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Amazon to Stream Welcome to the Ballroom Exclusively Worldwide


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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:

Promo Videos

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x56zwi4_ballroom-e-youkoso-welcome-to-the-ballroom-pv-teaser_tv

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5aolet_ballroom-e-youkoso-welcome-to-the-ballroom-pv2_tv

Character Visuals

Source: Twitter (justamangafan3) (Thanks to L.B. Bryant for the tip!)

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Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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