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->'''Momoko:''' Shojo bubbles? This can only mean that he's a good guy.\\
'''Pluie:''' OMG, that ring is fabulous! It must be mine!\\
'''Momoko:''' What? The bubbles... lied to me?
-->-- ''WebVideo/WeddingPeachAbridged''

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 BishieSparkle for one or both of the characters involved.

Alternately, the background may have a [[FlowerMotifs floral pattern]] rather than a bubble pattern. In ''[[GirlsLove 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 Creator/OsamuTezuka'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 [[CrushFilter to focus only on them]] - though who "invented" the trope is a fact probably lost to history.

See also CherryBlossoms and FlowerMotifs.


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* Nodamiki and Kisaragi from ''Manga/GAGeijutsukaArtDesignClass'' make them appear while sharing a rather intimate moment.
* Occurs in a {{Filler}} episode of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' when he dreams that he and Sakura are [[AlmostKiss about to kiss]].
** Love bubbles accompany Karin's [[ImmodestOrgasm audible]] [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything reaction]] when Sasuke bites her arm.
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket''
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' -- both straight and subverted.
* ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders Dolores i'' -- if a [[HumongousMecha humongous pink mecha]] with god-like power isn't enough, it also has a [[RobotGirl preteen romantic personality]] prone to love bubble moments.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', when Kaorin is daydreaming about Sakaki.
* In ''Manga/PeacemakerKurogane'', Soji and Tetsu share a bubble moment during the Poetry fluff episode. This is never explained or referred to again.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', when Daisuke is daydreaming over ''Hikari-chaaan''. It's also done for laughs in [[Anime/DigimonTamers the following season]]:
-->'''Leomon:''' ''(twitches)'' Would you ''please'' stop doing that?
* ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' also have this moment. Funnier that the scene flashes between [[HoYay a pair of male]] [[IncestYayShipping identical twins.]] And the one imagining the bubbles was the villain. HilarityEnsues.
-->'''Kouichi''': Thank you, Kouji.
-->'''Kouji''': Brother, you're okay, right?
-->'''Lordknightmon''': Beautiful.
-->'''Izumi''': What a freak...
* ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' does these with camera flashes.
* Used in a number of fantasy sequences in ''Manga/MidoriDays''.
* Happened all the time in ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy''.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' ("Tsukune!" "Moka-san!")
* Confined to a zone in episode 34 of ''Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren'', to the depression of another character.
* Used a ''lot'' in ''Manga/AishiteruzeBaby.''
* ''Anime/{{Gunbuster}}'' uses a floral background pattern when Noriko first meets Kazumi.
** ''Anime/{{Diebuster}}'' also does this during the first meeting of the main two characters.
*** This is done as [[AffectionateParody a reference to]] ''Manga/AimForTheAce''. Hiromi sees bursting floral patterns and bubbles when Reika does any especially awesome tennis moves, only adding to the unintentional LesYay.
* ''Manga/ParadiseKiss'' uses a floral background pattern when Yukari first meets George. In this case, it is made to look like an embroidered floral pattern on fabric, which matches the subject matter (clothing designing) of the series.
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' uses love bubbles and sparkles, flowers, colorful backgrounds, etc.
* The end song of the ''Manga/TransformersZone'' {{OAV}} shows Cain and Akira running through a field of such bubbles.
* Yume and Yuuki from ''Manga/{{Kanamemo}}'' are grandmasters in evoking these.
* Achakura and Yuki in ''Manga/HaruhiChan'', after Yuki rescues her from a cat.
* Used in, of all places, ''Manga/DeathNote''. They appear once, when Misa plays Ring Around the Rosie with Light and L.
--> '''L:''' ''(deadpan)'' Yay, fun.
* Either the bubble or flower version, or possibly a combination, occurs in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' whenever Winry waxes poetic about automail.
* In the ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'' doujin "Ground Zero" (not to be confused with "Episode Zero") these were used in some [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming particularly tender scenes with Heero and Relena.]]
** Also used in the actual anime while they danced together, though in this case it was part of Relena' InstantFanClub fantasizing what she'd look like in her party dress (which [[ActionDressRip she ripped to make bandages for Heero]] a couple of episodes prior).
* In ''Anime/GenesisOfAquarion'', Tsugumi gets this for [[LesYay Reika]].
* So overdone in ''Manga/{{Ion}}'' that the mangaka later said she was embarrassed of it and she'd get rid of them if she could.
* Appears frequently in ''Manga/KiminiTodoke'', so frequently in fact, that it would be rare to see a chapter (or an episode) that wouldn't have '''at least''' two scenes made of it.
* In the chapter 423 of ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', in the scene where [[spoiler: Kenichi and Miu hold hands for ''one whole minute'', they stare wide-eyed at each other]] standing inside a ''whirlpool'' of LoveBubbles.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Any time [[CasanovaWannabe Brock]] imagines himself wooing the local beauty.
* A variation happened, accompanied by a LuminescentBlush, in ''Manga/WanderingSon'' when Nitori [[spoiler:asked Anna to go on a date with him]].
** The same thing happens when [[spoiler:Takatsuki confesses that she has a crush on Nitori]]. No blushing though, and there's no sign that the crush is requited.
* ''Manga/KaichouWaMaidSama'' uses a lot of both bubbles and flowers. Maid Latte's manager practically has it as a skill, which occasionally goes out of hand.
* Tsuruga Ren from ''Manga/SkipBeat'' uses the love bubbles when he is feeling genuinely happy or loving. Contrast to when he's faking as hell and can come off as intimidating to those who know that he's faking, when he uses the BishieSparkle.
* Ichigo from ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' often sees these around Masaya, and once [[ShipTease she and Ryou]] [[DanceOfRomance danced]] in a field of LoveBubbles.
* ''Manga/ZetsuenNoTempest'''s Hakaze does this every time she has an internal monologue about what attracts her to Yoshino.
* Happens in ''Manga/{{MAR}}'' after Ginta accidentally kisses Snow the first time. Interestingly, this is pretty much the only time it happens, outside of someone's dreams. Though there's plenty of other ShipTease later.
* ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal:''
** In Act 1, flat, prismatic bubbles appear in frame with Usagi along with a {{Gaussian|Girl}} filter as she and Mamoru share a sudden, lengthy HeldGaze on first meeting. After awkwardly breaking eye contact, she mentally notes her heart is still pounding.
** Again in Act 1, as Sailor Moon, she sees many LoveBubbles and BishieSparkle framing Tuxedo Mask, as he introduces himself while making his exit...but does not make the connection to her [[ClarkKenting prior encounter]] with a boy in white-tie and tails.
* Used once in a while in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', and mostly involving ShipTease moments. Two good examples are [[spoiler: the first part of Satou and Takagi's BigDamnKiss]] and [[spoiler: Shiratori's DeclarationOfProtection to his soon-to-be girlfriend Sumiko]]; in the anime, when either moment takes place, the screen is ''drenched'' in sparkles and bubbles.
* Used in regards to Momoko in ''Manga/{{Nanbaka}}'', who drenches Hajime in these...and then it's revealed Hajime thinks this love vision is a DeathGlare. Made even funnier by how Hajime somewhat looks like he's a certain "[[WebComic/OnePunchMan hero for fun]]" while Momoko is an intimidating woman.

* Kimmy Howell, LoonyFan of Travis Touchdown in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'', ''weaponizes'' these.
* They appear in ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' whenever Tsuruhime tries to confess to Kotaro. Or just around Tsuruhime in general.
* Often happens to Fuuko in ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' whenever she gets overwhelmed by the cuteness of something (usually starfish). The scene often pulls back and shows everything looking as normal, but with (starfish-shaped) bubbles appearing only around Fuuko.
** The worst case Fuuko has though is when Nagisa hugs her, causing her to be out for ''several minutes''. Of course, Tomoya won't let that chance pass by...
** Also used with Kyou in an extreme [[{{Tsundere}} deredere]] moment during the "Trapped in a Room" scene, while misconstruing Tomoya's intentions towards her.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', these appear in some of the special {{Love Confession}}s involving [[PlayerCharacter the Avatar]].
* In the opening of ''VideoGame/JStarsVictoryVS'', after [[Manga/MedakaBox Medaka Kurokami]] calmly pushes [[Manga/ToLoveRu Lala Satalin Deviluke]] out of harms way from a [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Getsuga Tenshou]][[note]][[CrowningMomentOfAwesome which was sliced by]] [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Kenshin Himura]] by the way[[/note]], Lala lands on [[Manga/{{Nisekoi}} Chitoge]] [[LesYay while holding her face tenderly.]] LoveBubbles ensue.
* In '' 2nd VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'', the CombinationAttack Royal Heartbreaker involves both Latooni and Shine surrounded by roses and love bubbles.
* By recruiting both [[OfficialCouple Adell and Rozalin]] in ''VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten'' you get a scene between the two that eventually devolves into them both staring longinly at each other in silence while the background behind them turns into bubbles and glitter. [[NoFourthWall The regular party begins commenting on it.]]

* You can spot these every now and then on ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}''.
* The floral variant is used in [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-05-21 this]] ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' to drive home Tony's [[StupidSexyFlanders attraction to Tedd.]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has this in [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110817 That Kissing Scene]].

!! Parodies/Examples PlayedForLaughs:

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%%* Played both humorously and straight in ''Franchise/SailorMoon''.
* Spoofed a lot in the ''Anime/PrettySammy'' series.
* Used utterly satirically in one episode of ''Manga/SoulEater'' after Soul and Black Star attempt to combine their power and fail.
* ''LightNovel/SaiunkokuMonogatari'' 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 LoveBubbles at the beginning of the first episode of season two, also mostly played for humor.
* Parodied in an early episode of ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo''.
* Played for laughs in ''Manga/{{Pretear}}''--every time Himeno's stepsister runs into one of the [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys Leafe Knights]], she sees them in this way.
* Used hilariously in the ''Manga/MaidenRose'' OVA omake. Apparently the only reaction possible to neko-Taki surrounded by LoveBubbles is [[BlackComedyRape attempting rape]].
* The title character of ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' can summon LoveBubbles, BishieSparkle and DramaticWind at will to look cool and convince people.
* In ''Manga/TheLegendOfKoizumi'' Hitler of all people has this when he first appears and whenever he talks about the Pope.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': The {{anime}} plays this for laughs at the end of Episode 142. [[NumberTwo Renji]] gets more than he [[HoYay bargained for]] when he asks if [[BloodKnight Kenpachi]] and [[TheStoic Byakuya]] were waiting long when timing their dramatic entrance - Kenpachi pulling a BishieSparkle while surrounded by [[http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs50/f/2009/311/7/5/Kenpachi_Demotivates_You_by_mooniestar.jpg love bubbles]] as Byakuya lays on the [[{{Subtext}} innuendo]] is as [[CheshireCatGrin terrifying]] as it's [[GayBravado hilarious]].
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Played for laughs during a parody of the LadyAndKnight trope.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Boa Hancock always sees Luffy like this, even if he's picking his nose, [[BigEater eating like an animal]] or [[ObliviousToLove completely ignoring her or her advances]]. He also appears cooler or more romantic before her eyes.
* PlayedForLaughs with ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure''[='=]s [[{{Bifauxnen}} Itsuki]] [[SweetPollyOliver Myoudouin]] in Episode 7. [[TheHero Tsubomi]] [[ThinksLikeARomanceNovel Hanasaki]] was [[UnsettlingGenderReveal absolutely shocked and flabbergasted]] just moments later; and her partner, [[GenkiGirl Erika]] [[HotBlooded Kurumi]] (of all people!), just sat back and [[DissonantSerenity calmly sipped her tea like it wasn't a big deal]] as she cued IWarnedYou.

* The AltText in [[http://mokepon.smackjeeves.com/comics/1108016/chapter-3-page-46/ this]] ''Webcomic/{{Mokepon}}'' mentions how silly it is to draw them for candy.
* Played for laughs in ''WebComic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' when the Doc gets them merely from being complimented by the Ultimate Diplomat. [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/21p99/ Link.]]
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl''. [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c5/p1.html Paulo and the (inanimate doll) Alegria]]; it still makes the girls giggle. Lampshaded with [=McCain=] [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c38.3/p5.html getting a headache from the bubbles]] as he stares at Sue.

* Parodied in ''Manga/WeddingPeach TheAbridgedSeries''. See the quote above.
* These bubbles appear to float around Bee's town in ''WebAnimation/BeeAndPuppycat'', much like in ''Franchise/SailorMoon.''

* In the WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse episode "Too Short To Ride", Peridot receiving the alien doll she'd wanted has these in the scene, which is made to look like Peridot and the doll were lovers dramatically coming together.