It’s been 17 years, SEVENTEEN YEARS, since I graduated high school and prepared the way to music school, a time of excitement and fear and a million lessons learned that I wouldn’t ever take back no matter how painful or embarrassing some of them were. There have also only been a handful of anime to capture the memories and emotions from that time, shows centered on college and some of them even targeting art and music. But very few shows of this style seem to be produced into anime; a few I can name off the top of my head include Nodame Cantabile, Honey and Clover, and, to a lesser extent, Remake Our Life!
Blue Period joins these shows in its joyful display of the arts, as well as the agony in attempting to survive among high competition and far too few open spots. All that passion, all that hard work, can still amount to nothing in the end if there just aren’t any positions available to take. But that’s the question, isn’t it? What about these disciplines encourages people to repeatedly sign up for insecure futures?
I have to admit to liking Blue Period from the very beginning–the art style and main character were instant charmers, and once Yatora turned to studying art as a career I knew I had a favorite of the season, if not the year. Every episode overflowed with self-definition, Yatora and other characters just trying to figure out who they were and how to translate that onto the canvas. We’re a couple episodes out from the end of the series, but if the rest of the show is any indicator, I’m certain I’ll still love it no matter what ending they choose.