I’m pretty excited about this one after the first episode. The animation and background art are really strong, as you would expect from Production I.G. The art style similarities makes it feel like this show and Haikyuu take place in the same universe. Tatara Fujita wants to be good at something – anything. Unfortunately, he’s about as average as a slouchy teen can be. The local bullies know this, and make it a habit to hit him up for cash, but all that changes when the debonair Kaname Sengoku sends them packing. Sengoku’s not the neighborhood watch, though. He’s a professional ballroom dancer. And once Tatara Fujita gets pulled into the world of the ballroom, his life will never be the same.
It’s very similar to the manga’s original designs, with a much larger focus on human like-ness than most all other anime designs. This story is a bit cliche at first and sometimes but it works really well and the author know how to handle drama. The art & the characters are done well and something about it make it enjoyable and refreshing to watch. I don’t honestly know about this portrayal. Tatara begins as an unconfident aimless kid, and dancing was a way for him to gain confidence and gusto he desired. Maybe its because of the character designs, but Tatara’s initial meek portrayal felt off compared to the manga, since they used the Haikyuu design scheme. Tatara’s not an athlete in any means, he’s the forgettable kid of the class that just disappears without anybody noticing, and the character design implies he is already an athlete with the body composition. Still a solid portrayal though.
Main differences from the manga:
- In the manga, Tatara doesn’t even notice the dance studio. He’s looking at a flyer for a part-time job with a flyer for the dance studio next to it when the bullies approach. Sengoku mistakes this and pulls Tatara into the studio anyway.
2. Sengoku drives the bullies away by giving them money, not by being intimidating.
3. When Tatara returns the DVD, the bullies show up again instead of Sengoku. Sengoku actually gave them fake money which they tried to pay with, and they got in trouble. They were coming to beat him up and Tatara stands up to them, so they kick his ass. Sengoku shows up and brings Tatara into the studio to clean his wounds because it’s Sengoku’s fault Tatara got beat up.
4. Tatara vomits from doing box all night, in addition to destroying his feet and the shoes.
I’m typically a stickler for manga accuracy but I don’t think the money point ever really goes anywhere. It’s not useless because it tells the audience a bit about Sengoku’s character, but basically the only difference it leads to is the whole second bully scene being replaced by Sengoku. The fact that they have Tatara notice the dance studio flyer is more annoying for me, part of his character was that he wasn’t actively looking for something like this but was blown away by it when he saw it in real life. Also the vomit scene was a great show of how much he’d been drawn into it, so again disappointing it’s been removed. I guess most of all the changes just make me scratch my head and ask “why?”. Hopefully it won’t deviate too far. Love both the OP and ED. There wasn’t a ton of music during the show that stood out to me, but I’m guessing that will change as we start getting into dance competitions.