Yowamushi Pedal (弱虫ペダル/Weakling Pedal) by Watanabe Wataru (渡辺 航) is now one of my favourite sports anime. I really like watching titles in this genre because more often than not, they’re inspirational and motivational. When I decided to finally watch this anime, I tried not to expect too much because I didn’t want to be disappointed. Thankfully, I wasn’t.
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.
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.
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?
Yowamushi Pedal Official Anime Website (Japanese)
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