Netflix’s Blue Period Episode 2 Review: He’s Not Tanned At All

After a disappointing start for a beloved manga property, Blue Period Episode 2 hopes to inject more passion into this already artistically inclined show. Let’s see if the show had what it took to deliver upon its promises in this review!

Blue Period Episode 2 Overview

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Blue Period is a slice of life drama anime brought to our screens by anime studio Seven Arcs, which is 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 first episode here!

– Blue Period Episode 2 Review does not contain spoilers –

Blue Period Episode 2 Review- Plot and Characters

Yatoru Mori Blue Period Episode 2
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The pacing of this show is not what I would have imagined getting into it. Blue Period Episode 2 practically sprints at a breakneck speed and covers the events of more than a month in a 5-minute scene. That’s not inherently bad, but I have an issue with it because of the subject material. As established in the first episode, Blue Period is a story about hard work and passion. When you showcase so much of that hard work only in 2-minute montages, it doesn’t feel like anyone did much work at all.

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Art isn’t something anyone is born with, and most people understand that you have to work insanely hard to get good at your craft. I believe the show gives out mixed messages when it takes decisions such as this, as it undermines the entire concept of the show. Mixed messages seem to be a theme with Blue Period Episode 2, as I’m not sure if the show wants us to believe Yatora is any good at the arts or not.

Yatoru Mother Blue Period Episode 2
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He gets compliments everywhere he goes, and his hard work is undeniable even if the show skips past it sometimes. But the art pieces he makes don’t look very promising, despite what the show tries to tell us. It might just be because of my artistic ineptitude, but all art in Blue Period Episode 2 varies widely based on who drew it, and none of them manages to make a decent impression for a show about art. I am learning a lot about drawing and paintings through watching this show, though. I’m pretty sure that’s intentional, and I love that the creator did that.

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Blue Period Episode 2 has a sweet, emotional core that emerges out of the mother-son relationship between Yatora and his mom. It makes for a great scene between the two. Yatora finally has something he is deeply passionate about, and he is relentless in his pursuit of vindication. His relationship with his teacher and clubmates is also coming along nicely, and he has earned a modicum of respect with his hard work among his peers.

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It is very hard to predict what lies in the show’s future, as everything I first thought it would be has been proven wrong in the first two episodes. It’s not a bad trait for a show to have, as uncertainty breeds opportunity. I like not knowing what I’m going to get out of watching it, as long as I get something. Hollow experiences are just that, hollow.

Blue Period Episode 2 Review- Art and Music

We got to hear the opening for the first time, and it is groovy! It’s the kind that will make you want to bop your head to its beats, and jazz in anime is always fantastic to hear. The opening animation also fits nicely with the theme of the show. It is refreshing to hear an upbeat opening that you can put in the background of a happy montage. The ending theme is similarly good, but it’s nothing special compared to the opening.

I love the attention to tiny details that the animation plays a huge part in, such as Yatora being bad at everything but a single type of drawing that he practised for over a month. His lack of experience is noticeable in a short window when he gifts his art to his senior. It is in these small things that you notice that the series was created with a lot of love and respect to the art form by the original author.

Verdict

Blue Period Episode 2 was a spirited follow up to the initial episode and stuck true to its guns with the message it is trying to send out to the world. A little rough around the edges, but great all the same.

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REVIEW OVERVIEW

Overall

SUMMARY

Blue Period Episode 2 was a spirited follow up to the initial episode and stuck true to its guns with the message it is trying to send out to the world. A little rough around the edges, but great all the same.

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