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Welcome to the Ballroom Manga Takes 2-Month Break

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Series' chapter had fewer pages in October due to author's health

The January 2018 issue of Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Magazine revealed on Saturday that Tomo Takeuchi's Welcome to the Ballroom manga will go on a two-month break. The series will not appear in the February or March issues, but it will return in the April issue.

The upcoming issue is also revealing that the manga's first official fanbook will ship on February 16. The book will feature color illustrations not published in the manga's volumes, character profiles, an introduction to competitive dance, unreleased cuts from Takeuchi, a special interview with champion dance couple Minato Kojima and Megumi Morita, behind-the-scenes stories from dance competitions, and an interview with the anime's director Yoshimi Itazu.

Takeuchi revealed last month that the television anime's story will pass the manga before the end of the Metropolitan Tournament. The manga's chapter that debuted in October had fewer pages due to Takeuchi's health.

Takeuchi began the series in Monthly Shonen Magazine in 2011, and Kodansha published the ninth compiled volume on June 23. Kodansha Comics published the manga's eighth volume in North America on November 14. 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.

Kodansha Comics 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.

Production I.G's television anime adaptation of the manga premiered on July 8, and is currently airing. It is slated for 24 episodes. The series has been streaming on Amazon's Anime Strike as it airs in Japan since July.

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