Nardio Manga Review
IS WELCOME TO THE BALLROOM VOLUME 4 WORTH YOUR TIME?
WHAT DID WE THINK WITHOUT SPOILING IT?
I mean damn.
What a read!
This was amazing. Flat out, the most thrilling volume of manga I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It was fast paced and electric, yet I kept finding myself going back and gawking at the absolutely insane art. The story moved along at a perfect pace that wasted nothing. I had so many emotions running through my head as each perfectly developed character elicited surprising responses from me. I found myself wanted everyone to win and everyone to lose. The stakes were high and no matter what direction things ended up going I was happy and enthralled. I absolutely cannot praise the author of this manga enough. Welcome To The Ballroom has quickly become my absolute fave manga to read.
Welcome to the Ballroom Volume 4 dives headfirst back into the competition for Tatara but does it in a way that had me thinking of every single character. Usually, in manga the protagonist is the snowflake. Can do no wrong and almost always shines, here Tatara is an underdog through and through. Sure there are moments where is determination and will push him forward, but it never reaches levels of shonen absurdity. This was a believable read and I found myself all the more engaged because of it. Every part of this volume was absolutely riveting. The artwork was astounding, incredibly detailed and absolutely perfection. As always I could feel the motion through the pages thanks to the artist’s unbelievable talent. When I first started with the series I never dared to imagine that the dance competitions could be this exciting.
As always the characters shine through to make a perfect pairing with this insane art. Each of these characters surprised me with the emotion and depth they brought to the story. I loved it. I absolutely loved it. No character is one dimensional. No character is wasted. The more this goes on the more they all develop and I honestly was eating it all up and asking for more. I understood their excitement, disappointment, fear, anger and elation. Everything here felt right and it all continually blew my mind.
As perfect as the art was unfortunately once again Kodansha Comics dropped the ball when it came to translating this manga to the digital medium. The two-page spreads are absolutely marred with sloppy lines cutting down the middle of the page. Some pages are worse than others, but this horrible oversight takes away from what would otherwise be perfect portraits of dance and excitement. I found myself ripped out of the story several times as I took in the two-page spreads. Granted this volume was much cheaper than the previous editions, but that is no excuse at all for this sloppy work.
WAS IT WORTH THE MONEY?
Welcome to the Ballroom Volume 4 was a perfect read and managed to raise the bar for me as far as what I expect from a manga. You all need to start reading this series. Welcome to the Ballroom inspires me to practice drawing and to want to become an artist. It also makes me want learn how to dance. This is a magnificent series that will move you.
YOU MUST EXPERIENCE THIS!
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- Amazon: Kindle for $6.99
- Amazon: Paperback $9.20
- Barnes & Noble: Paperback $9.38
- Barnes & Noble: Nook $10.99
- Author: Tomo Takeuchi
- Genre: Sports Manga/Slice of Life
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