Blue Period 2021 TV Series Review
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.
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 will be 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 format, but this could signify an important development in how Western audiences simulcast anime.
Interestingly, it has also been confirmed that another anime, Komi Can’t Communicate, will also air weekly episodes on Netflix outside Japan from October 21st.
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.