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.
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 quite realistic characters with likeable personalities. The focus on each of them could be a little more to make them more memorable, 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/drama/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 fine but could be much better, the backgrounds and the colors used are both good and the character designs are nice, 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.
There might be better sports anime but, if you like this kind of anime and you feel like watching something slightly different, interesting and refreshing, Cheer Danshi!! is worth a try!
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.
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.
Cheer Danshi is a sports series unlike many in that the focus is not on characters whose reason to live is the sport itself, but rather tells the story of some dudes in college looking to have a great time doing an activity which for most of them has no deeper meaning than "I just wanted to try it", a fact that in my opinion is a plus, as it is closer to the real life circumstances of non professional sports clubs. Having said that, all the members have a real passion for improving and give cheerleading their all.
All characters are fine or even great,
very human with their own issues, which thankfully do not get dragged on, as every chapter they improve a little.
A deep problem of this series is the animation, the way the camera moves to evade showing scenes that would have lots of movement is very noticeable, specially in the cheerleading presentations themselves.
Not for everyone, give it a try if non standard series interest you.
You probably could have gotten that from the summary, actually, but I'm here to say that, as someone who enjoys shipping, both gay and not, Cheer Danshi!! is just... not a good anime. It has a cool premise and a catchy ED, but that's where, for me, the enjoyment ends- Cheer!! suffers from a spectrum of other problems, varying from bad pacing to an over-inflated cast to blatant bl-lovers' fanservice.
The story isn't that bad. Cheer!! doesn't have a lot of substance, but that's not necessarily a bad thing for a light slice-of-life sports anime. The storyline is pretty basic
sports anime- a bunch of kids join (or in this case, form) a team for X Sport, aim to win nationals/semifinals/other large X Sport event, and develop meaningful relationships.
In this respect, Cheer!! has a decent stand. Haru has an alright backstory, the issue of why an injury that would keep him from doing judo competitively ever again doesn't matter when he's being flung in the air by a tower of ten other people aside, and the only thing that sucks in the story is the pacing of the character introductions, which I'll get into in the character section.
The art is decent. Nothing that anyone would watch the show specifically for, but nothing that would really put you off, either. It feels kind of choppy or plain sometimes, but Bandai Visual isn't KyoAni.
Voice acting and music is decent. It gets an extra point for the catchy ED.
This, in my opinion, is the biggest issue with Cheer!!.
I can't remember any of the fucking characters.
Aside from the first few who were introduced- Kazu, Haru, Ton, Mizo, and Shou- most of the characters had absolutely no introduction whatsoever. I came back from the recap episode and- bam! timeskip. Suddenly, there were fifteen more guys with unique haircuts in the gym with no introduction. What the fuck? They proceeded to pair up into convenient shipping couples in the span of three episodes. I understand that introducing such a huge cast AND developing a plot in 12 short episodes is difficult, but really, the only way I remember any of the characters is by either their physical description or which other character they were supposed to be shipped with. And I didn't really care about any of the main characters- Haru, Kazu, Mizo, Ton, and Sho- either, despite the fact that the writers could have easily developed them deeply if they had cut one or two goddamn gay-bait scenes. (Mizo is the exception. I'm fond of him because I have a weakness for the megane trope, which is a personal preference and does not affect the fact that he was badly developed.)
Another thing that really irked me was the tone of the anime, which can be best represented by one scene I remember from about halfway through the anime. The main six or seven characters were on the roof, practicing, and nothing was going well- at some point, it devolved into them shouting about their problems, complaining about how the issues they faced were worse than anyone else's. When Haru- the main- was the only one who hadn't spoken, he opened his mouth.
At this point, you would expect a rousing speech of leadership, right? Haru is our mc, the "average joe" dragged into the world of men's cheerleading by his overly positive best friend's story about his dead parents. He should say something about how all their struggles are important, but they should always get back up. That kind of emotional validation is what I'm watching slice-of-life shows for, goddamnit. Instead, he screams and bitches about how nobody around him understands how difficult /his/ life is, and why /his/ problems are so much worse than anyone else's. I almost dropped the show at this point, honestly.
I also disliked that the only female characters were a) Haru's sister, a judo prodigy who apparently can't win a single goddamn judo match unless her brother is there to cheer, b) a "cutesy" love interest for Haru who the writers cleverly eliminate by making her turn out to be Ton's elusive gf so they can continue with their fujoshi-baiting, and c) the hardass coach stereotype. Oh, and all the other cheerleading teams, who are never mentioned or shown for more than a minute. At one point, I'm pretty sure the show almost explicitly stated that boys were naturally better than girls at sports.
I like gay shipping, but I'm not into fujoshi bait, and I didn't really care about any of the characters.
Not a great show. Cheer!! doesn't bother to hide its fanservice, and, imo, doesn't live up to any of the hype that's been surrounding it as a "fresh, new sports anime". I finished the show out of a sense of obligation, and will probably never rewatch it.
GO FIGHT WIN!!!!!!!!! LET'S GOO BREAKERS!!!!!
I'm going to remember this quote forever.
Cheer danshi is clearly the most underrated anime of the summer 2016 season or possibly the entire year which I don't get it.
KEY: Break being what the characters need to accept about themselves or overcome any difficulty
Story: The story of the show.... Well there isn't any... The true story of the show is within the characters. The characters backstory is the true story of the show where we just want to get up and cheer for those boys that they need to break whatever they need to break in this cheer club.
When you look at the opening of the song. I bet you one question... How is the series gonna fit all 16 characters into the series. Well to sum up your answer They were introduce indirectly in episode 5 and in episode 5.5, yes the recap episode was not a full recap episode. It was only a recap for the first 19 mins. While the last 3 mins being ending credits and Haru explaining after their debut new members just keep coming in none stop hence in episode 6 we get to see the other 7 characters introduces into the series. That is a smart way in term of progression. Let's take something useless and make it into a plot driven episode.
Each characters have enough screen time that we just want to cheer for them. I say the characters that have the least amount of screen time is chen (Chinese dude) but since his basic purpose in the group is to improve on his Japanese. So... we don't need a lot of screen time with him. Each characters have enough character development. Like, Haru being overcoming his fear of heights and growing some balls in this cheerleading team. Ton learn to overcome his self doubts, Mizoguchi learning to use his own words and not use famous quotation,Kazu to make people smile he needs to first smile on the inside and out. Sho able to move forward in life and become their base in the cheerleading team. Gen learn to stop comparing to Ichiro and just compare to his past selves. Ichiro learn to stop showing off. Hissahi learn that people are different from him his reason to cheer is different from one another. Sakuma always think that having a small body is a problem in life as he isn't that strong but thanks to his small body he is able to a flyer. Takumi, Gen and Doh learn to be independent as their big brother is gonna leave the team. Kin though being a man must be a bad boy and cause trouble. I already talk about Chen as his basic purpose is to improve on his Japanese his getting there as he used some hard Japanese words as his confronting Domino. Takuya being a worry puss on his younger brother learn to stop worry about him as spoil him is spoiling himself. Takeru learn that to have patience and guts to actually become a real man as he is scared when the flyer fall and he isn't able to catch them on time but the flyer are even more scared as the base didn't catch them on time. But we all can thank one person the coach. Thanks to her those boys are able to grow so much.
Now when you look at it all the problem that the characters faces are all relatable. Even Haruko (Haru sister) aslo need to understand and able to break and accept that her brother doesn't want to do judo anymore. From Haru's fear of heights to Kin though that being a man must be a bad boy, We all relate to those boys
Art and animation: A lot of people did complain about being dull and the colors aren't that bright but personally it works as they used 1 thing that no other anime uses DUST. There's dust in the air, When I watch other anime I always wonder how the hell they can fire a beam of light straight without dust interrupting. The show also got an addition bonus to the characters design as they look like real human beings where they look like us. So we can't really say characters face are of model as we make some weird ass faces before in our life.
OP, ED and OST: The OP (opening song) is literally OP (over-powerful) as the characters start something new into their life as well as changing their lives one by one. Also the song is sung by luck life which also bring me to bungou stray dogs ed. Which I also love. The OST is THE OST is amazing just want me to get up and cheer for those boys. I need it... right now... The ed... is well.. cute. IS THE BREAKERS DURING A MINI PERFORMANCES... ISN'T IT CUTE?!
Enjoyment: I'm glad they decided to stick on the basics of what is cheerleading and what is a cheerleader, some moves so the characters are able to shine brighter than the sun. Unlike another sports anime that I'm gonna review next. *cough* *cough* yuri on ice *cough* *cough*.
Recommendation: Simply put watch it. Cheer danshi is the show that is able to make me laugh, smile, cry and feels as I watch my boys overcome their difficulties in this male cheerleading squad. A lot of people are actually disappointed with the ending as we didn't get to see the full performances and they didn't mention a winner but when you think about it does it matter... I mean since when cheerleading is about winning or losing?? Cheerleading is suppose to support people, motivate them and make them smile. That is the role of a cheerleader. Now for the full performances part it would make sense to place some past animated scene to see how much those boys grew both as an individual and as a group in this cheerleading team. Also, don't you guys want to know what is in their notebook?? It has been killing me what is in those notebook.
Other recommendation include the obvious pretty boys show free!! and not a sports anime... in-fact is about music to save their school love live with the same perspective of characters breaking and accepting what they need to accept about themselves.
So overall 9.6/10. Now you why not a staright 10/10?? simple, Haru x chihiro didn't happen. WHY!!! TON WHY!!! POOR HARU
I'm probably going to be one of the few people who finds this anime to be mediocre at best - particularly as it seems to have been welcomed with open arms into the anime community and hailed as something unique and groundbreaking. Which I feel it isn't. Now don't get me wrong, I do like the anime - it just didn't strike the same cord with me that shows such as Free! or Haikyuu!! did for example.
First thing's first - I'll go over what I enjoy about the show first:
- It is an insanely pretty show but that's to be expected from the gloss kings
themselves: Brain's Base. The animation is very nice, I will give it that. It's colourful, it's eye-catching and energetic which really fits the tone of the show and is used to its advantaged. Brain's Base know how to make shows look nice and Cheer Danshi looks amazing
- Secondly the voice cast is really good - I'll give particularly props to Okamoto Nobuhiko who does an excellent job as Kazuma (honestly what is it with this guy and playing excited sports fanatics). The rest of the cast do an excellent job in giving their respective characters the voices that look as though they would fit but it doesn't quite save the characters - but I'll come back to that later.
- Finally the story is not that half bad, it's nothing ground breaking other than it's about an all male cheerleading squad. The whole 'characters must come together to create a team and overcome obstacles which may come their way' has been done loads of times before. But I can forgive it because it's hard to do any other way and to be perfectly honest, it is done well. You can get wrapped up in the concept and that's perfectly passable.
Now onto the less enjoyable bit - where does the series fall flat?
- I said before that I liked the voice actors but it didn't save the characters and what I mean by this is that I feel like the characters are not defined enough. This is going to be a show with a large cast, you can see it in the opening, but I have a hard time remembering the characters names besides Haru, Kazuma and Ton. That's not good for a show with lots of characters - you need your characters to stand out but for some reason the characters in Cheer Danshi all seem to fold together with the exception of - like I said before - Haru, Kazuma and Ton. But that's just who I remember. I understand that it's still the beginning and there's time for the characters to progress and gain their own identities - as such I will wait and see.
- The pacing of the show feels a little rushed which is leading me to believe that it will be a 1 cours series with only 12/13 episodes - and that's not good. Unless it gets a second season, I feel like the show will end up being horribly rushed and not enough expanded on. Sometimes a fast pace can be good but when you have to introduce characters gradually, then it can be a downfall. Again I do understand that it is still the beginning of the series and it's yet to be announced how many episodes the series will have but it's just a guess. Perhaps the pacing issues will be resolved later but right now events all seem to collide and it pushes the pacing along at too fast a rate. Hopefully it will be a 2 cours show with 25/26 episodes or multiple seasons because fast pacing can be excused.
Over all, I do like the show. It might seem like I don't but I feel like there are flaws with it. I don't think it's really anything new or groundbreaking but it's a nice change from other sports series that don't rely on off the wall plot twists (Kuroko, I'm looking at you). I won't say it's got quite the heart that Haikyuu has or the character likeability that Free has - but there is still time and perhaps my opinion will change.
This week on sports I never thought I'd be watching: Cheer Danshi! an anime about something I didn't even fully digest was a sport until now. Now onto the review.
The story is rather simple. Kazu forms an all male cheer leading group. Why all male? Because it's a new and refreshing idea in the cheer leading world, or so I'm told. It actually slipped my mind how forgettable that reason was and I ended up watching the recap just to remember. And assuming it is a convincing enough reason to get their first few members, it is where a good portion of the minor conflict
of the show comes from with people belittling them and telling them it's too ambitious. But the main story isn't about proving those people wrong- it's about cheering for someone with all your might!
...That hurt my dark, crippled heart to type.
What the hell is this corny show. Well, what else would you expect from a cheer leading show? It focuses mainly on character progression and development, which I'll admit, was not half bad but I was expecting more of the sport instead of a drama. My eyes might be going bad from staring at 2D boys all day but I am pretty darn sure there isn't a Drama tag here. And that, is something I find odd. If you're here to actually see some cheer leading you might want to go elsewhere because we barely see any of it. I mean it. The show leads up to a lot of scenes where you think you'll see a performance but it's either- A, they animate the first 5 seconds and explain the rest with words without showing the actual performance or B, would you look at that it's the exact same scenes they used for the OP. Truly disappointing.
On a brighter note, the characters themselves were put together quite well. Each had their own little ambitions they needed to reach whether they realized it themselves or not. It was typical sports mentality but done well. I enjoyed the last episode especially for its surprisingly good way of rounding everyone's situations up in a unique way. Each were fun to watch in their own way, some weren't as emphasized as the others but can you really blame them with this huge cast and a limit of 12 episodes? Heck, I'm surprised it even settled the drama between the main 3 guys. The characters weren't amazing enough for me to get attached to them but for what the show had, it made good use of for their characters and I appreciate that.
Ultimately, I came into this show expecting some hardcore focus on cheer leading but ended up with a relative okay drama. That's a huge leap to make and it didn't settle well with me but Cheer Danshi! had a steady group of characters and a cute little message it tries to tell despite the unclear story.
I won't be saying much about Cheer Danshi!! Since the description is up below, but if you plan on watching this, you're in for a unique, laid-back, and overeall very enjoyable sports anime.
Cheer Danshi!! deals with two best friends, Haru -- an ex-judo sports guy, and Kazu -- a happy-go-luck young man. They are both attending university, with Kazu offering the idea to start up an all-male cheerleader club after being inspired by old recordings of his deceased parents, who used to be teammates on a cheerleader group. From there on, the two friends search for more of the university students to join them in
order to form up a team big enough to compete. As the story unfolds, Kazu reaches his goal and Haru learns to overcome the hardships that stopped him from feeling more free and doing the things that he love.
Cheer Danshi!! has all the same characateristics of most sports anime -- team consisted of many different perosnalities with a few shining more than the others, hot guys, really dramatic practices and so on. Regardless, the anime is mostly noble, in my opinion, for presenting sports as something fun that they would be doing for the sake of their enjoyment and friendship. The BREAKERS practice to compete and win, though Kazu's initial decision come from creating a place for him and his friend to feel at home. Most members of the team are new to the scene of cheerleading, because they're there to have fun.
The story isn't very intriguing, but should be emotional at some points. Haru and Kazu are very relateable and loveable as well, being the main characters of the show. I recommend this piece to people who aren't all about the sports in anime, but in for a new experience that they most likely have not experienced before.
The art is great, music is very nice and up-beat. Cheer Danshi!! is yet another sports anime that does what it's supposed to do, while keeping it fun and fresh.
Unlike its predecessors, Cheer Danshi has nothing that makes any sports anime enjoyable. There’s no emphasis on competition, the characters lack any serious emotional bonds with one another, and any development made is crudely washed over with trivial filler.
While the series looks promising at the beginning, it loses it’s way once millions of other characters are introduced. May as well sever any connections you had with the supporting characters at the beginning, as they are seemingly forgotten about the higher the episode numbers climb. What’s more, due to the lack of competition, you never see the characters struggle and grow through defeat and failure
– a successful, heartbreaking motif used in other sports anime. This makes the characters goal of winning nationals seem really pointless, because no one truly cares about the outcome.
Despite its downfalls, and there are many, the characters are nice to look at. A true range in hairstyles and colours helps you distinguish the characters you can’t be bothered to remember the names of.
Reasonably a lack in budget may limit the amount of animation possible, but there are barely any performances throughout all 12 episodes. Ideally an episode would be focused on mastering a particular maneuver, and the obstacles the team must overcome together. However it’s brushed over with family problems, racist jokes, and gendered clichés. The most you’ll see of anything resembling a choreographed routine comes in the form of the opening.
Though there may be sports involved, Cheer Danshi is not really a sports anime; on the other hand it also lacks any serious emotion to call it a good slice of life anime, either. Unfortunately the whole thing gets lost itself and what it aims to be. If I were younger perhaps I would have enjoyed it more, but if you’re looking for a mediocre waste of time, then Cheer Danshi may be your answer.
Cheer Danshi!! was definitely NOT one of my favourite sports animes. This series had a lot of potential featuring an all-male cheerleading team, however, it failed to deliver the character development, animation, or plot other sports animes had successfully done.
Unlike most other sport animes, they didn't have any memorable characters, everyone is acting in a melodramatic way, the animation was below average... which is a big red flag for sport anime which depend a lot of action. Most importantly: there was no tension or competition...
The characters were unmemorable and cardboard. I can't remember any of them other than Haru, Kazu, and Sho,
who have a bit of back story going on. Most characters are defined with one characteristic, that is displayed over the top in an unrealistic manner, some characters' only unique characteristics were their accent, some were completely forgotten after 2 episodes. Even the more developed characters were two-dimensional, Sho, for example, was defined by only three traits: 1) his love for a squirrel character - Nishijirou, 2) having experience cheerleading, and 3) being stoic, reserved and serious. Unfortunately, his three traits not only didn't work together, they worked against each other. It seems like the producers thought it would make him less boring to have a "silly" side with his obsession over a squirrel but it just left me wondering why is an adult man being so obsessed with a product mascot. His character seems to change from time to time as if he is not the same person.
Full Review: https://shiorisworlds.wordpress.com/2016/10/19/%e3%83%81%e3%82%a2%e7%94%b7%e5%ad%90-cheer-danshi
Do you ever get your hopes up only for it to slowly deflate like a month-old party balloon? Yeah, that's how I felt over the course of watching Cheer Danshi.
It starts off pretty great. Two college boys (!! NOT high schoolers as per usual) decide to start a men's cheer group. They need a few more members if they want to compete in competitions, so they get a few more and teach them how to do stunts while also learning themselves.
It's great. And then we get introduced to about 15 more characters who decide to join the club, and it goes downhill from there.
The story can't keep up with too many characters, and any "development" ends up half-hearted at best.
The main five at the start of the story-- Haru, Kazu, Sho, Wataru, and Tohno-- were the best. Haru is shy and wants to break out of his shell and his family's expectations of him to do judo; Kazu wants to find a connection to his dead parents through cheer, a sport they both used to do; Sho is trying to get over guilt for injuring a teammate at a high school cheer competition; Wataru is a rich kid who wants to find himself; Tohno wants to prove that he can do something and that his weight doesn't define him or his abilities.
These five had a great bond with one another and I truly felt that the show was amazing, that they would go great lengths together. Their friendship was great, you could see that this anime wasn't really the same as other sports anime.
Until, as previously mentioned, more people started joining the group, and with a 12 episode limit and only around four or five episodes left once these guys were all introduced, and there's a big competition coming up... well, you can see where I'm going.
Animation is quite stellar, to be honest. However, there are times when the art just made me tilt my head and go, "What?" There were inconsistencies with faces and line thickness and it was pretty strange. Colors were nice (particularly the soft palette in the OP). The fluidity of the stunts and cartwheels and general cheer moves were on point.
The sound was great! The soundtrack was mellow and I loved the opening theme.
It was pretty decent up until the final few episodes. The characters are dorky and sweet, and it was a cute and refreshing break from the norm. However, it fell a bit short of being truly successful in its execution.
I'm really disappointed because, based on the first episode, I really wanted this show to be good. It seemed like it was going to be pretty funny and actually take its character motivations seriously, but the show took a harsh drop after the first few episodes and quickly filled itself with too many characters to care about and watched its promising aspects fade into the background. The production value suffers A LOT as well. It also had the misfortune of coming out in the same year as Yuri on Ice, which does the whole "men do a traditionally feminine sport in a non-high school setting"
idea about as perfectly as one possibly could.
Overall, Cheer Boys had some promise, but just gets boring and jumbled as it goes along. Go watch Yuri on Ice instead.
As I sit here sipping peppermint tea, the cold bitter breath of winter clawing at my window like grey wolf shrouded in steam, I find myself satisfied with finishing an anime that simply does not stand up to my high standards of what a 'good' anime should be.
Cheer Danshii is a pleasant anime that borders on the ever increasing combination of Slice of Life and Sports. The basic premise of the story is that a group of high school students form the first ever men's cheer leading squad for their school. The story itself is not that awe inspiring, and indeed the
story telling has a number of troupes and cliche attempts at character development. But the beauty of this anime is not that its phenomenally written, well drawn, or compassionately animated. It is instead enjoyable because it is based off of true events. A quick youtube search of Waseda University will give you the all mens cheer squad that this story was based off of.
Will this anime break any records? No. Will it change your life? No. Will it make you smile from time to time. . . Im betting so.
As someone heavily into the cheer world (cheered for 6 years myself, two sisters that cheered in college and coach now, mom that coached), I was super excited about this anime. From a technical aspect, the cheers and routines and realities of the cheerleading were completely spot on.
For the most part, I loved the characters, but really felt that they could have dug deeper into the characterization. At least Kazu, Haru, and Shou got some deeper storylines.
What really killed the potential for me was the MASSIVE drop in animation/art quality after only a few episodes. It was so utterly sad. I
was hoping that at least the last episode would be better, but was disappointed to see that it was not. Any scene that showed more than a half-view of the characters was so poorly drawn. My friends watching with me and myself were laughing.
It was super cute but could have been so much better.