Haruki Bandou was born into a family of Judo martial artists and expected to continue the family legacy. But he's about to trade Judo for…cheerleading?! When his childhood friend Kazuma Hashimoto invites him to join the BREAKERS, a male cheerleading club, Haru finds himself amongst a quirky group of boys. Can this squad of slightly odd and cute members make a breakthrough in college athletics?
This is mostly centered around a duo-tagonist relationship between two friends trying to find their calling. It seems to inspire some kind of motivational muse to drive individuals who want to change themselves. The diversity of the characters is what I like about this the most. At first glance, it seems like every other sports anime that has very handsome, very fit males. (The stereotype perhaps). But even from watching the opening, there are a whole slew of characters; different sizes, different personalities, and quirks that make them all likable. The animation is very fluid and it compliments the soft art style. If you like sports anime and are looking for something completely out the norm, give it a watch. It's no Haikyuu but certainly draws you in like it.
'Cheer Danshi!!' [or 'Cheer Boys!!'] is centred around one of the first all-male cheerleading squads. The team is made up of diverse characters, but I still found it hard to keep track of them as they just kept breeding and multiplying. The only memorable characters are the main two, the token megane and the token fat kid. Despite this, I find it hard to become very invested in their dreams and aspirations. Perhaps unsurpringly, this anime can be incredibly lame. I mean, it is about boys cheerleading, so it is to be expected, but I mean there are some moments when I want to smother myself with a pillow. Despite the fact that there are no faults in animation or sound, I found that this just didn't make a wholy enjoyable anime. Yes, there are challanges that the characters need to overcome, but something about the fact that there is no win/lose, or point system to show improvement, made this anime seem quite slow and hard to become invested in. Overall, it is a very simple and sweet anime, but is unable to come close to the standards of sports animes like 'Free!' or 'Haikyuu!!'. I feel slightly disatisfied at the end of each episode and it lacks the drama and excitement that is supposed to come from most sport animes.
Story + Characters : Cheer boys is about an all male cheerleading team which formed based on the dream of its leader, at Meishiin university, trying to break gender roles. Like all sport anime it has a goal of competing and in the case in the national championships against other cheerleading groups from other universities. Although I feel like they could of done better on this part as I found most of the episodes being on training or interactions with the characters and that is what sets it aside from Haikyuu or Kuroko no basuke, looking more like a slice of life. However this anime is extremely moving. Seeing the characters going through adversity and then resolving the internal conflict or weaknesses with themselves is almost a pleasure to watch and that is why it has so much character development, and I feel inspired. At times too this anime has its share of feels and it hits me everytime. I also did not have any idea that cheerleading had so much theory behind it like positioning, and I could say I learned something new. Animation: I'm really not much of a critic here, but the art style I had to get used to probably because I was watching a lot of other anime. The animations are fluid when it comes to them doing flips and I love how each character looks different and recognisable. The colours are vibrant also. Sound: I can't get enough of that OP and I love the meaning behind it aswell. Solid. Overall: My sport anime heart really wants more of this anime and hoping that it's polished up a bit more. However I had a great experience watching this, and would still recommend it.
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