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A small five-year-old girl named Subaru no longer has time for friends and play. Why is this? Her twin brother Kazuma is dying and gradually forgetting everything. Even Subaru. And so the girl visits him every day, talking with him and dancing for him, trying to make him remember her. And he always does by the end of the day. Encouraged by a friend to join ballet classes, the girl does so and falls in love with the dance.


Related Series
Moon (Sequel)

Associated Names
Dance Subaru
Dance! Subaru

昴 スバル

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Latest Release(s)
v.9 c.91 by AzakuraHime over 11 years ago
v.1 c.6 by Aerie Scans over 12 years ago
v.1 c.5 by Aerie Scans over 12 years ago
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in Country of Origin
11 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (199 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.15 / 10.0

Last Updated
January 7th 2021, 12:15pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Big Comic Spirits (Shogakukan)

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Hot garbage but kinda captivating  
by Joanofarch
July 12th, 2019, 12:15am
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
Subaru is an indecisive little girl,who is a genius, an unwanted child (according to her own assessment), and incredibly lucky. She's basically a Mary Sue and all her relationships with people seem to only be one sided toward the end of the book. Garbage personality why I read it this was due to fact of believing she would fulfill her dreams or at least become a better person. If a shitty person with no personality and expectation for people to bow down to her is what you want this hot garbage is what you are going to get. Rant over. Have a nice day.
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Subaru is wonderfully complex  
by cuqhi
January 23rd, 2016, 5:22pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
This manga captivated me because of Subaru. She's not your simple female character. In fact, she's extremely complex. While reading it, I would spend days thinking about how she felt, and why she said the things she said. Her behaviour was difficult to understand in several occasions. But that complexity drew me in, because more than any other character in any manga, she was human. She was so flawed, and her personality wasn't based on only one characteristic. She was a full person and trying to understand her was like trying to understand a real human. The more time you spend with her, the more you get to understand her.
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I can't sleep  
by Deathaly
November 30th, 2014, 5:33pm
Rating: N/A
I read this once a couple of years ago, and it has stuck with me. Normally, I forget titles and characters easily, but Subaru has stayed with me, for some reason.
I decided to reread it and now I can't sleep. The intensity of this manga won't leave my mind. Normally sketch-ish mangas aren't my thing, but it just fits. It's like the drawings can't hold the purpose of the scene with perfection, just like Subaru is so incredibly flawed. I love her so much, because there isn't just one layer to her character, but she is so incredibly complex, it astounds me sometimes.
I read somewhere the drawing style is like something out of a horror manga, and I can see why. A lot of the time Subaru has to move on and leave everything behind, and it is terrifying to see her do - at least it is to me.
I just wrote a big bunch of text and I don't feel like I described the manga at all - it's just so... Intense
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Intense but begrudgingly beautiful  
by Sora Kiiro
June 13th, 2014, 4:43pm
Rating: N/A
I stopped halfway through the manga, when I'm fed up with Subaru's indecisiveness
Anyways, for those of u who does not mind that, go ahead and go for it!
You will love her talent, the art style and especially ballet!
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this manga is synonymous with awesomeness  
by deredere
December 18th, 2013, 7:47am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
This manga deserves more views, I cannot fathom how this manga does not have more views, why doesn't this manga have more views? (Life's greatest mystery...)

First off, I hate seinen. I didn't even know this was seinen and the very fact it is throws me off because I've completed reading it and it wasn't like any seinen I have read. Neither was it shoujo/josei, regardless whatever it is, I am immensely glad to have read this, supremely, joyfully, wonderfully glad.

Moving on-

If you love a strong female character that is focused on her dreams; is completely flawed and definitely loveable, you should read this manga.

Also I like the art, it has character.

... Last updated on December 18th, 2013, 7:48am
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The way it's told is really good, but there were some serious flaws  
by ordos2011
July 29th, 2012, 11:04pm
Rating: N/A
I rarely see any story with such intensity and little character development. Like when Subaru met with the guy who resembles Kazama, i thought there could have been some development, but nothing happened. And the fellow Japanese dancer as well, she was shown in only a short time, and has not shown up ever since Subaru went to the US. But above all, i couldn't accept the dance with prisoners. It was absurb! Yet, Subaru's struggle seemed captivating and interesting. But i like it best when she was just a child

... Last updated on July 30th, 2012, 6:49am
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by decadde
May 14th, 2012, 7:03am
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
The art style threw me off the story a lot of time. This kind of an art style is more for some horror manga.
For example some scenes when they dance it is supposed to look pretty right? But instead it looks like a scene from hell.
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by pseudoanon
July 23rd, 2011, 10:12pm
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
Went from good to great to pseudo-scientific BS. It peaked at a solid 8 or 9, but then steadily divorced itself from reason. The last 2 or 3 volumes were very much magical fantasy stuff that soured me to the whole thing.

... Last updated on July 23rd, 2011, 10:13pm
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Read it like a sport/seinen  
by Oddwaffle
May 9th, 2011, 9:35am
Rating: N/A
This series is closer to a sport series for seinen rather than shoujo or josei. The lack of romance, personal thoughts on love life and the focus on Subaru's dance is what makes this series less for shoujo/josei and more seinen.

The character Subaru is probably the only character in the manga gets all the strong developments. The other characters are more or less background or just there to further the story. I believe this is the intention because the sequel is "subaru's solitude standing". It's close to Glass Mask but without all the romance and 'tough' love and training.

Oh, the series is fully scanlated on mangafox

... Last updated on May 18th, 2011, 7:18pm
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Oddly captivating  
by zeusosphere
October 30th, 2010, 6:05pm
Rating: N/A
I can't say that I like this manga particularly, or the characters either... (simply not lovable enough... except possibly Priscilla and Robby? But they hardly get into the limelight long enough for me to feel much for them...), and I can certainly say I really dislike the art (extremely sketchy and quite exaggerated... Subaru's, Mana's, and Takako's eyes, for example, are HUGE), but I have to say it's oddly captivating. I started reading this because the movie was cool, and I have to say I struggled for a bit with the first few volumes, but once the story caught hold it drew me in... kinda like how you'd expect Subaru's dance to draw you in, really. You might not exactly enjoy it, you might even feel it's painful, but you can't turn your eyes away.
With that said, I should probably mention Glass Mask. The two mangas are extremely similar in plot, both focusing on a young genius who throws away her old life to do the only thing they feel they could possibly do/live. However, the supporters, romantic relationships, and humour is simply not there. The focus is clearly on Subaru, and Subaru alone. Again, this is like what you'd expect from watching Subaru dance, and therefore probably on purpose. As for the lack of humour... this is serious business, so don't expect a light read. It's josei, not shoujo, after all.
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