After suffering from a shoulder injury, shy first-year university student Haruki Bandou gladly takes the opportunity to give up judo, failing to find happiness in the sport regardless of his family owning a dojo. He did not expect, however, that his best friend Kazuma Hashimoto would also decide to leave their university's judo club at the same time as him. Despite Haruki's protests, Kazuma already has plans for a new and revolutionary activity: a cheerleading team made up of only men. Although heavily reluctant, Haruki ends up helping his friend set up the team. Through sheer determination, and with support from their newfound club members, Haruki and Kazuma persist in founding the Breakers, the first ever all-male cheerleading team of Meishiin University, slowly making history in spite of the feminine tag attached to the sport of cheerleading and the prejudices, physical challenges, and self-doubts that inevitably follow.
I first wrote this off as a generic sports type show but soon came to regret it much later as I enjoyed watching it a lot more than most anime this season.
The main appeal is the way the characters have to push through so many hardships to reach their near impossible goal of creating an all male cheer leading team. This creates an emotional story of overcoming embarrassment, fear, trust and physical boundary's which may prevent them from fulfilling their goal.
It's the only anime I've seen to make me cry, laugh and simultaneously want to do a handstand in the same episode proving just how brilliant it is: normally it's impossible to motivate me to do exercise. The show's
comedy is excellent and hits every time when it wants too. On top of this the character interactions are funny and sincere with great performances all round.
Whats also interesting is that their cheer leading team - the breakers - is based off of a real life male cheer leading team, adding to the interest of the show as its cool to think that some of these events may have actually happened in real life (though I'm sure a lot of them are made up).
Even though this anime doesn't have a brilliant sound track or a memorable cast of characters theirs enough going on to make it enjoyable and heartwarming enough to work well. It can almost be inspiring if you like the characters enough.
I would consider this a must watch for fans of the sports genre and a refreshing show for anyone who is just bored and needs a good time filler. read more
There are so many popular titles of sports anime already but, none of them has to do with cheerleading, a guys-only cheerleading, too. Does an anime that revolves around a male cheerleading team sound weird? Maybe, at first, but after just a few minutes in the anime, you can actually realize how interesting and refreshing it is!
In the beginning of Cheer Danshi!! we have the two main protagonists and childhood friends, Kazuma and Haruki, who decide to do something completely different from the ordinary, and obviously, they succeed. At first, there is the thought that it might be hard to get more members for their unusual club. As time passes though, they meet lots of new people, and the bunch is slowly growing.
Each character added has something special, they are memorable and realistic characters with likeable personalities. The focus on each of them could be a little more, but most of them face some kind of problem, they all train hard in their own way while helping and encouraging each other, and have even shown great development in just a few episodes.
The show could be mostly described as a slice of life/sports show since, it seems to focus more on the character interactions and development rather than the sport itself. We, sure, watch them training and discussing about cheerleading but, there could definitely be more focus on it and they could have shown us more of their cheerleading performances.
The art is well made, the backgrounds and the colors used are both good and the character designs are great, they make every character distinguishable while still looking normal with nothing too flashy to make them stand out too much. The animation is wonderful and really smooth when it comes to cheerleading stunts etc. but, it isn't always very satisfying.
The music is really pleasing as well, with an energetic and catchy OP and EP. The OST and the background music, also, fill the scenes nicely and the voice actors are doing a great job.
To conclude, Cheer Danshi!! is a really enjoyable and refreshing sports anime, with an interesting theme and nice bonds between its characters. It can be funny, light-hearted, a little serious and it may even make you see cheerleading from a different aspect, make you notice the hard training needed through different techniques and how important the trust between a team's members is.
If you like sports anime and you feel like watching something slightly different, interesting and refreshing, Cheer Danshi!! is definitely worth a try! read more
There are only 5 episodes out so far, so this is going to be based on first impressions and my thoughts so far.
Even though sports animes is popular nowadays, this is a very original anime. It's about 2 boys who used to train Judo, but decided to try something new. You guessed it, Cheerleading. Every episode has a main focus, so the episodes can skip sometimes, but not so that you have no idea what's going on. It's very sweet and we see them develop from being at the bottom to slowly getting better. What's also good is that there is not that much focus on romance, the main character has a crush, but it doesn't ruin the story at all.
I think the art is really good. It's beautiful, smooth, and the characters look realistic. They are also all unique, so it's easy to tell them apart. I noticed in their first performance that they changed the art so that it almost looked like a music video, which I think is really cool. You can also see the tumbling they do very well.
The opening and ending songs are very catchy and sweet, fits the theme for this anime perfectly. The soundtracks are good as well, there is nothing to complain about.
Probably the best thing about this anime. The characters are all unique with different personalities and looks. You will for sure find 1, 2, 3, everyone, you'll like, haha. There is also a lot of characters. Not everyone has showed up yet, but I'm pretty sure they'll make as good introductions for everyone as they did with the characters that have showed up so far.
This is a solid 10. I really enjoy this so far, I am literally counting down days for the next episode. I can't wait to watch this anime grow into something amazing.
A 9 overall, because this anime so far is;
-And Saku showed up for like 30 seconds in the end of episode 5;; (He is probably my favourite character so I can't wait to be introduced to him in the next episode!)
This is definitely a must watch for sports anime/Cheerleader lovers who enjoy a lot of good characters and sweet plot.read more
Before I begin this review, props to Waseda University Shockers for giving us this anime!
Watch the link to get an idea for the anime: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE7QecvR3fQ
Men doing something like cheerleading? Not unheard of but this show is the definition of male empowerment! I believe no activity should be restricted to a certain gender with this show being the beginning of countless opportunities. This a series that has the sport cheerleading under the spotlight as we follow the lives of two former judo participants who embark in this new challenge.
The main character for this show is undoubtedly Bandou Haruki, who is a college student that has the background of being from a prestigious judo family. This is evident in the fact that his father runs a dojo/gym in their name and that his older sister Haruko has won countless titles throughout her career. He then makes the decision to abandon the sport after suffering a severe right shoulder injury preventing him from participating. His best friend Hashimoto Kazuma follows suit in his decision as they do everything together since childhood. After this life decision, they immediately pursue cheerleading for a fresh start by trying to recruit members to start a college club, which would later lead to the formation of the Breakers. Initially they were ridiculed for even trying but our two main characters never struggled and persevered dutifully by researching the basics and applying it in front of campus. This caught the eye of a certain few which led to them joining and a chain reaction ensued since then with more volunteering to join.
Now one thing that needs to be disclosed is the ridiculous pacing which is apparent when a recap is inserted 5 episodes into the broadcast. The first episodes mainly focus around 6 characters who are the initial core of the group with them being the founders. Mostly everyone is inexperienced to some degree which is shown when every member undergoes a brutal training process just to be fit performance wise. This implies that they should be naturally strong and have a good sense of balance. Mizoguchi and Toono who are one of the earliest to join struggle with this aspect, due to the fact their bodies aren’t equipped for the sport.
Haruki and Kazuma are not subject to this because they are already in good shape from their time doing judo but still encounter problems in the process. Tokugawa Shou, who is an important character later on is adamant on not joining until the group can get on his level, which is the purpose for these episodes. The group weren’t called the Breakers until afterwards when the numbers reached to around 15. As more people joined, the same process of training had to be applied for everyone to be in sync. If they had the time to make a recap episode, then surely they could’ve accommodated another episode to deal with every member settling in to the new organisation.
The characters are numerous but there is just no reason to talk about everyone, so I’ll narrow it down to the three most significant characters with them being Haruki, Kazuma and Shou. Haruki is an individual who has defected judo once he realises he cannot keep up with the strenuous workload. His shoulder injury he sustained from a grappling move has somehow led to him having a fear of heights. Yes, this is the man who fell from less than 2 metres at best has resulted in this joke of a character. This is totally unnecessary when he hangs out on his apartment’s rooftop just to socialise and is a base for further cheerleading training. It is also known that he sees his older sister Haruko with an inferiority complex despite the fact that he is a fervent supporter of her when she performs in matches. The irony being is that being the physically stronger sex doesn’t always guarantee success which is the case for our unfortunate young man. It’s not like she doesn’t have her fair share of problems…
Kazuma on the other hand is just as talented as Haruki and even exceeds him in some aspects as being a better well rounded character. Kazuma is the focal point of the Breaker’s group when he is assigned the position of captain due to being a very vocal and earnest person at heart. The man is the superglue who resolves disputes that may occur and is the regulator to preventing any infighting. As stated earlier, Kazuma is a childhood friend of Haruki which has given him the status of almost being a family member in the Bandou household. I should rephrase that; he is treated to being the equivalent of a family member which just shows you how far their friendship has come. The reason for him choosing cheerleading is simple, as both his parents were active cheerleaders in their youths but even that does not explain the sadness that lingers in his mind.
Finally, we have Tokugawa Shou who has the most difficult circumstances among the main cast. At first he was rejecting every proposal for him to join when it is known he is terrific at gymnastics. Once he is impressed with the setup and general abilities of the group, he is convinced in the direction the Breakers are heading and sort of acts as a player-coach because he is the most valued and experienced of the lot. Things change when they recruit Satsuki Takashiro to supervise their progress, only for it to not go down well with Shou who has a complicated relationship with her, which is later explained in his backstory. Despite this, he is still a team player and is ready to sacrifice himself for the greater good of the team. Even with less screen time, I find him to be a far more intriguing character compared to Haruki who comes off as one note at times.
The art style and animation is certainly subpar compared to the norm that is produced nowadays. Brains Base have had some spectacular looking shows in the past such as Baccano! And Mawaru Penguindrum only to find themselves with Endride and Cheer Danshi this year. You don’t have to be an expert to say this is reminiscent to what Studio Deen had to go through but they are making a solid comeback. The character designs are somewhat basic but are peculiar at the same time, I could never get tired at looking at the same faces. Since this is basically a sausage-fest, this should be well received by the ladies who this time have good looking characters for once! The animation is just below average as there are too many instances of poorly drawn scenes when it’s not related to cheerleading. If only the whole show could be drawn like the opening segment, then that would make me a happy man.
The sound is slightly better as there are moments where I was solely focused on the tune that played in the background over the other content. The OST has not been released for me to identify that part of the soundtrack but is usually always played at the end and gets me every time in the upcoming previews. Once again, with a cast so large you will expect top seiyuu to perform their characters with the likes of Okamoto Nobuhiko playing Kazuma perfectly. Another thing to note is that the seiyuu for Haruki who is Yonai Yuki, is completely new to me did a splendid job as he hasn’t worked on many shows.
If you’re looking for a sports anime, then look elsewhere as this is a show that may feel underwhelming in many aspects. Sure the competitive drive is there but I feel this is more of a drama-oriented show personally. It’s lacking in production values but won’t necessarily stop you from enjoying it. read more