Run – When The Mind Is Full
Man does what man can do, then awaits the verdict of fate
Honan’s opponent for the Trial Tour for the End of Summer race is Mihashi High School. Ayumu’s full of fun trivia and Riku is more excited about the venue having hot springs than the match but the knowledge that this is Heath’s final chance to compete sobers them all up fast. Ayumu, aware of his problems with obstacles, asks Hozumi for help. The two practice a lot and while it’s a rough road, there seems to be some progress.
Once at the hotel, we have an obligatory bath scene where Takeru’s muscle fetish pops up again. It’s like those scenes where girls grope each other but here we have arms and legs bared instead of breasts. Only you, anime, only you.
Consent is important, anime
Moving on: Heath and Nana meet the other team’s Relationer and Captain. The latter is an ass but the former is nice enough. The rest of the team isn’t given as much focus as Saisei. The match itself is rocky from start to finish. Riku rushes and only barely manages to avoid collision. Takeru pulls some nice stunts and Heath does his part well too. Ayumu, on the other hand, doesn’t have too smooth a sailing. His opponent outruns him quickly and his attempt to take a tough shortcut causes him to be injured. But he makes it to the Takeover Zone and Hozumi, buoyed by the cheers and cries of his teammates, makes it to the finish line first.
The power of teamwork and desperation
The opposing team has its own drama. Their Relationer is only a figurehead and the real shots are called by the Captain. Said Captain has his moment of angst when Hozumi wins but they patch it up.
Ayumu is taken to the hospital for treatment. He seems pretty banged up. Elsewhere, Kyosuke seems pleased by Honan’s win but he tells someone on the phone that he no longer has the right to participate in stride. There’s a story behind that, I’m sure.
Another fun episode, bathtime groping aside.
Riku continues to ping my radar with his behavior. He was reckless at the beginning of the match, going too fast and unwittingly ignoring Nana’s advice. His Mihashi opponent also mentioned his brother and I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch for me to assume that that has something to do with Riku rushing off.
Ayumu had most of the focus in this show as predicted. He does fear slowing down the team back and tries his best to not hold them back. I like him; he’s amusing and his earnestness adds some depth to what would otherwise be a comic relief character.
Not Ayumu’s best day(s)
As for Mihashi’s Captain-Relationer brothers, I like how the episode hinted at their problems with just a well-placed montage. No last minute flashback spanning two episodes to be found here, folks.
All’s well that ends well
The bit at the end with Kyosuke looks like it might be developed further. We have yet to see much of the guy. Will he end up replacing Ayumu for the next match? After all, they were warned against getting injured and Ayumu doesn’t seem too well off. I’m also interested in the mysterious caller who wanted to play Stride with Kyosuke. Could it be Riku’s brother? I’m just wildly guessing here.