With the team's combined strength, the Sohoku High bicycle racing club beat reigning champions Hakone Academy at the Interhigh national race and achieved an impressive overall victory. Now that their hot summer has ended and third-years Kinjou, Makishima, and Tadokoro have retired from the team, first-year participants in the Interhigh Onoda Sakamichi, Imaizumi Shunsuke, and Naruko Shoukichi, along with their new captain second-year Teshima Junta and vice-captain Aoyagi Hajime begin preparing as a "new team" for their second consecutive championship at the next Interhigh. In order to retake their throne, their rivals Hakone Academy have also incorporated new members and begun training as a new team. Kyoto Fushimi High is lead by the monstrous racer Midousuji Akira. The nation's top schools are all honing their skills to reach the top of the Interhigh.
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As someone who thoroughly enjoyed the first two seasons I was strongly anticipating the continuation of the YowaPeda series. And while the first two installments of it were solid sport series, this one disappointed me greatly and had me wondering what the author was actually thinking most of the time.
STORY: The story starts at the point the 3rd years leave the club after the Inter Highs due to exams and skips to the beginning of the 2nd year for Onoda and his friends. This is the point where the first season already had it's major flaws: The story
takes way too much time to start and keeps itself busy with character introductions and training. Oh and overly dramatic speeches of course.
Also another thing that bothered me was how everything keeps repeating itself. They have the beginners race, the training camp with the 1000 km race and so on which was very tiring indeed. The writer could've come up with something fresh/new instead of reusing the same plot-line.
But what disappointed me the most was that the aim of the team is still the same. Of course it's logical that they'd want to win the Inter Highs again but it took me 18 episodes to realize that all the hype around it was away. I didn't even care for them winning a second time because they already won it and that's it. Could've introduced another kind of tournament or maybe even an international one...but nope "InHi" again I guess. And with the same line-up. Yes, there NO new teams. They're still up against Hakone and KyoFushi (and some fodder schools but they aren't worth mentioning).
CHARACTERS: Here is where the show usually shined, but paled this season. First of all, our Senpais are away and will be missed for sure. But of course I hoped for some cool, new characters. What did we get instead? Bratty first years, copycats of prior third years and unnecessary character additions for plot convenience.
The team of six is completed by a guy named Kaburagi Issa who is pretty much a more obnoxious version of Naruko. He's an arrogant, childish and rude teenager whose purpose is not quite clear to me. The narrative wants us to think he's the "perfect" sprinter (while he wants to be an all-rounder). Why not introduce a type of character we didn't have yet instead? Why the fk does he look like Naruko?
Also we have our main characters, which didn't change much except that they're a bit more mature. Naruko gets some kind of development, while Imaizumi is irrelevant most of the time. Oh and Onoda tries to be Makishima 2.0 while he fails at it. Sugimoto showed some potential, but was cut off sadly. I was rooting for him actually...
Then at the training camp some guy who apparently everyone knows except for the viewer appears and challenges Teshima to a ride which shall decide who will be the captain. And ofc EVERYONE is ok with that. I mean dude, who are you even? Why is no one bothered by him? He was literally added just to give Teshima a justification for being captain and that's it.
The idea of giving Teshima some spotlight was good though, as well as Aoyagi. I enjoyed their scenes mostly. I liked how Teshima said "I'm weak" as opposed to the infamous "I'm strong" of Hakone's Fukutomi. But it could've been handled better.
But the worst thing was how they handled Midousuji. After the second day race and his "trip" with Onoda I thought he was inspired by him and changed a little concerning his attidue towards his team. However this season completely omitted that and made him even more evil and weird. He got some battle shounen-esque transformations where he literally evolves to a butterfly or something. And he has a gay-ass massage guy as assistant who likes touching people. Oh and of course he has his Zaku-army.
Hakone's new members are pretty disappointing too. Kuroda is too much of an Arakita try-hard, Shinkai's brother is literally Shinkai and the big guy was not terrible but also nothing special. Oh and there's a tall guy who likes Beethoven.
MUSIC/ART: The music was excellent as always and we also got a new Hime song. The animation was good although there was awkward CGI at times.
OVERALL: While it was not utterly terrible I was overly disappointed by the new seasons repetitiveness. It had absolutely nothing new to offer and recycled old formulas from season one instead. The new characters were not refreshing nor had anything interesting to them.
+ Music/Art is good as always, although animation is not perfect
+ More spotlight/development for Teshima and Aoyagi
- no new plotline, recycles old elements
- not as exciting as season one, lacks some new goals/teams/reason for competition
- takes much time to start with the tournament
- characterization is weak, new characters are uninteresting
Third season of the show about bicycles and bicycling.
This one brings many new things. Are they good? Time to think about it.
First, third years leave highschool, therefore they leave bicycle's club. There won't be anymore several characters which we were so accustomed to in previous seasons. Personally, I missed "I am strong" thing of Hakone's ace.
Sure, it's sad. But, life continues on. The next Interhigh gonna come soon. Time to prepare for Hakone's revenge. And that's what they do. But not only them. Kyoto Fushimi and Hakone hone their skills too. Without a spare second to waste.
The season covers a part
of their training for the Interhigh and a part of the first day. No doubt, sequels should appear soon.
There's no reason to be worried about the quality. It's just the same as it was. It's not perfect, yes. But it does its part. And does it excellent. Some scenes are very good, mark my words.
Furthermore, you're gonna to listen to the new OP of HimeHime! Doesn't that make you go to watch Yowamushi Pedal right now? Does it? Begone right now and listen to it. Everyone knows that bicycles' thing is just dust in the eyes. Little magic girl - that's the thing we waited for. :).
More new characters roll in. And they are good characters, I have to admit. Peculiar and interesting in their own way. Also, this season makes a good job on revealing old characters. We see them training, changing, becoming stronger. I like this part of Yowamushi pedal the most. No one stands still doing nothing. Everyone wants to achieve something, everyone has a pride to keep on. To keep on doing things they decide to do.
I think this variety of characters makes it possible to find the character with whom a viewer could sympathy with. In my case, I found this one. I very much liked watching the growth of Teshima. Literally, I couldn't help but to cheer up for him.
The season gives a bit another feeling. However, it turns to be not bad. Still, the same atmosphere remains here. Still, there's Onoda who's capable of doing miracles by his sheer power of will. Still, there's Sohoku which supports each other. Still, there's Hakone which is unstoppable. Still Midousuji... So, you've got the gist.
If you had liked previous seasons there's 85% you would like this one as well.
Maybe you won't because, to be honest, it starts to be a little self-repetitive. At any rate, the show has everything to make me watch it and wait for more sequels to come.
To underline everything I've just written... Yowamushi Pedal is like a little push on your back which tells you to think about your aims in life. About what you've got to do to achieve something. Maybe, it's only my case.
Watching Sohoku's ride makes me a bit envy, you know. It's inspirational.
Coming off from the masterpiece of a season Grande Road was, I was excited for a new season of one of my favorite sports anime, Yowamushi Pedal. However I don't know if my expectations were too high or not but this season didn't move me as I hoped it would.
Some things that bothered me was that I thought the pacing felt off in the first half of the show, in particular I felt like it took too long for the new members of the team to be introduced. Another issue I had was that certain things(transformations etc.) were exaggerated to the point where the anime
felt more "shounen" which I didn't feel needed to be done especially since I thought the previous season had the right balance when it came to the genres.
Other than those things I mentioned, everything you know and love about Yowamushi Pedal is still here that definitely makes it worth the watch. If you checked out the previous two seasons then I recommend you give New Generation a watch! Maybe you'll enjoy it more than I did.
Well i believe that if you are here you already know what happened on the last 2 seasons so i will explain this season only!!
its the same concept as the last two seasons(especially the 1) but with new characters i dont see any big difference expect for the animation that i believe that is improved because they have less cgi on it and thats what i liked especially on this season.
Also i liked a lot the development of Teshima and Aoyagi as they grew so much as a characters that i thought they were amazing not like the last 2 seasons where they were useless.Especially
Teshima in this season he was my favorite character in Yowamushi Pedal.
But what i didnt really liked it was the story i dont want to spoil a lot but i feel that its exactly like the 1 season expect for the characters but thats my opinion and of course it wasnt bad i do like it but i wanted to see something new.
I wish that i will see it on the 4 season(yes it will have 1 more season).
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".