After the announcement of Welcome to the Ballroom, tons of fans were stocked. All of the Yuri on Ice fans pretty much latched onto this new series. The sports fans were interested. Hell, Attack on Titan fans were foaming at the mouth when AOT did a collaboration with this new franchise. But I was a little skeptical. I mean, it's an anime about dancing. After watching 50 million seasons of Dancing with the Stars, I was ready to take a step back. But then....
BUT THEN I WATCHED IT AND I ATE MY WORDS. Kinda. Well not exactly.
After witnessing all of the hype at Anime Expo, and seeing Tumblr basically have a stroke over this series, I started to get pretty interested. Kodansha had also picked up the manga title, and being a bit (major) fan of theirs I decided to block out my reality dancing PTSD and give it a shot. I waited with bated breathe, and finally got to check out the first episode ahead of release.
Now I have to say I really like to fluid movements. The manga, at least what I saw in the first volume, was good. It was interesting, but the thing about manga is it can never really capture that movement and the fast pace of it like anime can. I feel like it was executed beautifully, the movements seemed impossible but realistic.
However, I can't say I'm a big fan of the character designs. The eyebrows are very arched, everything seems fairly pointy and everything seems too clean cut, they don't have the soft edges most series do. They're interesting, and it's cool that they're uncommon, but I can't say it's my favorite. The body shapes are well proportioned though, and all the characters don't have flat butts! I'm looking at you, Haikyu.
The main character is also fairly relatable, and is a bit different from the average sports anime protagonist. Unlike others, he doesn't know what he wants in life, he doesn't know where he wants to go and how to get there. This is a problem a lot of young adults face, and this isn't always addressed. Not everyone knows what lies ahead, and they don't have some big dream that they can pursue. More often than not, people are just floating through life trying to figure out what it is we want to do. But the main character represents the average teen, the only difference being he does find something that interests him, it's just we're there to watch him from the beginning.
I think it's interesting enough to continue watching it, not exactly my type of stuff but it does have that thrill a sports anime provides. I don't believe that it was started airing yet, but it will be on the Anime Strike program offered by Amazon. (you can also find it on Youtube just saying). Definitly worth the time to check out the first episode, and from there see if it's your taste.