Dance Dance Danseur: A Beautiful Anime by MAPPA About Ballet Dancing!
If you’re a lover of seinen drama series with dances as their central theme, anime series like Welcome to the Ballroom or perhaps even Love Live! may have piqued your interest. If that’s the case, you’re in luck since this animation is made just for you!
George Asakura‘s manga series Dance Dance Danseur is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by him. Starting September 2015, it has been serialized in Shogakukan’s seinen manga magazine Weekly Big Comic Spirits.
The ongoing anime by Mappa beautifully used Ballet, and answer the question, “What does it mean to be a Man”. So, let’s take a look at what we know about Dance Dance Danseur so far.
Dance Dance Danseur: When Did the Anime Release?
Dance Dance Danseur will be adapted into an anime tv show that was announced in April 2021, according to reports. Under the production of Mappa, the anime premiered on April 9, 2022, as part of the spring series season schedule. It aired on MBS, TBS, as well as other networks on April 9, 2022, as part of the Super Animism block.
Well, for all of you who have been waiting for the new episode, here it is. On June 10, 2022, the anime’s episode 10 will be released.
Dance Dance Danseur: What Is the Storyline of the Anime?
Toxic masculinity has an unintended consequence of educating males, even as youngsters, to praise those who adhere to the conservative male ideal while shaming those who may not. The anime is like a case study that demonstrates how popularly accepted beliefs can deprive a youngster of his dreams and fate, and how he must struggle against his own imprinted perspective to reclaim them.
Junpei showed as a child that he was willing or capable of pursuing his passion of becoming a ballet dancer. Whenever his friends mocked it, he was eager to fight back. But it’s the loss of his dad that truly shook him off. His dad had been a martial artist as well as a stuntman, in other terms, he was every bit the traditional manly man.
Whenever Junpei tells his father about his dream, he attempts to talk him out of it and convince him to just do Jeet Kun Do otherwise. This really is partially related to his own male entitlement, but that’s just because he wants to communicate with his son through a shared passion. Junpei, on the other hand, is blind to the second part.
Everything he perceives is his father wanting him to go and do something truly manly besides ballet, which is emphasized after his uncle begs him to just be tough for his family following his father’s death. He’s attempting to assist Junpei to get past his sadness by offering him a cause to keep fighting, but all Junpei hears is that being masculine is good and being feminine is wrong, and his dream was not masculine.
Junpei has worked hard over the years to become the manliest guy he can be. He considers it as a means of honoring his father by demonstrating how wonderful he is becoming to his family and friends. The one and only concern are that he is sacrificing his own potential for true happiness in the meantime.
He pushed his inner ambitions to the back of his mind, but they kept rising up. His mom and sister’s love and support aren’t enough to help him accept his actual personality. Someone else to face him on a “masculine level,” to fiercely challenge him inside the male ego, as well as to make ballet core of his male pride is exactly what is needed.
Dance Dance Danseur: Who Will Be Seen in the Anime?
There are numerous characters who contribute to the beauty of this animation. The protagonist, Junpei Murao, is voiced by Daiki Yamashita. The 14-year-old boy has loved ballet since when he was a child. When his father, a stunt artist, died, he gave up his ambitions.
Because he was the only man in his home, he followed his uncle’s advice to become even more “tough” in order to be a pillar of strength for his family and stopped ballet in pursuit of Jeet Kune Do under his instruction. Junpei’s enthusiasm for ballet is renewed after meeting Miyako, and he starts to find himself and his manhood after seeing Ruō perform.
Then there’s Ruō Mori, a timid 14-year-old kid who is Miyako’s cousin and is portrayed by Koki Uchiyama. He was just the kid of an American idol who was deserted by his mother when a controversy exposed him as her mother’s son with someone who’s not her husband.
Ruō grew up in an emotionally and physically violent household with no or little interaction with the outside world, studying only ballet, thanks to her stern, ballet-obsessed grandmother.
Following that, Kaede Hondo plays Miyako Godai, Ruō’s cousin, who is 14 years old. Miyako has been studying ballet with her mother since she was a child. Miyako’s mother believes that her personality is unfit for significant jobs, despite her talent. Junpei’s talent is discovered by Miyako, who thinks he has ballet talent, reigniting his love again for ballet.
Then other characters in the Dance Dance Danseur are Misaki Yasuda, who is voiced by Kōhei Amasaki, Yamato Takura who is played by Koutaro Nishiyama, and Natsuki Oikawa who is voiced by Misato Fukuen.
Who Are Involved in Production?
Yoshimi Narita wrote the series’ screenplay, Hitomi Hasegawa designed the figures, and Michiru composed the soundtrack. The Dance Dance Danseur anime was created by MAPPA as well as directed by Munehisa Sakai. Yuki’s “Narihibiku Kagiri” serves as the opening theme, while Hitorie’s “Kaze, Hana” serves as the closing theme.
For Japan, Disney+ obtained exclusive streaming distribution rights under Star. Outside of Asia, Crunchyroll has licensed the anime. From May 13, 2022, Medialink licensed the show in Southeast Asia as well as started streaming it officially on Disney+ Hotstar for Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand, as well as Disney+ in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore.
Well, as the anime is still airing we have the trailer for Dance Dance Danseur, so as we wait for episode 10 of the show, let’s revisit the anime with its official trailer.