Hi there. Do you like motorbikes?
As for me, I only have a car license and don’t know much about motorbikes.
Having said so, I thought it was really cool being able to ride like Kamen Rider from the Kamen Rider Series.
My motorbike fanatic friends sometimes tell me some stuff about bikes, too.
There might be lots of people out there just like me, who is not a huge fan of motorbikes but still think they’re cool.
This ‘Bakuon!!’ a new anime in this season, is about high school girls who discover motorbikes.
The concept ‘high school girls and motorbikes’ sounds a little too modest and doesn’t stick in your mind as much as ‘high school girls and tanks’.
However, motorbikes are obviously closer to us, and we may find motorbikes more attractive because of this anime. I’m quite curious about it.
The friend that I mentioned earlier is apparently a fan of the original manga.
I started to watch ‘Bakuon!!’ thanks to this friend who introduced it to me.
I would love to follow this anime as one viewer and enjoy it with you all.
Episode 1 ‘Club Registration!!’
The main character, Hane Sakura is a girl entering Okanoue High School.
On her first day, Hane pushes herself to go up the steep hill on her bicycle.
The episode begins like this. While Hane is dripping with sweat, Onsa Amano from high school zips along on her motorbike (YAMAHA SEROW225W), and Hane gets stunned by the scene.
After that, Onsa enthusiastically describes her love of motorbikes (and bad things about bicycles) to Hane in the classroom.
Hane becomes interested in motorbikes and they go to the ‘motorbike club’ for a visit.
There, a senior student called Raimu Kawasaki is waiting for them.
She always wears a helmet with a massive bow. She is constantly so mysterious and never speaks…and this is quite possibly why she doesn’t have a voice actor for her role.
Raimu rides a Kawasaki ZX-12R which easily goes over 300km/h and it’s the world fastest among all other commercial motorbikes.
This is nothing about legal or illegal, but her ride is just so smooth as everyone sees it at the beginning of this episode when she whizzes past Hane’s bike.
Hane experiences this ride sitting on the back seat of Raimu’s motorbike as she feels the breeze. This makes Hane become determined to obtain a motorbike license.
So, Hane decides to go to driving school.
She manages to pass one of the hardest tasks, to lift a motorbike, by literally ‘communicating’ with a motorbike. She advances smoothly without suffering too much.
There isn’t much description of the driving school itself, but some lesson scenes slightly remind me of the time I went to driving school.
At the driving school, Hane meets a girl called Rin Suzunoki. She is so enthusiastic that she always wears a racing suit.
Her favorite manufacturer is Suzuki, and it’s clear that she is a crazy Suzuki zealot.
Rin and Onsa’s friendship starts off good, but it immediately goes downhill as soon as Onsa trashes the unique Suzuki designs.
According to my friend mentioned earlier, the original manga also has many insults on Suzuki motorbikes.
It makes me wonder if it’s all right…but it must be OK, because Suzuki is one of the main corporate sponsors.
Hijiri Minowa, one of the five main characters on the official site, has only a small part in Episode 1, just by watching the girls on a bike from a window. I’m looking forward to her appearance in the next and latter episodes.
I think that this anime is fun with the characters of those pretty girls and their silly chitchats. I hope that you find it interesting and discover the unknown world of motorbikes through this anime.
Hope to catch you soon in the next review for Episode 2.