Blue Period (ブルーピリオド): Draw It, Paint It Out, Shout to the Blue You Value

“好きなものを好きだと言う 怖くて仕方ないけど 本当の自分 出会えた気がしたんだ”

(It’s terrifying to say what I like, but I finally met my true self.) — YOASOBI

Blue Period has officially premiered on Netflix (weekly updated). The story tells about Yatora Yaguchi, a high schooler whose life remains plain before he enters an art classroom. That was the time he authentically realized what has been hidden within him. All conceptual image he could think of, the brush he’d enthusiastically pick, and eventually, the color he’s able to choose for himself.

Then, what’s more important to a soul?

What a soul values, or what the society decides to be valuable?

What is this anime about?

Art school in Japan are expensive and Yaguchi’s parents cannot afford private college. But when a passionate soul pursues a dream, it’s unstoppable. This anime dedicates inspiration. It gets through your deepest heart and the question within you: A boy has discovered what he truly desires and he goes after it. What about you, the other soul lying on this mysterious world? What would you like to chase after and embrace?

Seeing Yaguchi putting every effort to art is motivating. You don’t have to be an artist or an art student to feel closely attached to this emotional aesthetics. I personally think the story can be well conveyed to anyone who desires to embrace their dreams, but are overwhelmed by fear to take action.

Is the anime different from manga version?

The manga version is detailed, respectively speaking, it gives you the strong passionate and enthusiastic atmosphere throughout reading. It talks about the process of making arts such as the principles of art. Subjectively, I think they added this process in detail to bring comprehension to people outside art industry. More than this, it is kindly explained to anyone having a particular perspective that making art is a piece of cake. In fact, it goes through countless processes before being exposed to the public (and I highly appreciate all artists for their hard work).

In anime, these details are removed for the most part. But, I insist to keep following the anime anyway since I couldn’t understand some parts in the manga which they get illustrated in anime instead. My imagination couldn’t visualize their paintings when reading the manga as I don’t experience the art-making process frequently, so, to see all arts in colorfully animated pictures is genuinely satisfying and fulfilling.

Plus, Yaguchi’s character is totally charming and impressive. He isn’t the kind of guy you meet very often in anime. He is assertive, but calm. Never forgetting Ryuji Ayukawa, or Yuka, who wears both girl and boy uniforms. Yuka knows who they are and want to be. The manga artist pinned an intriguing point here. I’m very impressive how their story will be told from now on.


Personal Rating: Currently 4/5 (will be updated after the series get completed)

Recommendation Level: Highly recommend! Both the manga and anime. They have different atmosphere, but both are excellent and worth watching.

Watch Blue Period Trailer Here:


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(Anime Review) Traveling Back to Revenge in TOKYO REVENGERS!

I was very desperate after my final week and it was like searching for a needle in a haystack when it comes to starting a new fun anime. But, luck comes with a sharp eyes of mine. I found this anime called TOKYO REVENGERS on twitter feed at first. They’re legally streaming on Youtube by Muse Asia/Muse Thailand, so I immediately clicked and watched it to get away with my assignment boredom. Astonishingly, it turned out to be… FUN! FUN! and FUN! I’ve been watching them only 6 episodes, but they’re totally amazing. I’m so blessed. My soul has been saved from university assignments.

Now, let me introduce you to Tokyo Revengers which I only started watching them too (hahaha). It’s manga adaptation, and I don’t know any spoilers yet. However, this woman will drive you to the heaven of assignment freedom.

TOKYO REVENGERS DISCUSSION

This anime is about a 26-year-old Takemichi Hanagaki whose life isn’t very exciting. He works at the CD store and lives pathetically in a thin wall room. One day, he watched the news and found out that his ex-girlfriend in middle school, Hinata Tachibana, died from the fight of Tokyo Manjikai Gang. Takemichi was quite familiar with the gang name because he was used by some of them when he was in middle school. The gang has expanded its cruel power in the society and caused Hinata to dead.

Accidentally, he was pushed into the railway to death in the following day. Takemichi has been to the past 12 years ago where he was still a boyfriend of Hinata. He met his love one and his old peers. More important that that, he met Naoto Tachibana in the past and told him to protect his sister on the exact day he heard the news. When they shook their hands to make a promise, Takemichi came back to the present world and one thing has changed! He met Naoto who supposed to be dead with Hinata! He learned that by telling the little Naoto to save his sister, he became a police and helped Takemichi from falling into the railway. Naoto at this point became a lead character which I didn’t expect too.

Now, Tachibana and Naoto discovered that their hands are a door to travel back time. They agreed to start saving Hinata’s life and began their first new mission to rewrite the future!

What interested me is the complicated plot… After 6 episodes of Tokyo Revengers, I was very curious why Hinata got killed and why Mikey (a guy whom Takemichi must meet for the first mission, but somehow he coincidently met him. Mikey plays a big role in Hinata’s death.) has changed from being a good gangster into a brutal one. I think there are many complexity waiting for me to follow including what have happened to Takemichi’s friends after his graduation. I cannot say much about this mind-blowing anime yet because it’s been only 6 episodes and I’m not following the manga. But, I’m very confident that Takemichi can absolutely changed the future!


Watch the Trailer Here:

I will comeback and write a 100% review after I finish this season. I’m here early because I couldn’t stop my excitement to share this anime. Before that, please watch the trailer and decide to join the gang!

(Anime Review) When Love Is Too Hard to Confess in Kaguya-sama: Love is war

What Kaguya-sama: Love is war is about? Let me tell you about this romantic comedy anime a little! The story started by Shirogane and Kaguya, a president and a vice president of student council, are secretly in love with each other. However, they could not admit themselves to confess first! Because of this uneasy confession situation, they hilariously started critical emotional games that could possibly lead to confession.

The two main lead characters have absolutely done a perfect job, well-designed in both personalities and background life stories. In each episodes, Shirogane and Kaguya always figure genius methods out to defeat each other in this love war. As I watched through all the two seasons, I think the earlier episodes focus on winning the confession. However, the latter episodes in season one and two concentrates more on their true feelings and other characters’ stories. In the second season, the two lovebirds start showing blushed faces and sweet conversations, which obviously reveal their romantically feelings towards each other.

Instead of only focusing on lead characters’ loving circumstances, other members of student council have their own background stories. A good example to talk about is Ishigami (dark blue hair guy). Shirogane counts on him very much which I have assumed in the first place that he must be a good guy. Even so, I was quite ambiguous to see him all alone and exclude from other students. But, the answer is revealed in season two. I got to know the reasons why. Definitely, I became more and more impressed and love this anime so much.

Lastly, we can’t skip Chika (pink hair cute girl). Most of the animation I watch, I haven’t seen much of female protagonist’s friend acting as a supportive peer to the male protagonist. Some of them somehow rather fall in love with the male lead characters and eventually have a serious conflict with the female protagonists. When I think about this complicated anime plot, I want to close my eyes and perceive nothing because it hurts me so much. Anyway, this won’t happen here! No bestie drama! No conflicts! Chika acts as a very helpful and funny companion in the story, not as a cupid though. During the loving scenes, she is designed to humorously interrupt the unofficial couple which makes me unstoppably laugh.

(Here is Chika as a mother of Shirogane. She has been training our boy to play volleyball and dance Soran Bushi!)

I watched the whole two seasons within 2 days… First, to release stress that I don’t really have. I just needed an excuse to procrastinate university assignments. Second, I watched the first episode and I laugh my ass off. I kept pressing the ‘next episode’ button on Netflix. Lastly, I must inform you that Kaguya-sama: Love is war has been actually published first as manga. If you can’t wait for the next season, which I’m unsure it will be made or not, manga version is available for you to grab!


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(Anime Review) Hello World: A New World to Save the Love’s One

Yesterday, I was looking up for new recommendation on Netflix (since COVID-19 started to spread again in my country, I’ve got nothing to do..) I found Hello World movie animation with the total length of 1 hours 33 minutes. It is about a teenage boy and a man claiming to be his future self who came to the past to let the boy save his lover. To be honest, there weren’t much reviews about this anime both on blog reviews and twitter feeds. Today I made a review for anyone who’ve seen the title on Netflix but they hesitate to watch. This contains no spoilers, feel free to read it!

Hello World is a sci-fi animation with unforeseen plot twists. Yes, I intently wrote plot twists with an ‘s’ because at the end of it, I was like “Wow, this is beyond my expectation.” The storyline is well-made. I watched it without seeing the trailer and my mind uttered the word ‘wow’ for countless of times throughout the entire movie. After I finished the movie, there was plenty of conclusions in my mind. I had to look up for the clear answers of my questions about the movie. Somehow everyone has different ideas. We perceived it in various conclusions which made me feel more impressed about the storyline.

Picture is from twitter @helloWorldAnime.

The visualisation is very unique. If you watch it, you will see the similar visualisation as in idol anime. I think it’s quite great and I enjoyed the movie very much. However, some people don’t like it. As I looked through comments on internet, many people commented that the plot is brilliant, but the visuals drops it away.

Lastly, the theme song is masterpiece. I found this randomly on Spotify. So when I heard this in the film, I was like, “Wait, I knew this song.”


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