Anime Review: Blue Period — A Boy and His Dream in Art

“好きなものを好きだと言う 怖くて仕方ないけど 本当の自分 出会えた気がしたんだ”
(It’s terrifying to say what I like, but I finally met my true self — YOASOBI)

Blue Period has officially premiered on Netflix and it is being updated weekly. The anime shows us Yatora Yaguchi, a high schooler whose life had remained plain before he entered an art classroom. That was the time his vision got sparkled. He realized the gems that has been being hidden within himself. All conceptual images he could think of, the brush he would enthusiastically pick, and eventually, the color he would be able to choose. The colors for the paintings and how he would paint his life path regardless of the society’s norms.  

What is this anime really about?

Art school in Japan are expensive and Yaguchi’s parents cannot afford him private college. But we all anime fans know that when a passionate soul seeks to pursue their dream, it is unstoppable. Their capabilities and endeavors are boundless, such as Hinata Shoyo and Midoriya Izuku. These kids are living their dreams, which they inspire millions of people watching them. 

In Blue Period, seeing Yaguchi putting every effort into art is incredibly motivating. You don’t need to be an artist or an art student to feel closely attached to this art anime. In my opinion, the story can be insightfully conveyed to anyone desiring to embrace their dreams, but are too afraid or overwhelmed by fear to begin. You know, it does take a lot of courage for a person to embark their goals. The hardest step is often the first. 

Is the animated version different from the manga version?

The manga version is detailed. Despite its black and white drawings, it gives you the strong passionate and enthusiastic atmosphere throughout the entire book. The process of making arts, the principles of art, for example, are being added. This elements make the story much more realistic as if we are parts of the art school. I would like to make a guess that the writer brought those details up to provide comprehension to people outside the art industry. I mean, without those explanations, I wouldn’t be able to understand a thing. 

The part where the story emphasizes people’s perspective on how making arts is a piece of cake has importantly impressed me. I follow many of artists on various social media platforms, and I have a friend who enjoys digital drawings (Actually, without this woman, I wouldn’t be able to come up with such adorable avatars on this website!). I have seen countless of sweats and tears they have handled. Their arts have been through many processes before the artists make a final decision to put them on public sites. If you are an artist out there and have come across to this website, I appreciate your hard work. And if you think that no one sees your uploaded arts, whether it’s on Twitter or Instagram, tell me immediately. I will be the first who hit the like and retweet buttons for your incredible work!

Comparatively speaking, the details mentioned above are removed for most parts of the anime. I think the anime version has lost its unique scent, and every episode looks speedy. But, I kept going with the anime because there were still some parts I didn’t understand in the manga, which they got illustrated in the anime instead. I mean, in full colors! I couldn’t visualize the kind of blue Yaguchi compared to the city, including the paintings of other students. I was able to visualize clearly after watching them during the anime, and it was satisfying enough to keep admiring those arts.

Plus, Yaguchi’s personality is charming. As I mentioned, he is similar to Hinata or Midoriya, but a calmer version. He seems to be out of reach, like he has his own world in his hands. Another character that has stolen my attention is Ryuji Ayukawa, who wears both girl and boy uniforms. They remind me of Najimi from Komi Can’t Communicate. The manga artist pinned an intriguing point here, which makes me want to follow more of how their life stories will be told. 

Watch Blue Period Trailer Here:

Personal Rating:
4/5

Available platform: Netflix

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