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Yuu Koito has always loved shoujo manga and awaits the day she gets a love confession that sends her heart aflutter with bubbles and hearts, and yet when a junior high classmate confesses his feelings to her…she feels nothing. Disappointed and confused, Yuu enters high school still unsure how to respond. That’s when Yuu sees the beautiful student council president Touko Nanami turn down a suitor with such maturity that she’s inspired to ask her for help. But when the next person to confess to Yuu is Touko herself, has her shoujo romance finally begun? Not so simple, as while Yuu doesn't reject her senpai's feelings, she can't manage to return them…

Yagate, Kimi ni Naru (literally "One day, I'll become you", or "I'll become yours" depending on who you ask) is an ongoing romance by Nakatani Nio, serialized in Dengeki Daioh. Recently licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment, the first volume was been released on January 2017.

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An anime adaptation was eventually announced, and it began airing during the Fall 2018 season. Around the same time came out an official anthology of short Yagakimi-theme stories by various yuri authors (and a few non-yuri ones) such as Canno, Hiiragi Yutaka or Itou Hachi.

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Bloom Into You provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • A minor case early on. When Yuu's looking into the student council from seven years ago, she asks Rei about it, and Rei (who's four years older than Yuu) turns to an older schoolmate.
    • Episode 12 of the anime includes an additional scene not present in the manga that shows the student council rehearsing their School Play onstage using the first draft of the script, in which Touko's character decides to "become" the person her lover saw her as, and unlocks her phone using her lover's birthday as a password.
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    • Episode 13 includes a short scene in which Yuu and Touko act out a scene from the school play at the aquarium, with Yuu improvising according to the revised script in hopes of convincing Touko to accept the changes (and by extension, the idea that she doesn't need to "become" her sister).
  • Adult Fear: If Touko's dream is any indication, the circumstances of how her sister died. Your daughter/sister goes to take out some trash—a very mundane and simple chore. She never comes back.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Kinda the point of the series. Despite having no ill will, Yuu can't seem to reciprocate her suitors' feelings, be it her old classmate's or Touko's. Ultimately subverted with Touko, as Yuu slowly develops feelings for her, before admitting them to herself in Chapter 32.
    • Chapter 12 also reveals that Sayaka loves Touko that way but knows that's not Touko's case, so she just keeps those feelings hidden.
    • Also, Akari has a crush on her sempai on the basketball team, but he turns her down.
  • All There Inthe Manual: The between-chapter illustrations in the manga volumes have various important details, such as the cast's birthdays, a map of the area where the characters live, and Touko and Sayaka's friends' names.
  • Aloof Big Sister: Touko's character in the play, according to her younger half-brother, who comments that she was rarely home, and rarely talked to him or their parents, something that he suspects is related to their having different fathers. He's somewhat bitter about it, saying she'd only act that cold and distant if she really were that kind of person, but does hold out hope for their reconciling and starting over.
  • And Then What?: Touko delivers this Armor-Piercing Question to herself in chapter 23, after realizing that as soon as the stage play her sister never got to star in ends, her life will suddenly be entirely without purpose. Interestingly, Yuu seems to ponder the same question entirely on her own, asking her friend to rewrite said play's ending to offer more hope for the protagonist's future.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Yuu to Touko in Chapter 34.
  • Armor-Piercing Response:
    • Yuu does this in Chapter 28.
    Touko: What everyone thinks is me is really just me acting like my sister.
    Yuu: But you are the one who's worked so hard to be like her, senpai!
    • In Chapter 39, Yuu's on the receiving end, after telling Maki about Touko apparently rejecting her Love Confession, then saying that they're both people who like watching others.
    Maki: You're just running away. Haven't you realized? You're just afraid. You already know how it feels to fall in love. You're just trying not to acknowledge it because having your love reciprocated hurts.
  • Asexuality: And aromantic, as well. Maki flat out admits that he has never felt any sort of attraction towards anyone and a flashback reveals that he finds the idea of being in a romantic relationship unappealing. Nonetheless, he's completely satisfied seeing other people's relationships, viewing them as stage plays with him as an audience member.
  • Audience Surrogate: In the School Play, the nurse, like the audience, only knows the main character from her time in the hospital, after losing her memories. When Yuu realizes that, among other things, it doesn't make sense for the main character to become someone else and discard the version of herself that the audience had seen for the entire play, Koyomi then changes the ending so that the main character listens to the nurse's advice and stays as she is.
  • Bait-and-Switch Lesbians: Inverted in the case of one book that Touko buys during an Interlude, titled "Garden of Lillies." According to Yuu, it starts out seeming like a heterosexual romance, but two girls start going out midway through it. Yuu assumes Touko bought it just to troll her, but Touko apparently had no idea about the book's true nature.
  • Beta Couple: Hakozaki-sensei and Manager Miyako are in a relationship, and at one point offer advice to Sayaka, who likes Touko.
  • Bi the Way: Hakozaki-sensei turns out to be somewhere between this and If It's You, It's Okay towards Miyako. She had a boyfriend in the past (the relationship ended badly) and tells Miyako that she's usually not interested in women, but that she's happy being with her.
  • Blunt "Yes":
    • This exchange betwen Touko and Yuu, after Touko learns about her sister from Ichigaya
    Yuu: Do you have to be someone else?
    Touko: Of course. What's the point of being who I am now?
    • Later on, when Sayaka asks Yuu about asking Koyomi to change the ending to the play. Yuu responds by saying that she doesn't want Touko to feel like she has to act like the way someone else perceives her, so she made the protagonist have the same epiphany Yuu hopes Touko will have. Interestingly enough, despite saying what she does, Sayaka actually shares Yuu's desire.
    Yuu: In the end, this is just me being selfish.
    Sayaka: ...You're right. It's selfish.
    • Early on, shortly before the student council candidates' speeches, Sayaka greets Touko and Yuu.
    Touko: Did you come to heckle us, or because you're worried?
    Sayaka: The former for you, the latter for Koito-san.
  • Breather Episode:
    • After a few chapters showcasing how troubled Touko is after learning the truth about her sister, and Yuu's subsequent decision to ask Koyomi to rewrite the play, Chapter 24 focuses on Yuu and Touko going to an aquarium together.
    • Chapter 33, which takes place between Yuu wondering where her relationship with Touko will go next, and making an Anguished Declaration of Love, has Yuu going on a shopping trip with her sister, and asking Rei about her boyfriend.
  • Broken Ace: Touko. While she's beautiful, top of her class, and a gifted athlete, Yuu discovers early on that she's actually quite shy and insecure behind her facade of confidence. It's also later revealed that she pushes herself to be perfect to honor her late sister, and has come to depend on the praise she gets from people by doing that. Part of her attraction to Yuu is that she feels like she can drop the act around her.
  • Broken Pedestal: Somewhat occurs in Chapter 21 and 22. After a former classmate of her sister tells Touko of what Mio used to be like, Touko is distraught that she has not been the ideal person she perceived her sister to be. Nonetheless, she still continues her efforts to be perfect simply because she doesn't know how to act any other way anymore.
  • Brutal Honesty:
    • This is one of Yuu's defining character traits, as well as one of Sayaka's when she chooses to say what's on her mind.
    • In the School Play, the main character's younger half-brother doesn't hesitate to describe her as an Aloof Big Sister who was distant from him and their parents, but he still holds out hope for their reconciliation.
  • Cast Full of Gay: Played with. Yuu, Touko, Sayaka, Riko and Miyako are all lesbians or otherwise interested in other women. That said, most of the other cast seems to be interested in the opposite gender, and two supporting characters -Yuu's sister and Ichigaya- are both in heterosexual relationships with a man named Hiro and an unnamed girlfriend, respectively.
  • Central Theme: What it means to try to be someone you're not, and what it takes to accept yourself for who you are.
  • Class Trip: The school plans one to Kyoto. Touko's friends, oblivious to the drama between Yuu and Touko, argue about where to go.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: It's downplayed, but Sayaka is rather territorial when it comes to Touko. She becomes quite sullen with Touko after she picks Yuu to be give her campaign endorsement speech for the student council elections, and is occasionally pretty cold to Yuu for (as she sees it) usurping her role as Touko's support system.
  • Cool Big Sis: Yuu's sister, Rei and Touko's sister, Mio. In the latter case, Ichigaya implies that Mio acted like the perfect student in order to impress Touko.
  • Crush Blush: Yuu notices that Touko can't look at her without turning red.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The ending theme of the anime is sung by Yuki Takada (Yuu) and Minako Kotobuki (Touko).
  • Dogged Nice Girl:
    • Touko due to Yuu not feeling the same way. Subverted in Chapter 10 when Touko hopes that Yuu won't fall for her since she believes that "love is a shackle".
    • Akari is this to Oogaki, outwardly saying that she's fine with him focusing on basketball and not returning her feelings. That said, she's heartbroken when she finds out that he was already taken before she confessed.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: Many of the adults who look upon Touko as an ideal student and the second coming of her sister have no idea that she's only putting on a façade, just like her sister had. In Chapter 10, after hearing one teacher talk about Touko that way, Yuu has an internal monologue about how far off the mark the man's perception of Touko is.
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole: In the original Japanese, Touko calling Yuu by her first name in front of the student council drew attention from everyone concerned, especially Sayaka. In the dub, Touko consistently uses Yuu's first name, so the effect is lost.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Touko once rejected a confession from a female admirer. Also, it turns out that Sayaka is in love with her, too.
  • Everyone Can See It:
    • Well, a lot of people, anyway. Maki, Sayaka, and Yuu's older sister Rei all quickly figure out that Touko and Yuu's relationship is not entirely platonic. While Maki does actually see them kiss, he's confident that Yuu returns Touko's feelings, despite what she says. He's right, it transpires, as Yuu admits that she loves Touko in Chapter 32.
    • In Sayaka's case, Yuu is at least somewhat suspicious that Sayaka is in love with Touko. After Sayaka tells Miyako about her love for Touko, without referring to Touko by name, Miyako fairly quickly guesses that Touko's the person Sayaka likes.
  • Face Palm: When Touko's victory in the election is announced, one of the losing candidates does this in the background.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: In-Universe, the play's original ending more or less sends the message that it's better to live by the (potentially unrealistic) image someone has of you than to be yourself, the way Touko has been living her life since her sister died. For this reason, most of the student council's glad that Koyomi changed the ending.
  • First-Name Basis:
    • After alternating between calling Yuu by her first name and "Koito-san" for the first 10 chapters (using the former when she's especially playful and flirtatious, and using the latter the rest of the time), Touko asks permission to call Yuu by her first name in Chapter 11. She suggests that Yuu return the favor, but when Touko blushes every time Yuu calls her by her first name, Yuu decides not to.
    • Oddly enough, Yuu calls her older sister "Rei-chan," rather than using Japanese Sibling Terminology.
  • Foil:
    • Yuu and Sayaka. For much of the story, Yuu is the object of Touko's unrequited love, while Sayaka keeps her own love for Touko secret. Touko appreciates the fact that she doesn't have to seem special around Yuu, but also appreciates the fact that Sayaka is willing to let Touko be "special" around her and keeps her secrets. Yuu has rejected one boy who confessed to her, while Sayaka ended up being rejected by her first love.
    • Mio Nanami and Rei Koito, particularly how their respective younger sisters see them. Mio has a reputation as The Ace, and Touko looks up to her, but it turns out that she may not have actually been as respectable as people thought, while Yuu finds Rei somewhat annoying but loves her anyway. While Mio apparently never had a boyfriend while she was alive, Rei has been going out with her boyfriend Hiro since high school.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: When Yuu examines an old School Play script in Episode 4, Mio Nanami's name can be seen in the cast list.
  • Friendly Rival: Sayaka to Touko. They always compete for the top exam score, and, being Heterosexual Life-Partners (much to Sayaka's dismay), are actually closer than most examples. Since Touko is The Ace (albeit a broken one), she always comes out on top, but claims that it's only because she's competing with Sayaka. Although, it may not be a straight example, since it's implied that Sayaka doesn't actually care about beating Touko, and only competes with her because she's in love with her and wants to support her by keeping her motivated.
  • Genre Blindness: Doujima is honestly surprised at the idea that two girls had been going out in the School Play. If he only knew what kind of manga he was in...
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Doujima badgers Koyomi to add a kiss scene between Touko's and Sayaka's characters in the student council's play. Also, during the performance, the crowd cheers when Touko and Sayaka have their first scene together.
  • Hidden Depths: The main characters are all meant to have this, according to Nakatani Nio, both to the reader and the other characters.
    • To be specific, Touko was meant to come off as the typical perfect senpai who would act as a sort of mentor figure to kouhai Yuu, but is later revealed to be anything but. She's also surprisingly competitive, and is driven to win the sports competition even though it's a minor competition that doesn't relate to any of her other goals.
    • Yuu was also meant to look like the typical yuri protagonist—naive, timid, and optimistic—but is actually quite practical, blunt, and sarcastic. Lampshaded by Sayaka, after Yuu comments how Sayaka isn't as "lighthearted" as she initially seems.
    Sayaka: Well, Koito-san, I thought you would be a meek little kouhai... but you're actually rather rude.
    • Sayaka initially comes off as a rich, polite ojou-sama who is kind and patient with everyone around her. She actually has a bit of a possessive streak regarding Touko and can be pretty snide when she feels irritated or threatened enough.
    • Doujima, a happy-go-lucky jokester, turns out to actually be rather righteous and passionate. He gets quite angry at how Akari's crush brushed her off so carelessly, and didn't even tell her the real reason he rejected her. He gets worked up enough to attempt to look for the guy to confront him!
    • Miyako, a seemingly laid-back owner of a café, whom Sayaka chides for having too much free time, actually wishes her café was more successful, so that she can support her girlfriend, Riko.
  • Holding Hands: Yuu and Touko do this in Chapter 10.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Yuu's friend Akari is the tallest member of the main cast, and the height chart says she's still growing.
  • I Can't Believe A Girl Like You Would Notice Me: Yuu often asks herself why Touko likes her.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: One half of Touko's motivation to change herself from her shy and ordinary younger self. The other half is to do the things her older sister couldn't do due to her untimely passing.
    Touko: They all tell me I'm special. And yes, it feels nice to be myself in front of you, but I can't stop being special for everyone else.
  • Idiot Hair: Yuu has one in direct contrast with Touko.
  • If I Can't Have You...: Played With. Yuu doesn't want anyone else to fall in love with her if she can't be together with Touko.
  • Indirect Kiss: Occurs in Chapter 4 between Touko and Yuu. However, it isn't given much attention besides Touko taking a second to look at her bottle before drinking again.
  • Innocently Insensitive:
    • Yuu's father jokingly tells her that he couldn't take the 'shock' if she ended up forming a lesbian relationship with someone. Based on Yuu's reaction, she does seem hurt by the implication, especially since she knows a girl does have feelings for her.
    • During Chapters 34 & 35, Touko realizes she was this to Yuu since she realizes that she forced Yuu to bottle her emotions.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Touko's actually a pretty extreme case, since she's so self-loathing that she doesn't want Yuu to reciprocate her feelings because of how much she hates herself. She says at one point that she wants to stay in love with Yuu, because she feels that's the only thing about her that isn't fake, and that she wouldn't be able to if Yuu loved something she hates: herself.
    • This becomes an issue in Chapter 34, when Yuu confesses her feelings to Touko. Touko is unable to respond because she's terrified of losing Yuu, and apologizes to her after thinking about how her insecurities forced Yuu to hide her feelings. Unfortunately, Yuu takes this as a rejection and runs off, crying.
  • Irony: Since Yuu Thinks Like a Romance Novel, she really wants to fall in love, and is disappointed to feel like she can't. However, it's precisely because of her unrealistic expectations that she doesn't recognize her growing feelings for Touko - she thinks love is an overwhelming rush of emotions, instead of the subdued, intimate moments she has with Touko.
    • During the student council's training camp, Ichigaya tells Touko that her sister Mio was nothing like her, because, unlike Touko, she wasn't The Ace Student Council President everyone thought she was. This actually makes her almost exactly like Touko, who's also pretending to be that.
  • Just Friends: What Yuu sees her relationship with Touko as. She continues to feel this way even as she appears to be developing feelings for Touko.
  • Lampshade Hanging: At one point a character complains about how romances always have characters take too long to come out and acknowledge they're in love. Cue countless Chapters/episodes of Yuu lamenting how she doesn't feel love for Touko despite clearly feeling the sort of affection and personal investment in her that most people would consider love, with multiple people even pointing that out to her.
  • Love Confession: Chapter 37 has Sayaka confess to Touko.
  • Love Martyr: An interesting variation. Touko definitely has feelings for Yuu, but she tells Yuu not to fall in love with her and is perfectly fine with the ambiguous status of their relationship. This is out of her own self-loathing and self-esteem issues, where Touko believes that she is undeserving of love, but is still more than willing to give it, since she believes that being able to love is proof that she's herself. Yuu eventually realizes just how unfair and unhealthy this is. However, it becomes moot, as Yuu ultimately develops feelings for her.
  • Love-Obstructing Parents: Played with in the case of the Koitos. On the one hand, Yuu's father likes his older daughter's boyfriend Hiro, particularly since having a potential son-in-law means he won't be the only man in the family anymore. On the other hand, Rei is a bit worried how her parents will take Yuu loving another girl, but reassures herself that things will work out.
  • Matchmaker Crush: One of the girls Maki was giving romantic advice to ended up falling for him, which annoyed him since he only wants to watch love stories unfold, not participate in them.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Yuu. While she isn't interested in Touko, she doesn't really do anything to dissuade her feelings either. Touko eventually lampshades this. This is likely because Yuu does actually develop feelings for Touko, but doesn't immediately realize it.
  • Mood Whiplash: After Ichigaya implicitly admits that Mio was most likely not the person Touko saw her as, Touko's about to ask him more, but she's interrupted by Riko asking Ichigaya about a play-related matter, and shortly afterward, Doujima asks Ichigaya if he and Riko are in a relationship. In the next scene, Touko talks with Ichigaya as he's leaving, and hears the truth about her sister.
  • Morton's Fork: Touko, as a result of her self-worth issues, inflicts this on herself. While she's quite popular at school, she also convinces herself that the people who like her like her sister, by extension, since Touko has devoted her life to becoming her sister. Those who claim to like her for who she really is don't fare any better, since Touko hates herself, and wants to cast her old unremarkable self aside.
  • Moustache de Plume: Koyomi's favorite author is actually a woman. She's initially shocked to realize this, but eventually decides she still admires her, and hopes that her story will reach the final round, where the author will read it.
  • My Sibling Will Live Through Me: Touko's ultimate motivation is to become the person her sister used to be, out of a desire to be special and to finish everything her sister left undone. It's deconstructed, since it results in Touko coming to hate her old self.
  • Never My Fault: Downplayed when Yuu and Sayaka bicker over who's making a mistake when they're passing the buck. It's implied that both of them are to blame, and the dispute is a symptom of the largely unspoken tension between them.
  • No Name Given: None of the characters in the play are referred to by name, and are only described by their relationship with the main character- her nurse, her classmate, her younger brother and her girlfriend.
  • No Sparks: Yuu's problem with romance in general.
  • Origins Episode: One special focuses on how Riko and Miyako met in college.
  • Overprotective Dad: Averted with Yuu's father. When Touko asks if he opposes Hiro seeing his eldest daughter, Rei, Yuu laughs, says no, and says her father's glad to have another man in the family.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Touko and Sayaka. Much to the latter's dismay.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: In-Universe, there are a few instances of this happening with "I Only Know You"
    • The main character's lover is made a woman because Koyomi had hoped that Sayaka would play the role.
    • The original ending, in which the main character believes that her lover's perspective on her is the most accurate one and chooses that, is swapped in favor of an ending in which the nurse convinces the girl to be herself, partly because Yuu doesn't want Touko to feel like she has to be someone else, and partly because Koyomi wasn't completely satisfied with the ending.
    • As a result of the above change, Yuu's character, the nurse, gets significantly more lines when she'd previously been a minor character.
    • Played for Laughs when, after Doujima asks Koyomi to join the student council so they can have more girls, she threatens to make his character more superficial.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Manaka and Midori, Touko and Sayaka's friends. Manaka appears to be something of a Genki Girl, while Midori is more reserved.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Deconstructed. Sayaka's ex-girlfriend ended their relationship out of the belief that they were outgrowing this phase, but Sayaka, being a lesbian, didn't see it as a phase, and was deeply hurt.
  • Sacred First Kiss: Averted in Chapter 2, when Touko impulsively kisses Yuu on their way home. Touko apologizes for it afterwards but Yuu doesn't mind that she basically stole her first kiss.
  • Sailor Fuku: Yuu's middle school and Sayaka's previous school have them as their uniforms. Toomi East High School has gakuran for the boys, but the girls wear jumper-style uniforms. In the School Play, the main character's brother wearks a gakuran.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians:
    • For Touko, it might be a case of Single-Target Sexuality towards Yuu. Sayaka, however, has crushed on two girls already.
    • In the play, Touko's character is in a relationship with Sayaka's. Sayaka's character doesn't count, since she's older than Touko's and apparently out of school.
  • School Idol: Touko and Sayaka are both popular and the top scorers of the school. The same goes for Touko's character in the play, whom Doujima's character describes as well-respected and popular, making Touko's character wonder if she's too good to be true.
  • School Play: Touko wants to do one involving the Student Council. In fact, the Student Council used to do one every School Festival but stopped seven years prior to the story due to the untimely passing of Touko's older sister, who used to be the Student Council President at the time. The play itself, titled "I Only Know You," is shown in Chapters 30 and 31.
  • Secret Keeper: Only Yuu knows that Touko is actually shaky and unsteady beneath the School Idol mask. Sayaka knows too, but Touko doesn't know about it, at least until Sayaka admits that she's known about Touko's sister for a while. Sayaka also knows about Riko and Miyako being in a relationship.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Maki knows about Touko and Yuu's relationship, although is mistaken that it is mutual. While Yuu tries to set the record straight, Maki doesn't believe her. He turns out to be right, at least as far as Yuu's feelings go.
  • Secret Relationship:
    • Nobody besides them know of Touko's one-sided feelings for Yuu. That is, until Maki accidentally saw them kissing in Chapter 6 and even then, he believes the feeling to be mutual. He does eventually turn out to be right, however, as Yuu does slowly begin to developing feelings for Touko.
    • Riko and Miyako claim to be Just Friends, but Sayaka eventually figures out they're a couple. She asks Miyako about it, and Miyako readily admits to it, but asks Sayaka not to tell Riko, since Riko wants to keep it secret.
    • Serizawa and Oogaki keep their relationship secret for the sake of the team. Unfortunately, Akari, who likes Oogaki, learns about this inadvertently when Serizawa asks her for a favor in order to spend time with Oogaki.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Touko is Yuu's sempai. Yuu herself has two kouhai from the softball team who, to her dismay, are already taller than her. Also, Akari has a crush on her sempai from the basketball team.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Yuu's default reaction when people talk to her about Touko. It becomes increasingly less convincing.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Maki likes watching love stories unfold before him and does anything he can to help any relationship.
    • Rei realises that Touko likes Yuu when Touko asks her for the cheesecake recipe that Yuu likes, noticing how flustered she was and then how she looks at Yuu, blushing. Rei later sends her the promised recipe and a picture of a sleeping Yuu. She also promises to support Yuu when she realizes that the two's feelings are mutual.
  • Ship Sinking: Chapter 38 sinks Touko/Sayaka, after Touko rejects Sayaka's confession.
  • Ship Tease: After Akari learns that the senpai she likes has been taken for some time, she starts hanging out with Doujima, who'd been around to hear the news. In Chapter 39, Yuu and Maki discuss it, and wonder if there's something between the two of them.
  • Show Within a Show: The student council's play, "I Only Know You".
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Touko has never shown any attraction to anyone except for Yuu.
  • Speech-Bubbles Interruption: An unusual example that's Played for Drama and done by the speaker herself. After Touko says that she hates herself and says that she can't love someone who loves what she hates, Yuu is quite disturbed. After Touko leaves, Yuu mentally asks why Touko could hate something that Yuu loves, before cutting herself off by loudly calling Touko an idiot.
  • The Stinger: Episode 10 of the anime ends with Touko dreaming about the day her sister died, and resolving to become the person Mio was.
  • Student Council President: Touko with Sayaka as the Vice-President. Interestingly enough, she's seldom called by her title- most of her friends use her first name, while those who are more formal with her call her "Nanami-san" or "Nanami-senpai".
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Yuu tends to do this whenever she starts thinking about Touko romantically. For instance, when they share a passionate kiss after the sports festival, she thinks to herself that it doesn't mean anything that she likes Touko's "silky hair" and "long eyelashes." Also, the heartbeat she feels is definitely Touko's. It can't be her's, since it's beating too fast.
  • Take a Third Option: Or fourth, as the case may be. In the revised version of "I Only Know You," the main character decides not to "choose" any of the facets of herself that her schoolmate, her younger brother, or her lover saw, instead choosing to be herself, since the nurse who'd taken care of her sees a fourth version of her after losing her memory, and would be sad to lose that person. The girl agrees, then tells each of the other three that she can't be the person she once was, but she'd like to begin again.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": Averted. While trying to unlock her own phone, the amnesiac main character of the play initially thinks to try her brother's birthday (August 21, or 821), but fails, and has no more luck with two other important dates- the sports festival (June 19/619) and Christmas Eve(December 24/1224). She ultimately adds the three numbers together and unlocks the phone. In the original draft of the play, this is played somewhat straighter, as her lover's birthday is the password- her lover is curious about it, but isn't told the exact reason why.
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: When Akari(and later, Yuu and Doujima) calls Riko "Riko-sensei," she insists on being called "Hakozaki-sensei" instead.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Yuu is a fan of shoujo manga and thinks like this when it comes to romance.
  • Those Two Guys: Touko and Sayaka have two female friends who often hang out with them. Midori is the one with fair hair and twintails, while Manaka has dark hair.
  • Title Drop: Not in the story itself, but in the lyrics of the ending theme:
    "What will tomorrow become? Soon it will bloom into you."
    • Referenced in the School Play, where Touko's character, who basically everyone equates with Touko herself, decides that she will "become herself"; see Take a Third Option.
  • Triang Relations: A Type 4 or 5 between Sayaka, Touko and Yuu. Chapter 20 is titled "Balancing a Triangle", which depicts an unusual case where all three of them are glad of the other's company to keep themselves in check.
  • Two-Teacher School: Riko Hakozaki is the only teacher who regularly appears, as Yuu and the others' literature teacher, and the assistant advisor to the student council (who ends up doing most of the work, since the actual teacher doesn't show up much. There are a few other teachers who show up, most of whom are men and none of whom are named.
  • Unmoving Plaid:
    • At the karaoke party in Chapter 32, Manaka, one of Touko's friends wears a shirt with this pattern. Somewhat unusually, it's tilted at a 45 degree angle, and thus goes diagonally, rather than horizontally and vertically.
    • In Chapter 33, Yuu's button-down shirt has an unmoving checkered pattern.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter 21. Touko learns that her sister was very different from how she remembered her. Considering that emulating the person she thought her sister was had been the driving force behind Touko's decision to change herself, this shakes Touko to the core.
    • Chapter 34. Unable to keep her feelings inside any longer, Yuu kisses Touko and makes an Anguished Declaration of Love.
    • Chapter 37. Sayaka makes a Love Confession to Touko, who's interrupted before she can give an answer.
  • Wham Line: Ichigaya has a relatively subtle example in Chapter 21. After praising Touko for being so hard-working, he adds, "I always thought being student council president was more about delegating the work to others and taking it easy yourself." The real significance of it comes when you consider that Ichigaya was on the student council with Touko's sister Mio, so he was more or less implying that Mio was that kind of president, something Touko immediately picks up on.
  • Wham Shot: In Chapter 25, Koyomi gets her turn to meet with her favorite author. She comes into the room, and the next page reveals that the author is a woman.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: In Chapter 28, Yuu does this to Touko, saying that even if she's been trying to be like her sister, neither Yuu nor the rest of Touko's friends care about that or know her sister- all of their feelings are for Touko as a person.
    Yuu: It's okay to want to be like your sister. I'm not telling you that you're wrong. But I don't want you to think that you have nothing else.
  • Yuri Genre: Most of the main characters are lesbians or otherwise interested in other girls, and two secondary characters, both adult women, are in a relationship.

Alternative Title(s): Yagate Kimi Ni Naru

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