Parents' Guide to

Blue Period

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Smoking, drinking common in anime about becoming an artist.

TV Netflix Anime 2021
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 9+

This is an amazing child friendly anime!

This is a very good anime! There are a lot of good lessons, and the help you find meaning in life. The anime is about a teenager who discovers art and is on his journey of becoming a good artist. Some of the life lessons include, Never give up on your dreams, Look for Deeper meanings in things, you are going to have hard times, but you just need to push through them etc. Great show of trans/LGBTQIA+ support. Some male characters are aggressive, some are suicidal, but most children could handle it. There is not a lot of sexual content, just one dude saying how his girlfriends boobs are his favorite scene(relating to an art assignment) and he draws them, although not in much detail. They do smoke but your child will see that in their day to day lives as they grow older. Over all pretty child friendly anime with not that much violence. -13 year old
age 10+

Understanding of people that are different from the viewer + great insight into art + motivation

Has interesting characters and represents people with different interests, identities, outlooks on live. They all look visually distinct which is commendable for manga and the artwork is great. It gives good insight into art and addresses how we need will to succeed and shows how even people you think only have talent are hard workers, which sometimes isn't that easy to see. It also presents the viewer with people who you might dismiss as rude before and then explores how they feel and makes you understand them. I definitely liked Yuka. They (I think they are non binary but not trans) are a great character and represent a minority that is often talked about but never really humanised. Their struggles often aren't understood so people discriminate them. This work shows what an interesting and complex person Yuka is, how the environment treats them and also imparts a good message: "When you see someone drown, you should jump to save them." That you shouldn't worry about whether you will be wet later but instead worry for the person's safety first. Not all characters are great role models but they show you diversity and will show you how real humans act.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (16 ):

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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