Female students, including Tomonaga Hikari and Tamaki Ayano, from a high school cheer dance club, follow strict instructions from their teacher Saotome Kaoruko. They compete at the USA Cheerdance Championship. ~~ Based on the true story of the cheerleading club "JETS" from Fukui Commercial High School. They won a national competition in the USA in 2009.
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Based on the true story of the dance team at Fukui Commercial High School in Japan, the film revolves around Hikari, who wants to join the dance club because of his impressive Mackenyu. Soon she realizes that the person in charge of the dance club is Kaoruko Saotome, a meaningless trainer who is known for his rough training method. Throughout the training, Saotome appoints Ayano Tamaki as club leader to oversee the entire team including Yui Kito of Hirona Yamazaki, Taeko Azuma of Miu Tomita and Ayumi Nagai of Haruka Fukuhara) as they learn to shape the next national championship of the National Dance Alliance (NDA) in the United States ...
Who does not remember the movie "Bring It On" from 2001? He remembers except for comedy the director was more interested in the point of view of the characters. In fact, the animated animation sequences are quite straightforward and I dare say, more grounded than the Hollywood counterparts on the subject of cheerleading.
The script is essentially a typical story but fortunately, "JETS!" can be quite fun.
The movie starts shaking, while some of the comedy moments tend to get very annoying or try to be funny. A long film that could very well be edited, particularly during the extended midway act. So there are personal bows of some characters that they can not fully realize. For example, a scene involving the problem of Taeko Azuma's family with his mother (Tamae Ando) is shown only hastyly.
Despite some of the shortcomings, the film benefits from a compelling cast. Suzu Hirose, better known by CHIHAYAFURU PART 1 and 2 of 2016, is instantly friendly and affable as Hikari. The rest of the young cast, including Ayami Nakajo, Hirona Yamazaki and Miu Tomita, are equally noteworthy while Yuki Amami is quite adequate in his role of strict coach as Kaoruko Saotome. "JETS!" offers nothing new in terms of plot and characters, but the charming cast led by Suzu Hirose can breathe some life into this underdog story of a cheerleading team.