Beautiful Dresses and Straight Backs – Welcome to the Ballroom

When I was a little girl (well, and not so little I must admit) I loved to watch dance competitions on TV. Ballroom dance to be exact. All those pretty people swirling around on a big dance floor. The shining, glittering dresses almost flowing in the air, wrapping the mesmerizing couple as they floated an inch above the wooden floor. Beautiful as a couple of swans, tall and almost a little intimidating. Dancers, the most amazing people on this earth. I did dance when I was a little girl; ballet when I was around 6-8 years old and then I danced a variant of ballroom dance when I was around 13 or so. Yeah, I am not even close to swirling anywhere unless you can call stumbling down the stairs swirling.

Beautiful people.

I still dream about being one of those diamonds out on that floor though. So, when I saw that there was an anime about ballroom dancing my heart skipped a beat. Then I got worried. How do you even make something so beautiful work when animated? I was a bit afraid and skeptical when I turned on the first episode the other day. It took approximately two minutes for the disappointment to arrive. It wasn’t the dance, because I hadn’t even seen it. No, it was the looks. They looked like any other sports anime. Yeah, Welcome to the Ballroom is a sports anime, which it should be, but dancers are magical, beautiful creatures. They don’t have ugly shadowing like the guys in Haikyuu and Kuroko no Basku. You know what I am talking about, right? I was disappointed, I wanted something more, better, more amazing.

Beautiful people?

Well, one can’t get defeated by the looks so obviously I kept looking. It took me a couple of episodes to getting used to the looks. I am gonna admit now that if it wasn’t for Sengoku, the pro who lures the mc Tatara into dancing to begin with, I wouldn’t have adjusted as well. His stature, oh man. He is magnificent.

I did say he is magnificent.

Tatara is a shrimp, as it always is in these kinds of anime. The mc is the little one, hitting from under. He does it well, I’ll admit to that. You root for him and you (I at least) really dislike his designated partner (in the second half which, in my, opinion, is the most important part of the anime).

Shrimp dance

So, I got over the looks and now, in hindsight, I actually think that the design of the characters fit well for the dancers. If I compare to the character design in Yuri on Ice!!! where they are ice skaters, which actually has similar bodies, I do prefer the ones in this one now. On another note, now that I am comparing; this is a proper sports anime, that one is not. I am unsure of why MAL has tagged it as a romance. There is no romance involved in it whatsoever. The closest you might come is that Tatara is a bit spellbound by Hanaoka and has a wish to dance with her in the first part of the anime. That urge soon turns into competition between the two.

What can I say, guys and onsens, one more thing YoI and this anime has in common.

My fears never came through, the anime is beautiful. Albeit, some of the facial expressions are hilarious while the couples dance. It truly is a sports anime and not some shoujo anime with cute girls squealing at the sight of hot men (only me squealing at the sight of Sengoku *sigh*) or stuttering, blushing, lovesick, big boob girls being annoying. Just normal teenagers mixed with dancers of all ages and sizes (one of the ladies at the dance studios is a chubby woman. She is the cutest.), and with all moods and personalities. It’s about competition but also about friendship and past and present demons.


I think you can tell how much I love this anime. I hope there will be a second season. I need that in my life. I need more ballroom dancing. I need the glamour. I need the sweat and tears. I need this. (Also, I need more Sengoku)

Not Sengoku but damn, those hips… *ugh*

15 thoughts on “Beautiful Dresses and Straight Backs – Welcome to the Ballroom

  1. I also, very much enjoyed Welcome to the Ballroom! I’m actually trying to write my own review on it too πŸ™‚ I haven’t met a lot of people on here that actually loved Ballroom as much as I did. And you’ve made a lot of valid points in here πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ I don’t think I have read one review about it. I haven’t search for it either though because I just finished and I tend to stay away from reviews until after I have seen the anime. I look forward to your review!

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  2. I still haven’t seen this but I now have access to it so it is on my catch up watch list for the year. I’m going to say that I haven’t been a fan of the character designs while reading other people’s posts on this show but I’ll see what they are like once I see them in the show. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.

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    1. I didn’t think I would either and some things still feels weird (read facial expressions) but somehow it’s okay. I hope you will like it but no matter, it’s gonna be interesting to hear your opinion on it. πŸ™‚

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      1. I probably won’t get to it for awhile because my work situation is getting busy again and my watch list is quite long at this point but it is definitely on the list of Amazon titles I can now check out and plan to. Currently working through Inuyashiki.

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      2. Oh, I’ll wait. All of you reviews are awesome anyway and work is important. I just got Amazon Prime and WttB was the first thing I watched. 😎 Gonna explore further what’s on there.

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    1. Thank you! 😊 You are on of those people who swirls over the floor too maybe, in that stumbling fashion. 😎 It is a very good anime if you can get over the character design and understand from the start that it is a sport anime and not a romcom or high school story. I think a lot of people misunderstand what it is really about and get disappointed.

      I say watch it! Give it a couple of episodes at least. πŸ‘πŸ»

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  3. It’s not an anime that I would usually check out I have to admit, but I made that mistake with Yuri on Ice as well, and I ended up loving that one too (it really took me months to finally get me to watch it, and in the end I wondered why I didn’t watch it sooner πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚).
    And I have to admit that your enthusiasm in this review is very convincing too! Great post! Don’t know exactly when I will get around to seeing it, as I already have a few shows lined up that I want to see first, but your review has managed for me to put it on my to watch list at least πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€


  4. From the bold and furious facial designs to the explosive character dynamics and relationships, Ballroom was definitely off putting for many. Not me, though. Sure, the necks were hella long for some reason (I’m still not sure what happened there, as not even the manga looks that ridiculous), but I was simply drawn into the world of dancing and all its graceβ€”of which, I learned that ballroom dancing is actually much like any other sport. The practices can be vigorous, the people can be irritating, and not all things are beautiful. But when they are, these moments shine through and make the anime so, so very enjoyable. I’m glad that the show grew on you, especially as a person who was acquitted with the sport early on. I feel like a second season, as much as I want it, is out of the question considering the show’s divided response. But I’ll hope and pray that one day we do get to revisit young Tatara (and Sengoku) on the floor once more. (I was inspired to pick up the manga and it’s AMAZING so farβ€”highly recommended!) Great review!

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    1. Thank you! 😊 Yeah, I know it is wishful thinking of a second season but a girl can never give up hope.

      The necks yeah, boy did they become swan necks. Sure, you got to stretch your neck to get the right posture but I am not sure you have to emphasize it that much.

      Well, one problem with the anime is probably that it might seem like it would be a romantic story about dancers when in fact it is a real sport anime. It can draw in girls who are after the romantic aspect and I get if they are disappointed. Meanwhile the audience who watches the regular sport like KnB doesn’t look at it because of the “girly” element of dancing. Well, I am gonna read the manga, that’s for sure. I am not done with them yet, any of them not just my majestic man. 😎

      Thank you for your thoughts. 😊

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