Monday, 25 May 2015

New Series Sesuji wo Pin! to〜Shikakou Kyougi Dance-bu e Youkoso〜 by Takuma Yokota

Masaharu Tsuchiya is as dorky as they get and is determined to make high school different than elementary school. But can he keep his inherent awkwardness from ruining his first day? Furthermore, what club will he join? Surely not something club?
-Viz Media
Sesuji wo Pin! to〜Shikakou Kyougi Dance-bu e Youkoso〜 (Straighten Up! Welcome to Shika High's Competitive Dance Club) by Takuma Yokota began in issue 24 of Weekly Shonen Jump.
Yokota is a very experience mangaka, having worked at different magazines and genre throughout his career. In 2012, Yokota was fortunate to run a miniseries in Weekly Shonen Jump. The series, titled Koganeiro was only three chapters long. It felt like the magazines editors were testing Yokota's work before considering him for full serialisation.
Yokota is known to create bold pieces of manga and even publishes his own work as doujinshi.
Sesuji wo Pin! to〜Shikakou Kyougi Dance-bu e Youkoso〜 is certainly a bold manga, as it is the first manga in Weekly Shonen Jump history to feature dancing. What will be readers response?

The first chapter is definitely an enjoyable read.
We meet the shy protagonist as he is swept away by the (metaphoric) tide created by the Dance Clubs performance. It is very unclear whether this series will be a success or a flop, as such a genre is unprecedented in a mainstream shonen magazine like Weekly Shonen Jump.

The first chapter can be read here


  1. As much I want this series to live, deep down I have a feeling it won't because it's way too unfamiliar to Weekly Shonen Jump readers. For example, Gakyuu Houtei didn't last long despite a great start and Iron Knight was too nihilistic and depressing at times. I hope I'm wrong though.

    1. I also have that exact feeling. The series is fun to read and its something new for the magazine. But like you said its very unfamiliar to the readers.