Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road: Episode 20 – “ROAD.20 Imaizumi VS Midousuji”

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.

Episode 20 focuses on Shunsuke and Midousuji’s race toward the finish line. There’s quite a bit of jockeying that goes on, with Midousuji and Shunsuke taking first place several times. Of course, it wouldn’t be a battle with Midousuji without his constant taunting. Fortunately, Shunsuke is able to shake off the taunts and keep pushing on in his attempts to beat Midousuji.

During this episode, we also get to see an extensive flashback for Shunsuke, which includes clips from various scenes over the series where he’s pushing and training himself so hard and footage of when he’s raced Midousuji during the Inter-High. Shunsuke does a bit of soul searching during this point in the episode, and he realizes that even though Midousuji relies on a lot of tricks and underhanded tactics in his racing, he’s actually quite a strong racer. In addition, Shunsuke realizes that both Naruko and Sakamichi have taught him important lessons that he applies to this final race against Midousuji.

Midousuji actually has a more “grotesque” form that he goes into in an attempt to get ahead and stay ahead of Shunsuke, which includes leaning forward even more than he has before. Midousuji is unable to shake Shunsuke, and the two of them start slamming against each other hard enough that blood starts flying. If the race seemed intense before, the slamming and blood just goes to show how intense the race to the finish has become.

With less than four kilometers left to the finish line, Midousuji and Shunsuke have to battle it out going downhill at very fast speeds. It’s emphasized a couple of times that the fast speed combined with how steep this downhill portion is, makes it very precarious for racing. The episode ends with Midousuji and Shunsuke heading into a downward turn.

The third day of the Inter-High is definitely getting closer and closer to its conclusion. With four more episodes remaining for Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road, it looks like the slightly under four kilometers left will end up covering most of the remaining episodes of the series. At this point, I’m going to predict that the winner of the Inter-High will be determined right at the end of Episode 23, and Episode 24 will be used to wrap everything up. I could be wrong, but this seems like a logical way to pace the race with only four episodes remaining.

I love how intense these final kilometers of the race have become. I’m really hoping that Shunsuke and/or Sakamichi can be the one to cross the finish line and prevent Midousuji from winning. Midousuji doesn’t deserve it, and I’d love to see how broken he looks if he loses.

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