Blue period: Yatora’s artistic sincerity challenged
In episode 4 of Blue Period, Yatora is struck by an angry opinion regarding his sincerity in artistic creation.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Blue Period Episode 4, “Where Are We Going?” Now streaming on Netflix.
Yatora makes strides as a developing artist in Netflix Blue period, but Episode 4 brings an unforeseen new challenge to its doorstep. Since discovering how liberating art can be, Yatora Yaguchi has been on the right path to improving as an artist and in doing so also improving as a person. One of his biggest hurdles today is developing his own style and using composition techniques to make his art stand out more. Even though he achieves moderate success in his prep school, one of his peers does not consider his success to be genuine.
In order to develop her skills in analyzing the art of others, in episode 4, Yatora decides to attend the student festival of the Tokyo University of the Arts in order to expose herself to the work of others – in particular people he strives to become one day. While reviewing various works, he meets Yotasuke, one of his prep school peers.
After going through the festival together, Yatora decides to go looking for his high school friends. But Yotasuke stops him because he has something to say. He claims he doesn’t like her, which, to be fair, is pretty clear from the previous episode where we first met Yotasuke. He seems to have absolute contempt for Yatora. He told Yatora that he didn’t need to come by their side and that he didn’t need to do art. Although he doesn’t say anything more, Yotasuke’s words touch Yatora.
As Yotasuke walks away, Yatora bursts into tears. From Yotasuke’s perspective, it’s easy to see where his comments are coming from. Yatora is somewhat of a successful offender who gets good grades and has no problem with social interactions. Even without art as a hobby or outlet, Yatora would likely have been successful in whatever he tried to do. But for some people, potentially like Yotasuke, art is the only thing they need to express themselves and turn to when the going is dark.
Even though Yotasuke’s point of view is valid, he clearly doesn’t understand Yatora beyond what he sees in prep school. Yatora works extremely hard to compete with more experienced artists and even experienced moments of clarity that helped him become a better version of himself. Although he does not know the art as much as some of his peers, he is ready to learn and practice for constant improvement. Therefore, Yotasuke’s words cut him like a knife. Even in front of his high school friends, Yatora cannot hide the tears caused by Yotasuke’s opinion.
Yatora’s sincerity about the art is incredibly real, though he doesn’t yet know how to express it fully. Yotasuke saw him superficially copy the work of well-known artists and probably drew conclusions. Plus, it’s obvious Yotasuke only sees Yatora as the stereotypical offender who can get away with anything, even fit into the art world without a hitch. Although Yatora’s sincerity is called into question, he uses his anger and pain as fuel to push himself further in his artistic development. His little altercation with Yotasuke will likely help Yatora overcome his issues with confidence in his art.
KEEP READING: Blue Period: Yatora’s Artistic Journey Begins
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