Blue Period season 1, episode 1 recap – “Awakening to the Joy of Painting”

October 16, 2021
Daniel Hart 0
Netflix, Weekly TV
3.5

Summary

The opening chapter is an honest premiere, highlighting a person’s self-discovery for something they are passionate about.

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3.5

Summary

The opening chapter is an honest premiere, highlighting a person’s self-discovery for something they are passionate about.

This recap of Netflix anime series Blue Period season 1, episode 1, “Awakening to the Joy of Painting,” contains spoilers.

Welcome to our coverage of the anime series Blue Period — Netflix has decided to start a weekly format for this genre!

Blue Period season 1, episode 1 recap

Episode 1 opens at a bar, and a group of friends watch football and then eat ramen after. Yatora sees a poster for a Picasso exhibition on the toilet door, and he seems intrigued. It’s revealed that Yatora is at the top of his class, and his career planning and university choices are around the corner.

However, Yatora feels being hailed as a student genius is meaningless. While at school, he finds a large beautiful canvass painting left by the art club, and he’s fascinated by it. Yuka-chan tells him to join the art club every Tuesday and Thursday. The discussion turns to expensive private art schools. Yatora does not understand why people do art with little chance of making money. He thinks he wants a safer path—the art teacher questions where his feelings belong.

The next day, Yatora helps an art student named Mori as she struggles to carry her equipment to the art room. He then becomes interested in the idea of different layers of blue and imagines a blue world. The artwork is put up amongst other people’s work. He feels like he’s having real conversations with others for the first time.

The ending

Yuka-chan invites Yatora to the art club after school so he can help out. He learns that Moria is applying for an art university. Yatora admits to himself that being praised for his painting made him feel good.

Yatora gets to work on more drawings and asks the art teacher for advice so he can improve himself. But one thing still niggles on his mind — he wonders what the purpose of pursuing an art education is if there is no guarantee of success. The teacher tells him that children who do not try their best do not follow their passions in life. She lets him know that the art university he wants to apply for has a low acceptance rate. Yatora knows this is going to be a challenge, but he feels alive!

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