Second-year high school student Yataro Yaguchi is bored with his normal life. He studies well and plays around with his friends, but in truth, he does not enjoy either of those activities. Bound by norms, he secretly envies those who do things differently.
That is until he discovers the joy of drawing. When he sees a painting made by a member of the Art Club, Yataro becomes fascinated with the colors used in it. Later, in an art exercise, he tries to convey his language without words but instead through painting. After that experience, Yataro finds himself so invested in art that he decides that it is what he wants to do for a living. But there stand multiple obstacles in his way: his parents who are hesitant over his unique choices, his more experienced peers, and the study of a subject much deeper than he initially expected.
The story follows a high-school student named Yaguichi and how he falls in love with art. One thing that stands out the most is the relatability which you can have with the characters, knowing you're into something for the love of it and still not being good enough is something that most humans can relate to. Another aspect this manga covers very well is the interaction between characters and how that affects each of them. I would say the rambling about artistic aspects of the pricing of schools is a bit annoying but it's a necessary evil to understand the severity and the work needed.
Blue Period is focused mainly on the discovery of the protagonist's true passion: art. The manga tries to introduce and explain what art is all about and give some viewpoint. With that, Yatora finds in art the excitement he was looking for while searching for what he wants to do for life.
Despite not being an art student, rather a frustrated one, I find myself being continually identified with the protagonist, his path to improve his skills and all the challenges that entails fully devoting himself to art. Not only because of the joys of fulfilling the objective of what you wanted to
demonstrate with a painting, but also because of the limitations and the downs when the frustration and the famous "what is missing? what do I lack?" appears.
Blue Period contemplates the path of an art student from scratch, and it also has varied and inclusive characters with whom you can easily feel identified. It captures the milestones of a beginner trying to enter art school in careful detail. In fact, it's actually pretty grounded and realistic with some great characterization. The only negative part that I find positive in the story at the same time is the perseverance of the art professors who accompany the protagonist and the other characters along their path. Taking into account the current educational system, I find that a little bit surreal but splendid at the same time.
Every time I read a chapter I want to draw so badly, and if you also are an art lover like me, you will probably love this story.
This is my first review, but I’ll do my best to put into words why I love this work so much. Maybe it’s because I just finished reading the available chapters so I’m really fired up right now, but I really believe this is a 10 for me. To put it simply, I’ve never resonated with a work as much as this manga. As someone struggling with art, planning to attend to art college, but never being nearly as talented as their peers, almost all the emotions the protagonist faces. As I read each chapter and Yaguchi faced a new problem, I felt really relieved
that I am in fact, not alone, and that I too can achieve what I want. Seeing him fall in love with art, which I feel I haven’t yet, makes me remember what I should be doing with my art. Just reading this made me feel really great about myself as an artist and more determined to improve. At this point I’m just rambling about myself, so I’ll try to end this quickly. The manga has extremely beautiful artwork (Kudos to the mangaka for including work from other artists as the character’s artwork) and expresses such raw and pure emotions. I am blown away. I’m pretty biased so I don’t know if I could recommend this to anyone who isn’t an artist, but I’d say give it a shot anyway. Thank you Yamaguchi Tsubasa!! Really excited to see how the rest of the story goes :)
Blue Period is absolutely breathtaking. It follows an exploration into the art world by a novice who has to improve his skills at a rapid pace. Every chapter focuses on a different aspect of studying art (emotional or technical) and how our MC overcomes these challenges. Where this manga truly shines though is in its sincerity. I haven't researched at all but I definitely got the notion that this mangaka had studied art in this way too-- many scenes had details so meticulous that they could only have been drawn from real life experience.
The characters, relationships and story all feel real and not like
cardboard cutouts of anime/manga tropes at all. This really impacted the overall tone of the manga and it felt like I was taking the journey alongside the main character.
Also, I need to mention that the challenges that the MC goes through really echoed my own experiences. Society's view of art, following your passion, family expectations, etc and more are explored in this manga and I know that if you're an artist you may relate to it as well. And even if not it's a damn good drama and you might learn a thing or two about art along the way (I know I did!) After reading this manga I always want to draw! 10/10 from me!