The newest review finds us on an artistic journey, today is all about the Netflix series, Blue Period. Adapted from the manga series by Tsubasa Yamaguchi, it tells the tale of a young man named Yatora, a High School Student who had good grades and a lot of friends, one could describe him as the “Perfect Student”.
All an act that is hard to keep up at times, but his world is turned upside down when he ventures into the art room one day, and a lone painting captures his eye, awakening him to a kind of beauty he never knew. Compelled and consumed, he dives in headfirst — and he’s about to learn how savage and unforgiving art can be.
The first season consists of twelve episodes and recently debuted an English Dub version, to be fair, in a world that obsesses on violence and gossip, it is nice to have a program that can inspire someone to try something new, take, for example, Sumito Oowara’s Keep your hands off Eizouken!, Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s Bakuman, and Kaori Hanzawa’s Comic Girls. Several of the manga/anime series I listed share one thing, Creating Art. Each one of these titles shared different ways to create art, by animation and manga, two different mediums but sharing the same aspect.
As much as I love the show, I would like to point out the Main Character, Yatora can be too whiny at times, and comes off as too much of a “people pleaser,” but does make up for it later when the series picks up. Now, on the other hand, Yuka Ayukawa is a relatable character, a character who had a horrible home life due to unsupportive parents, underlying anxieties but pursues Japanese Art because of their Grandmother, who showed them the world of art and how fun it could be. The Side Characters of this series make up for what the main character lacks, but other than that it has a well-written story and plot.
As far as it goes, this anime series is a great testament to the Art Admirers, Artists, and Animators, it offers great renderings of masterpieces such as Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” and Gustave Courbet’s “The Desperate Man”, even a fun fact that the title of the series is also a reference to Pablo Picasso’s Blue Period took place between 1901 through mid-1904.
Blue Period is a great series that has its fair share of problems but like every good artist, it learns from them and works to improve its technique. But when pursuing something such as making art or whatever you create, you have to be willing to work hard for it, even work through the physical and mental strain it can a person through, as it was mentioned in the trailer for the series, “Doing what you love isn’t always fun,” but it is worth it.
Before you leave, I would like to highlight and salute these Artists and Creators and includes the artists and creators that have taken part in Creator Spotlight, like Yatora and the characters in this series who also pursue a common goal and the same passion.
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