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Manga 'Blue Period' Gets TV Anime Adaptation

by Vindstot
Jan 18, 8:23 PM | 52 Comments
Publishing company Kodansha opened an official website for a television anime adaptation of Tsubasa Yamaguchi's Blue Period on Tuesday. The anime series will debut in 2021.

Synopsis
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. [Source: MAL Rewrite]

Yamaguchi began drawing the school drama manga in Monthly Afternoon in June 2017. Kodansha published the eighth volume on September 23 last year, with the ninth volume scheduled for release on Thursday. Blue Period has a cumulative 1.8 million copies of its volumes in circulation.

Kodansha Comics licensed the manga in English in November 2019 and published the first volume the following October. The second volume shipped on January 5.

Blue Period placed among the top 20 manga in the male readers' division in the 2019, 2020, and 2021 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! rankings. The manga also won the 13th Manga Taisho and 44th Kodansha Manga Awards' General category, and was nominated for the 24th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2020.

Official site: https://blue-period.jp/
Official Twitter: @blueperiod_pr

Source: Comic Natalie

Blue Period on MAL

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It was obvious that they adapted it. A good manga quickly attracts producers to get even richer.

It's a nice news!

Jan 28, 2:38 AM by Gunnnslinnnger

beargolfer said:
RobertBobert said:


Why do you think that shonen cannot describe mature emotional experiences?

Please stop putting words into my mouth. They CAN describe emotional and mature experiences, but that's often not the entire focus. I would suggest you read Blue Period before adamantly arguing with me on this. Even if you don't want to listen to me, the MAL page for the manga lists it as a seinen.


I'm not going to deny that this is a seinen manga. I just don't understand what exactly you want to tell me with that message.

Jan 22, 4:30 PM by RobertBobert

Heard about it from some people, I hope it’s as good as they say it is.

Jan 22, 4:20 PM by z00nex

RobertBobert said:


Why do you think that shonen cannot describe mature emotional experiences?

Please stop putting words into my mouth. They CAN describe emotional and mature experiences, but that's often not the entire focus. I would suggest you read Blue Period before adamantly arguing with me on this. Even if you don't want to listen to me, the MAL page for the manga lists it as a seinen.

Jan 22, 3:23 PM by beargolfer

beargolfer said:
RobertBobert said:


Even if it's seinen, it's still pretty strange to hear the idea that shonen can't be about the characters' love for art.

Not saying it can't be! I'm just saying that how this manga is presented is most certainly not a shounen


Why do you think that shonen cannot describe mature emotional experiences?

Rickydory123 said:
Luisito14 said:


Yeah, me too. But in same time I would like Ao no Flag get an anime, I will not stand the prejudice coments about, and more about the end.

Yeah, I thought about that too. If it gets an anime, it will be full of toxic annoying stereotypical comments.


Hah, I just wanted to write "Are you talking about that LGBTQ-friendly shonen? Obviously adapting this will cause a shitstorm" and immediately saw that you already wrote that. Well, I would love to see a show like this, but at the same time my heart hurts at the thought of another gay vs straight war.

Jan 22, 1:49 PM by RobertBobert

RobertBobert said:


Even if it's seinen, it's still pretty strange to hear the idea that shonen can't be about the characters' love for art.

Not saying it can't be! I'm just saying that how this manga is presented is most certainly not a shounen

Jan 22, 1:10 PM by beargolfer

beargolfer said:
RobertBobert said:
Is this an adaptation of that shonen hobby manga that was awarded best shonen last year? I've heard a lot about this. Intriguing news, note. I've always loved shonen, but hobby shonen always has a special place in my heart.

"Kodansha Comics licensed the manga in English in November 2019 and published the first volume the following October. The second volume shipped on January 5." - It's unusual to live at a time when every second slash or femslash one-volume book or anthology is instantly licensed, but over-hyped shonen, even in the USA, where people are literally obsessed with shonens, takes several years for that.


???? It’s not a shounen, my dude. Idk where you got any of that, it’s a drama abt a kid who falls in love with art, and a lot of the tension comes from his works being compared to others, as well as not knowing how to further his work.


Even if it's seinen, it's still pretty strange to hear the idea that shonen can't be about the characters' love for art.

Jan 22, 7:31 AM by RobertBobert

Been meaning to read it, because of all the praise and awards it gets. I hope the adaption gonna be good

Jan 22, 12:18 AM by chriskor022

They said good things about the manga, I'll watch for sure!

Jan 20, 11:29 AM by Kinyoubi

Luisito14 said:
Rickydory123 said:
Interesting. Really relatable too since I also studied art and now don't know what to do in this world which is more interested in digital art.

All these type of mangas are getting anime adaptation, I wonder when Ao no Flag will get an anime adaptation too...


Yeah, me too. But in same time I would like Ao no Flag get an anime, I will not stand the prejudice coments about, and more about the end.

Yeah, I thought about that too. If it gets an anime, it will be full of toxic annoying stereotypical comments.

Jan 19, 8:26 PM by Rickydory123

Premise sounds interesting, and from what I gather the manga is good, so I'll give this a go.

Jan 19, 3:33 PM by Xaeveax

Rickydory123 said:
Interesting. Really relatable too since I also studied art and now don't know what to do in this world which is more interested in digital art.

All these type of mangas are getting anime adaptation, I wonder when Ao no Flag will get an anime adaptation too...


Yeah, me too. But in same time I would like Ao no Flag get an anime, I will not stand the prejudice coments about, and more about the end.

Jan 19, 12:13 PM by Luisito14

Interesting. Really relatable too since I also studied art and now don't know what to do in this world which is more interested in digital art.

All these type of mangas are getting anime adaptation, I wonder when Ao no Flag will get an anime adaptation too...

Jan 19, 11:11 AM by Rickydory123

been putting this one off for a while, definitely will watch

Jan 19, 10:57 AM by NG_Chloe

hell yes!! one of my favorite manga!
It's really relatable with artist struggles and i love the different paintings depicted and the different art techniques... I'm super curious about how they'll look in the anime, I hope it is adapted well.

The main character is quite likeable and relatable as someone who starts off not knowing much about art
I think the anime will probably cover


can't wait T_T

Jan 19, 10:51 AM by SkyFullOfStars

great news indeed

Jan 19, 10:43 AM by tamer91

Yeaaahhhh, I love this manga! I am glad it will be an anime!

Jan 19, 9:29 AM by Luisito14

RobertBobert said:
Is this an adaptation of that shonen hobby manga that was awarded best shonen last year? I've heard a lot about this. Intriguing news, note. I've always loved shonen, but hobby shonen always has a special place in my heart.

"Kodansha Comics licensed the manga in English in November 2019 and published the first volume the following October. The second volume shipped on January 5." - It's unusual to live at a time when every second slash or femslash one-volume book or anthology is instantly licensed, but over-hyped shonen, even in the USA, where people are literally obsessed with shonens, takes several years for that.


???? It’s not a shounen, my dude. Idk where you got any of that, it’s a drama abt a kid who falls in love with art, and a lot of the tension comes from his works being compared to others, as well as not knowing how to further his work.

Jan 19, 9:15 AM by beargolfer

RobertBobert said:
Is this an adaptation of that shonen hobby manga that was awarded best shonen last year? I've heard a lot about this. Intriguing news, note. I've always loved shonen, but hobby shonen always has a special place in my heart.

"Kodansha Comics licensed the manga in English in November 2019 and published the first volume the following October. The second volume shipped on January 5." - It's unusual to live at a time when every second slash or femslash one-volume book or anthology is instantly licensed, but over-hyped shonen, even in the USA, where people are literally obsessed with shonens, takes several years for that.


it is published in a Seinen magazine... the prizes he won were the Manga Taisho Award (covering all demographics) and the Kodansha manga awards in the general category

Jan 19, 7:23 AM by Hychzyoiqlon

Really Cool. Had seen this coming and but I have been thinking for long time which studio will be able to handle this? I really hope the adaptation will live upto the manga. The story and characters are too good.

Jan 19, 6:42 AM by SkyDrop

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