What is Up with the Art Style for Welcome to the Ballroom (Ballroom e Youkoso)

Welcome to the Ballroom (Ballroom e Youkoso)  is a new anime about ballroom dancing, which is great because I always thought classical dancing was really interesting.

The series starts Tatara Fujita who is a third year middle school student who doesn’t know what he wants to do in the future. In fact, he doesn’t even have a hobby. He ends up accidentally entering a dance studio where he finds a mentor and soon becomes caught up in the world of ballroom dancing.

Of course, the series involves a rival type character, a beautiful female who is super dedicated to ballroom dancing and Tatara having a unique skill that will allow him to learn things super fast.

The series actually feels like a typical sports manga actually and the first few episodes of the anime are promising, but as much as I enjoy a typical sports series I cannot get over the art style!

I don’t know what it is with the art style, but I just can’t seem to wrap my head, or neck, around the way these characters are designed.

The thin arms and long necks are just some of the problems I have with the art style.

Now this is just a screenshot, which is not an accurate representation of the series. So below I decided to show the series in motion through a preview of the anime.

While I will admit that the animation does help with the way the series is designed, it doesn’t really make up for it.

Hell this series is made by Production I.G., which is made FLCL and is making the sequels FLCL 2 and FLCL 3. (Not excluding Guilty Crown, Psycho-Pass and many others.) But still, the art style just throws me off.

When I watch the series, most of the movement involves stretched out still shots, close-ups and various angles that really take away from the getting the full motion of the dancing, which is what I really wanted to see.

That’s not to say that Welcome to the Ballroom (Ballroom e Youkoso) is bad or particularly great either. I am still making my way through the anime. I’m enjoying the ride so far, but I just wish that the art style wasn’t so exaggerated.

The manga looks better in so many ways to me. It’s not only less exaggerated, but so far it even feels as if it conveys motion better as well.

This isn’t me saying that Welcome to the Ballroom (Ballroom e Youkoso) is a bad series. Hell, I haven’t finished it yet to even give a good review of it.

I simply had to say though that the art style initially turned me off and it took me a hot second to really give the anime a shot and look past it.

So, have you ever had a series that turned you off because of the art style?

Let me know in the comments below.

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The man behind Two Frames Studios from the first frame to the last, which in this case I guess is the second. When He/We/You isn't posting up new stuff on the website you can find him meditating on the philosophies of life, happiness, and the universe around us....or desperately trying to draw better.

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