With the Inter-high over and as the end of summer approaches, Sakamichi trains intensely with Imaizumi Shunsuke and Naruko Shoukichi so he can carry on Team Sohoku’s spirit of supporting each other entrusted to him by Kinjou Shingo, Makishima Yusuke, and Tadokoro Jin, the third years who will be graduating before long. One day, Team Sohoku receives an invitation to the Kumamoto Fire Country Mountain Race, an invitational race for teams that performed well at the Inter-high, and their captain Kinjou decides their core Inter-high team will attend.
A story about bicycle racing team and the enjoyment of riding a bicycle together with your friends. This story takes place after Yowamushi Pedal GRANDE ROAD. I see huge improvement in storyline compared to TV series.
Throw away those stupid chit-chats during the race. This movie has less chit-chats and more straightforward in the race. It's what an anime of bicycle race should be. Focus on the action instead of the chit-chats. The race is more sportive and more interesting in this movie. I see this as a huge improvement over the TV series.
Same as the TV series. The color is nice and
the environment is beautiful. It's very good but not something I would call visual stunning.
Same as the TV series. The music and sound effect is very good. Definitely helps building the atmosphere. Surely you can hear a detailed sound of bicycle chains and gears.
The charas are the same but there are several personality changes in some of them. This time, you'll see Onoda Sakamichi failed to carry his order. Without Makishima in the team, Onoda takes a lot of pressure as the only climber and he loses his confidence as well. Naruko and Tadokoro started to work like teammates here. Makishima becomes an inspiring senpai.
Watching this movie is full of enjoyment. It tells us the joy of riding bicycle in general, and specifically in road race. It teach us how to race in a sportive way and to work as a team.
This movie is awesome and inspiring. If you were a fan of Yowamushi Pedal, you MUST watch this movie. If you were a bicycle fan, this movie is highly recommended. If you haven't watched the TV series, you can watch this movie without worry (that's what I do). The only confusion you get is the characters but you'll know them one by one through the story just like when you watch other movies.
The film story takes place after the GRAND PEDAL, after the interhigh finished.
The plot is pretty fast-paced and a lack of momentum and anticipation of the cycling race present in comparison with the anime series. It is somewhat expected for a 100 minutes movie. Majority of dialogue are sport related and characters infamous lines. There were quite a few flashback scenes to help refresh your mind and help connect the between the two races.
The art and animation are just as good as the anime.
The sound and background music are rarely different from the anime series.
The original characters from the anime series are present
with a few introduction of new characters. However Midousuji is completely absent from the movie and the plot focuses on the Sohoku and Hakone team members. It was initially expected the new characters role as antagonist would bring excitement to the movie but there is complete lack of it and serve rarely any importance.
Despite some negative points, the movie had some unexpected results of the race, funny references to respective characters and some parts make you laugh hysterically.
I personally enjoyed watching the movie coming as a fan of the anime series. Lots of references to the characters and the series what made the movie enjoyable. The movie is definitely a fan-service and recommended for those who are acquainted with the series.
IF YOU HAVEN't WATCHED THE PREVIOUS SEASONS OF THIS ANIME DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE. (THIS REVIEW WILL BE SPOILER FREE SO DO NOT WORRY)
This movie is a follow up to the previous seasons so watch those first before watching this movie. The story of this anime is pretty simple, and follows the same pattern as the previous seasons of this anime series. So their is no point in elaborating on that. The story is well designed with a lot of heart pumping moments which makes you grab your seat. Although the story is good and generic, it is not as good as the other
seasons of this series. The character development is not much shown in the movie because of already developed character from previous two season. The art is almost identical to the previous anime, but animation is done quite well if you compare it to previous seasons. Lastly the overall enjoyment of this series is good but not as good as the previous seasons. In the end, I would say the movie was done pretty well to keep their fan excited for upcoming season 3 for this awesome anime series.
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".