[OWLS Blog Tour] Welcome to the Ballroom: The Spirit of Motivational Rivalry

Hey hey hey everyone!! Weclome to Archi-Anime’s tour stop for the OWLS February blog tour. OWLS: Otaku Warriors for Liberty and Self-Respect, is a group that hopes to spread the important message of respect and kindness to every human being. Our monthly blog tours reflect this message of tolerance and self-acceptance, through various analysis of the anime medium; although it is not limited to anime.

February’s theme is “Competition”:

In honor of the 2018 Winter Olympics, this month topic will focus on the theme, “Competition” because the Olympics is where athletes from all countries join together to compete in sporting events. Through these events, we see how “competition” brings out the grit, the teamwork, and the competitive spirit within athletes. This month, we will be exploring anime and pop culture media that discusses the good and the bad when it comes to competition and what it can teach us about ourselves and the world around us.

This month’s blog tour marks my 1 year anniversary of joining OWLS. For this month’s tour, I wanted to look at the world of competitive dance in the anime Welcome to the Ballroom. 

Welcome to the Ballroom follows the story of Fujita Tatara and a group of his peers that are professional dancers. After watching a DVD of Kaname Sengoku, someone he unknowingly befriended that is a world champion. He’s drawn into the world of dance, and asks to be taught. With this, Fujita enters the realm of dance on a whim looking for change.

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In his foray into dance he meets & befriends several people that help him along his journey: Shizuku Hanaoka, Mako Akagi, Gaju Akagi, Chinatsu Hiyama, Masami Kugimiya, Tamie Idogawa and more importantly Kiyoharu Hyoudo.

While it would be easy to focus on Fujita, I wanted to focus mostly Kiyoharu for this post, as for the end game of the series: all roads lead to Kiyoharu as the benchmark of perfection.

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