Thoughts on Bloom into You Volume 8

Well, this is it: the eighth and final volume of Nakatani Nio’s Bloom into You. All things must come to an end, and so the question I pose is: does Bloom into You offer a solid conclusion to what has been an enjoyable yuri story, or is it a case of the journey outshining the destination?
This final volume of Bloom into You contains chapters forty through to forty-five.

Bloom into You Volume 8

Front cover of the eighth and final volume of Bloom into You, featuring Yuu Koito and Touko Nanami

After Sayaka confesses to her, Touko must face her own feelings! Just as Yuu begins to lose all hope, Touko asks to meet with her. Is this the beginning of the end or the blossoming of a beautiful, new relationship? The final volume of the touching yuri series, Bloom into You!

Well now, this is it. After eight volumes of manga, plus an anime adaptation (fingers crossed for a second season some day), Bloom into You finally ends. I’m super satisfied with the way it ends, too. Looks like the destination is as equally good as the journey.

For eight volumes, Nakatani Nio has kept me invested in the stories of Yuu, Touko and the people around them. Whilst this final volume naturally gives most focus to Yuu and Touko, we also see how things turn out for the supporting cast. It probably would’ve been pretty easy to solely focus on the main characters, but I do appreciate seeing how things turned out for everyone else, too.

The supporting cast only have a small role to play though; this is the conclusion of Yuu and Touko’s stories, after all. And honestly, both characters are wonderful here. They shine so brightly in this final volume, as you’d probably expect.
I’ve particularly enjoyed Yuu’s growth over the course of the manga. From someone who was willing to just let life pass her by, she became more proactive about getting what she wants. Of course, she had to realise what she wanted first.
Touko’s fantastic, too, but ask me to pick one of the two and I’d have to say Yuu.

When it comes down to it, I’m just going to be yet another one of the voices who praise Bloom into You, because it is a superb yuri manga. I’ve mentioned in a previous review how I feel that Bloom into You is a modern yuri classic, and that feeling only intensified after reading this final volume.
Bloom into You is one of the greats of the yuri genre, and is something that I strongly recommend checking out – and if the static images of a manga aren’t your thing, the anime adaptation is certainly worth a look.

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