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A romantic moment in anime is often accompanied by a pastel background with lots of bubbles. Nobody knows who wanders into all these series with an invisible bubble machine, but maybe they should stop before they get soap in somebody's eye...
This is a technique taken directly from manga, and often accompanied by a Bishie Sparkle for one or both of the characters involved.
Alternately, the background may have a floral pattern rather than a bubble pattern. In yuri manga, the flowers may be lilies, because yuri literally means "lily". Roses are common otherwise, although any kind of flowers may be used, at the artist's whim, including odd things like passionflowers and clematis.
- Pictured: Nodamiki and Kisaragi from GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class make them appear while sharing a rather intimate moment.
- Occurs in a Filler episode of Naruto when he dreams that he and Sakura are about to kiss.
- Fruits Basket
- Ouran High School Host Club -- both straight and subverted.
- Zone of the Enders Dolores i -- if a humongous pink mecha with god-like power isn't enough, it also has a preteen romantic personality prone to love bubble moments.
- Azumanga Daioh, when Kaorin is daydreaming about Sakaki.
- In Peacemaker Kurogane, Soji and Tetsu share a bubble moment during the Poetry fluff episode. This is never explained or referred to again.
- Digimon Adventure 02, when Daisuke is daydreaming over Hikari-chaaan. It's also done for laughs in the following season:
Leomon: (twitches) Would you please stop doing that?
- Played both humorously and straight in Sailor Moon.
- Speed Racer does these with camera flashes.
- Used in a number of fantasy sequences in Midori no Hibi.
- Happened all the time in Marmalade Boy.
- Rosario to Vampire ("Tsukune!" "Moka-san!")
- Confined to a zone in episode 34 of Zettai Karen Children, to the depression of another character.
- Used a lot in Aishiteruze Baby.
- Gunbuster uses a floral background pattern when Noriko first meets Kazumi.
- Paradise Kiss uses a floral background pattern when Yukari first meets George. In this case, it is made to look like an embroidered floral pattern on fabric, which matches the subject matter (clothing designing) of the series.
- Fushigi Yuugi uses love bubbles and sparkles, flowers, colorful backgrounds, etc.
- The end song of the Transformers Zone OAV shows Cain and Akira running through a field of such bubbles.
- Yume and Yuuki from Kanamemo are grandmasters in evoking these.
- Achakura and Yuki in Haruhi Chan, after Yuki rescues her from a cat.
- Used in, of all places, Death Note. They appear once, when Misa plays Ring Around the Rosie with Light and L.
L: (deadpan) Yay, fun.
- Either the bubble or flower version, or possibly a combination, occurs in Fullmetal Alchemist whenever Winry waxes poetic about automail.
- In the Gundam Wing doujin "Ground Zero" (not to be confused with "Episode Zero") these were used in some particularly tender scenes with Heero and Relena.
- In Aquarion, Tsugumi gets this for Reika.
- So overdone in ION that the mangaka later said she was embarrassed of it and she'd get rid of them if she could.
- Appears frequently in Kimi ni Todoke, so frequently in fact, that it would be rare to see a chapter (or an episode) that wouldn't have at least two scenes made of it.
- In the chapter 423 of Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, in the scene where Kenichi and Miu hold hands for one whole minute, they stare wide-eyed at each other standing inside a whirlpool of Love Bubbles.
- Pokémon: Any time Brock imagines himself wooing the local beauty.
- A variation happened, accompanied by a Luminescent Blush, in Wandering Son when Nitori asked Anna to go on a date with him.
- Kaichou wa Maid Sama uses a lot of both bubbles and flowers. Maid Latte's manager practically has it as a skill, which occasionally goes out of hand.
- Kimmy Howell, Loony Fan of Travis Touchdown in No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, weaponizes these.
- They appear in Sengoku Basara whenever Tsuruhime tries to confess to Fuuma. Or just around Tsuruhime in general.
- Often happens to Fuuko in Clannad whenever she gets overwhelmed by the cuteness of something (usually starfish). The scene often pulls back and shows everything looking as normal, but with (starfish-shaped) bubbles appearing only around Fuuko.
- The worst case Fuuko has though is when Nagisa hugs her, causing her to be out for several minutes. Of course, Tomoya won't let that chance pass by...
- You can spot these every now and then on Misfile.
- The floral variant is used in this El Goonish Shive to drive home Tony's attraction to Tedd.
Parodies/Examples Played for Laughs:
- Spoofed a lot in the Pretty Sammy series.
- Used utterly satirically in one episode of Soul Eater after Soul and Black Star attempt to combine their power and fail.
- Saiunkoku Monogatari occasionally plays these for comedy, as when Shuurei suspects that Ryuuki and Shuuei, or Ryuuki and Seiran, are in love. Ryuuki himself has a fierce case of Love Bubbles at the beginning of the first episode of season two, also mostly played for humor.
- Parodied in an early episode of Bobobobo Bobobo.
- Played for laughs in Prétear--every time Himeno's stepsister runs into one of the Leafe Knights, she sees them in this way.
- Used hilariously in the Maiden Rose OVA omake. Apparently the only reaction possible to neko-Taki surrounded by Love Bubbles is attempting rape.
- The title character of Hayate the Combat Butler can summon Love Bubbles, Bishie Sparkle and Dramatic Wind at will to look cool and convince people.
- In The Legend of Koizumi Hitler of all people has this when he first appears and whenever he talks about the Pope.
- Bleach: The Anime plays this for laughs at the end of Episode 142. Renji gets more than he bargained for when he asks if Kenpachi and Byakuya were waiting long when timing their dramatic entrance - Kenpachi pulling a Bishie Sparkle while surrounded by love bubbles as Byakuya lays on the innuendo is as terrifying as it's hilarious.
- Ranma One Half: Played for laughs during a parody of the Lady and Knight trope.
- The Alt Text in this Mokepon mentions how silly it is to draw them for candy.
- Played for laughs in The Adventures of Dr. McNinja when the Doc gets them merely from being complimented by the Ultimate Diplomat. Link.