News Welcome to the Ballroom Reveals Main Staff, Summer 2017 Premiere
posted on 2016-12-29 12:13 EST by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The February 2017 issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine is revealing more details on January 6 about the television anime adaptation of Tomo Takeuchi's Welcome to the Ballroom (Ballroom e Yōkoso or Sweep Over the Dance Hall). The anime will premiere in summer 2017.
Yoshimi Itazu (Pigtails director, animation director for Paranoia Agent, Miss Hokusai, Den-noh Coil) is directing the series at Production I.G. Kenichi Suemitsu (K, Tōken Ranbu, Isobe Isobee Monogatari ~Ukiyo wa Tsurai yo~ stage plays) is handling the series composition, Takahiro Kishida (Haikyu!!, Puella Magi Madoka Magica) is the character designer, and Yuuki Hayashi (My Hero Academia, Death Parade, Robotics;Notes) is composing the music.
Kodansha Comics will publish the third manga volume in North America in February, and it describes the story of the series:
Feckless high school student Tatara Fujita wants to be good at something - anything. Unfortunately, he's about as average as a slouchy teen can be. The local bullies know this, and make it a habit to hit him up for cash, but all that changes when the debonair Kaname Sengoku sends them packing. Sengoku's not the neighborhood watch, though. He's a professional ballroom dancer. And once Tatara Fujita gets pulled into the world of the ballroom, his life will never be the same.
Takeuchi began the series in Monthly Shonen Magazine in 2011, and Kodansha published the eighth compiled volume in October 2015. The series has been nominated for Manga Taisho awards, and was ranked on Comic Natalie's and the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook's lists of best manga in 2013.
The manga is resuming on January 6 after a hiatus due to the author's poor physical health.
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