Welcome to the Ballroom S1E1 is an absolute delight.
I have shown zero interest in ballroom dancing and the anime still stands out. The downside is that the show is exclusive in the US to Amazon’s Anime Strike. Strike’s pricing is decent and there are a ton of exclusive shows across all anime genres located in the service. The anime is based off a manga by Tomo Takeuchi that I plan on picking up and reading!
The series follows a third-year student named Tatara. In episode one we see Tatara struggling with authority and life in general. The staff at his school needs him to pick a vocation and he feels as if he’s the only student at the school who doesn’t know exactly what he wants to be later in life. He leaves class on his way home feeling dejected when he stops in front of a new storefront. The sign is for ballroom dancing lessons in the basement. He’s intrigued but ultimately turns to go when he sees Sengoku pull up on his fancy motorcycle being all cool. Sengoku leads Tatara into Ogasawara Dance Studio and shows him the world of ballroom dancing.
Tatara is very interested, especially after his school crush Shizuku comes in to practice. Tatara is entranced.
Later at home, while watching a DVD of Sengoku winning a Latin dance price Tatara knows he must do everything in his power to become a pro ballroom dancer.
His family, however, cannot support the added cost. Tatara will have to find his own way into the world of ballroom dancing.
Production I.G., the studio behind Haikyu!!!, Attack on Titan and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is producing the show. Sengoku reminds me of a Scout Regiment leader both in drawing and character.
Welcome to the Ballroom has been a great Sunday night find and makes Strike totally worth the monthly subscription fee.
Have you seen the show or read the manga? We’d love to hear from you!