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Blue Period.  
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Description
In his second to last year of high school, the dispassionate but studious, Yataro Yaguchi finally finds a calling in art. With no prior art experience, he decides to work towards to applying to an art university. A decision with potentially disastrous results.

Note: Nominated for Manga Taisho Awards in 2019, Kodansha Manga Awards in 2019 and the 24th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2020. Won the 13th Manga Taisho Awards in 2020 and The Kodansha Manga award general category in 2020.

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Manga

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Associated Names
The Blue Period.
Голубой период
الحقبة الزرقاء
النقطة الزرقاء
नीलो अवधि
ブルーピリオド
蓝色时期
藍色時期

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Latest Release(s)
v.12 c.48 by Be Blues Project 14 days ago
v.11 c.47.5 by Be Blues Project 21 days ago
v.11 c.46-47 by Be Blues Project 29 days ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
12 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (134 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.45 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 13th 2021, 1:59pm PST


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Year
2017

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Kodansha USA (4 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #57 decreased(-33)
Monthly Pos #22 increased(+14)
3 Month Pos #48 increased(+107)
6 Month Pos #124 increased(+99)
Year Pos #176 increased(+72)

List Stats
On 750 reading lists
On 321 wish lists
On 10 unfinished lists
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Really love it  
by hugeboy33
September 26th, 2021, 6:31am
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We could really see how Yatora struggle his way to entering art school, when he was a person completely obvious to art before. We see his insecurities, his (over?) confidence, his ideals, beliefs, family, financial, and social situation... he was really fleshed out. He was a regular person living his regular life, just like us, and it makes him so endearing and makes readers want to support him.

I love how the other characters are also interesting and relatable. They all really struggle differently. The author is doing a really great job in balancing the side characters' growth and struggles, while also not forgetting that the main character is still here.

I should also mention the art is really good and the author uses panels amazingly. We could see a lot of instances where a panel can portray self-discovery, loneliness, struggle, relationships... all kinds of it. I just can't get enough.

People might think this manga is TOO relatable and could be boring, but I personally think (especially if you're an adult) you can genuinely root for the characters here. You don't have to be an art student too!
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Unique Art Lessons  
by CCheshire
March 20th, 2020, 11:32am
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I've read another manga based on art school exp it's different from what I expected since it takes place during the final HS year vs actual college days. I like how the art stands out and each character has a different art style/design to stand out from one another. The MC starts off as a boy who is uninterested in like which I can relate to as an HS student in the past and slowly he joins the art club.

There are many moments where the reader can see how much he is struggling w/art and how he copes with being an avg artist in a class where there are amazing artists. It's much more believable than having the MC be an art prodigy from day 1. It does follow a similar shonen formula of leveling up his skills but I liked how the art teacher focused on how his improvement is from his self-dedication vs skill.

3/11/21: I'm losing interest after MC enrolled into the art college and I feel like there are just too many scenes where characters are going on about: what is art REALLY? and it's just starting to drag too much. I say first few vol were the best part and then it started to slow down to a snail's pace.

... Last updated on March 11th, 2021, 12:00pm
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Probably the best manga about art I've ever read  
by Suxinn
December 5th, 2019, 7:56pm
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I have no idea how this manga reads to someone who has never taken art classes, but as someone who did (for fun) and as someone who's pursuing another artistic medium (writing), this series really resonates with me.

It's a series about fine art, and not in the usual bombastic, exciting "genius" way or the "tortured artist" dramatic renditions, but in the painstaking way that young artists, who are trying to turn their artistic leanings into a future, actually have to work. It's meticulous in its depiction of "art as a learned skill" rather than "art as a talent", which I really appreciate (though it certainly doesn't skirt from the reality that some people just start out more ahead than others). And it's jam-packed with super great advice to aspiring artists about actual, tangible ways to improve on art. (Practice!)

The characters are also all genuine and real people. Especially the protagonist, who starts the series with little to no knowledge of art but grows to love it, even in spite of all its pitfalls. (Oof, that feeling he got when he started to plateau with his improvements--relatable to anyone who's ever had to learn a skill.) He's "ordinary" (in relation to art) but in a good way.
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