Yowamushi Pedal: Episode 17 – “Onoda in Last Place”

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.

Episode 17 continues and focuses exclusively on the race at the training camp between the first-years and second-years as to who will be going to the Inter-High. Heh. I guess I was wrong at the end of the writeup for episode 16 when I felt so confident that the third day of the training camp was done at the end of that episode.

The episode is rather intense, because the last 700 meters of the race is extended out to fill up the time. We get to hear a lot of inner thoughts during this episode, as well as tense conversations between the first-years and the second-years. Over the course of the episode, Sakamichi is able to pull off a couple of surprises that catch the second-years off-guard.

I’m sorry I don’t have much more to say about the episode, but the episode was focused on action and this one particular race, that not a lot really happened in the long run. That’s not a bad thing, though. The intensity of the episode kept it interesting for me as a viewer.

The episode ends as the first-years and the second-years are approaching the end of the race, so the third day of the training camp will continue in episode 18. However, with the way the episode 17 ended, the winner of the race should be revealed rather early on in the next episode.

This episode did let us see the third-years and their viewpoints on the race as they wait for the racers to cross the finish line. It’s kind of funny to realize that only three of the first-years (Shunsuke, Naruko, and Sakamichi) are involved in the race. Sugimoto, who keeps trying to brag about being such a good bike rider, is nowhere to be seen in all of this. In fact, the third-years don’t even mention him at all over the course of episode 17. It just goes to show just how much of a non-player that Sugimoto really is. At this point, I think it’s safe to say that he more than likely won’t be going to the Inter-High.

I’m really looking forward to seeing episode 18 in order to find out whether the first-years or the second-years will ultimately win this race. Also, I’ll be curious to see whether the third day of the training camp will finally come to an end or not!

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