Is it just me, or do all non-artistic people have to brace for impact whenever a new episode of Blue Period rolls around? Blue Period Episode 3 might just have been the worst yet in that regard. Let’s see how the episode did in this review!
Blue Period Episode 3 Overview
Blue Period is a slice of life drama anime brought to our screens by anime studio Seven Arcs, known for its slice of life and comedy shows such as Dog Days and Tonikaku Kawaii. The series is based upon a highly acclaimed manga penned by Tsubasa Yamaguchi. It is one of the most anticipated shows of the Fall 2021 season and an adaptation that has been highly waited upon for four years.
Koji Masunari and Katsuya Asano are directing the show, with Masunari serving as the chief director. He is a veteran of the industry, having been around for more than two decades and directing shows like Kamichu and Magi: The Kingdom of Magic. Katsuya Asano is known for directing episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh Vrains, among other things. You can read our review of the second episode here!
– Blue Period Episode 3 Review does not contain spoilers –
Blue Period Episode 3 Review- The Plot and Animation
This anime season features another very popular manga that is getting a highly anticipated adaptation, Mieruko-Chan. That show and Blue Period don’t have much in common other than sharing a slight portion of their audiences. I bring this up because Mieruko-Chan is being developed by Studio Pierrot, a studio that was practically built for one day being able to adapt Mieruko. On the other hand, Blue Period Episode 3 and the entire season is developed by studio Seven Arcs. This studio doesn’t seem to have ever heard of Blue Period before deciding to adapt it.
From what little I know about the manga, I gather that it does an exceptional job capturing the feeling of many characters and, by extension, its readers through immaculately drawn art pieces and scenes that are given time to develop and connect to the audience. Blue Period Episode 3 shows that the anime has no interest in doing the same, and I don’t know who to blame for that.
Art is tough to understand and put into words, as a lot of it is feeling and taking in everything put in front of your eyes and drawing your own conclusions from it. Blue Period Episode 3 involves a lot of art, but it is extremely hard to figure out how one piece of art is different or better than the other or why one piece lacks emotion, and the other doesn’t. The clunky movement animation doesn’t help much in that department, either.
Blue Period Episode 3 features a very common plot beat of a character not putting their heart into their work and their art suffering because of it. The difference here is that the audience can’t see for themselves if any of that is true. I was blindly taking the art instructor at her word while staring at the Yatora’s drawing for 5 minutes, trying to figure out how it was worse than the character before him. The series is also rushing through important moments at a very quick pace, no doubt a studio decision.
I did like one pivotal scene between Yatora and Ryuuji towards the end of Blue Period Episode 3, and while the show itself didn’t resolve anything and moved on very quickly from the moment, I still liked that the show took the time to talk about such an important issue that so many people relate to while being looked down upon for just being what they are.
Blue Period Episode 3 doesn’t let important moments rest, doesn’t explain any important plot moments other than a very basic conversation, and features work that is very derivative while not putting enough of its own spin on it to make it unique. You’ve probably figured it out by now, but I was not too fond of Blue Period Episode 3. I didn’t have much to say about the music this time around, so it didn’t have a section in this review. There’s always the next time, I guess.
Blue Period Episode 3 Review- The Characters
In every new season of anime, a few people I know take bets on which title will attract the most ire from the fans, alongside the most toxic discourse. Usually, the safe bet is always on a shonen anime. At the start of this year, it was the ending of Attack on Titan Season 4, which took the cake. Just the last season, My Hero Academia season 5 proved to be the most controversial. This time, however, it’s not a shonen anime for once. It seems like it’s the very anime we are talking about, Blue Period.
While the show is fielding complaints from the community based on how supposedly bad an adaptation it is, the main controversy this time is the perceived gender orientation of one of its characters. While the anime community has never been very tolerant of divergent gender roles, it has never held back on fetishizing such characters to fulfil its fantasies. Blue Period features one such character in a somewhat major role, and the imperfect nature of the character has led to the community being given a lot of ammunition in the form of bad takes.
For the sake of keeping this review spoiler-free, I won’t go into much detail. I’ll say that society can be a lot crueller to people who don’t belong in the gender binary, and they are constantly judged in a manner that can be exceedingly unfair. A little kindness thus goes a long way when talking to and about this issue, as you never know how any errant comment can affect someone who might be struggling. As for the character, get over it. The show gave us plenty of hints as to who they are and where their orientations lie. Don’t judge them harshly just because you can’t fantasize about them anymore.
There were plenty of new characters in Blue Period Episode 3. One of them was a regular anime genius caricature, while the other was a free-spirit who appears to teach Yatora a lot that he doesn’t quite understand yet. Blue Period is supposed to feature a quite large and rotating cast of characters. So, while it’s nice to see all these different characters with different personalities, it’s hard to get attached to them knowing they can be gone at any given time. They are still interesting characters all the same.
While well-intentioned and full of heart, Blue Period Episode 3 fails to connect with the viewer in any artistic manner. For a show supposedly about art and expression, its biggest failure is to express its art in any way that makes sense.
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