Blue Period Episode 9 Review: Anxiety, Abuse, and A Suicidal Meltdown

Blue Period Episode 9 was a hard watch for all the good reasons. Uncomfortable conversations formed the crux of the episode as we went deeper into the psyche of Ryuuji and Yatora. Find out what happened in this review!

Blue Period Episode 9 Overview

Blue Period Episode 9 Title

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 eighth episode here!

– Blue Period Episode 9 Review does not contain spoilers –

Blue Period Episode 9 Review- Plot and Characters

Ryuji Grandma Blue Period Episode 9

If mental health is an aspect of your life that you’ve struggled with, this particular episode of Blue Period will cut very deep. Blue Period has always been as much about psychology and philosophy as it has been about the arts but never has that aspect of the show come so much at the forefront of it all. The title isn’t clickbait, folks. All of that and much more is discussed heavily in this episode of Blue Period, and in a manner that doesn’t feel exploitative or forced.

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Ryuji Ayukawa is a fascinating character and has been from the start of the show. They are the eye candy that was created as a way to attract a variety of audiences to the show. However, through their journey, they have transformed into a wonderfully layered and complicated character that serves as a counterbalance to the main character, Yatora. Their struggles are real, although most of us can’t relate to them due to their nature.

Yuka Blue Period Episode 9

Blue Period Episode 9 finally provides a lot of context to the various struggles we saw Ryuji (or Yuka, as they are sometimes called) go through in the previous episodes. Stopping coming to cram school, quitting the art exam before even trying, and trying to come to terms with their sexuality while suffering from intense depression, anxiety, and gender dysphoria. When put together with how they are treated in their own home, it is difficult to imagine how they survive in such an environment.

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When factoring in Yatora, who is a model student, the two of them couldn’t be more different. However, this fact brings them even close than they might have ever thought in Blue Period Episode 9, as the episode still manages to factor in some art lessons alongside this mental health crisis. Overall, this episode was exhilarating and made me hold my breath at various moments because of the sheer uncertainty of what could happen in the future.

Blue Period Episode 9 Review- Art and Music

The ending theme of Blue Period is Replica by mol-74, and it is phenomenal. It is a song that was practically made to be an ending theme, and it perfectly fits the show’s tone. The lyrics even go “Happy End “, just the icing on top of a fantastic tasting cake. The animation quality still remains the worst part of the show, but there’s no use complaining over something that isn’t ever going to change. Just consider it to be an ever-present complaint and move on.

Verdict

Blue Period Episode 9 was a captivating and sensational experience that utilised all the prior setup to deliver heart-wrenching moments and fantastic character interactions. The show has come into its own towards the second half.

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REVIEW OVERVIEW

Overall

SUMMARY

Blue Period Episode 9 was a captivating and sensational experience that utilised all the prior setup to deliver heart-wrenching moments and fantastic character interactions. The show has come into its own towards the second half.

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