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Earlier today, the official Welcome to the Ballroom anime website updated with the show’s full broadcast schedule. The series will air on the following networks:
- MBS: 7/8/2017 at 26:08 (7/9/2017 at 2:08AM)
- Tokyo MX: 7/9/2017 at 23:30 (7/9/2017 at 11:30PM)
- BS11: 7/9/2017 at 25:00 (7/10/2017 at 1:00AM)
- Gunma TV: 7/9/2017 at 25:30 (7/10/2017 at 1:30AM)
- ITV: 7/20/2017 at 25:36 (7/21/2017 at 1:36AM)
More relevant to western audiences, though, the site announced that Welcome to the Ballroom will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime across the globe. The series will start streaming on July 7 at 24:00 (7/8/2017 at midnight, JST).
The series is based on Tomo Takeuchi’s manga of the same name. Yoshimi Itazu will direct the series at Production I.G., with Takahiro Kishida (Haikyu!!, Puella Magi Madoka Magica) providing character designs. Kenichi Suemitsu is in charge of series composition.
Yuuki Hayashi is scoring the show’s soundtrack.
The confirmed voice cast includes:
- Fujita Tatara: Nobuhiko Okamoto
- Hyodo Kiyoharu: Shinba Tsuchiya
- Shizuku Hanaoka: Ayane Sakura
- Sengoku Kaname: Toshiyuki Morikawa
- Gaju: Kentarou Tomita
- Mako Akagi: Sumire Morohoshi
A global première event will be held at Anime Expo on July 1. Series director Kiyotaka Suzuki and actor Tomokazu Seki will host a Q&A session after the screening.
Welcome to the Ballroom kicked off in the pages of Kodansha’s Monthly Shonen Magazine in December 2011. The series currently spans eight collected volumes, with the most recent hitting stores in October 2015. Kodansha Comics currently holds the North American rights to the title. They describe the series as:
Feckless high school student Tatara Fujita wants to be good at something – anything. Unfortunately, he’s about as average as a slouchy teen can be. The local bullies know this, and make it a habit to hit him up for cash, but all that changes when the debonair Kaname Sengoku sends them packing. Sengoku’s not the neighborhood watch, though. He’s a professional ballroom dancer. And once Tatara Fujita gets pulled into the world of the ballroom, his life will never be the same.
Several teaser trailers and character visuals have been released to promote the series. You can check these out below:
Source: Twitter (justamangafan3) (Thanks to L.B. Bryant for the tip!)