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The words in shoujo manga and love songs... They're always sparkling brightly. I don't need a dictionary to understand what they mean... but I've never felt them myself.
Yuu Koito

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...

Bloom Into You (Yagate, Kimi ni Naru, lit. "One day, I'll become you", or "I'll become yours" depending on who you ask) is a yuri romance manga by Nio Nakatani, as well as the multimedia franchise started by its success:

  • The main manga was serialized in Dengeki Daioh from April 2015 to September 2019 and ran for 45 chapters and 8 volumes. It was licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment, with the first English volume released in January 2017. A French version is published by Kana since September 2019.
  • An anime adaptation by TROYCA which aired during the Fall 2018 season and covers the first half of the story.
  • Around the same time as the anime an official anthology of short YagaKimi-themed stories by various yuri authors (and a few non-yuri ones), such as Canno, Yutaka Hiiragi, and Hachi Itou, was published.
  • Saeki Sayaka ni Tsuite (lit. "Regarding Sayaka Saeki") is a trilogy of Light Novels by Hitoma Iruma, focusing on Touko's Best Friend Sayaka. The first volume focuses on Sayaka in middle school and ends just after she meets Touko. The second volume focuses on Sayaka in high school and ends just after she meets Haru. The third volume focuses on Sayaka in college.

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 a few 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.
    • 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).
  • 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. In Chapter 40, Touko and Yuu finally admit that they love each other.
    • 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. She does eventually confess, and Touko turns her down.
    • Also, Akari has a crush on her senpai on the basketball team, but he turns her down, claiming that he wants to focus on basketball. Unfortunately, the way in which he does so causes her to think that she may eventually have a chance until she finds out that he's going out with Serizawa.
  • All There in the 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.
  • Amicable Exes: Averted. Sayaka wants nothing to do with her ex-girlfriend after the latter breaks up with her, and while Haru is a bit more forgiving toward her ex, she acknowledges that their friendship is over. Sayaka deconstructs the concept by noting that relationships take time to build up and are difficult to rebuild once they collapse. Sayaka is on decent terms with Touko despite Touko rejecting her confession because their relationship hadn't changed, but still feels awkward enough around Touko that they don't see each other much. She has ironically become better friends with Yuu, and she even tells Yuu things that she doesn’t share with Touko.
  • Anachronic Order: The second volume of Regarding Sayaka Saeki starts in Sayaka's second year of high school, but then switches to her first year for the majority of the book. The end of the book then jumps ahead to Sayaka in college.
  • 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.
    • Also referenced at the very beginning of the series, when Touko tells Sayaka that none of the people who confessed to her have put any serious thought into what would happen if they did actually go out.
      Touko: And then what happens if I say yes, huh? Who could build a good relationship off of that?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • The first volume of Regarding Sayaka Saeki. Sayaka is heartbroken to learn that Chie was never serious about their relationship but comes to terms with her sexuality when she falls in love with Touko.
    • While the main series and Regarding Sayaka Saeki end on a mostly happy note, the subplot of Sayaka's feelings for Touko ends on a more bittersweet note. Sayaka doesn't harbor any hard feelings toward Touko for rejecting her(unlike Chie, whom Sayaka has never forgiven) but realizes that she and Touko will gradually grow apart over time.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • Sayaka gives Yuu a rough outline of a campaign speech and says that it isn't finished but should work as a reference. Upon reading it, Yuu notes that it's much closer to being a finished speech.
    • When Yuu gives her campaign speech for Touko, she extols Touko's virtues and suitability for the job. What she's saying isn't entirely untrue, but Yuu has just become aware of how vulnerable Touko is.
    • When Touko asks whether anyone has a person who could write a script for the School Play, Yuu says no, even though she knows Koyomi's good enough. Sayaka catches on and calls Yuu out on it.
    • When Touko plays Old Maid with Yuu and Sayaka, she tries in vain to bluff that she doesn't have a joker.
    Yuu: You're vibrating like a phone on silent mode.
    Touko: AM NOT! I don't have a st-stupid joker!
    Sayaka: You're not hiding it very well, Touko. You stuttered, too.
  • Blunt "Yes":
    • This exchange between 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.
  • Boyfriend-Blocking Dad: Subverted 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.
  • 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.
  • Call-Back: In Chapter 27, the basketball team makes basketball-like takoyaki for the School Festival. In Chapter 45, you can see the "Basketball-oyaki" on sale.
  • Can't Catch Up: Touko has the Student Council train long and hard to win the relay race at the Sports Day event, but they still are defeated by Serizawa and the Basketball Team, who are more athletic, as well as one other team (possibly an athletic club) since they place third overall.
  • Cast Full of Gay: Surprisingly averted. Five of the main characters are lesbians or otherwise interested in other women, but most of the rest of the cast is heterosexual. Rei and Ichigaya have a boyfriend and girlfriend, respectively, Akari has an unrequited crush on her male senpai (who has a girlfriend) and later gets some Ship Tease with Doujima, and Koyomi is rather shocked to find out that her favorite author is female, implying that she's heterosexual.
  • Central Theme:
    • What it means to try to be someone you're not, and what it takes to accept yourself for who you are.
    • What loving someone truly involves, and whether it's possible to love someone as they change.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Yuu and Touko buy matching charms in Chapter 24, and put them on their bags in Chapter 41, as they start going out.
  • Christmas Episode: Implied in the penultimate chapter. The Nanami family has December 23 circled as the day of Touko's play, and Yuu's visit to the Nanami family home seems to take place the next day.
  • 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 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.
  • Close on Title: The final chapter ends with the title page, as well as the color pages.
  • Coming Of Age Queer Romance:
    • The story is partly about how Touko and Yuu come to realize that they're gay and fall in love with each other (with Touko being much faster on that front) after having felt no romantic love for anyone else before each other. The other part is helping Touko realize that she can be herself and not just her sister's successor.
    • Regarding Sayaka Saeki is about Sayaka falling for and entering a relationship with another girl, which helps her realize she's gay. It has a rare tragic ending in that the other girl breaks up with her, calling it a phase they were going through.
  • Confirmed Bachelor: 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.
  • 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.
  • Decided by One Vote: In the final round of the werewolf game, only three players remain- Yuu, Touko and Sayaka. Sayaka, who is the seer, accuses Yuu of being the werewolf, while Yuu accuses Sayaka to save herself, so the two vote for each other, resulting in Touko having the deciding vote. Touko votes for Sayaka, resulting in Yuu winning.
  • Distant Finale: The final chapter takes place while Yuu and Touko, along with their old schoolmates, are in college.
  • "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.
  • Dramatic Irony: Koyomi asks Yuu for information about Touko, and concludes, based on the bits that Yuu chooses to tell her, that Touko is an unrealistically perfect person who would be difficult to write about. Both Yuu and the reader know better.
  • 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 Episode 2 of the anime, as Yuu leaves the faculty office, she overhears two teachers talking about how Touko is running and "she" would be happy, the implication being that "she" is Touko's late sister. In the dub, it's instead changed to "her friend," implying Yuu.
    • 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.
    • In the last chapter, Touko teases Yuu about her calling Touko "senpai" while eating at the cafe with Sayaka, since Yuu had switched to calling Touko by her first name after they started going out and dropped the "senpai" after Their First Time. In a fan translation of the manga, Yuu never addressed Touko by name during that scene, so Touko's remark doesn't make much sense.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Touko rejected confessions from female admirers on at least one occasion. After getting a letter from another girl, Touko, remembering that she made the last one cry, resolves to be extra-careful this time. It also turns out that Sayaka(a lesbian) 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.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: In the light novels, Sayaka realizes that Touko's quest to become her sister will never bring her happiness, since it isn't possible to "become" someone else. She isn't able to say that to Touko, though, which Sayaka believes is one reason why Sayaka ultimately ends up being rejected in favor of Yuu.
  • Festival Episode: The first anthology volume has a chapter in which Touko and Yuu put on yukatas and attend a summer festival.
  • Feud Episode: Downplayed in Chapter 14, but after Yuu and Sayaka have trouble passing the baton when practicing for the relay race, they're forced to talk with teach other in an attempt to address the friction between them.
  • 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. After they start going out, Yuu starts calling Touko "Touko-senpai," then drops the honorific after they have sex.
    • Oddly enough, Yuu calls her older sister "Rei-chan," rather than using Japanese Sibling Terminology.
    • In the light novels, Sayaka quickly gets onto a first-name basis with Midori and Manaka, but it takes a little while longer for her to do the same with Touko. When Touko asks for permission to call Sayaka by her first name, Sayaka gladly says yes.
    • A Running Gag in Volume 3 of Regarding Sayaka Saeki is Haru insisting that Sayaka, who calls her "Edamoto-san" for most of the volume, call her "Haru." Sayaka eventually complies.
  • 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, Rei has been going out with her boyfriend Hiro since high school.
    • Yuu and Maki. Yuu initially thinks that she and Maki are both asexual, but Maki realizes that Yuu wants to fall in love with someone, while he's content watching other people's relationships. The way they react to getting a Love Confession is also different- while Yuu rejects the guy who confessed to her in the first chapter because she didn't feel anything special, Maki refuses to even consider falling in love with the girl who confessed to him. Maki even spells out their differences when speaking with Yuu in Chapter 39. In the end, Yuu gets together with Touko, while Maki is content remaining single.
    • Chie and Haru, the two girls who confessed to Sayaka. Chie was Sayaka's senpai in middle school, while Haru is Sayaka's kohai in college. Chie breaks up with Sayaka out of the belief that they were going through a Gay Romantic Phase, while Haru's ex broke up with her for the same reason.
  • Food as Bribe:
    • In chapter seven, Touko tries to use sweets to bribe Yuu into being part of the school play with sweets and tea. Yuu refuses the bribe, citing Performance Anxiety, and Touko and Sayaka note that Yuu is far more stubborn than they thought she'd be.
    • The short story "Will I Ever Bloom Into You?" from the Bloom Into You anthology has Touko bribe Yuu into switching clothes with her so they could practice acting as each other for the school play with a shrimp doria lunch at Echo, after Yuu points out that they could just switch ribbonsnote  since they go to the same school. After Yuu walks in on Touko trying and failing to button her shirt all the way up due to the difference in their bust size, she demands cheesecake with extra whipped cream as well, and the narrative notes that they just traded ribbons afterwards.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The Regarding Sayaka Saeki series. Those who have read the manga will already know that Sayaka fell in love with her senpai, who proceeded to break up with her, fell in love with Touko, who rejected her, and finally found a Second Love with Haru.
  • Foreshadowing: Sayaka bringing up the fact that Touko has gotten confessions from girls and asking if Touko would even consider accepting any of the people who confess are early hints that Sayaka is in love with Touko.
  • 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.
    • Several of the text messaging conversations can be read if you pause and look closely, from Miyako making fun of Riko for being unathletic to Yuu messaging Natsuki.
  • Friendly Rival:
    • Sayaka to Touko. They always compete for the top exam score, and, being Platonic 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. Sayaka's pleased when she eventually gets the top score on the exams, but is pleased that Touko's determined to win next time.
    • Serizawa also serves as this to Touko, with the rivalry aspect played up. The two are determined to outdo each other in the sports festival, but seem to get along.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • When the election results are posted, one of the losing candidates does a Face Palm.
    • When Doujima asks whether Riko is in a relationship with Ichigaya, Sayaka, who knows the truth about Riko, simply smiles as Riko and Ichigaya bluntly deny it.
  • Gay Romantic Phase: In the backstory, Sayaka and another girl dated in middle school, before the other girl broke it off, saying they were too old for that sort of thing (lesbian romance). Sayaka, who is gay and was genuinely attracted to the other girl, was deeply hurt by this rejection. They meet again in the present, and the other girl apologizes for making Sayaka interested in other women and hopes she gets better (read: interested in heterosexual relationships). Sayaka is not pleased.
  • 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.
  • Grave-Marking Scene: Shortly before the school play, Touko visits her sister's grave and says that she will accomplish what her sister couldn't, then admits she doesn't know what she will do after that.
  • Harsh Word Impact: In the second volume of the anthology, Yuu tells Touko, "If you forget your umbrella again, I want to carry it next time." Touko is then impaled and blown away by an arrow saying "I want to carry it next time."
  • Hesitation Equals Dishonesty: Yuu hesitates before claiming that she doesn't know anyone who can write a script for the School Play. Before long, Sayaka realizes that Yuu lied about that.
  • 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.
    • Touko and Sayaka's friend Midori seems like ditzy comic relief most of the time, but according to Volume 7, her grades are the fourth best in the cast after Touko, Sayaka and Maki, with everyone being surprised at how high she scores.
    • Lampshaded in the light novels, when Sayaka learns that her senpai, Chie Yuzuki, is interested in Renma Hayashi's (rather disturbing) work, just like Koyomi is. Sayaka wonders what else she doesn't know about Chie.
  • Holding Hands:
    • Yuu and Touko do this in Chapter 10.
    • After Sayaka says goodbye to her senpai, she leaves arm-in-arm with Touko to subtly send the message that she's still a lesbian. As they leave, Touko asks about why Sayaka acted the way she did, but while Sayaka avoids answering the question, Touko decides to hold hands with her.
  • 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.
  • Inconsistent Spelling: The main characters' school is called Toomi, Tohmi or Tomi East High School.
  • 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.
    • Natsuki feels that taking Akari to a romance movie without knowing that Oogaki had rejected her ended up unwittingly hurting her feelings, but Akari takes it in stride.
    • Sayaka's ex-girlfriend seems to think of homosexuality as a phase, and hopes that after the end of their relationship, Sayaka is able to go back to "normal"- i.e. heterosexuality. Sayaka, offended, gives an outwardly polite response that subtly indicates that she's lost all respect for her ex, and parts ways with "Sayonara"- essentially "Goodbye forever."
    • During Chapters 34 & 35, Touko realizes she was this to Yuu since she realizes that she forced Yuu to bottle her emotions.
  • Innocuously Important Episode:
    • Chapter 24. Touko and Yuu's date to the aquarium involves them buying matching charms, which they put on their bags after they start going out.
    • Chapter 27. At first, it merely seems to conclude the Akari/Oogaki subplot, but several chapters later, it's shown as an example of how differently Yuu and Akari take the (apparent) rejection by the person they like. The fact that Yuu doesn't grieve the same way Akari does makes her wonder if she ever loved Touko.
    • Chapter 33 seems like a Breather Episode at first glance, but Rei's story about how she got into a relationship with Hiro seemingly leads Yuu to confess to Touko.
  • 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.
  • Intra-Scholastic Rivalry: During the sports fest there is a clear rivalry between the Student Council (mostly fueled by Touko), and the head of the Basketball team, Serizawa. This results in Touko really pushing her underlings to work hard on preparing for a relay race. Both of her Love Interests, Yuu and Sayaka agree that she's become a real slave driver. It doesn't help her mood when they lose in the scheduled event.
  • 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. She even says as much when she and Touko have their Relationship Upgrade in Chapter 40.
    • 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, although Touko apparently has a better work ethic than Mio did.
    • Sayaka and Yuu's post high school relationship. For most of the series, they had a rivalry of sorts, and while they got along, they weren't exactly friends. Chapter 45 implies, and Saeki's light novel series outright states, that the two have basically become best friends, with Saeki saying she actually sees and talks to Yuu far more than Touko. Chapter 45 tells it best when Yuu shows she not only knew Sayaka had a girlfriend when Touko did not, but has already met her.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: After Sayaka confesses her feelings to Touko and is rejected, she gracefully accepts that Touko is in love with Yuu and supports them following their Relationship Upgrade, asking Yuu to treat Touko well.
  • Japanese Honorifics:
    • In Regarding Sayaka Saeki, Sayaka, after learning that the first name of her First Love is Chie, briefly wonders how she should address her- "Chie," "Chie-san" or "Chie-senpai." Since Sayaka decides that using yobisute would be inappropriate, and doesn't feel right with the latter two options, she decides to stick with "Senpai."
    • Also from the spinoff, when Sayaka gets a call from Chie, her grandmother calls her "Sayaka-chan" (what Chie calls Sayaka) before handing her the phone. Since Sayaka's grandmother usually uses yobisute on her granddaughter, it's hinted that she's at least somewhat aware of the nature of their relationship.
    • While Sayaka and Yuu get onto a First-Name Basis soon after meeting, Sayaka notes that it's unusual for Yuu to use "-chan" on Haru, since Yuu otherwise uses yobisute on her friends. Toward the end of the book, Sayaka tells Haru, who has since become her girlfriend that she doesn't need to call her "senpai."
  • Just Friends: How Yuu sees her relationship with Touko. She continues to feel this way even as she begins developing feelings for Touko.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: In the first anthology, Sayaka beats Touko in a game of old maid and says that it's because her intuition is Saeki-ndnote  to none. Touko's only response is to ask when she makes bad puns.
  • Lampshade Hanging:
    • After seeing a romance movie with Yuu, Akari and Koyomi, Natsuki complains that it would be over much sooner if the leads admitted they were 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.
    • Koyomi, struggling with writing Touko's character for the play, asks more about the kind of person Touko is and complains that it's hard to write a good character without flaws. Of course, Touko is very flawed, but Yuu chose not to tell Koyomi.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The second volume of the light novel touches on Sayaka's being rejected by Touko, and ends with her meeting Haru for the first time. It's lampshaded in the afterword, in which the author recommends that readers read the manga first, but acknowledges that they probably wouldn't read up to Volume 2 of the light novel if they hadn't read the manga.
  • Love Confession:
    • Yuu received a confession from a male classmate at their middle school graduation, a month before the start of the series. She likes him, but doesn't feel anything special toward him, so she chooses to turn him down, and asks Touko for advice on how to do so.
    • Chapter 37 has Sayaka confess to Touko.
    • Chapter 40 has Touko and Yuu finally properly doing so to each other.
  • Love Floats: Played literally and for laughs in the anthology. Touko finds Yuu reading a shoujo manga, called Bloom Into Me, and floating because she's apparently hit a good romantic part, shocking Touko. When she gets Yuu's attention, Yuu stops floating, but when Yuu goes back to reading, she floats even higher, causing Touko to say things like "what if she goes somewhere that I (physically) can't reach her?" Eventually, Touko joins in and they both float in the air, just in time for Sayaka to walk in. The narrative helpfully explains that later, she floats too.
  • 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. In the final chapter, Yuu still hasn't told her parents that she's been going out with Touko, even though Rei knows about it.
  • Love Triangle: Touko, Sayaka and Yuu form the primary love triangle. Both Sayaka and Yuu love Touko, who ultimately chooses 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. The triangle is ultimately resolved when Sayaka confesses to Touko, who turns her down and gets together with Yuu, while Sayaka eventually gets together with another girl.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Background Event: In Chapter 27, as Akari talks with Yuu about the school festival, specifically her having a shift with Oogaki, Oogaki gives Serizawa a meaningful glance off to the side, with both characters slightly shaded so as not to be immediately visible. Later that chapter, it's revealed that the two are going out, shortly after Serizawa asked Akari to switch shifts with her so Serizawa could be with Oogaki.
  • Missing Child: 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.
  • Mistaken for Flirting: A case of accidental flirting between people who are actually interested in each other. Touko shows up to Yuu's bookstore to buy a book from her. She chooses a lesbian romance novel with explicit scenes. Yuu assumes that Touko, who has already kissed her once, is trolling her, and doesn't react to avoid playing into her Gadfly tendencies. Except it turns out Touko didn't realize what she'd picked up until she got home, and apologizes profusely the next day.
  • 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.
  • Nameless Narrative: In the School Play, none of the characters are named, and are only described by their relationship to the protagonist.
  • Never My Fault: Downplayed when Yuu and Sayaka bicker over who's making a mistake when they're passing the baton. It's implied that both of them are to blame, and the dispute is a symptom of the largely unspoken tension between them.
  • Nice Mean And In Between: Downplayed since they're all good-hearted and reasonably kind individuals, but in the main trio, Touko is hands down the straight-up Nice Girl, being the sweetest and most pleasant one; Sayaka is Mean, a good person but a bit snippy and passive-aggressive with those who get on her bad side, and Yuu is the In-Between, since she can be brutally honest and snarky, but overall a Nice Girl who will always help others who need it.
  • 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.
    • Sayaka's ex-girlfriend is never referred to by name in the manga, and Sayaka simply calls her "Senpai." The spin-off, Regarding Sayaka Saeki, gives her a name — Chie Yuzuki.
    • The girl Sayaka met at swim class in fifth grade is never referred to by name.
    • In the light novels, Sayaka and Touko's upperclassmen from the student council are not given names.
    • One friend of Sayaka's from college is never given a name in the third volume of Regarding Sayaka Saeki.
  • No Sparks: Yuu's problem with romance in general.
  • Origins Episode: One special focuses on how Riko and Miyako met in college.
  • 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.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Touko and Yuu, in Chapter 40.
  • Romantic Ribbing: Subverted. Yuu assumes this is what's going on when Touko shows up at her family's bookstore and buys a lesbian romance novel with explicit sex scenes. It turns out that Touko didn't realize what it was she'd picked up until she got home, prompting a sincere and profuse apology to Yuu the next day.
  • 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 (though the uniforms' bolero jackets still have sailor collars). In the School Play, the main character's brother wears a gakuran.
  • School Festival: This event, held in the fall, is a major part of the story. Touko's goal for much of the series is to restart the tradition of the School Play for the festival. In the last chapter, the characters meet up at the festival some time after graduating.
  • 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, having witnessed them kissing 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.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Yuu's default reaction when people talk to her about Touko. It becomes increasingly less convincing.
    • Akari also gives quite a flustered denial when Koyomi asks her about her relationship with Doujima in Chapter 43.
  • 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. Then, in Chapter 43, Akari gets flustered when Koyomi asks about her and Doujima, blurting out that nothing has happened between them "yet." Finally, in the last chapter, they're shown being rather intimate with each other, but it's not made clear whether they're together.
  • Shout-Out: In the second anthology, the student council plays the werewolf game, in which a werewolf picks off the villagers one by one and they try to guess who the culprit is. Doujima remarks that Maki seems "sus."
  • 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 1 ends with Touko officially announcing her candidacy for student council president and asking Yuu to be her campaign manager.
    • Episode 10 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".
    • Touko's predecessors include her sister Mio, and her senpai Kuze. Kuze has a reputation for being the type to delegate work to others, something that also goes for Mio.
    • In the final chapter, it's revealed that Doujima, of all people, succeeded Touko as the president.
  • 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.
  • Their First Time: After officially becoming a couple in Chapter 40 and spending a few chapters wondering how they can take their relationship further, Touko and Yuu have sex in Chapter 44.
  • The One Guy: Yuu's father is the only man in the Koito family, which consists of him, his wife, his daughters and his mother-in-law (whose husband is implied to be deceased, since she's seen praying at a family shrine).
  • 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. She believes that love is an overwhelmingly strong feeling, and is disappointed when she doesn't feel that way after a middle school classmate confesses to her. She also believes that after Touko (seemingly) rejects her, the fact that she doesn't feel the same heartbreak Akari did after learning that her senpai was already in a relationship means that she wasn't in love with Touko.
  • 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.
  • Tin-Can Telephone: The episode ending animation for the anime has the paper cup version of this crossed with Red Stringof Fate for good measure.
  • Title Drop: Not in the story itself, but the lyrics to the ending theme contain the original title "Yagate kimi ni naru."
    • 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.
  • 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.
    • The shawl Sayaka wears in the final chapter has a similar pattern.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Sayaka ends up gloating a bit after Touko loses in Old Maid.
  • Western Zodiac: This becomes the focus of an anthology chapter, when Sayaka(a Leo) and Touko(a Pisces), read a magazine article. Touko notes that her compatibility with Yuu(an Aries) isn't all that good, and the relationship will require effort from both parties to work. Sayaka is relieved that Touko didn't find out that her compatibility with Sayaka is worse than Touko's compatibility with Yuu, but is surprised when Touko points out that Sayaka and Yuu are surprisingly compatible.
  • 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.
    • Chapter 38. Touko ultimately turns Sayaka down, before reaching out to Yuu in order to reconcile with her.
    • Chapter 40. Touko and Yuu confess to each other, and get a Relationship Upgrade.
  • 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.
    • The final chapter has one.
    Yuu: You didn't invite Haru-chan to come today, Saeki-senpai?
    Sayaka: Ah, um, no.
    Touko: Haru-chan? Who's that?
    Yuu: Who? She's Saeki-senpai's girlfriend.
  • Wham Shot:
    • In Chapter 11, while Riko and Miyako had been established as roommates and friends, the last panel of the chapter shows the two of them kissing, revealing that they're a lesbian couple.
    • 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.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Chapter 45 takes place after Yuu has started college and is about her meeting up with all her Student Council friends to go see the new student council's play.
  • 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.

Yuu: Shall we go... Touko?
Touko: Sure, Yuu.


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Alternative Title(s): Yagate Kimi Ni Naru


Marking her sister's grave

Touko visits her sister's grave, shortly before the anniversary of her death, and tells her that she plans to do what her sister could not.

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