The much-awaited release of The Blue Period is just around the corner! The anime will be a Fall 2021 release. The manga series for the same is written and illustrated by Tsubasa Yamaguchi and was serialized in Kodansha’s Monthly Afternoon magazine that focuses more on the seinen demographic.
Blue Period manga began in 2017 and is currently ongoing with 10 tankonbon volumes till now. The English version of the manga has been licensed by Kodansha Comics. Interestingly, The Blue Period is also a reference to Pablo Picasso himself, referring to the few years in the early 1900s when his paintings were dominated by blue and similar cold colours.
The Blue Period Trailer
Blue Period has marked its debut on Netflix Japan on September 25. To promote the premiere Seven Arcs has released a brand new trailer. It introduces the first theme song of the anime based on Tsubasa Yamaguchi’s award-winning manga.
It is the second trailer after the first trailer was released on 27th April. It gives a peek into scenes with the protagonist Yatora Yaguchi. The fans know that he is a last year model student of high school who abruptly finds a calling in art. Following his inner pursuit, he decides to work hard to get admission to an arts university. One can also see new characters such as Professor Mayu Oba and students Sae Okada and Takuro Ishii. The theme song song “EVERBLUE” by the Omoinotake band was composed especially for the anime can be heard playing in the background.
The Blue Period 1 Plot and Synopsis
Kodansha Comics holds the license for the series and has added a synopsis for the story:
The story of Yatora Yaguchi is not your average high-school story. Being a part of the seinen genre, the story also feels like it has incorporated slice of life elements quite deeply into the narrative. Yatora is good at everything but still feels dissatisfaction and a loss of passion, which he finds in art. Not only is the journey about falling in love with art and making it his passion and dream in life, but it also brings forth the difficulties in pursuing these dreams.
Yatora struggles with explaining his choices and his decision of perusing art to his parents. He wants to apply to the Tokyo University of Arts for his college education and wants to be able to continue his journey with art that has now drawn him in completely.
The award-winning manga series will be bringing a lot of soul-searching and evidently wholesome content. The manga series actually won the 13th Taisho Manga Award in 2020 and also bagged Kodansha’s Best General Manga Award in the same year! It is but natural that an anime adaptation is on the way.
It does not seem that the release of the anime adaptation for The Blue Period 1 is overhyped. If anything, it is actually underhyped, much like Chainsaw Man, which has a fantastic manga and will be getting a release date for the anime adaptation in the near future! The Key Visual for the manga is created by Seven Arcs Studios and Painter Meguru Yamaguchi. Seven Arcs Studios will also be animating the series!
The Blue Period Key Visual
The Blue Period Anime Release Schedule
The Blue Period has been confirmed for a Fall 2021 release! The anime adaptation was announced in January 2021 and is going to be released soon. The official trailer for the anime was revealed in May 2021 and has gained a lot of attention since. The manga for the same already has a following of almost 50,000 on My Anime List and is ranked #55!
In the first-ever history of Netflix, The Blue Period anime will follow a weekly release schedule. The anime will be simulcast with one episode per week starting from Saturday, 9 October 2021 across the globe. For Japan, Netflix will stream from September 25th on Netflix Japan and on October 2nd on various Japanese broadcasters.
As for the number of episodes and the possibility of a single-cour release, there have been no official announcements made yet. It is likely that there will be a 10-14 episode release for the first season. There is enough source material to make at least two seasons of the anime with the current material that has been released. The popularity of the manga also means there is a possibility of more than one season which may be made.
It’s certain that Fall 2021 will also bring a lot of spectacular titles to your anime list. Along with a few much-anticipated returns like Demon Slayer Season 2 and 86 Eighty-Six Season 2 and Tokyo Revengers Season 2, new anime like Fena: Pirate Princess and Tesla Note will also be causing a lot of stir! 2021 is also bringing a lot of amazing manga series to life like Tesla Note and Chainsaw Man. The latter has only confirmed production and has released a key visual for the anime.
The Blue Period Cast and Staff
The first announcement of the anime revealed five main characters that would be appearing in the anime. After the original cast of five, new characters and designs were revealed for the upcoming anime on August 6th!
- Hiromu Mineta as Yatora Yaguchi
- Yumiri Hanamori as Ryuji Ayukawa
- Mayu Aoyagi as Maru Mori
- Daiki Yamashita as Yotasuke Takahashi
- Kengo Kawanishi as Haruka Hashida
- Yume Miyamoto as Maki Kuwana
- Fumi Hirano as Masako Saeko
- Nasaya Fukunishi as Sumida
- Shinichiro Kamio as Koigakubo
- Tsumaru Tachibana as Utashima
- Mika Hiratsuka as Umino
- Ikumi Hasegawa as Shirai
- Yuna Nemoto as Shirota
- Aoi Koga as Yamamoto
The recent updates for the anime also added the staff who will be working on the show! The new reveal included:
- Editing- Kazuhiko Seki
- Art Directors- Ken Nakamura, Yūji Kaneko
- Art Design- Mamio Ogawa, Mika Nakajima
- Compositing Director of Photography- Yasushi Hattori
- Special Effects- Naomasa Fukuda
- Color Key Artist- Ritsuko Utagawa
- 3D CG Director- Arimasa Omi
- Sound Director- Hiromi Kikuta
- Music- Ippei Inoue
- Music Producer- Kōhei Sakai
- Music Production- DMM Music
- Sound Effects- Kenji Koyama
Stay tuned for more updates on one of the best Fall 2021 anime – The Blue Period and all the good stuff from your favourite titles. In the meantime, don’t forget to check out the best Summer 2021 anime releases!