For first-year college student Ami Kurata, it was love at first sight when she laid her eyes on a folding bike. She saves up money to buy one of her own, then pedals right into the exciting world of long-distance bicycling. After forming a cycling team on campus, Ami and her four new bike mates prepare for the ride of their lives in an upcoming long-distance race.
Source: Sentai Filmworks
A Small Miracle
A New World
The Secret Part-Time Job
A Different World
The Bonds of the Team
The Expanding World
Azumi Autumn Ride! Part One
Azumi Autumn Ride! Part Two
The Moment the Town Starts to Move
I feel like they could have made the show longer. It's really good, but I hate it when shows end with such a open ending. Also, I want to she her classmate riding with everyone. She seems like such a cute character (not that you see much of her), and I wish they had made an episode about the little sister because I feel like she was gonna ask if she could ride with her sister and her friends.
An enjoyable tale of friendship and discovery. Ami Kurata is a lovable character and her friend Aoi Niigaki makes a perfect fit. I was disappointed with some of the artwork in places. It felt like perhaps they were rushed or maybe giving a new artist a chance and it didn't quite pan out. That said, the overall tone of the show and the feel for the delivery is pretty good. I'd like to add that the character designs are fun and cheerful.
Positive *It can’t be a surprise that I enjoyed this anime. I love cycling and LR! really focussed on the fun of cycling. Unlike its big brother YP, who focusses on the competitive side of cycling, LR! showed how fun cycling can be. Cruising the roads with your friends, getting to places you would otherwise never reach and setting and reaching goals. This anime created a step-up to cycling that was less steep than the one from YP, it made cycling reachable and I hope that people will be inspired to try it out after watching this anime. Because, as you know, in my opinion cycling is still the most beautiful sport in the world, it being competitive or recreative. For a video review, check out my Youtube channel. Link on my profile page. *Another thing where LR! differed from YP was in the amount of information it gave about cycling and the type of information. As I said, YP focusses on competitive cycling so it gives us a lot of information that has to do with competitive cycling like wind resistance. But LR! gave us more standard information that YP didn’t. LR! talks about nutrition, bike maintenance and how to ride safely at night and in rain. All things that YP didn’t touch since it doesn’t really apply to competitive cycling. So also here, LR! created that less steep step up to actually try cycling. Negative But LR! definitely also had its problems, the release of new episodes was delayed at several occasions and the final 2 episodes were delayed till February. *And the episodes themselves weren’t perfect either. First of all I have to tell something about the animation and more specifically about the cycling animation. With that I mean how the characters and specifically the legs were animated when they were riding their bikes. It looked super robotic and everything but natural. Other cycling anime’s like YP and this season’s Minami Kamakura Cycling Club make the legs move in a way more natural way. *Another thing about the animation. I think this anime wasn’t checked by someone who actually knows a thing or two about cycling. I can see that by the posture that the girls had on their bikes. It was most apparent with the smallest of them, Hinako. If you sit on a bike like that, you will break your back, her reach from the saddle to the handlebars was way to big. It was almost hysterical to look at. *My final negative point is that the ultimate goal of this story being Ami riding the flèche is far from completed at the end. Ami still has a long way to go before she will be able to ride such a tour. I know because I’m currently training for my first flèche in September and that’s not something a newbie can do after just a few months of training. Most likely the original manga will go farther than this since it’s still ongoing today. Conclusion So as a conclusion, I really enjoyed LR! but it is a niche anime. People that aren’t into cycling or sports anime in general won’t feel the urge to watch this anime. But if you like sports anime I definitely recommend to give LR! a watch and maybe you’ll get bitten by the cycling microbe. So enough about me trying to promote cycling. LR! wasn't perfect, there are better cycling anime’s out there when it comes to story telling and animation. So I’m going to rate Long Riders! at 3 stars. But as I said, give this anime a watch if your a fan of lighter sports anime.
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