Tuesday, April 29, 2014

10 Second Anime - Yowamushi Pedal - Episode 29

Yowamushi Pedal - Episode 29

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Climbing rivals get their chance at a final showdown. Peak Spider versus Forest Sleeping Beauty/Ninja. The ace race begins soon after.


Toudou had his fan club out in force, but he couldn't enjoy it because Makishima wasn't there.

The look of pure joy Toudou had when he realized Makishima had caught up had me totally shedding man-tears. All that anticipation for their final climb during the week, to be disappointed by a crash, and then to have their last chance to race each other in a high school tournament realized, all that was solid gold.

That poor guy from Nagano thought he had it in the bag, and then he saw these two just yelling each other's names as they passed him. Heartbreak.

If only they could have shared this one moment for longer:

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But somebody had to win. And then, it was over, and it was a good race too, because they were both so tired, they couldn't even slap their hands together in gratitude for an awesome climb.

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Toudou may have taken the mountain sprint, but the race isn't over yet. I love how Tadokoro gets all Papa Bear with Naruko and Onoda. That's a good guy to have on your team. It's up to Onoda to pick up Makishima and shepherd Naruko and Tadokoro to the finish line. Kinjou and Imaizumi get to battle Hakone for the first stage victory. I wonder how long they'll drag out 4 kilometers. I hope it's not anywhere near the scale of 21 seconds stretched in 24 minutes, because that only covered 250 meters.


It's really too bad Makishima had to burn so many matches to make up a 3 minute gap on Toudou. Toudou himself wasn't going as hard as he could, but I think he wasted a lot of nervous energy in being disappointed that he couldn't contest the mountain sprint with his number one rival. Neither were at their best, but that's bike racing.


The CGI guys need to take a closer look at how a chain comes off the cassette and into the chain tensioner, 'cuz that ain't right.

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Cycling Porn.

We've got some close looks at the climbers' bike brands, different dancing styles, and how you can tell who crossed the line first.

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There weren't any mistakes with Toudou's Ridley this time around. I see that Makishima's Time frame is lugged, but is it aluminum or chromoly? That poor Nagano guy was riding a Trek. Toudou's dancing style totally fits his ninja, er, sleeping beauty ways, with hardly any sway, which is a direct contrast to Makishima's extreme back and forth. Finally, you can tell when you have an outright winner at the line, by looking at the guy behind the guy celebrating with his arms outstretched. There have been too many times where a dude will start celebrating too early, and get pipped. But if you see the guy right next to him is dejected, then you know the first guy won, because it was that second guy who was looking closest at where his wheel was in relation to the other guy's wheel. Makishima knew he lost.


  1. Yowamushi LurkerMay 6, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Oh my I hadn't noticed that chain shot, looks like the hanger was stretched and they didn't adjust the chain path.

    BTW the early carbon frames were lugged as well, judging by the shape and size of the seatpost lug I assumed as much, I've never seen a thing like that on a metal bike.

    1. Hey Lurker, thanks for stopping by! I've seen lugged steel for custom frames, and Makishima's Time frame tubes look awfully thin for carbon, but you may be right. Lugged carbon when they first came out were almost all round tubes, not like all the crazy geometry they have these days.

  2. Yowamushi LurkerMay 8, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    I've been meaning to leave a comment for some time now to thank you, since I discovered Yowamushi Pedal on this blog, and this blog while looking for cycling-related animes. A man can only watch the two Nasu so many times, right?

    As for Makishima's bike, I skimmed through the episode again and I noticed it clearly has a rear monostay. Now I don't pay much attention to equipment IRL, so it could only remind me of this one LOOK KG-461 I saw once. The seat tube lug looks similar, although Makishima's also has a visible head tube lug, not unlike the KG-451.


    1. Hey, you're very welcome! I watched Over Drive back in 2009, and it was the worst Trek and Shimano commercial over 26 episodes ever. Of course, I watched it twice... Nasu in Andalucía is still my favorite, since it seems to capture some of the best moments in a single stage during a Grand Tour.

      Thanks for that link. Lugged carbon it is. Do you know how impossible it is to image search for a bike frame with the word "Time" in it? And Time's current website only covers their newer stuff. Oh well. I've been riding a full carbon frame for 10 years, so I forgot all about that transition period in the manufacturing process.