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「お見合い」 (Omiai)
“Matchmaking”


Whatever you think of her (and I’m frankly not sure at this point) Hiyama Chinatsu has undeniably altered the tenor of Ballroom e Youkoso instantly and decisively. The landscape of this series is a whole lot different since she arrived – it feels like very much a different story both in terms of plot and tone. She seems pretty schizo, to be honest – I’m not ready to burden her with the overused tsundere label yet (and there hasn’t been much “dere” yet anyway) but she certainly has poor Tatara confused as hell.

I guess when you stop and think about it, finding a partner is pretty much everything in competitive dance. You’re literally out of luck without one, and it’s only Hyodo’s injury that’s allowed Tatara to borrow a couple of partners and get his feet wet in competition. For an older dude like Jinbo not having a partner must be particularly dire; I don’t think he’s especially serious about competing at a high level, but losing out on Karen-san was quite a blow. Maybe attaching the term “Omiai” to meeting potential dance partners is a bit dramatic, but finding the right match seems almost as difficult.

Speaking of difficult, that certainly applies to Chinatsu. She’s got Tatara’s head on a swivel with her whipsaw mood swings when it comes to dance – and him. It seems obvious there’s a story here, and that she has a rather complicated personal history with dance. As to her appearance at the competition last week, it seems that she’s a groupie all right – of Chizuru, not Sengoku. It’s the chance to meet her hero that leads her to follow Tatara to the studio, where the crew mistakes her for his girlfriend (or at least perspective partner). She’s really only there to get an autograph (and a hug) from Chizuru, but the latter manages to steamroll the girl onto the dance floor for a brief Omiai with Tatara-kun.

It’s here where things get especially interesting, for we finally see Ballroom e Youkoso take a semi-deep dive into the subject of what it means to lead and follow in ballroom dance. Exactly why Chinatsu agreed to practice with Tatara (who’s desperate to find a partner so he can level up to Grand Prix status and compete with Shizuku and Hyodo, who’s returned to competition) isn’t clear, but agree she does – and it’s clear pretty quickly that she’s a far more experienced dancer than he. Tatara’s attempts to lead are disastrous, and things quickly degrade to disastrous chaos on the dance floor.

I don’t know anything about how the process of learning ballroom dance in real life works, but I would imagine a proper teacher would give novice boys experience at following, and girls at leading – surely an understanding of the other would be vital to succeed at the one. That has nothing to do with Sengoku of course, and Tatara has obviously never followed before – and it’s quite the shock when he discovers how difficult it is. Chinatsu-san certainly has experience at leading, and it’s an eye-opener for Tatara to feel what it’s like to be properly guided around the floor. His uncanny ability to learn on the fly allows him to follow even when Chi-chan executes steps he’s never learned, but it quickly becomes clear to him that he hasn’t really been properly leading at all.

Pairs dancing is, by definition itself, a two-person sport. And Welcome to the Ballroom has focused on the role of the lead almost to the exclusion of the role of the follow, so this is a welcome turn of events. The riddle of Chinatsu is still very much unsolved – why she soured on dancing enough to quit and even deny her association with it, why she’s so experienced as a lead. But it’s clear she’s destined to be Tatara’s partner, on the dance floor at least, at least for the next while. Whatever he learns from her by following her lead, he’ll eventually have to put in play in his role as a leader if he’s ever to seriously compete in the sport (and this won’t be much of a story if he doesn’t).

 

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October 3, 2017 at 12:18 am
11 comments »
  • October 3, 2017 at 1:16 amMogbell

    Sengoku can’t teach for shit. He’s on of the reasons why Tatara is confused and all. All of them are too enamored by Tatara’s weird way of leading that when it comes to actually doing the right thing, he falters, badly.

    Chinatsu isn’at schizo, well people will know in time anyway. But it’s not hasty to say that she literally is the missing half of Tatara. Both learn a lot from each other.

  • October 3, 2017 at 1:51 amWorldwidedepp

    an pair.. where both knows “with closed” Eyes where they put their feet, without falling over each other

    I think

    • October 3, 2017 at 1:52 amWorldwidedepp

      forgot:

      Of course if they are alone on the dancefloor for training purpose..

      Look a bit to the “Idols” dance group, they know at each beat where to be and in what speed they move to be in sync with all other..

      • October 3, 2017 at 1:56 amWorldwidedepp

        or what this Episode want us to tell:

        an old Indiana (the US Indians) “You want to understand me? then walk a Day in my Shoes!”

  • October 3, 2017 at 2:29 amChris hall

  • October 3, 2017 at 2:35 amWorldwidedepp

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    Perhaps this here is an explanation, but this is not all
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    http://randomc.net/2017/08/26/ballroom-e-youkoso-08/comment-page-1/#comment-2294798

    I still have a feeling, somebody is watching here and there. And also this is my kind of repay. As i said many times, it is an Win-Win for me, and i hope for the other side, too
    even if i have now an 2nd Home in reddit, i am still here.. My heart is still connected to Randomc.net

    • October 3, 2017 at 11:38 amace

      are you okay? LOL

      • October 3, 2017 at 1:00 pmWorldwidedepp

        Yes i am fine. i know nobody of them are reading or watching, but i can dream?

        This is my style

        Go and laugh all you want

      • October 3, 2017 at 4:56 pmboingman

        Don’t worry and keep it up, wwd.

  • October 7, 2017 at 12:25 pmWorldwidedepp

    Ep 14:

    All of a sudden, this Episode got an personal touch for me… Thank you

    But i am an old Dog, you should walk your own way.. But the inner problems of “become an pair” was well played here.

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