Super Cub - Reviews

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PeachesOnBeaches's avatar
Jun 24, 2021

There are no villains. There are no antogonists. Just a sedate narrative about an introverted girl who bought a Honda Super Cub (mo ped) and drives it. Thats about it. She makes a friend that she would not have had unless she had purchased the bike. They ride thier bikes through different weather conditions and seasons. The most dramatic highlight of the season is a rescue of her friend from an icy stream. Its the best boring anime series ever. The background art is photo realistic at times and is impressive. I really enjoyed it. It seeems like a comercial for Honda Super Cubs however. Maybe thats the point. Who financed the production of ths series? The moral of the story? IDK, maybe buy a mo ped? Or maybe its try new things and change up your life.

6/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
6.5/10 characters
7/10 overall
TheRogueNob's avatar
Jun 24, 2021

It's time for another show this season with a biker gang expect its after one girls! Are your ready to see them whoop ass of other gangs? Oh wait it's just a SOL uhh okay, well I guess that isn't a surprise. Well then super cub is one of those relaxing sols where you can just sit back and have ut play in the back ground. I'll be brief since it's not the most outstanding shows. For the most part the is alright a bit on the boring side but still it's better than some. Two bad notes first, the cgi sometimes they use it other times they don't, pick one, the other issue were the 3 random overly dramatic parts seriously you can just skip them. On a positive note the animation solid and fun to watch and whenever they decide to saturate the show it really looks amazing, the sound is solid too and the side characters are alright, 

for the most part if you don't have anything to watch or need a detox from high energy shows than super cub is just the show for you 

5/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
6/10 characters
6.5/10 overall
krofire's avatar
Jun 27, 2021

Story synopsis: introvert buys moped, make friends. The end. Yet you will love this. “Super Cub” is the anime equivalent of a palate cleanser. It’s a whale song CD. Don’t expect any drama. No tears. No hospital visits. No blushes in the presence of a first love. Little in the way of drama. In fact, nothing much happens at all. This is iyashikei at its finest. Somehow the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and you will find it adorable. You won’t know why but you will be quickly addicted to its charm. It will touch your heart. Koguma is a shy high school girl with no family, no hobbies, no money, nothing – not even friends. Her life isn’t horrid, she isn’t bullied, yet it is dull. Routine. She cycles to school every day and hates it. She is envious of the other students on their mopeds. So, one day she decides to get one for herself. (It is never explained how she got the money.) She is lucky to find an iconic Honda Super Cub, with barely 500km on the clock, going for a song. (The seller claims it has taken three lives! So you would imagine the making of a drama/mystery…. You’d be wrong.) As the tale progresses Koguma learns everything there is to know about owning and running this Honda bike. It takes several episodes for her to make it rideable in the winter snows. There are no real “adventures”, more a set of simple discoveries. The story fleshes out as one long love letter to Honda. It is touching and subtle. Koguma is quickly befriended by her pushy and extroverted classmate Reiko. They are united by just one thing – their bikes. Refreshingly the lead female characters are driven in ways mostly novel to the genre. Here we have teenage girls who don’t talk about pop music, share cat videos or long for teen-romance. It isn’t necessarily all about the bikes either. The bikes are more of a metaphor for something else – freedom.

The bikes themselves, plus all ancillary equipment, are all lovingly reproduced in 3D CGI. Accurate (we presume) down to the finest detail. The other gear, the helmets, the gloves, their jackets, all exist in the real world. The places the girls go to are all largely real too. It is almost a documentary. They live in a rural community with a view of Mount Fuji. Reiko dreams of riding her Honda to the top (a sub-story that dominates one episode). The duo is joined later by the diminutive classmate Shii who has dreams of her own – turning her parent’s diner into an Italian-style café. Without Reiko and Shii the story would be pretty threadbare. The narrative unfolds from Koguma’s point of view yet she is an empty vessel. She has no back story, no family, no dreams. We learn nothing about her throughout the twelve episodes. How such an engaging coming-of-age story manages to be quite so wonderful without establishing the basics of the main character’s background is quite the miracle. Equally mysterious is Reiko, who has just enough personality to carry the story yet, like Koguma, she lives alone without family. We never find out why. It just doesn’t matter. We learn little more about the characters. Reiko is the fun & bubbly one who is quick to take Koguma by the hand for a girly chat about bikes at school lunch-break. Reiko knows all about Honda mopeds and through her we learn too. Later on, it is Koguma who takes the role of “Mum” by firmly leading Reiko around the shops, by hand, when Reiko gets distracted. If Reiko is the tall-and-slightly-silly “Dad” character, Koguma is the serious and responsible “Mum” then it only leaves tiny Shii to play the emotional child in this unorthodox biker family.

The refreshing angle here is the originality in the story telling. It manages to avoid most anime clichés, tropes and plot devices. The whole thing could have been filmed frame-for-frame in live action. This isn’t K-on! Don’t expect too many laugh-out-loud funny moments. There are no beach episodes, no bikinis, no fan service. It really isn’t THAT kind of show. (Exceptions: Reiko coming out of the shower, under-dressed, only to be shooed back in by a stern Koguma, is one of the few anime conventions observed here. In a similar vein observe Shii’s girlish embarrassment when Koguma puts Shii’s underwear out to dry.) It is very non-touchy-feely to the point of being cold. Koguma is almost robotic. She rarely, if ever, manages to raise a smile. Reiko and Shii make up for this by being warmer and more engaging - yet this is not a story over-flowing with emotion. Shii sheds tears briefly in a later episode – an emotional outburst in which she expresses her profound hatred of winter. This will trigger the glorious road-trip in episode 12 as the girls head south to see the first cherry blossoms of the Japanese spring. This is romantic in the poetic sense of the word. “Super Cub” is the heart-warming, feel-good, anime story of the decade. You’ll want to curl up inside it and sleep. Think of it as an anime duvet to snuggle down into. An antidote to the head-messing nature of such anime as “Higurashi When They Cry”. Revel in it. A diamond.

10/10 story
9/10 animation
7/10 sound
10/10 characters
10/10 overall
Lufactrus's avatar
Jun 30, 2021

Series was just your generic chill anime with a boring main character who I can't even remember lmao. At least she had existencial crisis every 3 episodes 

But you know... this mess of a show was carried by REIKO. If it wasn't for her I would've dropped this shit immediately frfr. Girl was fun, charismatic and sassy, she even made mc a somewhat better character (?)

Same situation as with yuru camp and Sakura kagamihara

9/10 just for her. Ya love to see it 

6/10 story
8/10 animation
9/10 sound
10/10 characters
8/10 overall
Efinate's avatar
Dec 13, 2021

Ok so i really loved this anime and it was just what i needed right now because I have been watching shounen, action and comedy anime for 6 months and this anime was a nice change of pace.this anime had everything i like no Romance, just the right amount of comedy and no fighting or friendship bullshit. Ok so the story is about a girl who had nothing in her life but one day she buys a moped and it changes her life drastically.the animation was quite good but the cg when they zoom out kinda annoyed me but the rest was good. The thing with the colours like whenever she felt happy the surrounding would become colourful which i really enjoyed.this is the slice of life which u can binge watch too i finished it in 1 sitting and I don't regret it too.

9/10 story
7/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
9/10 overall