A snowboarder from Canada tries his hand at a super exclusive underground skateboarding race and proves, once again, that Studio Bones is extremely competent at their jobs.
Sports anime and I have a troubled relationship. On the one hand, I’m a huge fan of strong platonic friendships, intense rivalries, and watching idiot boys hurt themselves trying to be The Best, and a good sports anime always provides me with at least one of these things in bulk.
On the other hand, I don’t care about sports that I don’t have a personal investment in, and I resent being taught anything about them because I know I’ll just forget and be confused in a few episodes when this one very specific weakness of a position comes up again so that the protagonist or their rival can exploit it. I’m a swimmer, dammit. I never had to put this much thought into what other people are doing during a competition.
But Sk8 the Infinity? It’s good. It’s so good. Reki is great. Langa is great. The “anti-hero” is a hate sink worthy of the title, at least in the first episode, and I look forward to seeing if he learns what an anti-hero is and adjusts his behavior accordingly.
Obviously, the fact a show by Studio Bones is good isn’t ground-breaking. They have a long list of holy shit this is great go watch it anime, and I’m looking forward to seeing if this one takes its place among them.
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