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Join Date: May 2005
Location: Falls Church, VA
Bikes: Trek 750
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Seen it. I think I posted a fan-sub link to it last year.
As animes go it is so-so. Overall graphic quality is low average. Too much panning across stills. Mediocre background work. Some of the cycling sequences are pretty good as action scenes. Good closeups of the gears working.
Characters were mostly not that interesting, and the main character Shinozaki made me cringe several times.
My big problem was with the premise of the story. Shinozaki, a high school kid who has never ridden a bike before is recruited to join the school cycling club, and after just a month of riding he does a 100 miles race against pros and goes head to head with the race favorite in a sprint....come on! At least they didn't have the kid winning the race.
The race that takes up the last half of the series just doesn't feel like a plausible race. And I think they could have had the back-story scenes earlier in the series instead of splitting up the race scenes.
But it's about cycling, so I enjoyed it.
Over Drive isn't that old. Anime came out middle of last year, don't know about the manga.
There is another cycling (but not racing) anime from the mid 90's called "Golden Boy". Animation quality is generally better than Over Drive but it's more of a hentai adventure (drugs and sex) than a sports anime.
Not that I'd know anything about that sort of thing.
Last edited by cc_rider; 08-11-08 at 09:50 AM.