even if he's picking his nose, eating like an animal or completely ignoring her or her advances. He also appears cooler or more romantic before her eyes.
- Played for Laughs with HeartCatch Pretty Cure! 's Itsuki Myoudouin (pictured above) in Episode 7. Tsubomi (the Red-Headed Hero in the caption's pictures) was absolutely shocked and flabbergasted just moments later; and her partner, Erika Kurumi (of all people!), just sat back and calmly sipped her tea like it wasn't a big deal as she cued I Warned You.