Bakuon!! Episode 8 Winter Break!!
Hijiri is the only one who doesn’t have a license in the motorbike club. Aiming to pass the test by her birthday, she starts her special training held in front of the clubroom organized by Onsa. The motorbike she is riding for this is a Super Cub, which Hayakawa buys from Nicoichi Motors. However, the training doesn’t go well. She doesn’t improve at all, and she finally snaps bringing out a sledgehammer to smash her…!? Then, they start the winter break. They have a Christmas party at Hane’s place and also go on a motor tour to see the sunrise on New Year’s Day… They don’t seem to care about the cold weather and love their motorbike life!
There are two stories within Episode 4 through 7, and each one completes in two episodes as the first and latter parts. Episode 8 is finally back to normal (?) again, which is a complete story itself.
In the real world in Japan, summer is coming soon. In this anime, the episode sets at the end of a year, around the Christmas and New Year season.
Hijiri somehow already has a motorbike license before her 16th birthday, which happens to be Christmas.
Amazingly, she gets a license from ‘a foreign country that allows you to purchase the license.’
She just switches that to the Japanese one without taking any written/practical exams, and her license magically covers all the different vehicle categories.
Hijiri clearly states, ‘any problems that can be solved with money shall be solved with money! This is the motto of the Minowa family!’
However, she intends to ride a motorbike without knowing what yellow traffic lights mean, so the club members recommend her to do some practice within the school grounds.
Butler Hayakawa buys a Honda Super Cub at Nicoichi Motors for Hijiri’s training.
The Super Cub is affordable and sturdy as well as easy to control. So, it is known as ‘the best-selling motorbike in the world’ as it’s a staple of everyday life even in overseas.
So, Hijiri gives it a go. She actually can’t even ride a bicycle, so she finds it difficult to balance and ends up falling down over and over again.
She eventually falls down the stairs and has a big crash hitting her head.
That makes her snap. She takes out a hammer out of nowhere and begins to smash the Super Cub saying, ‘you stupid old junk!’
Then, Butler Hayakawa describes the Super Cub as ‘it accepts anything and everything.’
To prove his words, the Super Cub still works so well even with dents all over its body and crooked tires.
With tears rolling out of her eyes, Hijiri regrets smashing the motorbike, being blind to the lack of her skills.
After that, Hijiri passes a written exam and gets a motorbike license that doesn’t need a practical exam.
She repairs her Super Cub at Nicoichi Motors and rides the newly transformed ‘villain’ Super Cub to school.
Normally, people would make a big fuss about this kind of behavior, which is to smash and break something when things don’t go smoothly as we hoped. However, I realize again that this anime is so crazy that Hijiri totally goes mad when she bashes her motorbike. In addition, it appears to be a happy ending, but we must remember what happens when a DUCATI breaks down. Butler Hayakawa just replaces it with a newer DUCATI and yet promises, ‘a DUCATI never fails.’
Then, the story moves onto the Christmas party at Hane’s house.
They talk about a typical topic ‘how long did you believe in Santa Clause?’
Rin and Onsa are both third grader when they realizes the truth, while Hane is in the third year of middle school, which was only last year.
It is always the case of some parents trying very hard in various ways to keep Santa Clause real, and Rin’s father is apparently one of those parents. At school, Rin gets embarrassed for not knowing the truth.
So, it sounds like this is another unhappy story that Rin doesn’t want to remember. However, I kind of got impressed with her father’s normal behavior just like what regular parents would do.
As for Hijiri, Santa Clause flies in an airplane, but he delivers the presents in a reindeer-driven sleigh.
I suppose ‘Bakuon!!’ has its own world where God is possibly riding a Suzuki motorbike. So, it is quite acceptable to see Santa Clause riding a motorbike.
The last part is on New Year’s Day.
At the midnight on the New Year January 1st, the motorbike members and Rin go out to visit a shrine.
Hane gets bad luck at Omikuji fortune telling.
Cased by that or not, every octopus ball she eats has no octopus in it while everyone else gets it.
On top of that, her hand warmer grips and the heater blows a fuse on the way to see the first sun rise. So, she has to ride alone in the freezing wind away from everyone else.
Hane experiences the harsh reality of motorbikes. In ‘Bakuon!!’, we often hear ‘motorbikes are tough’ throughout the episodes, don’t you think?
Just like in this episode, she wouldn’t be suffering in the direct freezing cold wind if she were in a car with or without the heater.
Onsa reads a self-satisfying poem out loud every time something happens, or Hane screams with joy for the scenery from the motorbike like in the last part of this episode.
I wouldn’t call motorbikes perfect without any fault, but I think that this anime certainly conveys the riders’ love and passion towards motorbikes.