Ballroom e Youkoso Episode 1 Review – “Welcome to Ogasawara Dance Studio”

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A very promising start for an underdog story!

(Spoilers in this review)

One Sentence Summarya boy who lacks direction and ambition in his life becomes interested in ballroom dancing.

Impression: Like I said before, Ballroom e Youkoso is a type of underdog story, which always appeals to my heart. Unlike in Boku no Hero Academia, where the underdog protagonist initially entertains a passion yet lacks the talent/ability, Fujita Tatara (the main character of Ballroom e Youkoso) doesn’t know what he is should be striving for life. After becoming enthralled with ballroom dancing, he opts to beg a pro ballroom dancer to start teaching him and manages to impress the man after practicing for an entire night.

I like how this episode concluded because it shows the main character’s drive and motivation to reach for an ambitious goal (to become a profession competitive dancer) while not selling him as some genius prodigy. After all of his hard work, Tatara’s form was still not perfect. And that’s how it should be after a single night. But seeing such determination and GUTS portrayed on-screen always gets me excited.

Unlike some of the other Summer 2017 series I’ve reviewed so far, this show had a nice pace and didn’t feel rushed. Sure, the episode as a whole felt predictable to some degree, but I think it’s important that a show doesn’t just blitz through the opening episode. Otherwise the audience is left with weak characterization and minimal reason to emphasize with the characters. Tatara’s self-defeating laugh and desperate attempts to find a goal in life was properly conveyed in this episode and the show is better for it.

Introducing someone who could be considered a foil to Tatara this early on in the narrative is also a plus. Hanaoka Shizuku is a female classmate who is very serious about ballroom dancing and contrasts quite nicely against the initially directionless Tatara. Maybe some personal bias and current personal experiences is causing me to enjoy this dynamic, but it served the show well. I’m just not sure if this can be an interesting romance with just this, but we shall see.

I have been made aware that the episode is slightly different compared to the manga (aka no vomitting after his all-night dancing spree). But whatcha gonna do? Vomitting isn’t pretty.

I’m excited to see the next episode.

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Shizuku with the one who I assume is her dance partner..
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Another dance couple in the OP.
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They criticize Tatara for having no life and no money, but aren’t they the same?
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This really cool guy saves Tatara’s butt, though. Turns out he’s a pro competitive dancer!
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An expressive protagonist is always a plus.
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Such an impure motive!
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Tatara runs into Shizuku once again.
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He’s not very good at ballroom dancing, but that’s obvious.
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She dimisses his efforts as just fooling around. And at this point he is.
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Tamaki aka onee-san tries to milk the boy for his money.
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I always feel disconnected from a series whenever they try to claim a girl with this sort of body is in middle school. From now on, I’m going to pretend that Shizuku and Tatara are in high school. In my head at least.
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Onee-san is sneaky and snuck a DVD into Tatara’s bag.
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What an excellent smile.
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Tatara is impressed by all of these attention-seeking dancers!
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“Please teach me how to dance!”
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He’s a bit miffed that Tatara thinks dancing is this easy.
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But Tatara practices the Box for an entire night! And ruins the shoes and his feet!
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8 comments on “Ballroom e Youkoso Episode 1 Review – “Welcome to Ogasawara Dance Studio””

  1. This is definitely one I wanna check out. I think I’m gonna wait for a couple more episodes to come out first though. It’ll be cool to see an anime centered on dance because even though I couldn’t dance to save my life, I have much respect for it. So this looks right up my alley.

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  2. Shizuku dance (competitive) since she was 4, so we can assume that her body will be develop better than other child in her age. Like we always see pro dancers in real life have very good figure. Ballroom e Youkoso manga have really good characterization, as a shonen manga it has seinen-like storytelling, and great artistic. You will not dissapointed to not drop this anime. Sorry for my bad English.

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    1. Oh, your English is pretty good!

      Mmm my brother read the manga and had been telling me to do so for months now so I’m led to believe it’s good stuff. But your words just give me more confidence to continue watching Ballroom e Youkoso. Thank you and thanks for dropping by!

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