The diverse personalities of characters was a charm in its own right
- I find in shoujo ai stories you have one of two possibilities:
- Everyone is a lesbian
Only the two main characters are lesbians, and have to hide it from the world (or so it seems)
Yagate Kimi ni Naru has a diverse range of characters, with some which are queer, and some which are not.
Whilst it is unconfirmed, I would personally class Yuu and Maki as aromantic/asexual, and this is the first time I have really seen either of these portrayed in anime/manga, and I really enjoyed experiencing Yuu's conflicts about Touko, and her feelings.
On the one hand, she really likes Touko, and wants to reciprocate her feelings. But on the other, she's unsure if her own feelings are love, and that it would be fair to say "I love you" on the off chance it's not what Touko feels.
The sound was extremely well done
To keep it short, it was nothing mind blowing, but it definitely made certain scenes feel more intense. And it wasn't just the background music, sound effects, such as passing trains, were used in a way which was used consistently throughout the story, and weren't just there as normal background noise.
I personally didn't like the OP and ED, but they were quite fitting of the genre, and you wouldn't have expected anything other than these for a shoujo ai anime.
Vivid colours and subtle tones
Whilst Yagate Kimi ni Naru has quite a generic anime style for the most part, the artwork truly shines when something is meant to count. Whether it's the flutter of petals as a train passes by or the vivid colours of flowers, when the artists want you to pay attention to something, they make sure you cannot miss it, and they do this in such a wonderful way you don't even realise it.
However, there's certain aspects which you don't even realise are being used for artistic style at first. For example, there is never a scene where a train is present that Yuu or Touko don't do something which progresses their relationship further.
This may just be a coincidence, but I don't think so. Whether it's a train passing by, or riding a train together, their relationship doesn't stagnate at this point, it accelerates faster than it was before.
I really enjoyed this one, and was happy it lived up to the hype. If you're interested in the shoujo ai genre, you could always join the Lilium community, which is a community full of individuals which enjoy this genre, and everything else under the "girl love" banner.
With a little bit of unpaid for promotion paid promotions please? out of the way, it's time to say what's coming next... Which appears to be RWBY. Volume 6 finished recently, so I'll be getting through that over the next few days, but until then じゃね!