The first step in unique direction is always accompanied with unknown hardships, but like any true adventurers with all kinds of experiences under their belt would tell you, “It’s all worth it.”
It is now 2017 Fall Anime Season, and Silver Link. is taking that very step to…
Alright, I am back from watching the first episode of Haikyuu!! and I am ready to talk more nonsense.
Before you make any weird assumptions on what kind of a weirdo does it take to create an anime based on… a real and long-existing sport…
Actually, never mind any of that. This is Japan we are talking about.
But allow me to share you a sight of REAL sidecar racing, done on planet Earth.
That person is without a doubt a weirdo but for completely different reasons. Please do watch the seven-minutes National Geographic video above as I am about to cross the line and may actually trigger some feminists along the way.
Did you catch the first sentence of the video?
I welcome you to 2017, where females are now well accepted into all kinds of sports for lunatics. However, you know this as much as I do; if we really want to watch any extremely, physically demanding sport for the ‘game’ and everything it has to offer, we would without a doubt watch the men’s game. While my opinion does not help gender equality in any way, current events regarding female athletes being paid lower than men in mainstream sports are the work of people whom are probably on the same boat.
It is then I think about some of the sports where females absolutely dominate in numbers. I would really love your additions to the talk while all I can really think of are sports that allow females to compete in much less than full clothing.
Taken from the London Olympics Beach Volleyball Semi-Finals, the little difference of audience between a men’s and a women’s game when both are at half time. It’s just a little weird but understandable when people attend the men’s game to watch the ‘play’, not much of the ‘players’. You are welcome to find the videos and look at the sheer difference between the two games at beginning.
Men’s is on the left.
So, what is the news for sports where women compete in the exact same amount of clothes as men?
I have been staring at the official Olympic’s YouTube channel, specifically at Football and Basketball games where the criteria above is met. I really wish that I hadn’t, because among the comments are just downright appalling voices of people who I wouldn’t hesitate to knock-out at point blank should I meet any of them. Oh and these comments clearly garnered ten times more replies than any other ones, guaranteed.
It gets worse; the replies are actually encouraging the flame.
- “haha women doing sports is so funny”
- “So slow men’s football is better”
- “Lack of women soccer: fans…”
- “women’s football promotes lesbians! I don’t like it”
- “That’s a weird looking kitchen”
- “i rather watch a free throw compilation”
- “but there has only been less than 20 dunks in women’s basketball history” — this is really sad but most likely the case as of 2014.
On the other side of the fence where sports such as (beach) volleyball, tennis and American football, creepy comments involving the female body, ___ tits and ___ ass pop up more often than anything else. While I’d no doubt add my thumbs up into those comments, I still find it appalling that majority of men can appreciate ‘fan service’ (both in anime and in real life) yet they have just as much time to violently degrade things that clearly do not comply with their expectations.
And now we are at Two Car, a show that we all can assume is based on female version of sidecar racing. There is absolutely no detailed difference in the gears both males and females wear to compete, which automatically puts women’s sidecar racing into the same category as women’s football and basketball.
If that is legitimately why the show’s rating is ridiculously low then I am disappointed at best. Otherwise there are still some issues this anime show is facing as of the current week’s airing–third episode.
Sorry but I will talk about the show’s problems in the next part because Two Car has this hidden requirement for you to remotely enjoy a show. This is by default, the show’s very first demerit.
It’s a sport made up by some lunatic men probably, completely smashed while on it. It is one of the most dangerous functioning sports in history, arguably even on par with anything in X Games. The only safety feature competitors will ever have is on them–the protective leather clothes. No seat belts, no roll bars, just a few hand rails and your courage.
Usually taken as a sub-sport of motorcycle racing, the emphasis on the passenger is HUGE in sidecar racing. They are not just some extra weight that make your travels slower, instead they are what allows ‘kneelers’ (sidecar racers) to perform insane maneuvers in which a single man cannot do just as well on a motorcycle, such as doing turns at above 150 km/h in time trials.
And having come off motorcycles, there are naturally other things people do with the combination.
If there is motocross, you guessed it, there is also sidecarcross!
I suggest you spend 1-2 minutes watching all the of videos below; skip to the racing part, of course.
Then there is the round speedway, same deal with the competition involving just motorcycles.
However, the type of sidecar racing Two Car chose to adapt, and probably is the wisest choice out of all, is the time trial–track racing.
The passenger gets special attention for sure because he needs to have balls of steel, each weighting probably at least ten thousand tons. However, the Australians dug some humor out of the change in trend where females are now also part of sidecar racing. This particular team caught my attention because its name is “No Balls Racing“, named so because…
Hopefully after having spent a few minutes on each video, you now have some idea about sidecar racing, at least more than before you watched Two Car and coming out as confused as a cute duckling.
Silver Link. is definitely attempting to reach out for the untapped potential of ‘entertainment’ in the human mind. Anime is their forte, and anime shall be their method of doing so. Sidecar racing was actually much more popular in the past and it is understandable why people are quick to bat an eye on this particular attempt to show the transverse between a sport and anime.
It’s a sports anime in a nutshell. While I initially had Haikyuu!! in mind, now I am starting to think that maybe Two Car leans much closer towards Initial D, not because of how both of them are racing sports show but rather the way their stories progress.