Three episode review: Cheer danshi!

Ah, the cheerleader
squad sports anime. I saw this float by ages ago and I actually
forgot it was out this season until a nonny reminded me (for which, omg thank you!).

Let’s do this.

Embarassment!

What it’s about:
Haru is from a long line of judo champions but hurt his shoulder and
can’t compete any more. His best friend decides that the two of them
should start an all men’s cheerleading team instead.

First impression:
Whoa, this is set in college. I repeat: this is not a high school
sports anime.
No one has to be aged up for the fanfics. Second: this is, like, legit. I was
expecting some parody in the style of Binan or Osomatsu, but no.
This is a serious (as far as that is possible) sports anime about a
fledgling cheerleader team going against the odds and, while they’re at it,
some rather strict gender stereotypes. That is a neat set-up right at
the start. From there it goes straight into the expected tropes:
childhood friends, the Dream, the Nerd etc. With my new added
favourite: the public humiliation. Also: it’s pretty. The boys are
very pretty. *cough*

Second impression:
They keep adding pretty boys! It’s kinda funny how literally every
new member has a tragic back story that’s rattled off fairly fast. I’d
say they’re trying too hard, but it doesn’t bother me as much as it
did in, say, Prince of Stride. And while I maintain that the show is
serious about being a sports anime and not a parody, it’s also a very
silly show. It’s pretty funny, which is as it should be. Also, most
of the characters are just so incredibly likeable and I love seeing them interact? It has almost Haikyuu levels of characterisation and
that is pretty high praise.

Yes, you will be, cheerleading Rei.

Hottest dude: Oh
man. I love Ton for being chunky and doing his thing. I love Kazu
because Kazu is a friggin angel come down to earth to save us all. I
love Haru because he’s is just… very pretty, you guys. Hottest guy
so far is maybe Gen? But Shou with his obviously tragic past is
probably gonna make me want to hug him and squish him and protect
him from the big bad world. Oh, and there’s a guy with dreads in the ending credits that
hasn’t shown up yet but looks really cool, ok? Jury’s still out on
‘hottest dude’.

Gayness? Ya know, you’d expect quite a bit of gay, but so far I’m not getting it. Apart from the childhood friends thing, where they’re just *so* there for each other. Surprisingly straight, at three episodes in.

Extra notes:

  • Please note how this is set in college, but the guys look younger than, say, the cast of KnB (who are supposed to be 15?).
  • This show loves to invert stereotypes: the Nerd is an academic failure, Serious Man has a weakness for mascots, etc.
  • I really appreciate the amount of easter eggs in the background ? Like the random
    faceplant in the gym, and how all the team members have already
    gotten a little cameo in the first episode. It’s a pretty clever
    show.
  • Kazu’s messaging
    icon is a cheerleading pig. I just. Yeah.
  • Kazu also explains
    moves by using those stupid messenger stickers.
  • Kazu is a silly
    person.

Kazu, ladies and gentlemen.

Go, fight, win?
Seeing as how I’m already all over the entire cast: definite win. I hope they don’t lose momentum, but this is a very promising show right now. Probably my favourite, out of the sports anime this season.

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