Dance Dance Danseur Episode 7 Review – But Why Tho?

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Spoiler alert: This review contains some spoilers for Dance dance danseur episode 7.

Dance dance danseur is a be anime produced by MAPPA. After signing up for summer schools to gain the approval of their harshest critic, Murao and Luou soon find themselves at odds with some of their fellow students over the reasons they attend summer school. But what the show pulls out of this conflict leaves a lot to be desired Dance dance danseur episode 7.

As this week’s story begins, Murao and Luou begin to bond with one of their classmates. When Murao gives the young dancer a sincere compliment, he invites the duo to attend a ballet performance with him. While the two accept the invitation, upon arrival, Murao worries that he might fall asleep again like he did the last time he attended a performance. This time, however, instead of struggling to stay awake, Murao is entranced by what he sees.

While some of Murao’s easy focus during this performance is attributed to the dancers’ more remarkable skill, Dance dance danseur episode 7 also gives the impression that part of Murao’s greater interest is due to his increased understanding of the mechanics of ballet. Fully understanding the hard work and intricate details of a particular discipline always helps someone appreciate it when done with great skill.

The only place where the episode’s opening fails for me is during the invitation itself. At the first invitation, Luou has no interest in watching the show and asks, “Who wants to watch Japanese people do ballet?” He is happy eager to join the other two when he learns the star is a guest dancer from Russia.

The concept that people from a particular region are inherently better than others at a particular craft is racist. It’s like assuming that a Japanese is automatically better at martial arts than a westerner. Just because a region has a deeper tradition with a particular discipline doesn’t mean people from that region are inherently superior at it.

While Luou simply expresses that kind of attitude, narratively it’s not bad for the show, but such snobbery exists. What bothers me is that perception is not questioned at all. Instead, it’s treated as just standard reasonable opinion, which disappoints me.

The back half Dance dance danseur episode 7 sees Murao and Luou confront two students when their classmates learn that they are not attending the summer school to earn a scholarship but to bring the students back to their original school.

When her classmates find out about this, they get angry, scream and say that they don’t have a place at the summer school and try to pressure her to leave the school. This leads to a dance-off where losing for Murao and Luou means they have to go and never come back.

Our star duo manages to win the competition thanks to Luou’s amazing skills. Immediately afterwards, the two previously antagonistic boys join the now-growing group of friends that Murao and Luou seem to be building. Unfortunately, while this is a nice twist on the narrative at first glance, it doesn’t address a major issue.

During the last part of Dance dance danseur episode 7 sees the boys banding together as a group, the past bullying and mean attitudes of their former rivals are never addressed. That feels sub-par to me as it feels like the message surrounding such behavior in this episode is that as long as he’s not mean to me, it doesn’t matter. This is obviously not true. The fact that the two boys are greeted without acknowledging that their previous attitudes and actions were wrong feels like a major oversight on the part of the narrative.

The visuals in this episode continue to do an excellent job of conveying the viewer’s movement and grace of ballet while weaving the dancing through the story’s more distinctive plot beats.

So when all is said and done Dance dance danseur episode 7 delivers a narrative that, while pleasant enough at first glance, quickly falls apart upon closer inspection. Combine that with the lessons Murao is being taught about why he should pursue an art form, and this series feels like it falls badly short on the aspects that could lend it more substantive meaning.

Dance dance danseur episode 7 is now streaming on Crunchyroll.

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TL;DR

Dance dance danseur episode 7 delivers a narrative that, while pleasant enough at first glance, quickly falls apart upon closer inspection. Combine that with the lessons Murao is being taught about why he pursues an art form, and this series feels like it’s starting to fail badly at the aspects that could lend it more substantive meaning.

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