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Sesuji wo Pin! to ~Shikakou Kyougi Dance-bu e Youkoso~


Alt Names: alt 背すじをピン!と~鹿高競技ダンス部へようこそ~alt Straighten Up! Welcome to Shika High's Competitive Dance Club!
Author: Yokota Takuma
Artist: Yokota Takuma
Genres: Award Winning Award WinningComedy ComedyRomance RomanceSchool Life School LifeShounen ShounenSports Sports
Type: Manga (Japanese)
Status: Ongoing
Description: Masaharu Tsuchiya is as dorky as they get and is determined to make high school different from middle school. But can he keep his inherent awkwardness from ruining his first day? Furthermore, what club will he join? Surely not something like...dance club?

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Ch.82: Connecting thoughts
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Huh, so Tsuchiyakun is someone who gets bigger with praise

PAISEN....PAISEn....PAISen...PAIsen...PAisen...Paisen...paisen...........

I hope PAISEN notices me.

PAISEN....PAISEn....PAISen...PAIsen...PAisen...Paisen...paisen...........

So, the anons are going through the volume omakes. Perhaps it's a sign that they're holding off the last 5 chapters until the final Volume comes out.

Which could prove most fascinating. It'll be nice if there're extra pages or something.

I mean, even if they fill in a lot of the capacity with, say, Koganeiro, there're bound to be some pages leftover for extra content.

 

I see that a lot of the Bangaihen got shuffled around in the different volumes. Makes me wonder where the two focusing on Miyadaiku/Kashiwa and Miki/Tanya (told from her perspective) went to.

Naomi and Michikage were made for each other.

YOKO omakes heal my broken heart with the power of "hnnng".

Is anyone going to translate the last five chapters?


Just have faith. The anons have gotten this far, they'll deliver.

Is anyone going to translate the last five chapters?

Watari is the carrot. Tsuchiya is the stick...made of carrots.

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P.S. Speaking of Koganeiro, did anyone notice this in Ch 81?
 

Spoiler

 
Kinata got a mention! That's 3 out of 4 of the cast.
Now we just need Kinbara to complete the set...

 

wait for her, wait ;) 

 

also thanks to @OH&S for the chart, it really works to notice how this one went down, but as other have said too, its more of a close well done than an axe.

I agree with what @Osakanon said
 
Straighten Up! felt more like a slice of life via sports. But with the way Yoko wrote this, it has a really unique, refreshing charm to it.
Heck, even something as traditional as a training camp felt like just another moment in Tsuchiya and Watari's life.
 
I wouldn't say he tried to shift genre though; this is sports-based, at least some efforts have to be paid to take the sport seriously and authentically.
 
But yeah, I do also feel whenever the story gets competitive, the charm weakens.
And this was most apparent with the Summer Nationals arc. Nothing felt wrong when you read the arc in batches, but on a weekly basis, the cycling heats and dances feel repetitive and somewhat dragged out at times, which reflects in the rankings. The Standard Session had a total of 30 dances, for crying out loud!
 
But nonetheless, the series always remained enjoyable and a breath of fresh air. I will miss this, but it'll be cool to see what Yoko comes up with next.
 
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P.S. Speaking of Koganeiro, did anyone notice this in Ch 81?
 

Spoiler

 
Kinata got a mention! That's 3 out of 4 of the cast.
Now we just need Kinbara to complete the set...

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I'd like to make a follow up post to my previous one regarding the series ending.

 

Here is an interactive chart of how the WSJ series have been doing rankings-wise for the past 2 and a bit years.

 

Before, I said that Sesuji suffered between chapters 50-70 in the rankings and that it played a part in the series ending so soon. On further inspection there is a bit more nuance as to the reasons.

 

Sesuji's average rankings did indeed collapse as I said earlier (and the chart shows). But if you look, Sesuji wasn't the only one that fell at the during that time; all of the newer series did (Yuragi-sou, Kimetsu, Samon-kun, etc). The reason for this is surprisingly simple: it happened straight after Bleach and Nisekoi ended; two series that were ranking dead last towards the end of their serialization.

 

As soon as they ended, the rankings shifted enough to affect everything slightly. Yuragi-sou got off with a light scratch. Kimetsu was wounded but slowly worked its way back up and is now one of the top WSJ series. Samon-kun got hit hard but recovered almost immediately. Sesuji got hit just as hard as Samon-kun but stayed in the mud for a while before slowly getting back up.

 

If find it suspect, that this happened right after Bleach and Nisekoi ended. My guess is that they weren't necessarily doing as good as we thought from before but it was masked by other series doing much worse (Love Rush!, Red Sprite, Nisekoi, Bleach).

 

So rankings definitely played a part. The other thing that ultimately decided Sesuji's longevity was its tankoubon sales; it just wasn't good enough for WSJ. Rankings start to matter less as long as the tankoubon sales justify it (eg Bleach). These two factors were something Sesuji ultimately couldn't overcome and that's why the series ended right after the Nationals.

 

...

 

Now I'm going to turn heads and say that I agree with those who say that the series wasn't axed. Reduced longevity, yes. But not axed.

 

The mangaka ultimately has more info than we do regarding how his series is doing. Looking where Sesuji ended on rankings-wise, its fair to say the mangaka knew his series wasn't going to last in the long run so he made sure to work towards a satisfying end and finish on his own terms.

 

That's exactly what we saw. Character arcs being resolved all around. A degree of finality with the conclusion of the Nationals arc. A timeskip to give a proper epilogue to the midget first years. Ending with a middling rank with extra pages.

 

That doesn't look like an axed series to me.

Personally, I don't think of Sesuji as an actual sports manga. Rather, it's a coming of age story that's disguised as a sports manga. Sesuji was at its peak (at least in Japan) when we were watching Tsuchiya and Watari change from clumsy, awkward kids into actual dancers who developed not only the courage to step into a dance battle with the titans, but also the willpower to overcome their own personal faults and become new people. In the span of 4 (manga) months, they became completely different characters. And we enjoyed that.

 

I think ultimately, Yokota tried to shift the genre into an actual sports manga, but it wasn't really met with much favor. And there really isn't much room for Tsuchiya and Watari to grow as characters since they more or less pulled a 180 compared to chapter 1. At least, not without forcing some drama to do so. So he decided to nip it in the bud now. (It also aligns with WSJ's 6 new incoming manga, so that could also have been an external factor).

 

Sure, there's more that can be done, but Yokota (as a writer, not as an illustrator) is at his best when he's working with the natural drama of growing up (ex. Koganeiro). If he really wanted to keep it alive, he could've prolonged Tsuchiya's and/or Watari's issues into their third year. But that'd be lame. So as much as I hate to admit it, this was a good place to call it quits.

 

EDIT: Final chapter got extra pages, Yokota Takuma called it a 'full run' in his final comments. That's enough for me to say this was planned to be relatively short.

Frankly not happy about it ending. I feel like there was a lot more to be done, a lot more than what we ultimately got.

 

Disappointing. Could be a lot worse, though.

I felt for a while that this manga has been heading to a natural ending, ever since the Tsuchi/Wata pair chapters. They served as a neat conclussion to their character arcs: Tsuchiya finally got to be the "main characters" and gain the confidence in himself that he so much lacked, and same for Watari. Ever since then, this series has been slowly closing every character's arc with sections dedicated to themselves.

 

Though I see that some people believe there's room for more story, by the way this manga is built I don't think it'd really benefit from adding more stuff. The author might find it inevitable to create some convenient excuse for another conflict, making his manga more "cluttered" with elements than he should. 

 

The manga wasn't doing too bad either. For the last several months it moved steadily around the 8th and 5th places, which is where many of the long running series tend to stay. Even during the slump, this series still remained around the middle point, not enough to warrant getting axed over others. And as I said, the author seemed to be building up an ending since long ago, so chances are it's just a natural conclussion. Which is cool! You don't get to see tightly constructed stories like these in shonen jump too often.

That sucks to hear that this series is getting axed (or concluding sooon by mangaka himself).

 

Even though we are approaching the final of Latin dance and that those cute kouhei became 3rd year, there is still plenty of stories left.

 

For example, Doigaki-Ayatsuji pair.  Will they go to college/university and force them to create dance club as usual?  Will they be able to go on and conquer the world championship? Will they get married? In that type of story, there will plenty of stories - tension, love, adventures, satisfactions, coming of age stuff and many many other stuff. Plenty of story material there.

 

And that is just one pair.  There are 2 other pairs so you have 3 pairs which provides lots of story materials relating to life.

 

Like other reader said in this forum - Japan, get your shit together! Revamp that ranking!

 

Isn't it much better to expand the Jump to to attract much wider audience and circulation which would bring more money in!

 

It is like watching a shit TV channel with few series that you are not happy to pay for, and yet there is a TV channel with many series (aka netflix) which you are happy to pay the same price or maybe a bit more.

 

I hope that this series won't be last one for this mangaka as I look forward to see more of his work in future - he's promising one.

yep, the new 6 series would really take a lot of series in their try to change Jump (maybe), feels like Hinomarou Zumou is also one that it gonna have the axe after their big arc in the Nationals (although there it feels more natural, cause it's getting really close the dream of the MC to be achieved) ...

shonen jump rant

Spoiler

I'm glad that the author got to 10 volumes in shonen jump, not bad as being the first long series in shueisha that he make, I really like his works, hope that he gets another try in the short time with much better results :D

sorry for the  long rant

 

Re: the ending, the way i see it has more to do with how the manga is built. You can have a superdeformed sports manga, and you can have a realistic plausible sports manga, but you cant have both, not for long.  

 

The midgets will stay midgets even when theyll be third years, which is ridiculous. You cant have 90 cm/3ft dancers competing with 2m/6.5ft bodybuilders. You do that for a laugh, but the joke cant last long. IMO there's no room for improvements here. All the room they have is the space of one competition where everyone showcases, and thats it, you have to wrap it up on a high note and everyone's thank-yous and thats-all-folks. IMO it'll last the longest it could possibly last, unless it completely turned itself in either a prince of tennis/eyeshield kind of sports manga or in a baby steps/fantastista/ballroom he youkoso kind.

Arguably a bit of both; it depends on what you mean by axed. It was a miracle this series survived for as long as it did but part way through the nationals Arc, the rankings dipped quite badly and stayed there for quite a bit of time (between chapters 50 and 70). It recovered and for the past few weeks was doing better than about half the other series. But with 6 new series starting in Jump across 6 weeks, something had to go. That said, it doesn't look to be an abrupt ending like Bleach's. It seems like a logical ending point that the mangaka could nicely end his series on if the situation called for it. Was there potential for more? Of course. But what can you do.

yep, the new 6 series would really take a lot of series in their try to change Jump (maybe), feels like Hinomarou Zumou is also one that it gonna have the axe after their big arc in the Nationals (although there it feels more natural, cause it's getting really close the dream of the MC to be achieved) ...

shonen jump rant

Spoiler

it's sad that this series is going down (the dip in the rankings) and having the 3rd years taking the stage, although the two little foxes were very cute, they weren't as interesting as the strongest couple in the club, an having the time-skip is to show the end of the road for the MCs.

 

I'm glad that the author got to 10 volumes in shonen jump, not bad as being the first long series in shueisha that he make, I really like his works, hope that he gets another try in the short time with much better results :D  

sorry for the  long rant

The jive really is a fun to watch dance.

I just noticed I was smiling throughout chapter eighty. 

For the RAW readers: Is this getting axed heartlessly by the higher-ups, or ended on a good note by the author himself?


Arguably a bit of both; it depends on what you mean by axed.

It was a miracle this series survived for as long as it did but part way through the nationals Arc, the rankings dipped quite badly and stayed there for quite a bit of time (between chapters 50 and 70). It recovered and for the past few weeks was doing better than about half the other series. But with 6 new series starting in Jump across 6 weeks, something had to go.

That said, it doesn't look to be an abrupt ending like Bleach's. It seems like a logical ending point that the mangaka could nicely end his series on if the situation called for it.

Was there potential for more? Of course. But what can you do.
Sorry to be a downer but I just can't care about this without those adorable midgets at the center.

Got up to the last released chapter and I don't know what to do of my free time anymore lol, anyone here can recommend another title like this one, and please, cut the drama out because I have too much of that in my life already.

 

Damn, I wish this was like one of these Manhua we get updated in a daily basis.

For Dance manga, the one of the best competitive dance manga up right now is: Ballroom e Youkoso, which is getting an anime very soon. A more casual Flamenco manga (FINISHED) that has a lovely coming of age, "try to find some potential in yourself" message is: Tetsugaku Letra

 

This one's more of a light read, with a hodgepodge of cast members making a dance club: Butter!!!

 

All have slightly romantic undertones, though Tetsugaku Letra has the strongest tones while BEY or Butter's "romance" can be contested/a matter of whether or not you have your romance goggles on.

 

There's also the Princess Tutu anime (ballet) which is more in the realms of magical girl/shoujo than competitive dance-- with dark undertones if that's something you're interested in.

 

If you want competitive sports mangas (not dance related, but still unconventional by casual standards) with romance you can check out: 3-gatsu no Lion (shogi) or Chihayafuru (karuta). 

For the RAW readers: Is this getting axed heartlessly by the higher-ups, or ended on a good note by the author himself?
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Holy crap, it's been six days and we haven't gotten any new chapters since then??? Anyways, it seems 86 will be the final chapter...

 

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-02-05/shonen-jump-teases-shika-high-competitive-dance-club-manga-climax/.111769

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