Woops, I got sick for a bit and fell behind. Time to catch up.

Since starting high school, Koito Yuu has found it increasingly difficult to relate to her peers and the media she consumes. Everybody glorifies love and romance as a shining, beautiful thing that any girl should look forward to, and although she had originally looked forward to the day she would feel it herself, it never really happened. Even when she is asked out by a friend of hers after her middle school graduation ceremony, she finds herself unable to give him an answer.
When Yuu decides to join the student council, she accidentally witnesses a confession between two other students on the way to the meeting room – where a girl turns down a boy, telling him that she will probably never go out with anybody. This girl turns out to be Nanami Touko – also a student council member, and also in the running to be the next student president. Yuu can’t help being intrigued by Touko – who has apparently turned down multiple people, both male and female. She feels a connection with the older girl for her lack of excitement towards romance, and decides to ask her for advice on how to answer her own confessor.

However, Touko begins to become interested in Yuu as well, but for other reasons. Perhaps she isn’t incapable of romantic feelings after all.

I like this effect of showing how Yuu feels unable to relate to her friends.

There’s been a lot of buzz about Yagate Kimi ni Naru due to it allegedly being a positive yuri story with no funny business – unlike something like Citrus which feels exploitative and kind of seedy. I’m always happy to see more yuri anime that isn’t obviously made for boners myself, and so far there’s a few things to like about this one. It has a very soft and gentle look to it, a relaxing pace, and a story that will likely be relatable to many queer women. As of now, there is no indication that either of the girls are actually gay – and Yuu even has the typical ‘oh but we’re both girls’ reaction to the episode’s climax, when Touko and her are alone in the classroom. But it also seems like the events of her past and the episode are the way that Yuu slowly may realize that she may have been gay all along (if not asexual or both), and the reason she has never felt excited by romance is because she has been expecting it to come from another boy. What’s interesting is that the episode does indicate that this can’t be the case for Touko, as she had been confessed to by girls before – but those girls were still rejected. For some reason, it’s Yuu that’s special.

Yuu being ‘special’ is, admittedly, something that took me out of the episode a little. The pace of the show was pretty slow and relaxed, but having Touko suddenly develop feelings for Yuu like that felt rather strange. It doesn’t really help that so far, neither of the girls personalities really stand out…to be frank, no one in this show really does. It’s a nice scene – Touko holds her hand for moral support while she tells her admirer over the phone that she isn’t interested, and the gorgeous lighting of the afternoon sunset gives it a dream-like quality, but it’s very abrupt. On the other hand, I have seen at least one manga-reader complain at how much the anime has skipped, so there’s the chance they crammed this in the first episode just to give it the hook and remind you that it’s going to be a yuri anime.

While I like shows like this existing, I have to be frank that I don’t find school romances particularly exciting, so I’m not sure if I’ll actually be watching any more of it. It’s something I might check back in on if I continue to hear good things about it, but it’s not a priority. Still, people hoping for a yuri anime without any fetishistic undertones will hopfully be pleased with how Yuu and Touko’s relationship develops.

Sunset can enhance any scene

Out of 5,