Yowamushi Pedal: Episode 9 – “Full Power VS Full Power”

Yowamushi Pedal is an anime about a first-year high school student named Sakamichi Onoda who is an otaku that wants to join his high school’s anime club, but it has shut down due to lack of members. Sakamichi’s goal is to try to revive the anime club. He also rides a “mommy” bike, and is able to ride it very well. After losing in a bicycle race to Shunsuke, Shunsuke tells him to think about joining the bicycle racing club, because he sees that Sakamichi has potential. In episode four, Sakamichi became friends with a boy named Naruko that he met while he was in Akihibara. After some convincing from Naruko, Sakamichi joins the bicycle racing club.

This episode continues the 60-kilometer Welcoming Race for the first years in the bicycle racing club. At the end of episode eight, Sakamichi and Shunsuke were only 500 meters away from reaching the peak. Nearly the first half of episode nine focuses on Sakamichi and Shunsuke’s race to reach the peak first and become “King of the Mountain.”

Unfortunately, I’m going to have to provide “spoilers” in order to continue the writeup. Sakamichi ends up reaching the peak first; unfortunately, he’s used up so much of his stamina that he collapses and falls off the bike onto the side of the road. The team captain and the coach both tell Sakamichi that he had a good race and he did a good job. Sakamichi rides with the others in the van to see who will ultimately win the race: Naruko or Shunsuke.

I have to give Yowamushi Pedal credit for writing this in a way that it was realistic. Sakamichi had gotten several breaks and a bit of luck during the race, but I had a feeling that realistically, his luck would have to run out. While Sakamichi may not have won the overall race, he can say that he did reach the peak first, which is pretty impressive for a guy who’s racing for the first time.

As I watched this first half of this episode, I was almost on the edge of my seat because the racing was so intense, especially when Sakamichi and Shunsuke were trying to reach the peak. One would get ahead of the other, and then the other one would take the lead again. There truly was no way of predicting who would reach the peak first before it happened.

Now that the 60-kilometer Welcoming Race has finally reached its conclusion, I’m wondering where the story will head, especially since it appears there’s only three more episodes left. Will there be a time skip and we jump ahead to the next race? Or will there be some time spent on seeing the training the first years go through before entering another race?

I’m very curious about what will happen next, and I’m looking forward to watching episode 10 in order to find out.

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  1. erinna · December 9, 2013

    Just reading your post and thought I’d let you know that the series is actually going to be 38 episodes long, not 12!

    • Lesley Aeschliman · December 9, 2013

      Look Like MyAnimeList and some of torrent sites are listing 38 episodes. My number of 12 came from Anime News Network’s encyclopedia, which I’m assuming is just looking at the episodes for the Fall 2013 season and nothing beyond that. If it is indeed 38 episodes, then the amount of time being spent on the Welcoming Race makes a lot more sense. 🙂

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