Tuesday, January 28, 2014

10 Second Anime - Yowamushi Pedal - Episode 16

Yowamushi Pedal - Episode 16

Lots of finger pointing this week. Onoda is the wildcard perm-guy didn't totally factor in. And Onoda's otaku ways are rubbing off on Imaizumi?

Well, since this is probably the last episode really featuring the second-years, I won't feel too guilty about not learning their names. If Perm-guy and Quiet-guy is good enough for Naruko, it's good enough for me. As for the pointing fingers, we got 3 laps, 2 riders, and 1 normal guy is not enough to be number one, but a guy who spells his name with that character might be. That was a nice set of images. Perm-guy wanted to crush the Big Three 2.0's spirit in 3 laps, because he knew they couldn't pass other riders after dark. He seems to be as much a tactician as Kinjou, but even Kinjou has been surprised by Onoda's performance, so Perm-guy shouldn't feel too bad. He factored Imaizumi, Naruko, and even Onoda attacking him, and he counted on Onoda's short supply of stamina to keep him in check. Unfortunately, he didn't study what was going on during the last couple days of training camp, because Onoda has gotten stronger with those bad heavy wheels on his bike. Perm-guy got his spirit crushed instead of the younger guys. He didn't count on the otaku power of friendship, or something.

Also, Perm-guy did something at the top of that last crest that pisses me off, and was his downfall: he eased up, and wanted to rest on the downhill. Dumbass. One thing road racers practice is timing their rollover. They keep their effort up getting over the top of a hill until they get to the descent. I see this all the time with recreational riders, where all they need is two more big breaths, and they won't have to worry about losing contact with the big bunch. Well, it hurts a lot to do this, so it's not that surprising that people want to avoid that pain. But in a race, you get bigger pain being branded as the loser who got dropped. How's that feel, Perm-guy? Not too good, huh?

We've had a couple of serious episodes, where someone in their own club was playing the douchebag to let his friend win a spot on the team, so that means we need some levity in the otaku department.

Oh hoh. Does Imaizumi know the ending credits song lyrics for Love Hime? No wonder Onoda is glowing with happiness. It looks like Onoda is slowly making his own anime and manga club from within the cycling club. Onoda, fight-o!

This week's cycling porn features some awkward pedaling and Quiet-guy doing his best.

With Naruko trying to stay low as he pedals out of the saddle on those wide bars, I can only imagine how bad his elbows feel at the end of the day. However, if he does it right, he can practice his levitation. That's what I call staying off the saddle, but using your hip flexors to maintain your balance instead of your arms and shoulders, and keeping your core at the same height and position instead of rocking. It's a great way to get all your little helper muscles stronger so your big muscle groups don't fatigue as quickly. We'll see how Coach Pierre explains what the handicaps on Naruko, Imaizumi, and Onoda worked on when they get taken off. And good on Quiet-guy and Perm-guy for working together and coming up with workable strategy to beat their opponents. If Onoda wasn't in the mix, they would have won over the "elites" in Naruko and Imaizumi.


  1. As always I enjoyed reading your take on it, especially the techniques!

    You might want to learn Perm and Quiet guys' names in the future though. They get hit by the ikemen stick soon enough, and any visual upgrade in anime means a character upgrade.

    1. Heh. Well, I learned Aoyagi's name by Episode 33... I hope I remember it in October when they start the show up again.