Dance Dance Danseur

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Dance Dance Danseur
First volume cover
ダンス・ダンス・ダンスール
(Dansu Dansu Dansūru)
Genre
Manga
Written byGeorge Asakura
Published byShogakukan
MagazineWeekly Big Comic Spirits
DemographicSeinen
Original runSeptember 14, 2015 – present
Volumes27
Anime television series
Directed byMunehisa Sakai
Produced by
  • Hiroshi Kamei
  • Akihiko Okada
  • Yuuta Uchiyama
Written byYoshimi Narita
Music byMichiru
StudioMAPPA
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Original networkMBS, TBS
Original run April 9, 2022 June 18, 2022
Episodes11
icon Anime and manga portal

Dance Dance Danseur (Japanese: ダンス・ダンス・ダンスール, Hepburn: Dansu Dansu Dansūru) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by George Asakura. It has been serialized in Shogakukan's seinen manga magazine Weekly Big Comic Spirits since September 2015. An anime television series adaptation produced by MAPPA aired from April to June 2022 on the Super Animeism programming block.

Synopsis[edit]

Junpei Murao used to not like ballet, but after seeing a man perform it, he suddenly finds himself fascinated by the art. His father dies in a tragic accident and Junpei gives up ballet to be "masculine". However one day, a new transfer student named Miyako Godai arrives who brings about his love for ballet once again.

Characters[edit]

Junpei Murao (村尾 潤平, Murao Junpei)
Voiced by: Daiki Yamashita[3]
A 14 year old boy who took a liking to ballet since he was younger. He cut his aspirations short after his father, a stunt performer, passed away. Due to being the only male of his he took his uncle's advise to become more "masculine" to be a pillar of support to his family and quit ballet, instead practicing Jeet Kune Do under his tutelage. Upon his encounter with Miyako, Junpei's passion for ballet is reignited and begins to rediscover himself and his meaning of masculinity after seeing Luou dance. Although a talented dancer, Junpei struggles in learning ballet due to lacking the fundamentals of the art as he lacked continuous training and tends to prioritize his own emotions over proper technique. However, he is noted by many to have prodigious characteristics and an ideal body for ballet. Through multitude tribulations, he comes to grasp the essence of ballet while humbling himself in the process, growing more mature as a person and dancer.
Ruō Mori (森 流鶯, Mori Ruō)
Voiced by: Koki Uchiyama[4]
A shy 14-year-old boy, he is Miyako's cousin. The son of an american idol, he was abandoned by his mother following a scandal that exposed him as the son of her mother with another man who was not her husband. Raised by her strict, ballet obsessed grandmother, Luou grew under a physically and emotionally abusive environment with little to no contact with the outside world, learning only ballet. As a result, Luou has weak social skills, but his dancing prowess is unparalleled. Despite his tremendous skill, Luou's social reclusion weakens his ability to learn and express himself properly. Luou is in love with Miyako and sees Junpei as a nuisance, but it is through their adventures, that he is able to break out of his shell and grow more as a person.
Miyako Godai (五代 都, Godai Miyako)
Voiced by: Kaede Hondo[4]
Luou's cousin. A 14 year old girl and the daughter of Chizuru. Miyako has learned ballet from her mother since an early age. Although skilled, Miyako's personality is deemed unsuitable by her mother to perform in large roles. Miyako discovers Junpei's ability and realizes he has skill for ballet which causes him to reignite his passion for the dance. A kind and polite girl, Miyako has conflicted feelings about Junpei and Luou, both of whom she cares for. She worries for Luou in particular, being aware of his circumstances.
Misaki Yasuda (安田 海咲, Yasuda Misaki)
Voiced by: Kōhei Amasaki[5]
Yamato Takura (田倉 大和, Takura Yamato)
Voiced by: Koutaro Nishiyama[5]
Natsuki Oikawa (生川 夏姫, Oikawa Natsuki)
Voiced by: Misato Fukuen[5]
A sixth-grade girl, and the daughter of Ayako. Natuski is a very talented dancer whose skill is leagues above her peers, but is generally too serious and her expressions are inadequate. Proud and perfectionist, Natsuki puts tremendous effort in ballet, striving to be the best. The two have many in common in terms of how they view ballet and have been able to dance in perfect sync. Natsuki in fact feels attracted to Junpei as a dancer, as his expessive dancing matches her own views. There are hints of mutual romantic feelings between the two.
Kotobuki Himenokōji (姫乃小路 寿, Himenokōji Kotobuki)
Voiced by: Jun Inoue[5]

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Dance Dance Danseur, written and illustrated by George Asakura, started in Shogakukan's seinen manga magazine Weekly Big Comic Spirits on September 14, 2015.[2] Shogakukan has collected its chapters into individual tankōbon volumes. The first volume was released on February 12, 2016.[6] As of December 12, 2023, twenty-seven volumes have been released.[7]

Volumes[edit]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 February 12, 2016[6]978-4-09-187449-8
2 May 12, 2016[8]978-4-09-187607-2
3 September 12, 2016[9]978-4-09-187775-8
4 December 12, 2016[10]978-4-09-189331-4
5 April 12, 2017[11]978-4-09-189435-9
6 July 12, 2017[12]978-4-09-189632-2
7 October 12, 2017[13]978-4-09-189658-2
8 January 12, 2018[14]978-4-09-189777-0
9 April 12, 2018[15]978-4-09-189855-5
10 August 9, 2018[16]978-4-09-860002-1
11 November 12, 2018[17]978-4-09-860182-0
12 February 12, 2019[18]978-4-09-860216-2
13 May 10, 2019[19]978-4-09-860281-0
14 August 9, 2019[20]978-4-09-860377-0
15 December 12, 2019[21]978-4-09-860458-6
16 March 12, 2020[22]978-4-09-860561-3
17 June 11, 2020[23]978-4-09-860631-3
18 October 12, 2020[24]978-4-09-860748-8
19 January 12, 2021[25]978-4-09-860805-8
20 April 12, 2021[26]978-4-09-861076-1
21 September 10, 2021[27]978-4-09-861121-8
22 December 28, 2021[28]978-4-09-861207-9
23 March 30, 2022[29]978-4-09-861261-1
24 August 30, 2022[30]978-4-09-861395-3
25 April 12, 2023[31]978-4-09-861500-1
26 August 9, 2023[32]978-4-09-862539-0
27 December 12, 2023[7]978-4-09-862615-1

Anime[edit]

In April 2021, it was announced that Dance Dance Danseur will receive an anime television series adaptation.[33] The series is produced by MAPPA and directed by Munehisa Sakai, with Yoshimi Narita writing the series' scripts, Hitomi Hasegawa designing the characters, and Michiru composing the music.[34][3] It aired from April 9 to June 18, 2022, on the Super Animeism block on MBS, TBS and other channels.[35][4][a] The opening theme song is "Narihibiku Kagiri" by Yuki, while the ending theme song is "Kaze, Hana" by Hitorie.[36]

Disney+ acquired exclusive streaming rights to the series under Star in Japan.[37] Crunchyroll licensed the series outside of Asia.[38] Medialink licensed the series in Southeast Asia and streamed it on Disney+.[39]

Episodes[edit]

No.Title [40][41]Directed by [40]Written by [40]Storyboarded by [40]Original air date [42]
1"There's No Way I'm Doing That Ballet Thing!"
Transliteration: "Yaru Wake nē Daro, Barē Nante!" (Japanese: やるわけねーだろ、バレエなんて!)
Hisatoshi ShimizuYoshimi NaritaHisatoshi Shimizu
Munehisa Sakai[b]
April 9, 2022 (2022-04-09)[c]
2"I Can't Be Friends With Someone Like Him!"
Transliteration: "Kore wa...... Tomodachi ni Narenai Taipu da!" (Japanese: これはっ……友達になれないタイプだっ!)
Yūji Tokuno
Hajime Ootani[d]
Yoshimi NaritaHajime OotaniApril 16, 2022 (2022-04-16)[c][e]
3"What Does It Mean to Be Manly?"
Transliteration: "Otokorashiitte, Nanda?" (Japanese: 男らしいって、なんだ?)
Kōki Aoshima
Hajime Ootani[d]
Yoshimi NaritaKōki Aoshima
Munehisa Sakai[b]
April 23, 2022 (2022-04-23)
4"I Can Do Ballet Now"
Transliteration: "Ore, Mō Barē Odotte Iin da, ze" (Japanese: 俺、もうバレエ踊っていいんだッ、ぜっ)
Shinji Satō
Munehisa Sakai
Yoshimi NaritaMasako SatōApril 30, 2022 (2022-04-30)
5"I Can't Die Now"
Transliteration: "Shine, nē Daro" (Japanese: 死ね、ねーだろっ)
Hajime OotaniMisaki MorieHajime OotaniMay 7, 2022 (2022-05-07)
6"Why Am I Doing Ballet?"
Transliteration: "Ore, Nande Barē Yatten da?" (Japanese: 俺、なんでバレエやってんだ?)
Hiromi NishiyamaErika AndōShinji SatōMay 14, 2022 (2022-05-14)
7"Ah, I'm So Embarrassed"
Transliteration: "Hī, Mō, Hazu" (Japanese: ひぃ〜、もうっ、恥っ)
Yūji TokunoMisaki MorieYūji Tokuno
Munehisa Sakai[b]
May 21, 2022 (2022-05-21)
8"Oh, I Wanna Do It Again!!"
Transliteration: "Ā Mokkai Yaritē!!" (Japanese: あ―もっかいやりてぇーっ!!)
Takeru Satō
Munehisa Sakai[d]
Erika AndōMasako SatōMay 28, 2022 (2022-05-28)
9"I Wanna Get Better, Too!"
Transliteration: "Ore Datte, Motto Umaku Naritēn da yo!" (Japanese: 俺だって、もっと上手くなりてぇんだよっ!)
Yasutomo OkamotoMisaki MorieYasutomo OkamotoJune 4, 2022 (2022-06-04)
10"Miyako... You Need to Be by His Side"
Transliteration: "Miyako wa, Aitsu no Soba ni......Ite Yannakya" (Japanese: 都は、あいつの側に……いてやんなきゃ)
Hisatoshi Shimizu
Hajime Ootani
Yoshimi NaritaKagetsu Aizawa
Hajime Ootani[b]
June 11, 2022 (2022-06-11)
11"Oh, I Think I Love Classical Ballet"
Transliteration: "A, Ore, Kurashikku Barē, Suki ka mo" (Japanese: あ、俺、クラシックバレエ、好きかも)
Munehisa Sakai
Hajime Ootani
Yoshimi NaritaMunehisa Sakai
Hajime Ootani
Takeru Satō
June 18, 2022 (2022-06-18)

Reception[edit]

Dance Dance Danseur was one of the Jury Recommended Works at the 23rd Japan Media Arts Festival in 2020.[44]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ MBS lists the series premiere at 25:25 on April 8, 2022, which is effectively 1:25 a.m. JST on April 9.
  2. ^ a b c d Ballet Part Storyboard (バレエパート絵コンテ)
  3. ^ a b This episode was pre-screened on April 2, 2022.[43]
  4. ^ a b c Ballet Part Director (バレエパート演出)
  5. ^ This episode aired at 1:40 a.m. JST, 15 minutes after the original air time.

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