Tribe Cool Crew – Season 3

Tribe Cool Crew – Season 3

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.

For the third time running Tribe Cool Crew returns to our screens for a consecutive third season. Things are beginning to get tense as the teams invited to Jey-El’s exclusive underground dance competition ‘Dance Road’ are becoming less and less as dance troupes are eliminated from each round. Will Haneru, Kanon, Mizuki, Yuzuru and Kumo be able to continue to evolve as dancers and come out on top?

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This anime continues to deliver with its unique blend of feel-good humour, top-tapping music and different styles of dance routines. As the team continues to practice to win Dance Road we are seeing a lot of the supporting characters getting more screen time and character development. This really does wonders for their interaction with the main cast and gives a bit more depth and explanation to their personal dance styles. Dance Road competitors Explos1ve Machine Guns, Haneru’s rival Yuji’s team, combine with elegant twin ojou-samas Hinata and Manabi, who make up Team Sakura, join together to form dance team Blossom Bullets for some impressive collaboration.

Meanwhile, we see the return of rejected Dance Road candidates LuiMoe, who have made a comeback with an outrageous and dangerous dance style: Crowd High. This type of dance is forbidden because of the burdens that it puts on the dancers bodies. But this new dance is catching on, and members of the public are trying to pull off the moves. Is this dangerous new dance really going to catch on? Whilst I find the idea of a self-destructive dance style amusing and slightly ridiculous, I can’t help but let the idea sweep me along with its rumbling bass line and heavy street moves.

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We also see Haneru perfecting his new dance move ‘Galaxy Walk’ (think Michael Jackson’s moonwalk, but on steroids) and watch Kanon finally find her true style. From a shy, tall girl who hid behind a mask, we now see her using her long limbs to her advantage, wearing more daring costumes and a new level of confidence. We get an insight into Mizuki’s hectic life, Yuzuru’s fiance Momiji makes a cameo and Kumo breaks his foot mere days before the penultimate round of Dance Road. What’s the team going to do?

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Tribe Cool Crew has never been the most complex anime, but it is definitely unique. It’s fast become one of my favourite anime of the last few seasons and I look forward to watching it every week. Each episode guarantees a new story, a new dance and a new perspective. Now it’s got a few seasons behind it there is more reason for it to take itself a bit more seriously (not much, though!) and give an extra dimension to the characters that were, more often than not, dismissed as something not really worth considering. I’m intrigued at the dynamic of the collaborative dance troupe Blossom Bullets and how they will continue to evolve, since there’s more than just one personality clash inside that group!

Tribe Cool Crew still maintains its refreshing quirkiness and colourful insights into various dance concepts, styles and dancer motivations. It takes pride in its upbeat positive themes of shared dreams, team work, friendship and self-belief. It makes it an easy, charming watch that I love to get into to make a change from heavier, darker titles. I’ve always believed this one to be massively underrated by most.

imageWith every season I like the characters more. They don’t ever bore me and each main character brings something to the group and the plot line. They’ve got their own style, motivations and moves that become crisper and more defined with every season. The dance routines have become more impressive, with light shows, special effects (and sparkles – got to love those anime sparkles) and the animation is smoother and considerably less jarring than it was in earlier episodes.

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As the story edges ever closer to the end of Dance Road, I’m looking forward to the conclusion. I imagine it’s not going to bowl me over, but it keeps me hooked with its sense of fun and its Bust-A-Groove-esque music score. I’m officially a Tribe Cool Crew fangirl. There, I said it.

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