Yowamushi Pedal is a sports anime centered around the meek Onoda Sakamichi, and for a while, was on tap to be a series that would be talked about for years to come. Four seasons of the anime has been aired already with viewers being left on hold in a tremendous fashion.
In the most recent season (Yowamushi Pedal Glory Line), something happened that shouldn’t have happened. The anime officially overlapped the manga and seemingly lost its direction forcing a huge cliff-hanging pause on Episode 25.
Yowamushi Pedal, for those who haven’t watched it yet, is a bicycle anime that pushed the limit of sports and bicycling to the limits of what is normally capable. The first season was perfectly laid out with everyone learning of Onoda and his otherwise unknown talents. With the training camp mini-arc, we’re given more of what Onoda can do with pressure leaning on his back.
From the training camp, we get to the first two days of the Inter-High series which spans over the rest of season one and into season two. At the end of season two, there is a movie that bridges a minor gap between the second and third season as the third-years that you’ll grow to love and cry for the move on.
Of course, that’ll bring us to the third season and a season where we find Onoda now grown up, but the pacing of the anime was unlike the first two seasons. The training camp felt off from what it could have been and from a development standpoint, it appears as though no one advanced their skills.
Sorry, I went on a tangent and got us off track, now we’re back on track. With many of the previous seasons of Yowamushi Pedal, the pause would seem to be deliberate in regards to how season one set up the final day for season two.
But it’s a hollow feeling behind it, Sohoku was stronger in the first Inter-high and is nowhere near that same point in Glory Line (season four). Yowamushi Pedal hasn’t fallen off too far, but the inevitable feeling of it slowing down and eventually collapsing on itself is creeping in. For many anime fans, it’s a familiar feeling that we haven’t shaken off because so many animes have fallen from grace rapidly and vanished into what could’ve been’s.