Why do characters in recent animations in Japan dance at the end?

Hello, this is your Endo, known as a beauty when I stand up, watching nico nico video when I sit down and looking like a subculture woman when I walk. Hey, please do not use my mirror-less camera as a petanque there!


I think that in recent Japanese animation, there are too much dancing scene. It’s not just me that think so… please watch this.

Ending of Free! ‘Splash Free’

This is an animation created by Kyoto Animation and the theme is based on boy’s swimming team at high school. It aired from July to September this year. Beautiful boys appear one after another and they are all dancing.

There were fans who posted the videos of dancing like this.

Kill Me Baby – ending ‘Futari no kimochi no hontou no himitsu’

It is a comedy manga that aired during January to March last year.
It’s an everyday comedy story of a killer girl named ‘Sonya’ who goes to school as well and her friend ‘Yasuna’. In addition to the chaotic contents, they dance there.

Uta no☆ Prince-sama ♪ ’Maji Love 2000% ’Maji Love 2000%’

It was aired from April to June this year. It is a love comedy story of a girl named Haruka Nanami who dream to be a composer and aiming to be the first-class artist working together with the idol group ST ☆ RISH. I can feel the strong wish of the author from its sharp dancing scene and it working on the idols. Moreover, they are all good-looking men.


It’s animation made from the computer game called ‘THE IDOLM@STER’ and ‘THE IDOLM@STER 2′
The story is about success and growth of the idols who belong to 765 Production. The detailed dancing scene is wonderful and moreover, there are many cute idols. I am looking forward to the movie version too.

In Youtube, you can see many people who posted their dancing.

Why do they dance?

Now you understand? It seems to me that recent animations feature dancing part overall.
Now, I would like to cast a fundamental question. What is dancing?

‘Odori ( dance )
Currently it is collectively referred to as < 舞踊 Buyou >, but historically speaking, 舞 (‘mai’ or ‘bu’) and 踊 (‘odori’ or ‘you’) have different meanings. 舞 (mai) is basically danced by pivotal movement which is generated by other people such as person who performs hayashi (囃子)and 踊り(odori) is basically a dance generated from your own heart or by rhythms when you play your instrument. Sometimes it uses other Chinese letters like < 躍><踏>or <をどり>. 舞('mai') is danced by small amount of people like the selected one or someone with special certification while 踊り ('odori') do not require any place or any special stage, it can be joined by anyone so dance attendants can be in large number.
As you read it, you know that 踊り (odori) can be joined by anyone and it’s open movement which you shake your body and mind.

Yes, this era wants dancing!

Now we live in modern era of social society.
One sees the dance animation, one posts the dance video, and with the dance, flash mob is performed. Then one posts the drawing of the flash mob dance on internet.
Dance is a movement which anyone can join. You can see dance here and there which is the evidence that we live in the modern era of social society.

…Well, if you dance by anime, it is easy for fans to post videos of the dance and there maybe someone who think it can aim as an advertising effect using fan-posted videos.

…Hey, please do not use my CD which I bought at Village Vanguard store as a Frisbee!
Well, I allow you to do it, if it can fly, let it fly to the most!!!


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