Based on Kawai Katsutoshi's manga of the same name, published in Weekly Shounen Sunday, Monkey Turn is a sports anime based around professional speed boat racing. The anime's protagonist, Tadano Kenji, is too short to follow his dream of becoming a professional baseball player, but his baseball coach recommends him to boat racing. One day Tadano-san unexpectedly meets his old girlfriend and they exchange promises: in return for her being faithful to him, he is charged with becoming Japan's best racer within three years. The eponymous "Monkey Turn" is a boat maneuver Kenji-san thought up while visiting his girlfriend. The Monkey Turn gives Kenji quite the advantage over other boaters, but is it enough for him become the best?
Sorry if my review is choppy, I'm not used to writing them. But here is my review for this anime.
Story: 7/10. I think that this story was really like any other sport animes though this was about boat racing instead. About a guy who quits baseball and is introduce to boat racing by his baseball coach. He then starts to get into it and makes a statement saying he will be the number 1 in japan on it. Then there is the regular anime guy meets friends and improve in the sport they do and become better at it. In the beginning, it was really
hard to follow up as sometimes they go back into the past and there are some choppy parts but then it doesnt take away the overall story behind it.
The art was okay, wasn't too flashy nor plain for an older anime. I really like how the boats, scenary, and racing was drawn out. Really interesting. One problem was in the beginning, I literally LOL because I couldn't tell who was the main character just because all of the hair looked the same. But then it gets better later.
One of the best thing in this anime. The opening and ending is constantly still being played in my head over some time now. It also gets you hooked. The music comes in during the right time, especially when the main character does something cool.
Then main character does not really have a 'badass' character but quite likable. He's hardworking and always try his best. Also, is quite baka and cheerful type of guy. Then there is Dokuchi the rival guy. I feel that the rival between the two guys didn't show up much until later on the episode but then we were given a piece of his story, he didn't get any character development nor any significance of his part though. Then there were probably 2 girls who liked Hatano. There is also his faithful girlfriend, Sumi who always wish the best for him, cheers him on and stuff. I felt that the character Sumi should have more guts, would've been serve a purpose in the anime. Most of the characters that shined the most in the anime are the older/veteran racers.
Enjoyment:8/10 I really enjoyed this anime quite actually. Beginning was quite slow for me but then the pace picks up after a while, it just becomes interesting. & you'll start to see more of the racing.
This anime is really realistic. As the main character doesn't win all the time in his races but tries hard for his goal. This is an anime that should not be overlooked though.
Nothing gets the blood pumping like a high-intensity race, be it in a car, bike, or even mecha suit. Youthful passion and energy fuel these shows about drivers, pilots and athletes all striving for that #1 spot. As Ricky Bobby once famously said, "If you ain't first, you're last".