A Feast of Art – Blue Period Ep 3 & 4 Review

Yatora learns the ins and outs of Art School, and gains a new rival in Takahashi. This is a review and discussion for Blue Period Episode 3 and 4 on Netflix.

Check out our previous episode review here

Wow, this episode was a hoot!  

(And not in a bad way.) 

Episode 3 

I feel like we’re getting a lot of different stories woven together in the twenty-three odd minutes of broadcast – which is great! 

I enjoy learning about the members of Yatora’s art cram school’s names and those characters’ personalities. 

Heck, we still don’t even know the names of his delinquent friends from high school who were never seen again after episode two. (I know it’s only episode three – but still.) 

Why is Takahashi such a tsundere? 

The interactions between Takahashi and Yatora are so awkward for no reason, haha.  From Blue Period Episode 3
The interactions between Takahashi and Yatora are so awkward for no reason, haha. From Blue Period Episode 3

He totally wants to be friends with Yatora, but maybe doesn’t know how to approach him? 

It’s nice that Yatora isn’t letting his jealousy of Takahashi as an artist get to him.  

Then again, that was a very Japanese thing for Yatora to do – make friends and small talk with a guy he borderline hates just for the sake of keeping up appearances.  

Speaking of appearances – I’m glad we got a little more info on Yuka.  

Yuka all dolled up while attending the art cram school. Blue Period Ep 3
Yuka all dolled up while attending the art cram school. Blue Period Ep 3

So based on the way the Netflix subs read, Yuka is a gay man who enjoys cross-dressing?  

I saw on a Reddit episode discussion post a few weeks back (I’m super behind on this series and playing catch up today haha) that in the manga she was implied to be trans.  

So…I’m not really sure how to address them. 

Either way, it was nice Yuka and Yatora came to a sort of understanding.  

It’s also very lucky Yuka didn’t get beat up for asking that guy out and then revealing their gender/sexuality. I’d kind of agree with Yatora that at least she got a hug and a gentle smile. 

Anyway, I think I’m going to wrap it up here.  

I’m excited to see if Yatora realizes that what his art is lacking is his own personality. And, that Yatora’s guarded insecurities he thinks nobody notices come out in his art – whether he desires to hide them or not. 

But, tell me your thoughts. 

I think Yatora's art is more straightforward, while Takahashi's art is cast in shadows. His statue even has his gaze averted, turned away from the public. Do you think this has anything to do with Takahashi trying to hide his insecurities?
I think Yatora’s art is more straightforward, while Takahashi’s art is cast in shadows. His statue even has his gaze averted, turned away from the public. Do you think this has anything to do with Takahashi trying to hide his insecurities?

Did you like the introduction of Hashida?  

Do you think Takahashi and Yatora can become friends?  

Does Oba-sensei seem like a good art teacher?  

Leave your thoughts in the comment section below, I’d love to hear from you!  

And let’s now move on to the next episode review! 

Episode 4 

Oh Takahashi, stop throwing a tantrum! 

It’s obvious that he still wants to paint, but is doing this whole song and dance about his lack of ability – when he’s perceived to be the resident genius! Along with Kuwana who, despite her prestigious lineage of family members often getting into TUA, thinks she’s jinxed because she got first place in the recent art competition. 

While Yatora agonizes the whole time over “exam art” just to find out from Oba-sensei it’s not even really a thing anymore. Which…Takahashi probably knows, but is using as an excuse – or crutch- for his own perceived shortcomings. 

I liked that Takahashi’s kind-looking mother made the boys hang out.  

I loved that scene where everything is drawn in shades of gray in the background, and the only color not muted is Yatora and his eyes.  

Muted colors and Takahashi's dull, almost lifeless eyes. He must be going through a rough patch...Blue Period Episode 4
Muted colors and Takahashi’s dull, almost lifeless eyes. He must be going through a rough patch…Blue Period Episode 4

Then we get a focus on Takahashi’s eyes glimmering for a second watching Yatora’s passion shine. Which…makes Takahashi extremely jealous.  

So then Takahashi decides to tell Yatora off because he perceives him to have everything (good grades, good looks, personality) and feels inferior and dull against his light. 

All the while, Yatora is jealous and feels inferior to Takahashi, as well. 

Funny. 

Oba – sensei is really cool, though.  

Art is a blast! Oba-sensei demonstrates how high school rivalries can lead to explosive artwork. Blue Period Episode 4
Art is a blast! Oba-sensei demonstrates how high school rivalries can lead to explosive artwork. Blue Period Episode 4

It truly is interesting to see how these young artists develop. Especially after Takahashi lit a fire under Yatora’s ass, it’s great to see this little Shonen-inspired rivalry bring out the best in both boys’ art. 

I also liked what Hashida said earlier in the episode about “exam art”. That even if it is dictating their art in one way, it’s no different than regular school exams. 

You are just catering to a particular taste, or you don’t – and will be judged by what you decide either way. 

So why worry about it so much? ☺ 

Yatora's delinquent friends showed up! I'm surprised he still maintains a social life outside of his almost complete devotion to artistic studies. Blue Period Ep 4
Yatora’s delinquent friends showed up! I’m surprised he still maintains a social life outside of his almost complete devotion to artistic studies. Blue Period Ep 4

(Also, the delinquents showed up! I was totally surprised that they are still in the story! And I still don’t know their names, haha.) 

Either way, it’s nice the art cram school seems to be changing Yatora’s view of the world. There seems to be so much more than just drawing and painting on a canvas for display while pursuing a career in making art. 

But, let’s wrap this review up here and move on to episode five! 

Do you think Yatora is getting in his own head too much?  

Is Takahashi wrong for throwing a tantrum?  

Was there a time when you weren’t so confident in your own ability? 

Leave your thoughts in the comment section below, we’d love to hear from you! Also be sure to follow us for more weekly Blue Period reviews and discussions! 

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