The first half of the episode takes place in the evening between the first and second day of the Inter-High race. We start out with a light-hearted moment, when Sakamichi’s mother drops by unexpectedly at the place where Sohoku’s team is staying. She gets to meet Aoyagi and Koga for the first time, in addition to seeing Naruko again. Seeing Aoyagi and Koga interacting with her was rather amusing. While Sakamichi’s mother does still seem to be a little clueless this year, she’s acting nowhere near as clueless as she did at the previous year’s inter-high. I was also impressed that she gave them some advice that actually helped to pump them up a little.
There was a funny side note about hats she had brought for all of Sohoku’s team. She was actually short one, because she had given it to a nice young man who gave her directions. There’s a punch line as to who the nice young man was, but I’m not going to reveal it in order to avoid spoilers.
Meanwhile, Midousuji has gone off on his own without informing his teammates, so they panic and start looking for him. When we see Midousuji riding around, he really comes across as someone who’s lost it after tying for second place with Naruko. At one point, I was afraid that he was so focused on his sulking, that he wouldn’t be paying enough attention to the traffic around him. We see one of his teammates, a third year who we usually don’t see any focus on, looking for Midousuji. I was almost afraid that maybe he would end up in an accident or something. Fortunately, these fears ended up being unfounded.
The second half of the episode takes place the next morning. Before the start of the second day of the inter-high, Sakamichi meets Shinkai’s younger brother, Yuto, who informs Sakamichi of the nickname he had gained from the previous year’s race. Sakamichi actually had no clue that he had acquired this nickname, so it was hilarious to see his reaction to the news. Sakamichi is challenged to a race, but he doesn’t make any decision before his challenger leaves to return to his team. But later, we see in Sakamichi’s thoughts that he feels he can’t race Yuto because of something Teshima said at that morning’s team meeting. And in the usual Yowamushi Pedal fashion, the episode ends right before the next race begins.
This episode did a great job of letting the audience see what the three main teams were doing between the end of the first day and the start of the second. Kyoto Fushimi and Sohoku got focused on more during the first half, and Hakone Academy was focused on in the second half. After how Hakone Academy performed during the first day of the race, it’ll be interesting to see if they can maintain their streak for the second day or if other teams will be able to break through.
The March 2018 issue of Shogakukan’s Monthly Sunday GX magazine has announced that Q-taro Hanamizawa will launch a new manga titled Love App in the April 2018 issue on March 19, 2018.
The love comedy story centers a mysterious “Love App” that will appear when someone is worried about love. The app analyzes lots of data, and no matter how impossible the object of your desire seems, the “greatest love app ever” will help that person fall in love with you.
The April 2018 issue of Akita Shoten’s Monthly Champion RED magazine has announced that Leiji Matsumoto’s Galaxy Express 999 franchise is inspiring a new manga titled Ginga Tetsudo 999 Another Story: Ultimate Journey (Galaxy Express 999 Another Story: Ultimate Journey). The manga will launch in the magazine’s May 2018 issue on March 19, 2018. The manga is part of a project to celebrate Matsumoto’s 80th birthday.
Matsumoto is credited with the original work, setting, and design for the manga, and Yuzuru Shimazaki is drawing the new series. Shimazaki previously drew a reboot manga of Matsumoto’s Gun Frontier manga.
More cast members have been announced for the forthcoming anime adaptation of the Golden Kamuy manga:
- Jouji Nakata is Toshizō Hijikata
- Kenji Nomura is Tatsuuma Ushiyama
- Takayuki Sugo is Shinpachi Nagakura
Hitoshi Nanba is directing the series at Geno Studio, and Noboru Takagi is handling the series scripts. Kenichi Ohnuki is designing the characters. Kenichiro Suehiro is composing the music.
Golden Kamuy is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television in April 2018.
More cast members have been announced for the forthcoming new Captain Tsubasa anime:
- Sayuri Hara is Sanae “Anego” Nakazawa
- Mutsuki Iwanaka is Mamoru Izawa
- Kōdai Sakai is Teppei Kisugi
- Hiroyuki Yoshino is Hajime Taki
- Tarō Kiuchi is Shingo Takasugi
Toshiyuki Kato is directing the anime at the studio David Production. Atsuhiro Tomioka is in charge of the series scripts, and Hajime Watanabe is serving as character designer and chief animation director. Hayato Matsuo is composing the music.
The new Captain Tsubasa anime is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television in April 2018.
The April 2018 issue of Akita Shoten’s Monthly Champion RED magazine has published the final chapter of Masami Kurumada’s Saint Seiya Episode Zero manga. The same issue also revealed that the new “season” of Kurumada’s Saint Seiya: Next Dimension – The Myth of Hades manga will launch in May 2018 in Akita Shoten’s Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine.
Kuramada launched Saint Seiya Episode Zero in Monthly Champion RED in December 2017 as a short series. The story follows Gold Saint Sagittarius Aiolos protecting baby Athena.
This year’s 12th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has published the final chapters of Genki Ono’s Full Drive manga and Gen Osuka’s Golem Hearts manga.
The second and third volumes of Full Drive will ship in Japan on April 4, 2018. The second and final volume of Golem Hearts will also ship in Japan on April 4, 2018.
Both series launched in October 2017 and VIZ Media previewed both in its English-language digital edition of Weekly Shonen Jump as part of its “Jump Start” initiative.