Excellent Rivalry Begets Best Fight in Yowamushi Pedal

30-DAY ANIME CHALLENGE
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Day 26:  Best Anime Fight

I would normally choose something from a standard battle series such as ONE PIECE, Naruto, or Dragon Ball for Best Anime Fight, but that would be too predictable, so I decided to go a little unorthodox and choose a bicycle race instead.  It’s not my all-time best anime fight, but the Inter-High Race from Yowamushi Pedal (弱虫ペダル/Weakling Pedal) by Watanabe Wataru (渡辺 航) is my current favourite.

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The Inter-High spans 3 brutal days with about 120 cyclists from different schools aiming to be the first to send their team jerseys across the final goal line.  The anime is still covering this long, long race, but the Inter-High is already concluded in the manga.  For those of you who don’t know it yet, Sohoku wins with Onoda Sakamichi fighting head-to-head against rival Manami Sangaku of the previous year’s champion Hakogaku.

Haha!  Don’t really care if I spoiled it for you or not. 😛

So why did I choose the Inter-High as my current best anime fight?  I guess it’s refreshing to watch a bicycle race instead of the usual orthodox martial arts battles most shounen anime contain.  There’s another good bicycle race-themed anime titled Overdrive, but I personally liked YowaPed better.  Although I admit that the characters of Overdrive are more dynamic, I think that the races in YowaPed are more entertaining.  Most of the races and techniques are just simply ridiculous and out-of-this-world that I can’t help but love them!

Another reason is that there are plenty of thrilling races within this ultra-race.  There are the Sprinters and Climbers Checkpoints and the final goals of the days.  I especially enjoy watching the respectful rivalry between the members of Sohoku and Hakogaku.  I also enjoy watching Midousuji’s races, even though I find myself wanting to wrap my fingers around his neck and strangle him most of the time.  I kind of like him now; though I still hate his irritating laugh.

My current favourite race is between Makishima and Toudou.  I just think that their relationship is so adorable.  I love how Toudou treats Makishima.  Is it just me or do they give off a lovers-kind of aura?  Hahaha!  I think that’s just the fujoshi in me.  Oh well.  The Climbers race between them ended with Toudou winning, but I don’t feel bad.  I like both of their characters that I don’t mind who wins between the 2 of them.  That’s how good and strong the series established their rivalry.

makishima vs toudou

As for the official conclusion of the Inter-High (not yet in the anime), I’m a little disappointed.  Of course I’m pleased that Sohoku wins, but I’m still not convinced that Onoda should have won the race for his team.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against Onoda.  I like him as the main protagonist of the series, but I’m thinking it’s too early for him to achieve something as big as winning the Inter-High.  I was hoping that one of the third years would win it for Team Sohoku, so I was really surprised when it was Onoda who reached the final goal.

But Onoda has remarkable learning abilities and adaptability, you say, not to mention his extraordinary cadence.  You tell me that his character has developed quite a lot since the beginning up to this point in the series.  I know that.  I’m just worried that I may lose interest in the series because Onoda isn’t so “weak” anymore.  You know what I mean?  Especially since the series is all about him being a “yowamushi” (weakling).  Oh well.  Here’s to hoping that Watanabe-sensei provides us with even greater races that will surpass the races from Inter-High.

So now you know that the Inter-High from Yowamushi Pedal is my current best anime fight.  What’s yours?

Links:
Yowamushi Pedal Official Anime Website (Japanese)


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8 thoughts on “Excellent Rivalry Begets Best Fight in Yowamushi Pedal”

    1. Anime fights are awesome!

      It’s up to you. But I suggest giving the first 3-5 episodes a try and see whether you like watching the series. I personally like it, but I know that this type of anime is not for everyone. Hope you enjoy it, though. Anyway, thanks for dropping by. Cheers!

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  1. I think the relationship between Makishima and Toudou is one of the best; it gets even normally non-fujoshi me a little excited 😉

    I haven’t read the manga; but I think it has always been in this series’ blood to give Onoda victories that are really too early (I recall a few at the start of the anime). But I suppose what makes this anime so enjoyable is the ride (literally), no matter how overly-superpowered the characters are. 🙂

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    1. High-five! See? I’m not the only one. Their relationship is just so adorable, right?

      The manga’s really good. It’s action-packed, like the anime. But I prefer the anime because you can really get the sense of movements & techniques. Indeed, Onoda has always shattered everyone’s expectations of him, which are pretty low. But I’m not really 100% satisfied with the Inter-High’s conclusion with Onoda winning it for Sohoku. Oh well. Maybe that’s just me.

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      1. Absolutely 😀 In fact, I like the whole Hakone team; sometimes I don’t even know who I wanted to win 🙂

        I haven’t actually read the manga yet, but I totally understand what you mean! I don’t read action manga or any manga with too much physical movement being depicted because I don’t like trying to figure out what is going on in the action – I like things crystal clear. I thought that Onoda’s talent to up his cadence got a little too exaggerated at times when he won races or created miracles just by believing in himself or his teammates or when he was fully experiencing his love for cycling. That’s what I meant by ‘easy victories’ 🙂

        I totally see where you are coming from with regards to the ending. To me a better one would be for them to fall slightly short of winning so that they could tear up, regret and swear to win the next one, like how it goes in other good sports anime, so its not just you 😀

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      2. Me, too! Imaizumi’s hilarious. Because of him, I find myself chanting “Ab! Ab! Ab!” whenever I’m exerting myself physically. Haha! I think that the series did a great job in establishing the rivalry between Sohoku and Hakone. I almost don’t mind if Hakone wins because like you, I like their characters.

        It’s up to you whether you want to read the manga or not. I personally like reading the manga of my favourite series. But just like you said, if there’s a lot of action, I prefer watching the anime to get the real sense of it.

        The majority of the techniques are overly exaggerated in the series that they border on being cheesy, but I think that that’s one of the series’ charms. Oh well. I will probably shut up about Onoda’s victory if Watanabe-sensei gives us better races than the Inter-High. I’m looking forward to them.

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  2. I didn’t even know there were bicycle race anime, but that sounds like fun. I’ll have to check it out as a refreshing change from the usual shounen fare. Having said that, I have to admit that–while I usually don’t even care for shounen fight scenes–I’m a total sucker for Bleach fights. All of them; they redefine the word “epic.” I also love ONE PIECE fights–they have that delightful combination of being epic and making me want to laugh, you know? 🙂

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    1. It depends on you, but I recommend that you try watching it. I can’t guarantee, though, that you’ll like it as much as I liked it. It’s still typical shounen, but it’s not set in a “fantasy” world unlike the Big 3.

      Me, too. Oh my gosh! I just love those awesome shounen battles. I know what you mean. ONE PIECE is my favourite anime, so I’m super biased when it comes to it.

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