Just by the title, viewer will know something pops up. But what exactly happens?
(Spoilers in this review)
Well, Ami starts off seperated from the group because each group can only have a set amount of people. So she has to bike really hard in order to catch-up and ends up cramping her leg. As a result, the girls rest at an aid station.
Saki stuffs her face at the aid station and brings the other some food while she’s at it. As a heads-up, this episode review will contain mostly images of Saki because she’s my favorite character, wahaha.
While she is my favorite character, Saki’s gluttony slows down the group’s progress by a considerable amount since she is insistent on trying food at every possible aid station.
As a result, team Fortuna spends a lot of time visiting every aid station to both rest up and to eat food. Meanwhile, Ami is worried that they won’t finish in time or that she herself won’t be able to finish the race, but her friends claim that they have plenty of time and they continue to encourage her throughout the episode.
There’s actually a lot of eating scenes in this episode, but I think most of us are probably a bit tired of seeing that by now. I’m convinced that this show’s focus is tied between cycling and eating food. The fact that the best girl, Saki, is really focused on food probably doesn’t help my perception of the show. I still like her, though.
At one of the aid stations, the girls play shiritori while waiting for Ami to catch up. It really showcased their (not very deep) personalities, I think. Hinako is glad to have cycling buddies so she says “Fortuna,” the name of their group; Saki opts to mention food because she loves food; Yayaoi has a bike part fetish so she references that…
Once Ami arrives, they continue to play shiritori and even end up teasing Aoi over her attachment to Ami once again. “Don’t fix what’s not broke, I guess?” I think that this sort of (simplified) adage applies to a lot of anime, including Long Riders! since it reuses the same sort of gags over and over.
The girls then finally reach the halfway point!
And then we get an insert song as they continue to eat, cycle, and get strangers to take a group photo for them! Some talk about how food tastes better when they’re together as a team, as well, which I consider to be at least partially true from personal experience!
However, something just has to go wrong and it does, don’t you worry. Team Fortuna has become the last cyclists in the race because of two factors: they kept to a really slow pace due to Ami’s inexperience and the fact that they made too many stops at the aid stations in order to try food. As a result, the staff guy who rides behind all of the participants tells them that they’re close to being unable to finish the race. Oh, no!
Next week’s episode is titled, “The Azumi Autumn Ride! Part 2.” It seems like they’re going to press onwards despite the weather suddenly becoming rainy?! See you next week!