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Japanese: カブキブ!
English: Kabukibu!
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 2017 to Jun 23, 2017
Premiered: Spring 2017
Broadcast: Fridays at 02:28 (JST)
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Novel
Themes: Performing ArtsPerforming Arts, SchoolSchool
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.611 (scored by 59355,935 users)
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Ranked: #60512
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Popularity: #4805
Members: 20,091
Favorites: 22

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Kurogu had a love of kabuki theater instilled in him from a very young age thanks to his grandfather. Now, as a high school student, he desires to create his own kabuki club in order to bring an appreciation of kabuki to a wider audience. He'll find, though, that with the weight of hundreds of years of strict tradition, it's not so easy to get high schoolers interested. A rough start is not enough to deter Kurogu, and he'll work hard to inspire in others the same burning passion he feels, until the day he can put on his own performance!

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"Running High" by Hiro Shimono (eps 1-11)

Ending Theme

1: "Oedo (お江戸-O・EDO-)" by Kabukibu Rocks (カブキブロックス) (eps 1-11)
2: "Running High" by Hiro Shimono (eps 12)


Jun 23, 2017
Kabuki-bu! I enjoyed this anime a lot more than i thought i would.
This is my first review on MAL btw... i thought i had to write something given how badly this show has been perceived by some viewers (maybe because kabuki is not this generation's thing?)
Aaaanyway! When i first started this show, i thought the story was gonna go the cheer danshi route where we hardly got any content on the actual club activity. But to my surprise, this show brought the Kabuki and it brought it really hard! i.e. absolutely well executed, enjoyable and still realistic enough. My love for the art called ...
Oct 7, 2017
Mixed Feelings
I decided to watch this after rewatching Chihayafuru (both seasons). So, unfortunately, I can't help but compare the two? Why?

Both MCs are obsessed with a Japanese art form that is difficult for most to understand and dedicate themselves to. It is about them trying to start a club and recruit members for people to partake in the art form. Kind of. Competitive karuta, which is what Chihayafuru is about, isn't an art per se, but it's based on Japanese poetry.

I preferred Chihayafuru much more. Here are the reasons:

STORY (7/10): Well, the synopsis and my comparison covered that.

ART (7/10): Clamp isn't known for pretty. ...
Mar 23, 2018
The way I would describe this anime is…half decent. There’s nothing really new here and nothing really terrible either.
I liked the idea of it. A boy named Kurogu really wants to start kabuki club as he sees it as dying art and wants to bring it to a younger audience. The thought of learning about a new bit of culture and seeing all the cool costumes for used for Kabuki was a nice thought. And the kabuki is interesting. From what I’ve gleamed it uses pretty simple stories like a band of thieves or too people in love and uses fantastic costumes, ...

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