Prince of Stride Episode 01 – On Your Mark

I meant to have this out earlier but my health, which has been not-so-good this last week took a turn for the worse this weekend and by yesterday morning, I was in a hospital. Hung out there till a couple of hours ago with a needle in arm, no internet and a hell of a lot of frustration.

I’m glad to be back in my cozy little bed.

Now onto the review, new format and all.

On Your Mark – The Beginning Of Destiny

“All club activities are based on deception.”

 

Overview:

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This has been the one of the most fun and funny first episodes I’ve seen in a while.

Sakurai Nana is a girl who’s startstruck by Honan Academy’s Stride Club. Ever since she saw video of its two members, she’s been enamored of the sport and even goes to Honan to join the club as its manager. But once there, she finds that the club is in shambles and has merged with the shogi club to keep itself alive. The duo she admired are seniors there but both have left the club.

Yagami Riku, who has taken a liking to Nana because of her kindness, only wants to try as many sports as possible. Another first-year student, Fujiwara Takeru, develops an interest in Riku because of his stunning speed, which also makes him a valuable asset to virtually all other sport teams. Like Nana, Takeru has come to Honan for Stride and is determined to revive the club, even going as far as to ‘abduct’ a hesitant Riku for the purpose.

aLadies and Gentlemen and Others; I present you The Stride Club!

The existing members of the club include Kohinata Hozumi, Hasekura Heath and Kadowaki Ayumu, the latter of whom is more interested in shogi. With the addition of the three first-years, they have enough people to participate in Stride matches. Since Riku is less than enthusiastic about the whole deal, Hozumi proposes a match between the existing members and new students. If the members win, the newbies have to join. The match takes place with Takeru-Riku and Heath-Hozumi as a team.

Despite his misgivings, Riku gives it his all and he and Takeru ‘connect’, something the latter had great faith in. The end result is a tie and unsurprisingly, we have a club.

 

Thoughts:

There seems to be a lot going on in this episode. Stride as a sport is going to take a while for me to get. From what I understand so far, it requires 5 Runners and a Relationer. The runners, well, run, while the Relationer provides support? That’s what it seemed like. The race track uses city streets though the mini-match in the show used the school itself. The path is anything but straightforward and the whole thing in general seems like a blend of relay race and parkour. You can’t go wrong with that, right?

bTakeru either has a leg fetish…

Takeru was already an established runner in the Under-15 category and seems quite fanatical about the sport. I like how his character designs screams ‘tall, dark and asshole’ but his actual personality is quirky and dorky. Riku is a veritable ball of sunshine but he seems to have some sort of history with Stride. Others seem to recognize his name as well. Nana, so far, is cute in her enthusiasm. The three club members are also various shades of eccentric. All in all, it seems like we have a fun cast.

c…or a Riku fetish

A long-haired guy gets a quick scene. It’s likely that he’ll be important later.

I know this anime is adapted from an otome game but so far, what I’m seeing are shounen-ai vibes. That’s rather typical with sports anime though.

 

 

 

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18 Responses to Prince of Stride Episode 01 – On Your Mark

  1. avathenerd says:

    I hope your health is okay now. And nice review!

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  2. Karandi says:

    I really liked the first episode of this as well. It was one of the first sport type anime I tried to watch and I really got hooked by the first episode. I like your description of stride, “seems like a blend of relay race and parkour” and that seems accurate from what I saw of the sport though I’m still not entirely convinced the Relationer is actually needed despite how much the show keeps trying to convince us it is.
    Hope you enjoy the series.

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  3. raistlin0903 says:

    When I read the first few sentences of this post, I was getting a bit concerned there. Hospital, needles whoa there. I am glad you are feeling a bit better, hopefully you will have recovered to 100% health in no-time. As for this review, great as always. Don’t know the series yet, but am running behind on pretty much everything at the moment (including reading posts). This series though, seems like a cool one. Thanks for sharing, and take care with your health 😊

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    • D says:

      So many needles, man. The IV was nice going in but they kinda ripped it out and ouch. I hope so too. I’ve been pretty useless and listless these days.

      Thank you! So far, it seems to feature a rather fun made-up sport.Good luck catching up on everything!

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  4. heyitszel says:

    Ah noo, I hope you’re feeling much much better!! I’m glad you’re out of the hospital!!

    As for Prince of Stride; even tho it’s based on an otome game, I really enjoyed it for what it was. But the last few episodes really had me at a loss. I like the OST a lot though! Especially the song for the running part! 🙂

    Feel and get better soon!!!

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    • D says:

      I’m getting there 😀 Thanks for asking!
      I don’t have any particular feelings towards Otome adaptations. It depends on how they do it and if they do it right. A good OST is definitely a plus.

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  5. Remy Fool says:

    Aww geez didn’t know your health took a turn for the worse. Sorry to hear about that. At least you’re home now.

    Hmmm I think Relationers are actually rather important. Their main role is to tell runners when to start running in order for them to “connect” at the right time and without slowing down. Sometimes the runners just aren’t in the right mindset to make those decisions. Sometimes the runners who are up next can’t actually see the runner who ran before them so they need a third person to let them know when to start running.

    They also at least partially influence the order of the runners by calmly analyzing the runners and their attributes (the short 2nd year is really acrobatic so he’s suited for specific parts of tracks with obstacles where he can really press his strengths, for example).

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    • D says:

      Being home is definitely good even though I still feel like shit.

      I think the Relationer’s role would be better showcased in a full scale match rather than the two-part one in this episode. From what you’ve written, it sure seems important. I guess the limit imposed by the Takeover zone adds to that.

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