Hijiri actually plans a ‘betting race’ to make things more exciting. The principal, Tazuko even approves this kind of race for one suspicious condition…On the day of the cultural festival, Hane and the others go out in maid costumes, but not in motor racing suits, to promote the race. Thanks to their effort, they are welcomed by a storm of applause and soon the race begins! The first one who shots out is Raimu’s Kawasaki Epsilon. However, she accidentally flips her scooter immediately after the race starts!
So the day of the cultural festival is here. The five girls are ready for the race all in maid costumes that Hijiri prepared.
Hane is riding her Super Four, which now has too many extra mirrors, indicators and mufflers for no reason.
Rin’s Katana is tuned and adjusted with the ‘occult’ parts.
Onsa is riding Sanma, handed over by her father.
Raimu is not on her usual Ninja, but she’s riding a Kawasaki scooter supplied by Nicoichi Motors as a handicap.
Betting is officially approved by the principal, and Raimu is definitely an unfavorable pick but would be a big win as well.
The principal bets unbelievable three million yen only on Raimu. Apparently, she tricks her parents into lending her their parents’ pensions.
I’m sure her parents are too happy to lend the daughter money to find out how she spends it, especially when the word ‘marriage’ slips out from the mouth of their 40-year-old single daughter.
You don’t really see any decent adults in this anime, but she is way crazier than the rest.
Initially, Raimu’s betting odds are 11 to 1, but it moves to 1.1 because of the principal’s big spending of three million yen.
So, her purpose of the race is now ‘to gain back the money she cheats out of her parents’, rather than ‘to make a lot of money’.
Tazuko truly believes in Raimu’s victory, and she is the only one who knows what Raimu is capable of when it comes to racing. However, the truth is quite different. There are even some mysterious non-Japanese supporters at a racing circuit somewhere overseas, watching this race at the festival live. They are clearly sure that Raimu conquers the race.
So, who exactly is Raimu? As we watch more episodes, the mystery deepens.
Finally, the race starts!
As soon as the girls shot out, Raimu immediately flips her motorbike against great expectations of certain people. I wonder if it’s because her scooter is supplied by Nicoichi Motors…
Raimu doesn’t move at all on the ground, and the three others whizzes pass her.
Rin leads the race, closely followed by Onsa.
Hane first struggles in Sanma’s fumes that smell funny. At one stage, Hane eagerly catches up with the rest and moves out to the front.
At the same time, Raimu seems to respond to the principal’s tears (losing all of her money) and gets up again.
She is back on track and miraculously accelerates her machine, which never happens to a scooter in real life. It doesn’t take long for her to make up the loss of one lap.
Rin’s tuning is so called ‘occult’ here, but her love towards Suzuki and her Katana keeps her in the lead riding in front of Onsa’s Sanma.
At last, they are in their final lap and Hane shows a massive jump over a slope, which both Rin and Onsa go down safely.
Hane finally catches up with the two, but Raimu’s unbelievable acceleration and a way bigger jump put her in the lead.
The muffler on her 250cc scooter spits out flames and it looks so fragile now…but there is only a straight line to the finish line.
In the middle of this heat, Raimu accidentally rides over a high-tech ‘Panel that Somehow Cools Your Engine’ based on a motorbike video game. The panel is invented by Hijiri’s Minowa Group taking full advantage of their latest technologies.
The backfiring muffler gets frozen instantly…and explodes.
As mentioned in Tazuko’s reminiscence before, Raimu gets blown away again.
She gets back to the track and finishes at about the same as the other three girls, but Rin wins the race by a hair.
Rin thanks all the supporters who bet on her, emphasizing the victory of Suzuki and the triumph of her Katana with some tears. However, those supporters actually don’t even know that Suzuki manufactures motorbikes.
Hane’s sister Yume watches the race with her friend.
It sounds like this friend is going to do the entrance exam to Okanoue High School, and Yume asks, ‘do you pick this school because you can come here by motorbike?’ Obviously, this friend is a fan of motorbikes, but she mysteriously just replies, ‘motorbikes are not meant for public roads.’
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