Book Title : Blue Period, Vol. 01
Authors : Tsubasa Yamaguchi
Genre : Manga, Graphic Novel, Contemporary, YA, Coming-of-Age, Art
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 to learn how savage and unforgiving art can be…
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Blue Period, Volume 1, by Tsubasa Tamaguchi
The story began with a lot of potential. I wasn’t overly fond of the main character, to begin with, but he grew on me as he found his passion for art. Yatora was one of those people who is smart, works hard, but has no real passion or purpose in his life to drive him forward. Until he stumbles upon art. I liked that he didn’t become brilliant immediately, but that he had a natural talent that encouraged him. I also liked that his mindset changed, as he learned more. At first, he thought it was dumb and simple, that it was silly and easy to do. Then he learned by experience how hard it was, that there was logic and rules to follow, that passion and hard work came together to make real art. He had a really nice character growth, that I enjoyed watching.
As for the cast of secondary characters, I liked Yuka-chan and Mori, I find Yotasuke intriguing and hope to see more of him in the future. I liked the various skillsets that were explored and how every picture had an individual style and ability, so that it really portrayed a ‘class’ of students with different abilities.
However, as Yatora’s a newbie to art, the story tended to drift into lecture mode, quite often, with info dumps about universities, art schools and art practices/methods, that made it a little tedious to read, at times. I also found the characters, while diverse, to be hard to identify. Yuka-chan, for example, is dressed extremely feminine, but I got the sense they were male. The problem was that it was never explicitly mentioned, and considering there were female students elsewhere in the story, it was hard to tell. It wasn’t until the end of the book that the “about” section made it clear. It would have been really helpful to have this at the beginning.
The pacing is interesting, as it follows Yatora from non-artist to budding artist to going to a prep-school to learn more. I’m intrigued to see his abilities and thought-process expand, as the story continues.