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Ballroom e Youkoso – 19

「敵(ライバル)」 (Rivals)
“Rivals”

One thing Ballroom e Youkoso makes clear – no one ever said life is fair, and competitive dance is no exception.

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November 13, 2017 at 7:32 pm Comments (2)

Ballroom e Youkoso – 18

「背番号13」 (Sebangou 13)
“Entry #13″

Is this an irresistible force proverbially meeting the immovable object? Well, no – it’s really worse than that.

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November 6, 2017 at 10:22 pm Comments (19)

Ballroom e Youkoso – 17

「表現者」 (Hyougensha)
“Performer”

The deeper we get into this show, the more what becomes important is that which makes Welcome to the Ballroom special, not what makes it flawed.

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October 30, 2017 at 10:35 pm Comments (19)

Ballroom e Youkoso – 16

「四本足」 (Yonhon Ashi)
“Four Legs”

You know, one of the key measures of a series is whether or not it improves as it progresses.

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October 23, 2017 at 10:05 pm Comments (18)

Ballroom e Youkoso – 15

「じゃじゃ馬ならし」 (Jaja Uma Narashi)
“Taming a Wild Horse”

One of the things I notice as we get deeper into Ballroom e Youkoso is the surprising extent to which it’s a creature of shounen habit.

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October 16, 2017 at 8:27 pm Comments (8)

Ballroom e Youkoso – 14

「結成」 (Kessei)
“Formation”

It really seems that Tatara can’t catch a break – no matter what he does he never gets any credit, only criticism.

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October 9, 2017 at 11:27 pm Comments (13)

Ballroom e Youkoso – 13

「お見合い」 (Omiai)
“Matchmaking”

I guess when you stop and think about it, finding a partner is pretty much everything in competitive dance.

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October 3, 2017 at 12:18 am Comments (11)

Ballroom e Youkoso – 12

「出会い」 (Deai)
“Encounters”

We may still technically be in the first cour of Ballroom e Youkoso, but the scene change unmistakably happened after last week’s episode.

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September 24, 2017 at 7:55 pm Comments (14)

Ballroom e Youkoso – 11

「評価」 (Hyouka)
“Final Evaluation”

There’s a real sense that the story is just getting started with Ballroom e Youkoso.

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September 17, 2017 at 11:08 pm Comments (9)

Ballroom e Youkoso – 10

「ボルテージ」 (Voltage)
“Voltage”

People are complicated (and so is this relationship diagram).

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September 10, 2017 at 10:37 pm Comments (10)

Ballroom e Youkoso – 09

「花と額縁」 (Hana to Gakubuchi)
“Flower and Frame”

The only thing in this show longer than the necks is the minutes…

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September 4, 2017 at 12:07 pm Comments (8)

Ballroom e Youkoso – 08

「現実」 (Genjitsu)
“Reality”

There are definitely times when watching Ballroom e Youkoso that my abject lack of knowledge about ballroom dancing frustrates me.

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August 26, 2017 at 7:44 pm Comments (8)

Ballroom e Youkoso – 07

「天平杯」 (Tenpei Sakazuki)
“Tenpei Cup”

That was certainly eventful!

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August 21, 2017 at 6:02 pm Comments (14)

Ballroom e Youkoso – 06

「ライン・オブ・ダンス」 (Rain Obu Dansu)
“Line of Dance”

With the last couple of episodes, I’m really starting to appreciate just what all the fuss was about.

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August 13, 2017 at 9:14 pm Comments (14)

Ballroom e Youkoso – 04, 05

「ダンサーズ・ハイ/ パートナー」 (Dansaazu Hai/Paatonazu)
“Dancer’s High/Partners”

Welcome to the Ballroom is certainly full of shounen tropes, of that there can be no doubt. But it works in spite (and maybe even a little bit because) of that.

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July 30, 2017 at 8:50 pm Comments (14)

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