Ballroom E Youkoso [Anime Review]
Ballroom E Youkoso is anime series adapted by Production I.G and premiered on July 8, 2017, with Amazon Video exclusively streaming the series worldwide. I was quite excited to see this because I am a fan of the art of dance.
Now I’m only waiting for a hip-hop breakdancing shonen anime, lol. C’mon, make it happen!!!!!
So you Think you Can Dance?
Tatara Fujita is a guy who has no plans for his future or dreams but tries to find something he can pursue with his whole life. A professional dancer named Sengoku rescues Tatara who is being harassed by delinquents. He ends up at Sengoku’s dance studio and from this defining moment when Tatara enters the world of dance.
New friendships arise and Tatara develops a passionate desire to improve as a dancer and be accepted by his peers and rivals, which nurtures his own native talent. Through interacting with Tatara, the other dance members are encouraged to take steps to overcome their own challenges and issues.
You got Served!
The technical aspects of this anime were astounding. Character designs were crisp, the dancing animation was fluid, sound design was on point. Another top-notch work from Production IG.
The story itself is pretty standard, the same shonen trope used in many titles like Hajime No Ippo or Eyeshield 21. A weakling who wanted to change for the better finds a master does get better. As well, like always, the protagonist has some innate skill that gives him an early surprising edge on the others. Ballroom E Youkoso is no exception to this rule.
What makes this anime good though is the way the characters were used. Each character had their own distinct personality and style, even if it was pretty standard. The story makes full use of their potential, using them as stepping stones for the protagonist. The pacing was pretty balanced, till you get to the last arc, in which it kinda gets a little dragged out.
Personally, I had an issue with the way Tataras’ “special” skill seemed to have disappeared from the last arc, using the lack of it as a pivot to move the story. It’s not even that long of an anime, please don’t conveniently forget things like that.
If you’re not a fan of classical dancing or have never seen an episode of SYTYCD, this anime is still accessible. You might also learn a thing or two and might end up taking a class or two. The dancing was the main showcase and it was animated exquisitely, coupled with great sound design, it makes an impact.
This might not be your typical shonen fare but it is a shonen anime, and I highly recommend it. I give this anime 4/5 stars, thanks for reading my review! Follow me on Instagram for daily anime stuff and Facebook as well.