Yowamushi Pedal SPARE BIKE Anime Review : Revealing Makishima’s and Toudou’s Past

yowamushi-pedal-spare-bike_titleYowamushi Pedal SPARE BIKE is an anime film aired from September 9, 2016. This isn’t not the sequel of Yowamushi Pedal Movie. Instead, this is the prequel of Yowamushi Pedal TV Anime. The story focues on Makishima Yuusuke’s and Toudou Jinpachi’s past, two best climber in the series.

The movie is separated into 3 parts. 1st and 3rd part is the story of Makishima while 2nd part is the story of Toudou. Since this movie focuses on only two characters, the way this movie presenting the story is quit straightforward with very little useless contents in the main story. The story progress just fine and doesn’t sound rushing too much even with its limited duration. But overall, it is easy to understand if you have watched the original series. But if you haven’t, you will get a hard time following the story.

About the components of this anime, I’d say there is no improvement from the already very good movie in 2015. Let’s talk about the animation first. It is very good, no doubt. You can see the reasonable amount of details on the background. The bike design also looks realistic, with 2D touch of course. Some improvement can still be made like making the motion to be more realistic. Especially the scene when Makishima or Toudou passing other cyclists. The others doesn’t seem like in the race. Sometimes, the conversation during the race is also too long which makes it less realistic. The music is well-played. Very nice and match the theme of the anime. Very consistent from the TV Series to the Movie.

Overall, with the story and its component, Yowamushi Pedal SPARE BIKE did well as a prequel. The not so good thing is this movie doesn’t really deserve much attention. You need to follow the story of Yowamushi Pedal first to understand the story. But when you already follow the main story, this movie doesn’t add much content to the main story. This means you can just ignore this movie and virtually lose nothing. It’s not because the story quality is bad. But the way they make a prequel movie after the main series itself makes this Movie less attractive. Especially after too many flash back on the main series.

Story 8
Animation 8
Sounds & Musics 8
Characters 8
Voice Acting 8
Overall 8
Rated as Very Good

Pros
(+) Very good on every aspect

Cons
(-) Being a prequel of the main series makes this movie less exciting.

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