For those who watched Yowamushi Pedal anime series and enjoyed the thrills of its inter-high competition might be disappointed with this movie as I did. This movie takes place after the inter-high competition and the different school teams once again gathered to participate in a smaller scale race. Here’s one fact: Not all characters from the series will make appearance in the movie.
Before I go on any further, let me warn you that I don’t attempt to not spoil it for you.
What I didn’t like about the movie the most is how it rushed through the races. Given the limited time, I really shouldn’t be expecting much. The movie is about an hour and 30 minutes long. What sort of adrenaline rush can they offer? For those who never seen the series, the cyclist hidden skills and abilities may also seem confusing. I do believe that this is a movie for Yowamushi Pedal series followers, not casual movie goers. Or maybe it has always been intended as such…
Still, Yowamushi Pedal: The Movie offers insights into some of the things I might have overlooked when watching the two seasons of anime series. Because the series put a lot of time and effort into building the character Sohoku’s first year students, I didn’t really noticed how deeply attached the juniors were to their respective mentors: their seniors. When Makishima started acting strangely and subsequently withdrew from the club, it was his mentee Onoda who felt the most impact.
Perhaps it was Onoda’s natural character who isn’t as confident as he should’ve been that this impact was felt. If he’s Naruko or Imaizumi, maybe the outcome would be different. His fellow first years are more confident about themselves. Seemingly losing his sense of direction and purpose in the cycling club, Onoda struggled with his training and also in the actual race day itself. The strength of Onoda isn’t really his high cadence riding ability, if this is the correct way to describe his most valuable skill set. His strength lies in his loyalty to his teammates. His strength lies in his enjoyment of riding with all of his teammates. Any one of them missing, he lost his value. That’s Onoda.
Nonetheless, Yowamushi Pedal: The Movie remembers to entertain the crowd with its famous “hime” song, which by the way, can be addicting. And the fact that all Sohoku members sang along in an off-tune voice is just icing on the cake.
I’m not sure what the purpose of this movie is besides adding another name of its franchise. But I don’t think anyone would miss out anything if they don’t watch this movie.