Two Car is far from being the greatest show this season, and a lot of people have already dismissed it as being boring, outright bad or stating that it should never have been even been made. I've no doubt that it'll be a commercial flop, but I've found it to be an enjoyable show that I think is worth giving a chance, if only to see if it'll click with you or not.
Although Two-Car is advertised as a Motorsports anime, the actual sidecar racing feels more like a dressing and a plot device than an actual focus of the series. As of watching seven episodes,
we have yet to actually see any actual races beyond practice runs. Although I'm certain this will come towards the end of the series, up to this point the run-time has been spent almost entirely on character development.
You might ask yourself: "Who the hell cares about sidecar racing? Why not something less obscure that people might actually know about?", but the answer becomes apparent pretty quickly: this is a show all about teams of two working through their differences and difficulties to be able to work together as a unit. If that sounds to you a bit like, say, a relationship, then you're a bit closer to what this show is about.
The focus of this show has been squarely on the backstories and drama of the teams, with each pair having at least one whole episode dedicated to their development. The highlight of the series for me and reason I would recommend this show is for its exploration of a multitude of relationship types in close proximity, whether between rich and poor, sub and dom, identical twins, incessant romantics or your stereotypical married couple who clash over little thing like pudding. Watching all of these situations play out has been the main source of interest and enjoyment for me in this show, in addition to being downright hilarious in parts, especially with a certain recurring gag between Hitomi & Mao (the incessantly romantic, fabulously lesbian couple).
At this point I should emphasise that if you aren't into a bit of melodrama, romance or implied yuri, then you'll probably not enjoy this show at all, but if you are then I think there's a good chance you'll find something in it for you and think this show is worth considering, even if I would never class it as a must-watch.
This show seems interesting, given the fact that most sports shows don't cover racing a whole lot, but at the same time it's baffling that this show is quite boring to watch as well.
There's not much of a story here sadly, all we know is that of 6 groups of girls battling against each other in a TT race (motorcycle sidecar), but that will leave it until probably the last 3 episodes or so, most of the time the story strays from team to team to give some backstory behind their rationale to challenge in the race and in the end, their understanding molds their
hearts together to win the race.
As mentioned in the storyline, it's team after team's backstory then moving onwards towards the race. Especially for main leads Megumi and Yuri, it's fun but painful to watch their scenes on every episode onward, like the dream of both of them having a liking towards their coach, and the result of it is to win the race and see him in the Isle of Man TT, who knows what will show up. So whatever will be, will be.
At first, I was looking at some form of visual animation, and knowing that Tiv did the art composition, so instances of Masamune can be seen. But even that doesn't save the show from its shortcomings. Both the art and animation felt like Silver Link didn't even try hard enough to showcase the talents of their work for the past 10 years ever since coming into the Japanese anime business, and are just grinding themselves apart and just looking that doing a decent job means cashing in on the less-than-stellar entertainment.
For a sports anime, lots of engine noises are to be expected. Both the OP and ED are light-hearted, but I won't call it decent nor mediocre, it's just that it's half-baked. Same goes with the OST, it's the same story as the rest.
Verdict (after Ep 4):
As I look back at Silver Link's offerings this year, this is their 10th anniversary original work, and Silver Link is a studio that mostly does adaptations, but their originals were worse compared to the adapted counterparts, and this show is a prime example of a show wanting to commemorate a big project that ended up bombing as unlikeable and uninteresting.
So to recap:
Winter - Masamune-kun no Revenge: The ending was a spoiler because it was unfinished (same as manga)
Winter - Chaos;Child: Better than Chaos;Head but still bombed
Spring - Busou Shoujo Machiavellism: OK, but decent
Spring - Battle Girl High School: Total skip, couldn't care about it
Summer - Isekai Shokudou: The BEST offering that's a TON fun to watch (10/10 favourite)
Fall - Imouto sae Ireba Ii: Romance with heavy ecchi
And this show...don't know what to say...
This anime not great but definitely not bad, it's an OK.
Story is sport anime about motorcycle sidecar... and racing of course, it has charm in it's own way. It tells you some information that racing alone is dangerous, and it is add with sidecar bike where two people who race on their sidecar bike must come as one. To put it simple it's about Team Chemistry and Team work, if only just one of the not synchronise with another would bring bad result, lose the race, crash, even die.
Art is good, passable.
The sound, if you love engine race sound this anime is quite neat.
there are some development characters from multiple characters. But don't hope too much.
Enjoyment, anyway it's quite worth to watch if sport genre anime peak your interest...
or you could just watch it to kill you free time...
another or if you want just to hear Aya Suzaki in Ikazuchi's voice, oh do i also mention twin character with both of them with Ikazuchi's voice?
Anime's like Two Car are seriously one of the toughest to review. Because, you see, I like the anime. It has a nice atmosphere, I like the stylization and also that it's not just another "you can win everything if you try" sports anime, and that the riders themselves actually have their own problems. With all that said tho, I also have to state that I just can't give Two Car a higher score than this. Purely because the show is just average at everything it brings to the table.
Twelve girls (six teams) racing in side-cars, that's summing up
the main premise for you.
The continuation of that premise is actually somewhat different from anime's that are alike tho. Usually, the opponents of your MC's act like their rivals, or there is just some sort of a hostile environment between them. Not in Two Car tho. Despite all of the character duo's being opponents while racing, they are friends and get on very well outside of the track. They even live in the same inn together at one of the events. Is that good? I honestly don't know, it feels a little awkward, but refreshing aswell.
Meanwhile there are no problems in between the duo's, there are big problems happening inside them, as we find a lot of the team-mates arguying and having problems with each other. While these problems are kinda bland and in no way original, they still are one of the better made parts of the anime and the slight addition of drama is a positive in my eyes.
Also I think it's safe to say that this anime turned out to be more of a slice of life than an actual racing/sports anime. And to be honest, I don't really mind that. Because in the end, I find the racing parts to be the most underwhelming one's.
As for the racing, like I already said, it's not that great. So far, we've only seen a couple of practises, but I can definetly say that the races won't be the strongest part of this anime anyway.
They are just like... kinda in there. Right from the beginning the anime introduced in total of 6 teams and 12 riders. Add some smaller side characters to that and we suddenly have a huge cast for such a short and meaningless anime. Just to show you how irrelevant they are, I honestly don't remember the name of any character.
Even with that said tho, the cast is not by any means bad. Yeah, not one of them will be remembered for a long time or whatever, and you'll most likely forgot about them while watching your next anime. But while watching, you'll still realise that they work well while all together. Some of the hardships between them will show a little of their personality, aswell as their reasons for racing in the first place.
Also I can't really help myself, but they are just cute as hell, especially with those racing suits on..... god that sounded kinda weird.
With all that, I can safely say that the characters are decent. Not by any means great, but not bad for this kind of show either.
I really do like the stylization of the characters. My cup of coffee in that matter. The overall animation is kinda lackluster tho. During the normal every-day scenes, you won't get to notice that, but when the racing comes to place, it becomes clear that this is not a high bugdet project. It's still not something that will hurt your eyes tho, you'll just realise that it's not on a top level.
Voice acting is nice, I like the opening, but the soundtrack is rather dull.
And now we come to the part when I wish the other things weren't so incredibly average. And the simple fact is: It's just fun to watch!
While a lot of other shows has a complex and dark story, it can all go to the waste when the whole thing is not enjoyable to watch. Two Car is the exact opposite of that. The show is simplistic, not original, you could even say bland. However, the thing that matters the most is that the show is just a good watch. I do enjoy watching the fights between characters. I enjoy watching them resolving those issues. And in the end, I even enjoy the racing itself.
The episode flows very nicely every week and I'm always looking forward to chill out a little bit on Satuday's evenings (when this show comes out).
Two Car is a super average and a simple show, there is no disputing that. But in the end, simplicity is the main reason why am I enjoying it.
Note: Might aswell say that this show is between 6-7, will decide the score later on, it all depends on the second half of the show.