Anime Film Review: Yowamushi Pedal Re:ROAD

Yowamushi Pedal Re:ROAD is a compilation film for Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road, the second season of Yowamushi Pedal.

Yowamushi Pedal Re:ROAD
Directed by: Osamu Nabeshima
Written by: Reiko Yoshida
Starring: Daiki Yamashita, Jun Fukushima, Kosuke Toriumi, Atsushi Abe, Ayaka Suwa, Daisuke Kishio, Hirofumi Nojima, Hiroki Yasumoto, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Junichi Suwabe, Kentaro Ito, Ken’yu Horiuchi, Koji Yusa, Kouki Miyata, Megumi Han, Satoshi Hino, Shotaro Morikubo, Tetsuya Kakihara, Tomoaki Maeno, Tsubasa Yonaga, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka
Run Time: 90 minutes

After seeing the Yowamushi Pedal Re:RIDE compilation film and enjoying it, I came into this film with high expectations. Like the previous compilation film, Yowamushi Pedal Re:ROAD takes the end of the second day and all of the third day of the Inter-High race and condenses it down to the important plot points. There are some new animation sequences included that act as a “bridge” between the various plot points in the recap.

Overall, I have to say that the “bridge” footage didn’t work as well in Yowamushi Pedal Re:ROAD as they did in Yowamushi Pedal Re:RIDE. While the first film showed a couple of the character reminiscing on the first two days of the Inter-High, the new animation for this film didn’t serve the same purpose. This time, the new footage focuses on Hakone Acadey’s third years surprising Juichi with a trip to an amusement park to thank him for being their team captain. This new footage never truly tied in with the recap, and at times it felt like it was randomly thrown in. The only important thing about the new footage in this movie is the fact that it directly ties in with the omake that appeared at the end of the film.

Like with the first film, Yowamushi Pedal Re:ROAD did a good job of condensing down the episodes of the second season to around 90 minutes. The action just kept moving and made the film interesting to watch, and it became frustrating at times when the new footage would show up and break up the flow. With this film, I can say that I never really felt like the condensing down made any point of the film feel jumpy.

Yowamushi Pedal Re:ROAD was a good compilation movie, outside of the new footage added to it. But since this film specifically condenses down the second season, it’s not something that viewers unfamiliar with the property can simply jump into. However, it could serve as a companion piece with Yowamushi Pedal Re:RIDE to help introduce new viewers to the world of Yowamushi Pedal.

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