The official website for the television anime of Tsubasa Yamaguchi‘s The Blue Period. manga revealed new cast and staff members and unveiled a new key visual for the anime on Friday. The new key visual is a collaboration between animation studio Seven Arcs and painter Meguru Yamaguchi.
The new cast members include:
Mayu Aoyagi as Maru Mori (left in image below), and Fumi Hirano as Masako Saeki (right)
Previously announced cast members include (pictured below from left to right):
The newly announced staff members are:
The anime will premiere in October.
Koji Masunari (Read or Die, Kamichu!, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic) is the chief director, while Katsuya Asano (Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS) is directing the anime at Seven Arcs. Reiko Yoshida (K-ON!, Tamako Love Story, Liz and the Blue Bird) is writing and overseeing the anime’s scripts. Tomoyuki Shitaya (Bakuman., Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, If My Favorite Pop Idol Made it to the Budokan, I Would Die) is designing the characters.
Yatora is the perfect high school student, with good grades and lots of friends. It’s an effortless performance, and, ultimately … a dull one. But he wanders into the art room one day, and a lone 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!
Yamaguchi launched the manga in Kodansha‘s Afternoon magazine in June 2017. Kodansha published the manga’s ninth compiled book volume on January 21. Kodansha Comics published the second volume in English on January 5.
The manga won the 13th Manga Taisho awards in 2020, and was nominated for the awards the previous year. The series was also nominated for the 24th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in February 2020, and also ranked at #14 on the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! male readers list in December 2019, and ranked #15 on the same list in December 2020. The manga also won the Best General Manga award in the 44th annual Kodansha Manga Awards in 2020.