Welcome to the Ballroom

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  • 2017
  • 1 Season
  • 7.8  (849)

Welcome to the Ballroom is a Japanese anime television series that premiered in 2017 on the streaming platform, Anime Strike. The show is based on the manga series of the same name by Tomo Takeuchi. The series stars Shinba Tsuchiya as Tatara Fujita, a high school student who discovers his passion for ballroom dancing after meeting a talented dancer, Ayane Sakura as Shizuku Hanaoka, Tatara's dance partner, and Nobuhiko Okamoto as Kiyoharu Hyodo, a top-ranked dancer who becomes Tatara's rival.

The series revolves around Tatara's journey as a novice dancer who wants to become a professional ballroom dancer. Tatara is initially introduced as a shy and introverted high school student who is struggling to find his place in the world. However, after he is introduced to ballroom dancing by chance, Tatara becomes fascinated by the art form and decides to pursue it seriously.

Throughout the show, Tatara faces numerous challenges, both on and off the dance floor. He must overcome his own fears and insecurities as he competes against some of the best dancers in the country. Additionally, Tatara must navigate the complicated social dynamics within the world of ballroom dancing, including fierce rivalries, jealous partners, and manipulative coaches.

One of the strengths of the show is the attention to detail when it comes to the technical aspects of ballroom dancing. The series meticulously depicts the various dance styles, such as the tango, waltz, and foxtrot, and the complex footwork required to execute each one. Additionally, the show explores the physical toll that dancing can take on a person's body, as Tatara and his fellow dancers train rigorously for hours on end.

Beyond the technical aspects of the show, Welcome to the Ballroom is ultimately a character-driven drama. The series explores the personal lives of its main characters, delving into their individual backstories and motivations for pursuing ballroom dancing. Tatara, in particular, serves as a relatable protagonist who is easy to root for as he struggles to find his place in the world. His relationship with his dance partner, Shizuku, is also a highlight of the show, as the two must learn to work together despite their vastly different personalities and dance styles.

The supporting cast of the show is equally compelling, with standout performances from Kentaro Tomita as Gaju Akagi, a talented dancer who is also Tatara's friend and rival, and Sumire Morohoshi as Mako Akagi, Gaju's younger sister and Tatara's occasional dance partner. Each character brings their own unique strengths and weaknesses to the table, adding depth and complexity to the show's overall narrative.

One of the most impressive aspects of Welcome to the Ballroom is the animation. The series is visually stunning, with vivid colors and fluid, graceful movements that make the dance scenes come alive. The animation team pays close attention to the characters' body language and facial expressions, conveying a wide range of emotions through subtle gestures and expressions.

Overall, Welcome to the Ballroom is a must-watch for fans of character-driven dramas and sports anime. The show's attention to detail and nuanced performances make it a standout among its peers, and its exploration of the world of ballroom dancing is both fascinating and entertaining.

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Heat. 24 : Welcome to the Ballroom
24. Heat. 24 : Welcome to the Ballroom
December 16, 2017
The third style in the finals is the Viennese Waltz, where the male and female dancers take turns leading, which is perfect for Team Fujita. The fourth style is the elegant Slow Foxtrot, which favors Team Kugimiya. One team just started dancing whereas the other has ten years of experience. Either pair could win. The last event is the Quickstep. How will Tatara and Chinatsu do in the final round?
Heat. 23 : Tradition and Evolution
23. Heat. 23 : Tradition and Evolution
December 9, 2017
Team Fujita advances to the finals in 4th place. As Tatara searches for Chinatsu to tell her the news, he receives a call from Sengoku. Tatara and Chinatsu have clashed from the moment they became partners, but as he takes Chinatsu's hand and steps onto the dance floor, a strange, new feeling overcomes him.Team Kugimiya is also pushing forward at full speed.?How will the competition end?
Heat. 22 : Leader Partner
22. Heat. 22 : Leader Partner
December 2, 2017
When Hyodo releases Tatara's fascia, his range of movement expands so dramatically that Chinatsu struggles to maintain their form. But the audience and judges are captivated by their dynamic style. Even the usually laser-focused Kugimiya cannot ignore Tatara's breakthrough. As the audience cheers for Tatara, Kugimiya recalls the day he first met his mentor, and the challenges he had to overcome.
Heat. 21 : The Door
21. Heat. 21 : The Door
November 25, 2017
Taking Hyodo's advice, Tatara begins to stretch his body in new ways, increasing his range of motion. He believes this will enable him to compete with Kugimiya, but finds it difficult to control his body's newfound mobility. Akira and Shizuku have feelings of anxiety, whereas Hyodo focuses on how quickly Chinatsu is adapting to Tatara's evolving dance style.
Heat. 20 : Friends
20. Heat. 20 : Friends
November 18, 2017
Akira has always danced with mixed feelings about Chinatsu, but when she sees Chinatsu and Tatara dancing passionately despite their differences, she recalls her mentor's words to
Heat. 19 : Rivals
19. Heat. 19 : Rivals
November 11, 2017
In the preliminaries, Tatara and Chinatsu have a perfect score whereas Akira and her partner Mine are down one point. Akira is annoyed when Chinatsu smugly says that Tatara is her true rival, causing her to fall out of sync with Mine. While Chinatsu gives dance her all, Akira claims that she doesn't even enjoy it. The two totally opposite girls have known each other since elementary school...
Heat. 18 : Entry #13
18. Heat. 18 : Entry #13
November 4, 2017
Tatara and Chinatsu enter the Metropolitan Tournament with the understanding that if they lose, they will split up as partners. Despite their newcomer status, their passion to win begins to capture the attention of the audience and judges. Hyodo and Gaju watch over the couple, constantly arguing but dancing with fierce purpose. An idea seems to be forming in Hyodo's mind...
Heat. 17 : Performer
17. Heat. 17 : Performer
October 28, 2017
Marisa orders Tatara and Chinatsu to win the A-Class competition at the Tokyo Dance Sports Tournament. But as the tournament draws near, Tatara and Chinatsu have a fight, putting them in the worst possible mindset before a competition. Hyodo steps in to support them and points out Tatara's problem which apparently has nothing to do with dance...
Heat. 16 : Four Legs
16. Heat. 16 : Four Legs
October 21, 2017
Tatara and Chinatsu enter the Shizuoka Grand Prix without telling Marisa. Tatara is disappointed when he learns that Hyodo and Akagi are't competing, but realizes he can now focus on Chinatsu, and they dance as Marisa coached them.
Heat. 15 : Taming a Wild Horse
15. Heat. 15 : Taming a Wild Horse
October 14, 2017
Troubled by Marisa's comment that he wasn't being fair, Tatara skips dance practice with Chinatsu to visit Marisa's studio. There, he sees novice champion Kugimiya in a dance lesson. Tatara pairs up with Kugimiya, but has a hard time leading him. Kugimiya, on the other hand, is a forceful leader, who takes total control of Tatara...
Heat. 14 : Formation
14. Heat. 14 : Formation
October 6, 2017
Tatara is having a hard time finding a partner, and loses confidence in his ability to lead when he dances with Chinatsu. Meanwhile, he finds out that his co-worker Akira also dances competitively.
Heat. 13 : Matchmaking
13. Heat. 13 : Matchmaking
September 30, 2017
At Korakuen Hall, Tatara runs into a classmate who called ballroom dancing lame. Why did she come to watch a dance competition? She approaches him the next day, but not about dance. She seems to be more interested in the aura of the dancers on Sengoku's team. She even follows him to Ogasawara Dance Studio to get their autographs. Chinatsu Hiyama is driving Tatara crazy...!
Heat. 12 : Encounters
12. Heat. 12 : Encounters
September 23, 2017
Tatara's first day of high school begins with an unexpected reunion when he is harassed by a gang of delinquents and an upperclassman comes to his aid - fellow dancer, Gaju. Shizuku has deferred her study abroad for a year, and Tatara's goal is to compete with them again before she leaves. When he goes to watch Sengoku in the Tokyo Dance Grand Prix, yet another unexpected encounter awaits him...
Heat. 11 : Final Evalution
11. Heat. 11 : Final Evalution
September 16, 2017
The last category in the Tenpei Cup is the Quickstep.. Tatara steps onto the floor to dance a special variation that Sengoku has taught them.But he is physically exhausted and his feet become heavy, exposing his lack of skill as a beginner.
Heat. 10 : Voltage
10. Heat. 10 : Voltage
September 9, 2017
Watching Tatara and Mako perform, Gaju recalls events from his past -- Mako coaxing him into taking his first dance lesson, hearing encouraging words at a junior tournament, and being advised to find a partner other than Mako as his dancing skills developed. Now, dancing with Shizuku, Gaju realizes what a huge impact a partner can make. But suddenly, he loses focus and his ability to lead€¦
Heat. 9 : A Flower in a Frame
9. Heat. 9 : A Flower in a Frame
September 2, 2017
Tatara and Mako have made it to the finals. As they step onto the dance floor, Tatara is determined to be the "frame" for his partner Mako. The first style is the Waltz solo. Tatara's dedication to become the "frame" to enhance his "flower" Mako captivates the audience"¦What lies behind his interpretation of "flower in a frame"?
Heat. 8 : Reality
8. Heat. 8 : Reality
August 26, 2017
Tatara makes it to the semifinals, but it's the first time he has competed in four consecutive dance styles and his physical stamina is quickly approaching its limit. Sengoku sees this and tells him to sit out on the Variations. Tatara is devastated, realizing how inexperienced he is compared to the other dancers. Then Hyodo appears with one word of advice for Tatara€¦
Heat 7 : The Tenpei Cup
7. Heat 7 : The Tenpei Cup
August 19, 2017
Tatara and Gaju prepare to battle it out at the Tenpei Cup. It is Tatara's first official dance competition and he is visibly nervous, but when he sees his partner Mako smile despite her nerves, he shores up his courage and steps onto the dance floor. Watching them dance lights a fire in Gaju! Will Tatara and Mako survive the first round?
Heat 6 : Line of Dance
6. Heat 6 : Line of Dance
August 11, 2017
Gaju drops his sister/partner Mako to pair up with Shizuku, whose partner Hyodo is out of commission.
Heat.5 : Partners
5. Heat.5 : Partners
July 29, 2017
Brother & sister duo Gaju and Mako Akagi appear at Ogasawara Dance Studio. Hyodo has been prohibited from competing, and Gaju takes the opportunity to ask Shizuku to partner with him. Shizuku agrees, and they start practicing together, leaving Tatara to pair up with Mako€¦
Heat.4 : Dancer's High
4. Heat.4 : Dancer's High
July 29, 2017
Tatara steps onto the dance floor for the first time as a stand-in for Hyodo, who is nowhere to be found. Seeing Tatara and Shizuku on the floor galvanizes Hyodo into dancing the next number, in spite of Sengoku€™s efforts to stop him. While keeping his gaze on Tatara, Hyodo dances the tango with a new and intense passion€¦
Heat.3 : Dance the Waltz
3. Heat.3 : Dance the Waltz
July 22, 2017
Sengoku takes Tatara to the Prince Mikasa Cup competition, where he is both overwhelmed by Hyodo and Shizuku's performance and excited by this new world of dance. But then Hyodo disappears right before the second round of the Standard Division preliminaries...
Heat.2 : Kiyoharu Hyodo
2. Heat.2 : Kiyoharu Hyodo
July 14, 2017
Tatara begins taking dance lessons at Ogasawara Dance Studio, but progress is slow...At his first dance competition, he is overwhelmed by Shizuku and her partner Kiyoharu Hyodo's dynamic power.
Heat.1 : Welcome to Ogasawara Dance Studio
1. Heat.1 : Welcome to Ogasawara Dance Studio
July 8, 2017
Tatara is a third-year middle school student with no particular dreams his future, until He unexpectedly meets a professional dancer Sengoku. Sengoku takes him to Ogasawara Dance Studio and introduces him to the world of ballroom dancing. Tatara is shocked to see his classmate Shizuku there.
  • Premiere Date
    July 8, 2017
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (849)