Wait… these characters are all college students? Are you sure about that?

Summary:

Ami and Aoi are two best friends who go the the same college. Aoi is constantly getting accosted by athletic clubs who want to recruit her, while Ami is a massive klutz who isn’t good at any sport.

One day after they’ve finished their classes, Ami spots a girl on a bike, and falls in love… with the bike. Thus, Aoi takes Ami bike shopping and Aoi picks out the bike that she thinks is “cutest.” Since Ami now has a bike, Aoi suggests that they go cycling on a nearby cycling road on their day off.

well someone has a bike fetish

The girls do that, but Ami quickly tires out. Aoi soon finds out that Ami was too excited to sleep the night before, and also skipped out on breakfast. As Aoi didn’t bring any food with her, she stops two girls who are cycling their way. Fortunately, they do have some kind of nutritional supplement, which they give to Ami. All four girls then cycle to a small dairy farm close by, which sells gelatos. All in all, it’s a successful first bike trip for Ami, but unfortunately she has to cycle all the way back home as well.

The next day en route to their classes, Ami and Aoi bump into the two cycling girls from before.

Ami it’s called being out of shape.

My Opinion:

If this summary sounds familiar, it’s probably because this exact premise has been done before; except the series was called Bakuon, and involved motorcycles instead of bikes. Thankfully, Long Riders is less offensive than Bakuon was, but the downside to this is that the series ends up just being sort of bland instead.

Nothing much happened in this episode. Ami and Aoi don’t even do the “typical” moe stuff, nor did they do anything terribly exciting. It’s kind of obvious at this point that this is just a blatant advertisement scheme dressed up as an “anime.” But that then begs the question: who is this anime aimed at exactly? In Bakuon‘s case, I could tell the series was aimed squarely at guys who had a thing for girls on motorcycles (the fanservice gave it away). But for Long Riders, I’m stumped. Even if this entire show is just one expensive attempt at selling bikes, it fails if its target audience is male OR female. Because their entire selling point seems to hinge solely on “girls will find these bikes cute!” I’m sorry break this to you guys, but… not many girls would find a bike cute??? It’s a freaking bike.

While I do like that more anime are aging up their characters so that they’re in college rather than in high school, I really don’t understand why this was necessary for this particular anime. Especially when Ami and Aoi still kind of act like high schoolers; though I guess that can be forgiven since they’re just starting college. However, as they’re drawn in the same cliched “moe” style as all the other “girls doing cute things” anime tend to go for, the age-up was basically negligible.

The main criticism I have for the episode centers around Ami. Okay, I can understand not being knowledgeable about how much bikes cost (you wouldn’t know about that sort of stuff beforehand unless you cycled), but all the other stuff? Such as getting proper rest and a proper meal before exercising? That seems really basic? I’m not an athlete and even I knew about that. Also, what the hell Aoi; you should know better than to take a beginner (who has never ridden a bike regularly before then) on a longass bike trail. A bike around the city would have sufficed.

Anyway, this episode was okay. It’s not something I’m interested in, but at least it’s not too fanservicey (unless you count Ami obsessing over her bike “fanservice”). And (other than Ami), all the characters do talk and act mature enough, so there wasn’t a copious amount of “anime shouting.” The obvious flaw that this series has so far is that it’s boring. But I suppose you could do a lot worse than that.

Out of five:

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And then this anime was a sitcom.

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