I can’t believe Ayumu fucking died.
I should have also said that for Daichi in my Haikyuu!! review because he really looked dead. I got the injury episodes in my sports anime this week, something I didn’t expect for either.
Every week I watch this, it’s every week I have to remind myself that this is an adaptation from an otome game because things get progressively more and more gay and I’m just sitting here like
I didn’t want the guys to spy on Nana in the bath, but like…I don’t know. She’s just there. There is no romance, so it’s just weird. You know, if I didn’t know this piece of information, this being from an otome, none of this would bother me but it is because I guess they’ve really changed things. At least Nana got to talk more in this episode but honestly who is she?
I think Madhouse is a strong studio. They’re one of my favorite studios, producing top-notch anime like One Punch Man, Hunter x Hunter (2011), Death Note, Kobato, Parasyte, Death Parade, and others. But there are some rare times where the studio makes lackluster anime such as Photokano, Overlord, Mahouka Koukou no Rettosei, and others. For the most part, they’ve made a lot of great stuff, but with Prince of Stride, with the way it’s going…it might fall under the lackluster list. It’s not terrible, but it’s predicatable. But even so it’s still pretty entertaining. I can certainly say that this isn’t my favorite sports anime, but I wouldn’t say I hate it. I just feel like something’s missing from making this anime great. Because right now…it’s just something to pass the time with me. I sort of felt that last week, and I still did with this episode. Is it that it’s only going to be 12 episodes, while other sports anime are longer? So things seem a little rushed? Maybe.
This episode, the team got their first race for the Trial Tour, the green team from the opening, Mihashi High School. Since Heath is a third year, this is his last chance to go to the End of Summer tournament so the team is training hard for the race. Ayumu, not doing well with the parkour aspect of this sport, asks Hozumi to help him out. Ayumu still feels guilty for making them lose in their last race so he’s trying really hard to better himself. He practices with Hozumi, and when they made it to Saitama for the race, he studied the course they would be racing on, as well as its shortcut. You could say that Ayumu was the star of this as we spent a lot of time on him. Before the race starts he gets super nervous of the guy he’s going to race against so he fakes this dumb “my little sister is sick in the hospital” story, to which the guy believes and says he’ll give it his all…which Ayumu didn’t want. Anyway, we saw him struggle when it was his turn to run. The course for this race was tougher and there were a lot of uphill slopes which he wasn’t used to. Because he studied the course the night before he took a shortcut where he had to jump off a ledge to the other side. We didn’t see what exactly happened to him, but we saw his face get scratched by tree branches. We heard a crash and Nana lost communication with him for a bit. We then see him later bleeding everywhere, passing out on the street before tagging Hozumi. In the end, Ayumu leaves the place in an ambulance in bandages.
The rest of the episode I feel like I don’t need to go into too much detail. They take a bath the night before the race. Then we get the race, and they win. Honestly they were doing horribly, way worse than how they raced against the idol team. Nana was having difficulty against Mihashi’s relationer. She was being discouraged throughout, not understanding how he was Realationing such as the timing and such, that she was messing up her times too. Riku and Takeru almost slammed into each other, and the others were either too late or too early. Honestly it was a miracle that they even won. I think if Ayumu didn’t go through with the shortcut, they would have lost.
And with the rival team…well, we’re never going to see them again. The Relationer for the team was the older brother, a third year, of the team’s captain, his little brother, who was the one who was really giving the orders because the other brother wasn’t doing his job well. That’s why he said he was only the figurehead. The little brother wanted to win because this was his brother’s last chance, but…oh well.
When Ayumu jumped off that ledge, I knew something bad was going to happen. Someone last week gave a possibility that Ayumu might take Nana’s Relationer spot, and then she would take the manager job, and then the silver-haired guy in the end would join (though it seems he doesn’t want to be associated with Stride anymore). But…aha. Well…with this turn of events, I’m not sure? I think the same might happen, but it’s not because Ayumu doesn’t think he’ll be good enough for the team, IT’S BECAUSE HE’S HURT AS HELL. We didn’t see him crash, but it sounded really bad. So I’m pretty sure because of his injuries, Ayumu is going to back out of the team (at least running), so that means they have one less person, which means they can’t compete, WHICH MEANS DRAMA.
Come and save the day, mysterious silver-haired guy.