Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitensha-bu Episode 1 Review – “Entrance Ceremony”

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Another season, another anime about biking.

(Spoilers in this episode

Transfer student Hiromi bumps into Tomoe on her way to school. She gets Tomoe to help her learn how to ride a bike before meeting their homeroom teacher, Mori Shiki (who happens to be lost). After enduring two inspiration speeches, the entrance ceremony is concluded and Hiromi becomes inspired to learn how to ride a bike without requiring assistance.

Thoughts on Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitensha-bu thus far:

  • What a long name for a series.
  • J.C. Staff went all in on the backgrounds. Then again, a lot of anime these days have pretty and detailed backgrounds, right? A lot of focus on the cheery cherry blossoms, too.
  • Wow, Hiromi has no idea on how to ride a bike. We’re starting with square one here, folks. Her leggings must be made out of strong material since
  • I think Tomo’s character design is one of the most boring designs I’ve seen in a while. Just my opinion!
  • I’m probably going to have my eyes on the teacher again. Sporty, older woman with a ponytail? Sign me up!
  • Hiromi is also a bit of a stubborn glutton and prone to letting her imagination run wild. You already have a friend in Tomo!
  • Turns out she used to ride a bike with training wheels, so she learned how to ride a bike within an hour or so (just a guess). That’s pretty amazing. I’m sorry for thinking she was slow.
  • The last two minutes or so has the voice actresses talk about bikes (aimed at bike beginners). This week we learned about bike frames. I’m not sure if this is more work than actual drawn animation, so good on them?
  • Lots of CGI. The bikes look great, though!

tl;dr – nothing unusual happens; just a typical show of the genre. Slow pacing that might change in upcoming episodes, hopefully (I doubt it). But the series is rather educational, so you might want to watch if you’re curious about bikes. I wouldn’t be in a hurry to watch this, though.

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You will rue these words, Hiromi. Also, your mom looks like your sister.
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Such beautiful backgrounds.
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No can of Red Bull in sight! “Riding give you wings,” huh?
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Group shot!
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Slow down, Detective Hiromi. Explain in terms even a layman can understand.
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You can thank J.C. Staff for that, Tomo!
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What a tragedy! Tomo gets roped into helping her learn.
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Me whenever I try something new.
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Dang, her shampoo is strong.
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Said welcome is followed by the girls smiling at each other like lovers would c:
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Shiki looks pretty cool here! Too bad she’s lost.
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…with a map like this, no wonder Sensei is lost.
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Don’t worry, the school is right here.
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Hiromi is a master profiler.
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So how do you know if someone is “smart” or “athletic” by a single glance?
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It’s amusing how she notices girls who are definitely going to become her friends (thanks, OP and ED).
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Oi, stop thinking depressing thoughts.
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Sitting on a stall is rather comfy.
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Touching hands with a teacher. What an honor!
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That’s the norm for college. You’re just ahead of the curve!
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That looks comfy and warm.
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EDGY
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What’s wrong with that?!
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Help, it’s an adult Watanbe You!
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A great speech made by a good looking teacher (Shiki cleaned up nicely).
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Such timing!
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Another group shot!
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You forgot, mother of Hiromi?!
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She did it, ma’am! And her leggings are okay despite falling a dozen times!
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W-what?!
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Oh…
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Fair enough…
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;__;
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Lesson one!
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How dare you stare us in the face and brazenly lie like this.
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Neat!
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Great!
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Wow!
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