Τhis week in Welcome to the Ballroom, we see again the cute Tatara on his hunt for a female dance partner. He has set his eyes on cute Chi-chan and we follow them on their ritual that will determine if they become dancing partners or not…
Japanese Title: お見合い
Heat 13. Matchmaking
Chinatsu Hayami was at the cup to see Sengoku/Hongo dance. Even though she told Tatara she would kick his ass if he talked to her about it in school the next day, he was surprised as she actually starting talking to him about it! It turns out she is a very, very, VERY huge fan of…Hongo. She stalks him to the dance studio, after she overhears that he is training under Sengoku. She was hoping to meet Hongo there. And because Tatara is looking for a partner, they make them dance for a bit. But while she has great posture and seems to know a thing or two about dancing, she wants to hide it. She seems to draw back whenever she starts to enjoy dancing again…
I’m not sure yet if I actually like Chinatsu, Tatara’s partner-to-be, but there were many cute scenes involving her in this episode. First, there was the revelation of her being a hardcore fangirl. Her carrying around this magazine with an epic picture of Sengoku and Hongo was one of my favorite parts. And we can’t forget when the two Chi-chans hugged each other. In general, I think Hongo is amazing: last week, she called Tatara as if he was a puppy and this week she had a sassy way of inviting Chinatsu into a hug. And then her riding a bike and her clothes. She is great. I like her!
Chinatsu and Tatara
Those two have some chemistry going on. First, there was the scene where he is getting into position, waiting for her to fit herself into him. I loved the scene because they had communication without saying anything at it even got through to me. Then the part where he is being lead by her. Yes, dear readers, the thing I have been complaining about so much was finally solved! The lady got to take the lead! And everybody was pretending as if it was a very big thing, because how can the girl take the lead!
But aside from the dance, I think Tatara and her have really great tension. I felt so electrified watching the two of them, how they treated each other and then how they danced… It is clear that she is a better partner for him than Mako-chan was, no matter how much I loved them together.
When Chi-chan led Tatara during the dance, we could see him questioning himself and how he led Mako-chan so far. He realized he didn’t do anything and that he was doing baby stuff. How great was that! Our tensai got another reminder about how he still has a long way to go. I tend to forget that they are praising him as a beginner. They are not comparing him to all the experienced and professional dancers out there.
Then, they described how leading works with dances, how she pushes and gives resistance and Tatara was amazed, as well as myself, because I am not a dancer but I still got the feeling that I understood what it was about. Thumbs up for the dance practice!
Kiyoharu back on the dance floor
We didn’t see him much, except for the amazing artwork they gave us of him in his amazing Latin dance outfit, but there was news of him being back and being changed. Of course, he is winning all the competitions. I was so happy to hear he’s back and that he is taking the challenge between Tatara and Shizuku seriously. I love him because he is an amazing partner for Shizuku.
Themes and Trivia
Giving up: So we know that Chi-chan at some point stopped dancing and of course we are curious as hell. I want to know if it was because of bullying, because she didn’t feel like she was good enough for it. Maybe something else stood in her way, like her parents telling her that making a living off of dancing is not fruitful and urging her to concentrate on school. Maybe it was an injury. I also thought about how Tatara manages to keep up with the payment for the dance lessons, because I had to take a brief break from my own dancing lessons for financial reasons. The thing is, I am an adult and work full-time. Tatara is a poor student and managed better to keep up his hobby than I. I really think he is amazing. He must be working hard at a part time job while also studying for school and training to get better and beat Shizuku. Tatara’s persistence shows just how much he loves to dance and that he will work something out to keep doing it. Keep it up, Tatara!
I tend to take notes through the episodes so that I don’t forget to mention anything great. Even though there weren’t many things I took note of, I really loved the episode for the feelings it gave me. I tend to really feel with the main characters, meaning that I enjoyed the tension between Tatara and Chi-chan. Their kind of tension makes my stomach feel all antsy and excited and even though I want to stop the video and run, I also think it is amazing that drawn characters inside an electric box can do that to me. And thus, even though there is no high pace in the story and much to talk about, I loved this episode. The character development was amazing! We can see them grow and realize their weaknesses and strengths. I can’t wait to see how things will change once again during the next episode. Because as long as there is no competition to join, we will get to see more of their characters and relationships. And what better way to create a realistic character than that?
Hopes for the upcoming episode
I got more of Hongo, like I wanted, and even though we didn’t actively see Gaju and Tatara deepen their friendship, him coming over during break time means pretty much that, which I can only approve of. We aren’t quite there yet with Chi-chan being Tatara’s partner, but I guess we can use another episode t build that up. It is nice to get to know her slowly and not just throw her into the mix as if she has been there since forever. What left me to wonder was the other girl in the preview. My fantasy of course had to go crazy thanks to the flirty eyes she gave the camera and I thought maybe she tries to become Tatara’s partner. And then Chi-chan could be fighting for her place, because maybe she started to enjoy dancing with Tatara. That would also fit with the moment that Tatara wondered why she did come to dance, even though he hadn’t mentioned Hongo yet… (Though it also fit with the fact that she was dancing before and stopped, so maybe she just missed dancing. But let me have my dreams and fantasies!)
Whatever will happen, I am looking forward to next week’s episode! Also, the new season will start soon and aside from Welcome to the Ballroom there will be a load of new series we are going to review! So don’t miss out on the new reviews and see you back in Episode 14!