Netflix is changing the anime streaming game with the news that the upcoming series ‘Blue Period’ will release weekly episodes internationally.
The anime streaming industry has seen incredible growth over the past decade, with platforms such as Crunchyroll and Funimation becoming household names.
Fans typically had a simple choice, watch simulcast series on these websites or wait until platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime released whole seasons after the domestic broadcast in Japan had concluded.
Now, all that is about to change, with Netflix confirming that they had acquired the international streaming rights to the Blue Period anime and will be airing new episodes weekly.
What is Blue Period about?
Blue Period is a coming-of-age series that focuses on second-year high school student Yatora Yaguchi.
Yatora has an easy life, he studies hard, gets good grades and regularly plays with his classmates…but he is inherently bored until he discovers his love of art.
“He wanders into the art room one day, and alone 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!” – Synopsis, via ANN.
How to watch Blue Period…
The Blue Period anime will air first on Netflix Japan, before airing on domestic television network and then arriving for international fans via Netflix’s global streaming services.
Whilst it is normal for series to air first on Japanese Netflix, what is unique about Blue Period’s international launch is that the streaming giant will release episodes weekly.
This marks the first time an anime has aired weekly episodes through Netflix (outside of the Japanese version), with the majority of exclusive series only launching after the entire series has concluded its domestic broadcast.
The platform did not disclose a reason for the change in broadcast schedule, but this could signify an important development in how Western audiences simulcast anime.
As Netflix has acquired the exclusive international broadcasting rights to Blue Period, fans shouldn’t expect the series to be made available through alternative platforms such as Funimation or Crunchyroll.
Blue Period release date…
Blue Period will premiere on Netflix Japan on Saturday, September 25th and then air on Japanese broadcast stations from Friday, October 1st.
The series will then begin releasing weekly episodes through Netflix’s international services starting on Saturday, October 9th.
The total number of episodes in Blue Period season 1 has not been revealed, but more information is expected to be shared as we move closer towards the series’ domestic debut.
Who produces and animates Blue Period?
The Seven Arcs production company are at the helm of Blue Period, a Tokyo-based animation studio that was established in 2002 by a former staff member of Studio Pierrot.
Seven Arcs have produced a variety of ONA and OVA titles, including the ‘Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha’ and ‘Trinity Seven’ franchises, as well as a co-production for ‘Majestic Prince: Wings to the Future.’
However, the studio’s biggest series is arguably the Tonikawa: Fly Me to the Moon anime series, which aired in October 2020.
Directing the series is Katsuya Asano and Koji Masunari, who have worked on the likes of Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS, Naruto, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic and the Photon series,
Meet the voice cast…
The two main characters in Blue Period will be voiced by Hiromu Mineta as Yatora and Yumiri Hanamori as Ryuuji.
This will be Mineta’s second lead role in a major anime series after voicing Cestvs from Cestvs: The Roman Fighter (2021).
Hanamori on the other hand is a veteran of anime voice acting, with fans potentially recognising her from Laid Back Camp (Nadeshiko), Overlord (Evileye), Demon Slayer (Hinaki) and Shadows House (Sophie).
The following cast has also been confirmed:
- Yotasuke Takahashi – Daiki Yamashita
- Haruka Hashida – Kengo Kawanishi
- Maki Kuwana – Yume Miyamoto
- Maru Mori – Mayu Aoyagi
- Masako Saeki – Fumi Hirano
- Sumida – Masaya Fukunishi
- Koigakubo – Shinichiro Kamio
- Utashima – Tatsumaru Tachibana
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]