How many dances do you know in anime?
With this list of cool dance moves, you'll be beating Gray in dance battles in no time!
Here are the 25 of the most popular anime dances!
To All Tha Dreamers
In the second ED entitled To All Tha Dreamers, we see the dandy manager of Pantasia's southern Tokyo branch Ken Matsushiro as he flashes his moves to a discotheque beat. The dance was made in full 3D CGI, an art some anime fans seem to frown upon. They say it looks too real and doesn't blend well with the classic 2D illustration. One thing for sure though, Ken's hip and pelvic moves made intense by the 3D CGI sure looks good!
Bokura wa Ima no Naka de
Bokura wa Ima no Naka de OP Love Live! School Idol Project
This anime takes place on an all-girls high school with a problem of closing because of low student entry. To prevent her school from shutting down, the main character Honoka Kousaka, comes up with an idea of forming an idol group to raise popularity and lure students in.
Bokura wa Ima no Naka de is originally the first opening song of the series. It is performed by, μ's (pronounced "Muse"), the idol group Honoka formed. In the second season, they used it when the crowd requested for an encore.
Anglerfish Dance Girls und Panzer
With girls playing with huge armored tanks, one may expect this anime to have at least sights of blood, if not gore. Sorry to disappoint, but this anime is not like that. The schoolgirls are just kawaii! What's more is that they can dance, and it's pretty infectious too! This song is sung in the style of traditional Japanese folk music. Their pink anglerfish tights fit perfectly with the dance steps which anyone can easily learn. The only real challenge is finding four more friends with the audacity to wear this costumes!
Before the anime starts getting dark, there's this episode in which the main characters had to dance to defeat a youmu. It's been bothering their school and dancing seems to distract it. It only responds to quality performance so the gang train really hard to practice to become temporary idols. See the fruit of their efforts as they battle their enemy with the power of their performance!
Hare Hare Yukai
The dance in this anime is first seen in the ending theme of the first season entitled, Hare Hare Yukai. Since then, it became an instant fan favorite especially for Haruhiists (Believers of Haruhiism).
Moreover, this dance became so popular that it can be seen in many internet references. One example is in a multiplayer online battle arena, real-time strategy video game called League of Legends. In the dance action of the champion Ezreal, he performs a bit of the Hare Hare Yukai.
Motteke! Sailor Fuku
Lucky Star Motteke! Sailor Fuku dance
Lucky Star is all about the daily lives of a group of high school girls led by Konata Izumi. It uses normal occurrences and random conversations to show its comedic content.
One of the dances in the anime is in the opening song of the series entitled, Motteke! Sailor Fuku. Here we can see Kona-chan and her friends wearing cheerleader costumes practicing for an event in their school. In the end of the dance, they threw their pompoms away to celebrate getting it perfect.
Hare Hare Yukai
Hare hare yukai lucky star
In the 14th episode of the anime, they danced the Hare Hare Yukai from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. There are also cameo appearance from Yuki, Itsuki and Kyon. They all look so adorable when drawn in the art style of Lucky Star!
Platinum Disco Nisemonogatari
Nisemonogatari is the second addition to the Monogatari anime series. The anime has two mini arcs involving Araragi's sisters, Karen and Tsukihi. The story follows the sisters as they try to capture a conman who's selling charms to their middle school friends.
The third opening number features Tsukihi's performance on a song titled Platinum Disco. Voiced by Yuka Iguchi, the song emphasizes Tsukihi's feminine appeal with a lively beat and of course, a kawaii voice. Learning the dance requires you to be graceful with a lot of arm movements. With the right amount of practice, I'm sure you can pull this one off.
In one of episodes of the series, Araragi showed off his swag by dancing his own version of Platinum Disco. Tsukihi doesn't seem to care though.
Break dance and Yodel dance
Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? revolves around a normal high school boy named Aikawa Ayumu. All was well for him until he's murdered by a serial killer. He was revived later on by a lolita necromancer turning him into a lifeless zombie. After a while, he ended up taking the place of a magical equipment girl he met making him the first undead mahou shoujo in anime history.
Aside from being a dead meat in pink dress, Ayumu proved to be good in dancing too. He uses his talent to cheer up people especially when they're down or sick. But with his solid dance moves and yodeling, he'll probably cheer anyone up without breaking a sweat!
Now here's the deal with this curse dance - It's very dangerous! It's like an infectious disease that causes extreme fatigue and shortness of breath. It's only one step repeated over and over but the effect is so powerful even necromancers fear its existence!
Angel Dance (Exercise)
Ema dance shirobako
Shirobako centers on the life of a newbie production assistant, Aoi Miyamori. In this anime, you get to see how someone starting in the animation industry works. It's not really what you expect. Even the cheery Miyamori lost some of her enthusiasm when she discovered the reality of her work.
One of her friends, Ema Yasuhara in particular, is the reason why Shirobako is in the list. This shy maiden graced us with her talent on an episode where the team's encountering difficulties and she's trying to be optimistic. Angel Dance is basically a multilingual counting song that (according to Ema) cheers yourself up.
Free! splash free
Free! is all about a middle school swimming team that gets reunited in high school and decide to create a swimming club together.
The dance in this anime is in the first ending song entitled Splash Free. The song was sung by STYLE FIVE, a group composed by the seiyuu of the main characters. With dance steps similar to those of boy bands and a disco setting, fangirls will surely be screaming in front of their screens!
real world humanity has declined
Humanity Has Declined piques viewers' interests by its intriguing title matched with bright refreshing artwork. It attacks various human misconducts in a weird jolly way.
In the opening song entitled Real World, the main character dances with a bunch of fairies to an energetic tune. This dance is perfect if you're planning to organize a flash mob and annoy people with overly repetitive steps! Here's a tip: Just like in the opening video, look your audience in the eyes while giving them an irritating smile!
Jango's Dance Carnival
Jango's Dance Carnival
One Piece has been here for almost 20 years! It follows a rubber man named Luffy as he makes his way to be the King of all Pirates. Along with his crew, he ventures different seas and islands in search for the legendary One Piece.
Jango's Dance Carnival is a short film where Luffy, his crew, and the whole Mirror Island got hypnotized to dance the night away. Nothing seems to stop them as they dance in boats, roads, and roofs alike.
Violet One Piece
We first se Violet in the Dressrosa arc. Dressrosa is a place in the new world with an obvious Spanish theme so it's no surprise to see some of this flamenco dance in the streets. Gotta love the taps and claps!
Death Parade Flyers
Death Parade is set in a purgatory-like place where souls gather to play different kinds of games. The games bring out their deepest natures which the emotionless arbiters use to judge if they're going to heaven or hell.
In the opening, Flyers by BRADIO, we can see the characters doing random fun dances which can be very misleading to the overall tone of the anime. The song is dangerously catchy－you'll jam to it even after finishing the whole series! Everybody! Put your hands up!
One of the dances in this anime is in its eighth ED entitled Bacchikoi. The title literally means "bring it on!". It shows how ready the ninjas are in the upcoming danger which is the Akatsuki. The funny steps and upbeat tempo sold this anime dance. In the 1:08 mark of the video, we can see the silhouettes of the actual singers, DEV PARADE, doing their version of the dance.
The first time I saw Killer Bee's wriggling movement that are supposed to be a dance, I fell off my chair. Ironically, Bee also fell off a cliff in the last part of the video! The exaggerated movements, the cartoonish look, the ballerina leaps, it all wraps up to be a very fun dance. Just be careful in imitating the leaps. If you're not careful, you may get hurt!
Seishun Satsubatsu-ron ansastsu kyoushitsu
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu follows a class of misfits with a goal to kill their teacher in one year's time. It sounds wicked but it's really a fun action anime to watch.
The dance is in its first OP entitled Seishun Satsubatsu-ron. Do you want to learn the dance? It's very easy! Just raise your right hand and jump to the beat of the song!
inner urge Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai
Shimoseka is all about this organization called SOX. It's an ero-terrorist organization with the goal of reteaching people the beauty of procreation. There's already an uncensored version of this so watch that if you want the real full experience!
The dance in the anime is in the ending song, Inner Urge. Here we can see Ayame Kajou disguised as "Blue Snow" on a podium, dancing. Later on, the whole cast joined her as they tire their hearts out to a very catchy song! SOX! SOX! SOX!
The dance in the anime , Cheermancy, was supposed to be for cheering someone up but Rabura Chichibu, one of the main characters, gets confused. She mistakes it as a necromancy ritual to summon spirits! Here's some advice: For the ritual to "work", be sure to wear your handy dandy pigeon mask!
Maji LOVE 1000%
Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 1000%
Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 1000% follows a girl named Haruka Nanami as she tries to be a composer in a prestigious performing arts school. Little did she know, she won't only improve her music skills, but make precious memories too!
Are you ready? Are you ready? Are you ready? That is the first words you'll hear in the first ending of the series entitled Maji LOVE 1000%. The typical boy band look is what's going on in this ED. With all the screaming from the crowd, you can say the guys have a bright future in front of them.
THE iDOLM@STER is a moe slice of life music show that centers around a group of thirteen girls aiming to be the next big Japanese idols. The anime is based on an arcade game that also expanded to different consoles.
On the premise of this anime being about idols, dances are really a common sight in this show. The dance we're featuring here is in the first OP of the series, READY!!. This song is performed by the thirteen girls in the show. Together, they are called 765PRO ALLSTARS.
If you think about it, they seem to answer the question of the guys in Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 1000%. Yes boys, they're ready.