Blue Period TV Anime Gets International Release Through Netflix This October

The adaptation of the award-winning manga starts on October 9 "outside Japan"

Blue Period


Netflix announced today that the streaming service had acquired the license to the TV anime adaptation of the award-winning manga from Tsubasa Yamaguchi, Blue Period, both inside Japan and outside the country. The streamer confirmed on its YouTube Community Tab that Blue Period will stream "outside Japan" on October 9 with an English version of the second key visual.


Blue Period


Netflix will also be streaming Blue Period inside Japan, with the first episode be released inside the country on September 25 – ahead of its October 1 TV broadcast in the Super Animeism block on MBS / TBS. In advance of the TV release, a "before the broadcast" special will happen on September 24 at 25:25 (effectively September 25 at 1:25 AM) with the cast of the series making an appearance.


Netflix Japan trailer:




Kouji Masunari (Kamichu!Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic) serves as the general director, alongside director Katsuya Asano (Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS), series composition/scenario writer Reiko Yoshida (Girls und Panzer), and character designer Tomoyuki Shitaya (Shokugeki no Soma). Seven Arcs (TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You) works on animation production. 


The manga has been serialized in Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon since June 2017, with its English language edition having been published by Kodansha USA since October 2020. Here's the official synopsis:


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! 


Blue Period begins on Netflix outside of Japan (though, territories have not been announced at this time) on October 9 and will be released weekly.


Sources: Netflix Anime on YouTube, Netflix Japan on Twitter


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Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.

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