Brave Beats – Season 2

Brave Beats – Season 2

img_4350.jpgHibiki Kazaguruma is a young boy who meets an amusing little robot named Breakin while coming home from school one day. Breakin, a dancer from an alternate-dimension dance world, challenged the dance king for his throne and lost. He has been deprived of Dance Stones (the stones of dance power) and sent to the human world. To restore his power, Breakin must collect all the Dance Stones scattered around Earth. Meanwhile, the Dance Stones cause chaos on the human world. To retrieve the Dance Stones, Breakin fuses with Hibiki and transforms into a Dance Hero.

The second season of Brave Beats provides us with the usual hijinks, only this time we have the cast expanding to include a third member to the Brave Beats trio: Air Beat. We also have Owl, Air Beat’s companion and a bit more screen time on the supporting characters. This anime still has the catchy music all the way through and still has Mink and Tank doing their usual ‘Team Rocket’ escapades every episode.

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For this season, I can’t help but feel that there’s less going on in every instalment, probably because things have switched t a bit of a monster/dance situation of the week. These silly escapades have the ring of filler about them, even at this late stage in the season, which is a little concerning when you wonder how things are going to get wrapped up in the small amount of episodes that are left. There’s also a noticeable lack of dancing in this season due to all the silly non-dance-related shenanigans. The story links to the difference dance stones are also getting a little tenuous now. I mean, a ‘shaking’ hip-hop dance stone that causes everyone to be shaken up so much that they do a body switch? Done to death. The dance stones, while once something that drove the story ahead, have now just become a convenient plot point to fill 10 minutes of a particularly weak episode.

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However, it’s good to see that we’re finally getting some character development for the mysterious Maito. He appeared randomly then disappeared for ages, so I was wondering when we would see more of him. Even the random pink alligator that pops up now and then has had more development so far. I kind of figured that the story was saving him for the end of the story for a revelation that I’ve been expecting for a while, but they could have made an effort to keep him in the viewer’s memory!

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Most of the revelations that this season had I could see coming a mile off, but this doesn’t really affect the overall enjoyment – it just means that we get to see more awesome dance battles which is always a good thing in my book. It’s not meant to be a deep and psychological anime, just as long as it continues to try and bring the fun. And for the most part, it does deliver. Sometimes the jokes fall a little flat, but things always pick up

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Though I’ve been quite critical of Brave Beats, it’s still fun, colourful and brimming with toe-tapping enjoyment. Though it maintains the dance element of its predecessor Tribe Cool Crew, I think it falls behind when it comes to excitement and engagement. Still, we’ve got those great techno beats, which I continue to enjoy listening to every week, and the great and fluid animation that goes along with it. The dance-offs continue to entertain, though I’m still completely befuddled how it can be possible to save/destroy the world with dance…

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If you’re looking for meaningful plot lines, convincing characters and compelling conclusions, I suggest you look elsewhere. Though Brave Beats isn’t exactly going to set the world on fire, I would certainly recommend it for the lazy Sunday anime that it is. It’s good to look at and listen to, but there’s not exactly a lot going on underneath.

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