Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road: Episode 3 – “ROAD.3 Akira”

Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road is the second season of the Yowamushi Pedal anime series. It continues the adventures of the Sohoku High School bicycle club and their rivals, Hakone Academy and Kyoto Fushimi High School. Specifically, this series focuses on the Inter-High race that all three teams are participating in.

The second day of the Inter-High race ultimately concludes at the end of the episode. However, the exact winner isn’t entirely clear, even though we know for sure who one of the losers is.

The majority of this episode focuses on backstory for Midousuji. We see that he wasn’t athletic back in elementary school and how the other boys picked on him because of his lack of athletic ability. He starts to take up road racing and vows to get good at this. At the same time, his mother is in the hospital, so his vow to win at road racing is due to a promise he made to his mother, as well as wanting to prove something to his peers.

This flashback finally helped me to better understand why Midousuji is the way he is, and by the end of it, you almost feel sorry for the guy. Yes, his tragic past doesn’t justify the behavior he’s exhibited up to this point in the series, but at least the viewer now has context to understand why he’s been such a jerk. I especially started to kind of feel sorry for Midousuji at the end of the episode when his body was giving out and wouldn’t allow him to cross the finish line like he thought he would. The real clincher was when one of his teeth cracked, and he remembered his mother saying that she heard that athletes are supposed to have beautiful teeth. Honestly, I never thought I’d see the day when I’d actually feel sorry for Midousuji, since he’d been such a jerk since the time the audience first met him back in the first season.

And now knowing this backstory for Midousuji, it ties in with his taunt of Shunsuke believing Midousuji when he said in a junior high race that Shunsuke’s mother had died. Back when I first heard about that, it just felt like a rather random thing for Midousuji to have said. Now that I know his backstory, it appears to be something that came out of his own life and wasn’t just some random thing he thought up during that race.

With what happened in this episode, especially since it sounded like Midousuji caused some damage to his legs, does that mean that he’s now out of the race? If so, what will happen to his team?

I’m looking forward to the next episode of Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road in order to find out whether Fukutomi or Kinjou won the second day of the Inter-High, as well as to see how the story will progress from here.

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