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Time to rewatch some anime I dropped last year. Long Riders is an anime I thought I would never finish. Its a slice of life sports anime about a girl discovering how awesome road biking is. From that premise alone, I would get hooked. But this anime went through alot of setbacks (inconsistent art, 3D animation sucked, stopped airing to improve, etc.),cuz of that I actually forgot this anime even existed. Not until today.

I was able to get a copy and I thought I could binge-watch this in one go and it was good.


LONG RIDERS

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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 2016 to Feb 5, 2017
Premiered: Fall 2016
Studios: Actas
Source: Manga
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Sports, Shounen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Synopsis: Falling in love at first sight with a collapsible bicycle outside the station, Ami Kurata, first-year university student empties her account without a second thought and buys the bicycle. Now she enjoys weekend cycling trips with Aoi, her childhood friend, and Hinako, a senior at her university. “Owning a road bike may change your view of the world completely.” Prompted by the comment, Ami purchased a road bike, and she is really impressed with the traveling performance. As soon as she places her feet on the pedals and presses down, everything about riding a road bicycle—the lightness of the pedal, the speed, the acceleration—is nothing like she has ever experienced. Ami’s cycle life gets going with the new road cycle as her partner!

My Thoughts:

I really like this anime. I enjoyed watching this one and I actually invest quite alot of feels to it too.

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Long Riders is similar to any slice of life sports anime out there. The main character discovering a new sport and we get to see them grow as a person and as an athlete. But the difference with this anime to the rest is the fact that its too realistic. Another important info, the story sets in the college/university stage of the characters and not the usual highschool life that we always see on other animes. Interesting, right?

When I said that “its too realistic”, it is what it means. The struggles and the things the main character faced in this series, could happen in real life. I don’t just mean the struggle in biking, but also the fact that purchasing a road bike (and its accessories) are so damn expensive. My family used to have some bikes before and it was expensive. good thing we got some discount cuz my relative owns the bike shop. Not only that, it also tackles a situation where the main character got addicted to something that is totally different from what her family is used to and they don’t know how to approach it. I pretty my experience that…a lot if times. See? It tackles realistic events which caused me to nod and empathize to all the struggles and achievements the main character faced and experienced. Though, the light-heartedness of the series definitely made the series abit unreal, but I digress. It was unbelievably relatable. Damn.

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Of course, it wasn’t just the story, the characters made me enjoy this series very much. They are so fun to watch, especially there interactions. Though I do want to point out that more than half of the characters are really bland and are just there cuz the story needs them to be there. Like I said, I enjoy watching them, but as a character, there was no development on their part. I think it was only Aoi & Ami who are not bland. As the main character, of course we personally get to see her grow, and damn her growth is worthy of praise. She definitely became someone she could be proud of. Aoi, Ami bestfriend, is a bit similar to other characters, little to no development, but I really like her protectiveness of Ami and some spikes of her personality. It made me want to have a friend like her in real life. These two characters have a bond that blurs the line of friends and lovers. Its quite clear Aoi has feelings for Ami, but it seems Ami is so dense she only see Aoi’s actions as a sign of friendship. Their interactions together along with their interactions with the other characters were truly entertaining to watch.

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Of course, I won’t forget to mention the struggle this anime went through cuz of its art & animation. This anime literally stopped airing at the 5th episode to improve the animation. It was shocking on my part cuz it was my first time to experience that kind of cut-off. I mean, I do know that Kekkai sensen s1 delayed its last episode to improve the art & animation, but that was just 1 episode. It was really a shocker. But it seems it was for the best, cuz the 6th episode onwards definitely has alot improved animations compared to the first half of the series. The first 5 episodes contained alot of bad 3D animations which were cringeworthy, but they sure try to minimize them abit in the DVD. While the 2nd half of the series showed improved visuals in art & both 2D & 3D animations. It wasn’t cringey and you can actually watch it without any disgust on your face. The break definitely helped the series.

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I wasn’t able to acknowledge the music of the series, so I won’t comment on them.

Overall, this series was really fun and enjoyable to watch. Binge-watching it was a breeze. Its alot better than I expected. The realistic elements made me like this anime more than I should be. Though I don’t think I would recommend this to anyone. I can say only people would dare to sit and binge-watch all of it. Its not everyone’s cup of tea. Still, I would recommend this to peepz who just want to watch some laid back sports anime. You might enjoy this one.

Also, I want to point out that their facial expressions are pretty priceless.

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Anyway, that is all.
Thanks for reading!!

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