Yowamushi Pedal: A Quick Take

yowapedal01aAn otaku who bikes the 45 kilometers to Akihabara from school to save a little extra money attracts the attention of an elite cyclist and the daughter of a bicycle shop owner in the first episode of Yowamushi Pedal. Sakamichi spends his first day of high school hoping to find people to share his passion for anime and manga with, but his old bicycle is run off the road by a car then he finds the school’s anime club was closed due to having no members. He meets Shunsuke at the top of the hill where he starts his ride to Akiba, but after an accident he realizes he left his wallet back at his desk at school. Climbing back up the hill, Shunsuke passes Sakamichi who is singing as he goes up the 20 degree climb on a single-gear bicycle. The next day, Shunsuke challenges him to a race up that same hill.

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A Look Ahead to the Fall and Why it Doesn’t Really Matter

There's the big image you come to expect from me at the end. I, of course lead with this under-appreciated character.
There’s the big image you come to expect from me at the end. I, of course lead with this under-appreciated character.

I will get this statement of fact out of the way quickly. There are 47 series airing in the fall. Only 2 of them are continuations of series that began in the summer. One of them is Kingdom which doesn’t really count. When you have that many shows I think it’s kind of pointless to write a lot on each and every series. I think I wrote about 3000 words on 20 organizations engaging in a competitive business against each other over the course of 9 months. That’s the most distant description I could write of describing sport I could think of by the way.

Not even having a popular voice actor can make minor characters popular.
Not even having a popular voice actor can make minor characters popular.

I’m still going to look ahead to the coming season for the reason that it presents an interesting case. There is a hell of a lot of noise when it comes to looking at what’s being released. Light novel adaptations, sequels, sports anime, game adaptations and combinations of those 4 are the dominant shows. I think one can’t go wrong with a known quantity with this much going on. I don’t blame anyone for that because inevitably there’s going to be a ton of crap. Hidden gems are extremely unlikely because everything is known beforehand in this blogosphere. When a series is announced, it seems like a perception takes effect based on just a few facts about it and its either terrible, great or forgotten entirely. I’m still going to watch most of these to get an impression of where they are coming from and I present these to you knowing that I’m just as biased as everyone else. I’ll try to keep it short since I don’t think you want to 5000 word walls of text.

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