Brave Beats is a super silly anime revolving around different kinds of dance. I believe it is centered around a child audience, but something about it made me not want to stop watching.
Summary (Spoiler Free)
Hibiki Kazaguruma is a sixth grader who meets an amusing little robot named Bureikin while coming home from school one day. Bureikin, a dancer from an alternate-dimension dance world, challenged the dance king for the 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, Bureikin must collect all the Dance Stones scattered around Earth. Meanwhile, the Dance Stones cause chaos on the human world. To retrieve the Dance Stones, Bureikin fuses with Hibiki and transforms into a Dance Hero – from animenewsnetwork.com
What I Liked About It
First off, let me say that the opening song for this anime is one of the catchiest I’ve ever heard. I absolutely LOVE it. Also I hold a special place in my heart for dancing so I may be a bit biased.
The animation reminds me of the Pokemon cartoons. Everything is super bright and colorful with weird creatures popping up along the way. Even though it’s a show about a couple of elementary school kids, I found the story interesting, especially when I got to the last couple of episodes.
The take on the Dancerians and their home world is something I’ve never seen before. It was a very refreshing story that I never got bored watching.
What I Disliked
It’s incredibly cheesy. The kids are collecting dance stones so that Breakin, a tiny robot whose goal is to defeat the Dance King in a dance battle, can achieve his dream. The dance sequences are pretty cool if you’re into that sort of thing. But if you’re not it may be hard to watch.
Final Episode (SPOILERS AHEAD)
We discover that Maito, the new kid in class, is actually Choreo the bad guy. He was dethroned by the current King of Dance and has been plotting his revenge. When Hibiki switched bodies with Maito a couple episodes earlier, we learned that Maito’s mom was ill. Here we discover what happened to her in the end.
A grief stricken little Maito had been sitting outside crying because of his mother’s illness when a Dancerian named BungaBanga offers to give him the power to turn despair into hope. Maito accepts and runs in to show his mother who is sleeping in bed. Turns out Bunga is evil, and instead of cheering up Maito’s mom he kills her instead. Maito’s hope turns to despair and agony, feeding Bunga and allowing it to take over Maito’s soul. Thus Choreo is born.
I wasn’t expecting the show to take such a dark turn. I loved it though, it helped pus the plot home. Breakin ends up dying at the hands of Choreo, causing Hibiki to fall into a bad depression. It’s only through Kotone that he realizes he truly wants to dance in Breakin’s honor, causing the Dancerian to revive. Together they battle to save Maito, ultimately freeing him from BungaBanga’s grasp.
The end shows us where everyone is now, ending with Hibiki and Kotone walking to school holding hands. It was a super cute scene that ended the show very well!
I loved Brave Beats. Even through all of the corniness, I felt like the story shone through. Anyone who like fun music, dance battles and general wackiness should totally give this show a try!
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