Second-year high school student Yatora Yaguchi is a delinquent with excellent grades, but is unmotivated to find his true calling in life. Yatora spends his days working hard to maintain his academic standing while hanging out with his equally unambitious friends. However, beneath his carefree demeanor, Yatora does not enjoy either activity and wishes he could find something more fulfilling.
While mulling over his predicament, Yatora finds himself staring at a vibrant landscape of Shibuya. Unable to express how he feels about the unusually breathtaking sight, he picks up a paintbrush, hoping his thoughts will be conveyed on canvas. After receiving praise for his work, the joy he feels sends him on a journey to enter the extremely competitive Tokyo University of the Arts—a school that only accepts one in every two hundred applicants.
Facing talented peers, a lack of understanding of the fine arts, and struggles to obtain his parents’ approval, Yatora is confronted by much adversity. In the hopes of securing one of the five prestigious spots in his program of choice, Yatora must show that his inexperience does not define him.
Blue Period: A Inspiring Journey through Art
Enter the world of “Blue Period”, a truly phenomenal exploration of the meaning and struggle of art, as told through the eyes of a high school student, Yatora Yaguchi. Skilled in every way but uninspired by the mundanity of his daily life, Yatora’s world turns upside down after a chance encounter with a beautiful painting in his school’s art club. This vividly depicted Blue Period painting captivates him, providing a spark of inspiration that sets him on a new path, driven by a newfound love for art.
As Yatora delves deeper into the world of art, he grapples with the competitive nature and harsh realities of pursuing an artistic career. Despite the challenges he faces in convincing his family, balancing school, and preparing for the most prestigious art school in the country, Tokyo University of the Arts, he remains determined. “Blue Period” insightfully traces Yatora’s struggles and growth as he learns that there’s so much more to art than just technique.
Animation and Artistry
One word to summarize the animation and artistry of “Blue Period” would simply be – stunning. Utilizing a beautiful range of colors and shades, the anime captures the essence of the art, making it more of an active participant in the storyline rather than just a static element. The animation quality is top notch – realistic, detailed and immersive, pulling you into Yatora’s world.
Characters and Development
Though “Blue Period” uses art as its backdrop, the heart of the series belongs to its characters. Yatora is a complex character with flaws and insecurities, making his journey a realistic and emotionally engaging one. The supporting characters are equally well developed. They each add depth to the story, offering different perspectives on the artistic process, the sacrifices it requires, and the dedication it demands.
Storyline and Pace
The storyline of “Blue Period” is one of its strongest suits. It offers a compelling and insightful narrative into the world of art, the pressures of societal expectations, and the courage it takes to follow one’s passion. The pace is steady, with enough twists and turns to keep viewers engaged.
“Blue Period” is a beautiful anime that should not be reduced to just an ‘art anime’. It is a touching and realistic portrayal of personal growth, determination, and the struggle of following your passion. The storyline, characters, animation, and subject matter contribute to a wholesome, inspiring, and engaging anime that deserves your time and attention.
Whether you’re an art lover or not, if you are in the mood for a story that will move you, inspire you, and maybe even make you see the world a little differently – consider adding “Blue Period” to your streaming list. So, grab that remote or mouse, reserve a weekend, and dive into the captivating world of “Blue Period”.
Character Development: 9/10
So, should you rent, buy, or stream? Here at the Anime Critic, we recommend streaming “Blue Period”. But be warned, it just might inspire you to pick up a paintbrush yourself!
Written by: The Anime Critic
Edited by: TinyMCE Team
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