Yowamushi Pedal episode 24
Oh hell yeah, this race is definitely going to last at least ten more episodes. In fact, I’m pretty sure that it’s going to last until the end of the show. That is how most sports-genre anime are. The greatest thing about Yowamushi Pedal is that, unlike with Kuroko no Basuke, it doesn’t rely on supernatural nonsense.
So gay-brows (my nickname for that gay-looking guy with the strange eyebrows and the body of a Greek god) rushed ahead and told us all a little story about how he worked so very hard to become a well-oiled racing machine by training as much as he could every single day. He forgot about cycling altogether and focussed entirely on obtaining a body that would make people think he’s some kind of steroid junky. The result? A fearsome sprinting machine that cannot be stopped unless you are a freak of nature yourself. Kind of unbelievable if you think he never cycled during his training. Unbelievable and somewhat unfair.
This is where the sudden ‘power boost” comes in. Still no supernatural crap, all can still be explained. Shoukichi chose to rely on aerodynamics and Jin chose to rely on his freakishly huge lungs. My money’s on Jin. Shoukichi’s technicalities will only get you so far, but Jin’s insane lung capacity will allow him to run faster and longer.
Shingo didn’t impress me during his race from a year ago and I doubt that’s going to change any time soon. I’m kind of wondering how Sakamichi will fit in all of this. Shoukichi and Jin have gone out together to get the sprint checkpoint. Will Sakamichi and Yuusuke be sent out to get the climbing checkpoint? That would leave Shingo and Shunsuke, all all-rounder, to do the rest.