WARNING: The next comprises spoilers for Episode 7 of Blue Interval, “The Start of the First Exam,” now streaming on Netflix.
Of all of the challenges Yatora has confronted in his journey as a brand new artist in Blue Interval, he might have reached the toughest of all in Episode 7. Simply days earlier than his entrance examination for the Tokyo College of the Arts, Yatora sits down together with his prep college instructor Mayu Ooba to debate the place he sits when it comes to passing or failing. He is been working actually onerous, pushing himself to attempt new abilities and methods with the intention to guarantee his acceptance in the one program his mother and father can afford.
However when he sits down with Ooba, his pleasure and anticipation are crushed when she tells him he is missing one thing important all of the profitable folks have – self-centeredness. Whereas this may increasingly appear shocking and sudden, it proves to be Yatora’s largest problem but in Blue Interval.
Ooba claims this lack of self-centeredness may very well be the downfall of Yatora’s creative profession. All of the individuals who’ve been accepted into the Tokyo College of the Arts have this attribute, and it is apparently what makes them good artists. Ooba thinks this trait goes hand-in-hand with adaptability, since making artwork is all about having enjoyable and going with the movement. However she feels Yatora lacks this, particularly since he is been attempting to harness his abilities and additional his methods.
Yatora is a hard-working educational pupil in Blue Interval, characterised by his earnestness and real effort. This rigidness makes him extremely profitable in academia — however, in response to Ooba, it would convey about his downfall. Making artwork and doing arithmetic are two very various things, and the strategy to every must be completely different as effectively. The professor feels Yatora ought to have extra enjoyable together with his work and apply flexibility and adaptableness.
Whereas Yatora might look like a self-centered particular person at first look, that is not completely correct. He is all the time fascinated with what others are considering, particularly now that he is attempting to higher his artwork. Different folks’s opinions imply an terrible lot to him and have extra of an impact than they understand. So to abruptly attempt to focus his energies inward proves to be a more difficult process than he thought. He had been attempting to keep sensible about his entrance examination, however now Ooba has thrown him a curveball he does not know tips on how to dodge.
Yatora must re-learn tips on how to have enjoyable together with his craft and create artwork that he not solely likes, however enjoys making. His first step towards leaning into self-centeredness is to exit for noodles with a pal as an alternative of going dwelling and learning for his upcoming examination. Whereas he appears just a little uneasy — understanding he must be learning — his trip together with his pal in the end leaves him feeling happy, extra understanding, and optimistic.
Although Ooba’s phrases have been harsh, they have been precisely what Yatora wanted to listen to as Blue Interval continues. He now is aware of precisely what his largest impediment is in turning into a profitable candidate for TUA — however he should discover ways to tackle the required adjustments inside himself. Regardless that he was shocked to listen to his largest flaw as an artist lies inward, Yatora is now prepared to maneuver ahead and discover ways to have enjoyable with artwork once more.