Adaptability in Still Life -Blue Period Ep 5 & 6 Review

As tensions come to a head between rivals Yatora and Takahashi, the art students crack under the pressure of midterms. This is a review and discussion for Blue Period Episode 5 and 6 on Netflix.

Check out our previous episode review here

Wow, this episode was like a rollercoaster of emotion. 

But, also very realistic at the same time. 

Episode 5 

Let’s start with Yuka. 

She’s been skipping cram school. Her father thinks she’s a disappointment, while her grandmother is supportive. Yuka is currently leaning on Mori-senpai for emotional support.  

Yuka has also been asked to be a model for artwork by current MUA students, and turned them down.  

Yatora mentioned maybe her mood swings are due to guy trouble – but like both Yatora and Takahashi, maybe Yuka is just having a ‘blue period’? 

Where Yuka is doubting herself, her success, and her artistic abilities. 

From observation, it seems like Yatora is an emotional painter.  

He has spurts of creativity, and then restricts himself from completely opening up. Yatora is very self-conscious, anyway – so that isn’t surprising.  

It’s nice to see that Mori-senpai can still serve as a sort of inspiration for him, even if Mori-senpai herself doesn’t feel all that confident in her artwork. 

Maybe Takahashi will prove to inspire Yatora, and vice versa? 

I wonder what Yatora’s theme will ultimately be? 

At first, it was inspiration due to Mori-senpai.  

Then, jealousy mixed with self-loathing over his novice ability while interacting with the art club students at his high school. Then, more jealousy, this time because of Takahashi, and a new-found optimistic passion for realistically aiming at TUA for college after the festival visit. 

Finally, Yatora realized Mori – senpai’s message hasn’t changed – her art is always a prayer. 

Witnessing Mori-senpai's art is always a joy. I think her pieces are my favorite, with Kuwana's art becoming a close second. From Blue Period Ep 5
Witnessing Mori-senpai’s art is always a joy. I think her pieces are my favorite, with Kuwana’s art becoming a close second. From Blue Period Ep 5

So, Mori-senpai drew Buddhist figures and hands in prayer with a paintbrush on either side for symmetry. 

Before that, two angels communicating – her interpretation of various types of prayer. 

Yatora tried his “bonds” message again, but flopped because it was an uninspired carbon copy of his previously passionate work.  

It lacked focus, went by the strict ‘artist guidelines’ that jade students, and ultimately lead to originality.  

Yatora comes in dead last in the latest mock art competition due to plagiarizing his previous inspiring work about bonds. Blue Period Episode 5
Yatora comes in dead last in the latest mock art competition due to plagiarizing his previous inspiring work about bonds. Blue Period Episode 5

Do you think Yatora will get it together next episode?  

I’m not reprimanding him; I just wish he’d see how great his unique style of art is – which I guess is difficult when you’re too hyper-focused on a different perception of your own reality. 

Anyway, tell me your thoughts. 

Sometimes things are annoying, but the sun still shines each day. From Blue Period Ep 5
Sometimes things are annoying, but the sun still shines each day. From Blue Period Ep 5

Do you think Yuka will be okay? 

Was the F100 canvas suggestion a distraction by Saeki-sensei meant to help Yatora realize his own artistic ability?  

What does Takahashi have to say over the phone? 

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

And without further ado, let’s move onto the latest episode discussion! 

Episode 6 

Wow, I feel like we are doing a semester an episode. 

Episode two was summer, and now we’re in February – and it’s only episode six! 

I know more stuff must have happened between these breaks – I wouldn’t mind if the anime slowed down the pace a little bit. 

Other than that, I really enjoyed this episode. 

Maybe because of how unintentionally dark it was. 

I remember when I was still in school, people would start ditching class around midterms. Or, people would start doing drugs, drinking, or straight up leaving the country for an impromptu trip (I went to college with a lot of rich kids).  

There was this one time where this kid was openly sitting in the public park on campus grounds just doing a line of cocaine. Others used to go to the library late at night, blast pornography through their headphones, and just masturbate out in the open. 

And of course, like Kuwana’s friend, there were always one or two kids who were either hospitalized from malnutrition, a mental breakdown, or a suicide attempt. 

Nice to see the art cram school girls looking carefree and just hanging out. Blue Period Episode 6
Nice to see the art cram school girls looking carefree and just hanging out. Blue Period Episode 6

Man, I really want to read the manga now. I was already planning on it after the anime series ended, but I’d love to see what context is exactly missing in each week’s episode. 

(Is that sick to say?) 

I feel like a deviant, sitting here writing in my room – reminiscing about screwed-up times I lived through in college while eating homemade cookies. 

Art school, and pursuing your art, in general, is difficult.  

Even after it’s all done, you don’t know if it was worth it.  

Sometimes, I still think I wasted my time attending art school, but similarly to Takahashi – I don’t know what else I’d do if I hadn’t done it. 

All I’m really good at is watching films, and writing. 

I don’t know if it’s right, but it makes me happy…most of the time. ☺ 

Obligatory "get you someone who looks at you the way Oba-sensei looks at art" line. Blue Period Ep 6
Obligatory “get you someone who looks at you the way Oba-sensei looks at art” line. Blue Period Ep 6

Does anybody else enjoy the direction this show is taking? 

Is Kuwana selfish for not helping her friend? 

Did we finally learn a delinquent’s name (despite my intention to keep ignoring their presence in the show)? 

次のエピソード: Self Expression Through Art 

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