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Anime / Backflip!!

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Left to right: Shichigahama, Onagawa, Misato (in the air), Futaba (in the centre), Watari, and Tsukidate

Backflip!! (or Bakuten!! in Japan) is a sports anime animated by ZEXCS. It originally aired as part of the Spring 2021 anime season.

The show follows a men's rhythmic gymnastics team at Shoushukan High School (also known as Ao High School) and begins when Shotarou Futaba, a middle schooler in his final year who has tried swimming, soccer, and baseball in the past, but never quite found his niche, sees the Shoushukan High School team perform at a tournament. The team places second-to-last due to penalties acquired from not fielding a full six-man roster, but Futaba is inspired nontheless and enrolls at the school and joins the team.

Backflip!! contains examples of:

  • The Benchwarmer: Futaba is introduced to us leaving his last middle school baseball game, having never made it off the bench.
  • Childhood Friends: The third years - Shichigahama, Tsukidate, and Onagawa - have been a trio since elementary school.
  • Exclusive Clique Clubhouse: The Ao High team all live together in a dorm, as do all other sports teams, although the rhythmic gymnastics team dorm is its own building out on its own.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Two episodes are spent establishing this dynamic between the teams from Ao High and Shiro High.
  • The Nicknamer: Onagawa likes to gives nicknames to Misato and, to a lesser extent, Futaba.