Dansui! (2017)

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Higashigaoka High School’s male swimming club presently has only three second-year members – leader Sakaki Shuhei, Shinozuka Daiki and Koganei Haruyoshi. They welcome the new school year with the aim of getting members.

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Mar 14, 2017
  • Overall 6.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 6.5
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
"Dansui!" to be honest was my guilty pleasure drama. I have an affinity for the sports genre (beyond the 'yummy yaoi boys'), and this one was an honest mixed bag. It wasn't super great, but it wasn't terrible either.

The story, which is competition between a no-name school and a high ranked school, with some ex-friend, sorta rivals is nothing new to the genre. It's pretty see though with some fun moments read more exploring relationships AS FRIENDS and RIVALS, growing up, and competition. If you're looking for yaoi, I'd stick with the BL movies since this one has none of that going on. A sports story that actually sticks to the sport, with a surprising amount of technical lingo and improvement.

Acting, most of these guys are stage actors, which is why a lot of people commented about the 'over emoting' or 'over acting'. It's a hard transition but overall most everyone did a good job. I didn't have any really emotional moments, and no one really stood out to me. I fell in love with Taira (Ozawa Ren), since the development of his character was rather rushed but he had some major turn arounds in emotion that were pulled off fairly well. For as much as the main cast was cute and fluffy, they didn't have as much pull for me. Nothing comment-able, aside as much as you think Harumi (Akazawa Tomoru) is going to be the annoying character; he's not that bad.

What a killed this drama for me was the ending. It was not satisfactory AT ALL. We get the competition we've been waiting for, but no closure. You're holding your breath waiting for an ending, and it doesn't come. Although this is being carried over into a stage play, I'm not happy as just a drama watcher.

The music, ending theme is actually sung by a few members of the cast (they come from musical actors after all) is pretty cute. Otherwise, nothing standing out. The rewatch value is low because of the ending, but at the same time it's short enough and cute enough I wouldn't mind spending 4 hours of my time watching again.
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    chibiladychoi Apr 4, 2017

    Everything in this drama (plot, characters, pacing etc) was okay until that ending was "eehh!". Highly recommended for those who like BL (tho its not, so dont keep your hopes up), who is looking for short dramas (it was actually THAT short iam disappointed) and who doesnt like stress (no delinquents, no fighting just swimming). This is also for those people looking for good looking guys but amazing bodies (who doesnt like them?)

    And now i am at it, i would like to mention the cast lookalikes:

    Shintaro Anzai - Yamamoto Yusuke
    Tomoru Akazawa - Suzuki Hiroki
    Mario Kuroba - Uchi Hiroki
    Tomoki Hirose - Oguri Shun / L (said this in Seven Days as well)

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    XaraOrt Mar 20, 2017
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    NewKDramaAddict Mar 16, 2017 - edited

    Yes, no women; just about the sport and friendship. Okay filler drama. I just like sports dramas.

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    ErisFerris3 Mar 15, 2017 - edited

    I tried for the 3rd time the 1st ep, and when I passed the awkward beginning, everything was better.

    It's really sweet, full of passion, mistakes, regrets, friendship, etc... Finally what I wanted from this drama. I'm happy I got through the begging ^^'

    Just a little sad that the drama isn't longer. There's a lot of interesting character, and I want to see more of them. The two team are full of lovely characters.

    Just a little disappointed there's not a single women in this story. It's not that I want a romantic subplot, but it would have been funny to see a sister, or a female manager in all of this.

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    Erica Feb 23, 2017 - edited

    Excellent Episode 1. Love the intro!!

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    ErisFerris3 Feb 13, 2017 - edited

    Woah. The first episode is so... annoying. Exaggerated acting is a thing, but bad acting + cheap/ugly visuals... It's a NO for me.
    (how can you make an ugly 1st ep with so many pretty man???)

    PS : I'm saying 1st ep, but I didn't even finished it. If it goes better after, then I would be happy to try again.

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    NewKDramaAddict Jan 28, 2017

    For all the handsome! Love the OST!!

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    XaraOrt Jan 26, 2017

    can't wait !!!

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    KoriNeko18 Jan 23, 2017 - edited

    we've gone from swimming manga and swimming anime to swimming drama...

    so real life, good-looking shirtless guys? I'm in

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      NewKDramaAddict Jan 28, 2017

      LOTS and LOTS of shirtless guys in speedos from all angles...

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    emerald_hill Jan 22, 2017 - edited

    This poster looks like crossover between Free! and Haikyuu!! to me, lol.

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      EmaChan Jan 22, 2017

      Free! is one of my favorite , And Rin is my favoritee character in animee T.T so I was screaming with my friends when we saw this poster hahahah <3 so yea I agree with you

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    Erica Jan 21, 2017

    Adding this to my list!!

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    irisixora Jan 7, 2017

    most of the cast here was stage play actors tho...I'm excited to see they doing drama,I hope this wil be fun drama...:)

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    Trouble-chan Jan 4, 2017 - edited

    Is this 'Free!' Live action because my daughter (19) will want to know?! :D

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      Shichi Jan 5, 2017

      It's not, it's an adaptation of the manga Dansui! (:

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      Trouble-chan Jan 6, 2017 - edited

      Aww, okay - but the poster really looks like 'Free' from the couple of episodes of the anime I've watched with her (granted two isn't many to get a good idea). She's really hoping they make a live action of it one day; I was so hoping to say they finally had. lol!

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      Shichi Jan 7, 2017

      Yeah, I thought so too at first!! I also hope they make a live action of Free! one day, that would be so interesting to watch.

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    Takai Jan 4, 2017

    at first glance i thought this was Free! live action lol

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    midorin Nov 21, 2016

    im here for shuuto, ozawa, hirose and ryo. for now..


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    Jan 22, 2017 to Mar 11, 2017
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    30 min.


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