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Tribe Cool Crew Episode #39 Anime Review

After a couple of episodes of Dance Road and the whole "is Jey El really dead" mystery. we’re back to dealing with the Crowd High stuff. Though despite what the name of the episode implies, it’s not too different from the previous episodes that focused on the upcoming craze. Instead it throws a bit of a twist at the end that should shake things up a little for the next episode where Haneru’s concerned. While the gang waits around to hear what the theme of Dance Road’s final round is going to be, the Crowd High craze continues to grow more and more in popularity. Now, even kids at Haneru’s school are beginning to imitate it, though Haneru himself still doesn’t approve of the dance, even if it’s not quite sure of the reason why himself. Hiroto however, tells him a theory he found about how Crowd High has the power to manipulate people through subliminal effects and while the others don’t quite buy it, much like with the Jey El theory, it’s pretty clear at least that the audience is supposed to assume it’s true, which while somewhat obvious feels a bit like a cop-out. READ MORE...

Tribe Cool Crew Episode #50 Anime Review (Series Finale)

After 50 episodes, we’ve finally arrived at the end of Tribe Cool Crew, and it’s certainly been a long ride. With this show being…this show, there wasn’t much room to doubt as to whether or not it would cap things off with a bang. As such, the real question here was exactly how big of one were we going to get and the answer was far more glorious and amusingly goofy than I could have possibly imagined. Coming right off of the previous cliffhanger, Haneru and Kanon come face to face with Jey whose fate surprisingly wasn’t that far off from Gallagher’s insane ramblings. Jey really was distressed about how strife in the world never seemed to go away no matter how much he danced and chose to stay asleep rather than face reality, but TriCool’s moves inspired him to face those problems head on, putting a nice little cap on that theme. Gallagher on the other hand though, isn’t so moved and the two sides settle things once and for all with a sequence involving EVERY dancer in the show dancing along to the show’s theme song, even Jey himself! I have to admit I was expecting the show to opt for something cool rather than goofy for it’s last major dance sequence but it’s so well choreographed and weirdly charming that it’s hard not to get caught up in how good a time the show is having with itself. At any rate it’s certainly a memorable way to go out. READ MORE...

Tribe Cool Crew Episode #49 Anime Review

Everyone celebrates TriCool’s victory until Gallagher decides to make one last stand with the Jey dance robot, and we find out his err…motivations. It seems that real masterminds behind Crowd High are advertisement companies looking to use its hypnotic effects to help boost product sales and reap the massive profits it would bring. Crazy I know, but wait there’s more! It gets even more bizarre when Gallagher tries to defend his involvement in this cartoon villain plot by saying it’s just the way the world works and that the darkness of the world is the reason Jey will never wake up from his coma. I’m…honestly not even sure where to begin with this. I get this is a kid’s show and logic need not apply too much, but I think even the little kids who are supposed to be watching would be scratching their heads trying to make sense of any of that. Especially since for all intents and purposes, the show is somehow taking all of that seriously. Thankfully it would seem the other characters share my sentiment on this being nonsense because they can’t make any sense of his plans either and just decide it’s best to settle the score through dance. READ MORE...

Tribe Cool Crew Episode #48 Anime Review

Wait, Tribe Cool Crew, what are you doing? Stop, just…stop you’ve had a little too much to drink. I’ve seen some silly things in my day, and especially over the course of this show, but many pale in comparison to what transpires during the penultimate episode the series. So much so that it takes an equal balance of the show’s best dance material to help balance it out. Before quite getting to that, though, we have the conclusion of the battle with Gold and Silver, which more or less goes down in typical shonen tourney fashion. The Blossom Bullets decide to go ahead and face them in spite of Yuji’s injuries (which, to the show’s credit doesn’t backfire halfway through the routine for the sake of drama) but inevitably prove to be no match for the duo. Our heroes, of course, fare better, and their dance is so inspiring that it changes the mind of Jey’s secretary Mabel, who now sees that the best way to preserve his legacy is through dance itself and not his image. Aside from the dance sequence itself, everything here is pretty standard although there’s one really random scene where Master T and the Emcee go to rescue Mabel and…somehow defeat the security guards with dancing. I’m…just gonna chalk that one up as the show having fun with itself though it’s far less weird than what transpires in the next episode. READ MORE...

Tribe Cool Crew Episodes #47 Anime Review

As the face-off begins. things fall into shonen tournament power level territory as the Dance Road contestants prove to be no match for Crowd High until Kumo and Mizuki decide to have a rematch against Lui and Moe, which, unfortunately, means no dance sequences until then. When we do get to it, though, it’s a fairly flashy looking one as both sides start literally blasting dance auras at each other with the soundtrack to match, and it’s pretty cool, though it’s not quite on the same level of absurdity as some of the show’s other dance scenes. In the end, the Crowd High side effects start to kick in as Lui and Moe crumble, ending things in victory for our heroes…or so it would seem. Turns out Gallagher had two more dancers called Gold and Silver waiting in reserve (insert Pokemon jokes here) who start completely trouncing the rest of the competition. READ MORE...

Tribe Cool Crew Episodes #46 Anime Review

With all the groundwork set up, it’s time to go dancing right into the finale as we get a standoff between the best Crowd High users and the Dance Road contestants. This, of course, means lots and lots of crazy dance sequences or at least it would if there still wasn’t a few bits of that pesky plot standing in the way. Sadly that’s what ends up taking precedence here but what dancing we do get is still pretty sweet. So before the showdown actually begins, Gallagher takes some time to explain his apparent motivation, and much like pretty much everyone on this show, he considers himself a Jey-El fan. Apparently he feels that the whole thing behind Dance Road and going so far to maintain Jey’s public image in the name of peace isn’t the way to do things and that Crowd High should become the new symbol. Unsurprisingly though, Momiji explains that the supposed adverse side effects to Crowd High are indeed true it’s also revealed that he has some ulterior motives but since she gets chased away by his guards before we can learn what those are, it seems we’re not quite done with that side of things yet. We also get a couple of scenes featuring Haneru and Kanon’s friends as they see the growing influence of Crowd High. It doesn’t really do much to touch on that bit than the show’s done already, but it’s kind of cute to see Koji and Ayumu trying to practice dance together. Anyway onto the actual competition. READ MORE...

Tribe Cool Crew Episode #45 Anime Review

Next up the gang heads to Jey El’s Bright Island for the final stage of Dance Road, but end up arriving at quite a few bombshells once they get there. The Jey-El conspiracy comes out in full and while it turns out that he’s actually in a coma, rather than straight up dead, it’s made all the crazier by the fact that his double is a dancing robot programmed with his moves. In fact, the whole point of the competition was to find dancers good enough to have their moves copied by the robot so it can evolve and keep Jey-El’s legacy unchallenged. Why? Because Jey’s image is just that important to world peace, and without it his dissenters would take the opportunity to throw things into chaos. Of course it’s a stretch to imagine this at all being feasible in real life, and especially no one the wiser with how popular icons are tracked these days but it’s kind of fun to imagine an icon’s image being used from beyond the grave (well kinda in this case) to such a ridiculous extent with how much corporations are fond of such things these days. READ MORE...

Tribe Cool Crew Episode #44 Anime Review

We’re finally to the main event…well kinda. Sadly, there’s one more entry into the show’s lengthy pile of filler to plow through, and it’s kind of getting tiresome at this point. Thankfully it’s followed up by a pretty major episode, and one that not only offers a few big revelations but also helps to set the stage (literally) for a dance-filled finale. So first up is a filler episode and one so forgettable I can summarize it in a few sentences: Haneru’s dad wants him to help play the drums at a festival and Haneru refuses because he’s busy with dance. The two get into a fight over it and start to lose focus on their separate goals because of it. Eventually, Haneru sees the errors of his ways after realizing how much it meant to his dad and they resolve their differences through, you guessed it, dance. They makeup and all is well so aside from one good visual gag and some brief acknowledgment by the other characters about how dumb this plot is it’s just another one for the backburner. Moving on. READ MORE...

Tribe Cool Crew Episode #43 Anime Review

Next up is…Haneru running into trouble over not having finished his summer assignments so he decides to do a report on dance with his friends Koji and Hiroto about dance. Haneru figures he can just exploit the gang and use them for the project but when that repeatedly backfires they instead decide to and research people’s opinions on dance. However that doesn’t go over so well either since it doesn’t quite capture what makes dance attractive people so they decide to do some self-demonstration with some moves of their own. While Koji and of course Haneru manage to pull it off, Hiroto can’t since he thinks too much about getting the steps right and subsequently fails. It leads into the main highlight of the episode with a couple of funny bits involving Yuzuru offering him some "image training" through his usual delusions, one of which involves imagining that he’ll be stepping on innocent kittens if he can’t get moves right. Needless to say it works like a charm, but they’ve spent so much time practicing dance that they still haven’t gotten to the actual report. Sorry if this comes across as mostly recapping but there’s not really a whole lot to talk about with either of these and I suspect it’ll be the same for the next episode. Hopefully the show just gets back to Dance Road sooner rather than later. READ MORE...

Tribe Cool Crew Episode #42 Anime Review

We’re still (most likely) nearing the end of our Tribe Cool Crew run, but the show itself sure doesn’t seem to know that. Once again we’re treated to filler side stories that don’t really do much of anything, and going by the next preview, there’s at least one more of them to get through before things pick back up again. To the show’s credit though, it at least manages to get some level of mileage out of these two episodes as opposed to what their premises would suggest. First up we have Kanon and her friend Ayumu going on a shopping trip to get a present for Kanon’s mom when they run into the twins who decide to tag along. Predictable hi-jinks ensue and so much so that the beginning is pretty dull but things take something of an interesting twist when Kumo’s revealed to be in the area working on a stage set as a spider themed villain. He tries to avoid being seen while the girls decide to participate in a performance contest to win an island vacation, but when Ayumu chickens out of dancing with Kanon, Kumo decides to step in and be Kanon’s dance partner…while still in costume. It’s a pretty obvious punchline but it certainly gets the job done as it’s played as utterly goofy as possible while still letting him show off some cool moves. Unfortunately for him that combination isn’t quite enough to let them win and the twins take the prize, but they just decide to give it to Kanon for her mom so all is well. Moving on. READ MORE...