Welcome To The Ballroom

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  • 05/10/2017
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Welcome To The Ballroom Episode 6: Progress, Partners, and Pinball

New to our review series? Start here! And our previous episode is here. Episode six of Welcome To The Ballroom brings us Tatara and Mako’s practice in earnest. They’ve officially announced themselves as partners—and so have Gaju and Shizuku. Well, Gaju goes a step forward and optimistically outlines his new dance life with Shizuku from their next official competition up until their future marriage. This week’s episode is largely dedicated to plot advancement. However, there are some more explanations of some facets of dancing, and it does also introduce Quickstep to the audience. It’s a flashy, quick dance, full of … Continue reading “Welcome To The Ballroom Episode 6: Progress, Partners, and Pinball”

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  • 22/09/2017
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Welcome To The Ballroom Episode 5: Good Leading Is Now A Superpower

New to our review series? Start here! And our previous episode is here. We’re back with Welcome To The Ballroom, and we’re kicking off a new arc within the show to match. At the end of episode 4, a newcomer literally ran into Tatara in her haste to warn Shizuku. In this episode, we find out what she actually meant. With Kiyoharu injured and not dancing, this leaves Shizuku without a practice partner. Enter the Akagi siblings: Gaku, the elder brother, and Mako, the little sister. Gaku declares that with Kiyoharu “dead”, he will become Shizuku’s new partner, leaving his … Continue reading “Welcome To The Ballroom Episode 5: Good Leading Is Now A Superpower”

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  • 25/08/2017
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Welcome To The Ballroom Episode 4: A Dancer’s Passion

New to our review series? Start here! And our previous episode is here. Episode four of Welcome To The Ballroom brings the passion. It does this, of course, with the first Tango we see in the series. (What else would suffice?) The competition continues, and Kiyoharu confronts Tatara about dancing with Shizuku in his place. Initially unbeknownst to the rest of the cast, this lights a fire within Kiyoharu, and despite his injuries, he takes the floor once more for their Tango heat. The series then takes an interesting stance on what makes a good dance. Kiyoharu has always been … Continue reading “Welcome To The Ballroom Episode 4: A Dancer’s Passion”

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  • 01/08/2017
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Welcome To The Ballroom Episode 3: From the Studio to the Competition Floor!

New to our review series? Start here! And our previous episode is here. With episode 3 of Welcome To The Ballroom, we have some time passing, and with that comes some clear dancing progress, too. Tatara’s teachers declare that his Waltz is “perfect”, and there is much rejoicing—and also many, many comparisons of his dancing to various animals. (The newborn fawn was a good one; it can definitely feel like you’re wobbling around on fawn legs after a long day of dancing!) Of course, while Tatara is happy with his new Waltzing prowess, after heading to the next competition to … Continue reading “Welcome To The Ballroom Episode 3: From the Studio to the Competition Floor!”

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  • 25/07/2017
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Welcome To The Ballroom Episode 2: Dancer See, Dancer Do!

New to our review series? Start here! With the second episode of Welcome to the Ballroom, we meet more characters, learn about different styles of teaching and learning, and get to see our first competition. It’s a lot to take in, but it does a wonderful job of highlighting not only the thrill of ballroom dancing, but also the hard work that it demands. Hard work seems like it’s going to be a big feature of this series. (As well it should be, considering its subject matter!) After spending the first episode practicing the Waltz box until his feet were … Continue reading “Welcome To The Ballroom Episode 2: Dancer See, Dancer Do!”

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  • 19/07/2017
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Welcome To The Ballroom Episode 1: He Spent HOW LONG Doing the Waltz Box?

For anyone who watches anime, you’ve probably already heard of Ballroom e Youkoso (Welcome to the Ballroom) getting an anime adaptation. That’s a fairly niche audience, however, even counting those who grew up in the Pokemon heyday of the 90s. And what is “anime”, for those outside that niche audience? Anime is Japanese animated shows or movies. Movies such as Akira or My Neighbor Totoro are anime, as are television shows like Sailor Moon, Gundam, or yes, even Pokemon. Anime isn’t a genre, but a medium, so it means many different kinds of stories can be told—including Welcome to the … Continue reading “Welcome To The Ballroom Episode 1: He Spent HOW LONG Doing the Waltz Box?”

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