A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The main character, Yatora, is a student who works hard, but he resists his interest in art because he's afraid he won't be able to make a career from it. His art teacher encourages him to learn more about art, to follow his passion. Picasso, she tells him, was very interested in making a living, and painted his benefactors.
Follow your passion. When you feel joy making art, your viewer will feel it too. When hard workers do the thing they like to do, they're unstoppable. Don't be afraid to do what you enjoy.
Positive Role Models
Yatora's art teacher encourages him to follow his passion, and to work hard as well.
This series takes place in Japan with presumably all Japanese characters. Young women are sometimes objectified by main male characters, though they do talk back and hold their own.
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Violence & Scariness
Male characters can be aggressive and bullying toward female characters, but there's not a lot of gore or physical brutality present in this show.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Graphic language about bodies includes a student joking in art class that his favorite scenery is "burying my face in my girl's boobs." The art teacher asks him if he can portray how soft they are and "how they jiggle," in the painting. Girls wear super short skirts and thigh-high stockings.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teen characters smoke cigarettes often. There's drinking in excess; a character falls over vomiting.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that in Blue Period, an anime series based on a manga comic series in Japan, teens smoke and drink heavily. Teen male characters have some aggressive attitudes toward female characters, many of which are sexualized or skew to "innocent" depictions. In this male-dominated world, there's a lot of pressure to fit in, to not be ridiculed, to make decisions that will advance a person to the next level -- whether it be university or career.
Is It Any Good?
There might be something lost in translation in this series that comes through in the popular manga series of the same name. Literally -- for English speakers it's difficult to know if the translation of the show Blue Period from Japanese into English falls flat, or if the Japanese-language version feels equally two-dimensional, but this show is slow to thrill. From a thematic point of view, it's not a bad idea: a young man is pressured to succeed, but discovers meaning when he begins to create art. Instead of poetic, though, the execution is a little clunky.
Teens who love all things anime will be excited for the drama to unfold. Be aware, though, that the male characters are kind of sexist in Blue Period. Adults might veer toward something a little more romantic or better fleshed out. Overall, a pretty interesting concept, but perhaps not as artful, or fluid, as it could be.
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