Blue Period Vol. 1

Writer: Tsubasa Yamaguchi Artist: Tsubasa Yamaguchi Publisher: Kodansha Release Date: October 14, 2020 Cover Price: $12.99 Critic Reviews: 3
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Winner of the 2020 Manga Taisho Grand Prize! A manga about the struggles and rewards of a life dedicated to art. The studious Yatora leaves a dry life of study and good manners behind for a new passion: painting. But untethering yourself from all your past expectations is dangerous as well as thrilling...     Yatora is the perfect high school student, with good grades and lots of friends. It's an effortless performance, and, ultimately...a dull one. But he wanders into the art room one day, and a lone painting captures his eye, awakening him to a kind of beauty he never knew. Compelled and consumed, he dives in headfirst -- and he's about more

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Kate Snchez Nov 5, 2020

    Blue Period Volume 1 is a story that isn't just about a boy finding art. No, this is a story about showing a character grow to making choices for himself and not those around him. Yatora's journey is just beginning in this volume but the way Yamaguchi sets up the larger narrative theme of living for yourself and not others around you is one that I'm sure will pay off. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Black Nerd Problems - Carrie McClain Oct 13, 2020

    Blue Period is a fascinating story about a young man exploring a new world and wanting more and not being satisfied with the level he's at. I'd gather that this manga sits in the shounen or seinen genre. And while it is very educational, it can be a bit of information overload, especially towards the end. This manga is heavily detailed and pokes holes in expectations"the characters and the readers on what true talent is and what it takes. It is a narrative that is thought-provoking and realistic with high and lows. This is a really strong first issue and I can't wait to read more! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Anime UK News - Sarah Nov 12, 2020

    Im looking forward to seeing where Yatoras new obsession with art takes him in the next volume. He makes a sympathetic protagonist and Yamaguchi has already introduced enough intriguing characters, some sympathetic, like Mori-senpai, others far less so, to show us that his way forward into the world of art is not going to be an easy one. Read Full Review

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