Tribe Cool Crew – Season 2

Tribe Cool Crew – Season 2

IMG_1711.PNGHaneru is a kid who’s really into dancing and one day dreams of becoming a famous dancer like his idol, Jey-El. One day while he’s practicing his moves at his usual spot he finds out it’s the same place where a girl named Kanon also practices and. She’s secretly a famous dancer, known on the internet as Rhythm. After being impressed by her moves and finding out she’s been watching his, he decides to form a dance team with her. The decision leads them both into the world of street dancing.

Tribe Cool Crew continues its second season in its usual low-profile yet consistent way. The stakes are raised as the group are invited to Jey-El’s exclusive ‘Dance Road’ – a mysterious dance competition where talented dancers from all over the world showcase their skills for a chance to dance with the king of dance himself.

IMG_1717.PNGNot only do we get to see the characters develop, but we get to see some great dance scenes. The group do some bonding, meet new people and learn new moves in order to meet their idol and get the chance to show off their moves to the world.

What Tribe Cool Crew is trying to do is get a little deeper into characters. Not only the main ones, but also supporting characters such as Jey-El himself and other competing dance groups. New depths are being reached (not too complex, because this just isn’t one of those animes, but it’s a definite development), but the one thing holding it back is the animation. It’s never been the best, compared to other animes this season, but then, it has never claimed to be particularly breathtaking and has never tried to be something that it’s not – its efforts are aimed elsewhere. It’s true that the animation is quite flat and childlike, but I think this just adds to the charm. The 3D dance elements are vibrant and fluid and stay within the confines of the rest of the animation as to not look too disjointed and weird in between scenes. Even though this particular anime is aimed at a younger audience, I think it speaks volumes that it also appeals to an older one, too.

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IMG_1715.PNGI’ve decided that this must have something to do with the unique sense of style that has been conveyed from the start. It’s refreshingly quirky and portrays a brief yet spirited insight into hip-hop and the therapeutic merits of dance without getting too bogged down in culture or philosophy. The music is ridiculously catchy, and I challenge anyone to watch an episode and try not to toe-tap or head-nod along.

IMG_1716.PNGHaneru and Kanon are likeable protagonists. Along with their youthful affection for one another (which I’m glad to see developing further in this second season), they have a strong dynamic and encourage one another to not only develop their dancing skills but also self-confidence when competing against adults, professionals and those who have practised dancing ever since they could walk. At the same time, they also have the usual difficulties of young teenagers, such as jealous friends and over-protective parents, but dealing with real-life issues such as these in no way dampens the fun factor. It’s an easy-to-watch, shamelessly upbeat show that I look forward to watching every week.

IMG_1713.PNGTribe Cool Crew has got to be one of the darkest horses of the season for me, and I unashamedly love it. The dance-offs make me feel like cheering and the light humour, pleasant and unoffensive that is is, often makes me laugh out loud. The music is a big plus for me, and no matter how many times I hear a track, it still ends up getting stuck in my head after every episode. I’m a big fan and, with the show having two consecutive seasons, I’m definitely not the only one.