Prince of stride or Stride or No Ouji, is something you can say made on the dream concept of every Anime fan. In 2013 we got Anime called “Free – Iwatobi Swimming Club” a sport Anime made on the topic of Swimming. A topic on which its pretty hard to write a decent story but the makers of ‘Free’ somehow pulled it of!!
The Anime managed to gather billions of ‘girl fans’ around the world and there are two reasons for that
- Characters of the Anime are all ‘Hot Anime Guys.’
- And these guys are the only member of ‘Swimming Club’
Well with such characters design, its obvious that the Anime will manage to gather girl fans. As for boys, well there was only one girl member of swimming club and she is manager called ‘Matsuoka Gou.’ I bet majority of boys must have watched this Anime just to see her. Only few number of boys must have seen the Anime for the sake of ‘Story’ which is pretty interesting in my opinion.
Well keeping the opinions on the other side – This new stride anime is similar to the “Free – Iwatobi Swimming Club”but unlike free this Anime managed to gather billions of fans around the world and that too of both the ‘Gender’ with just ‘2 Episodes!’ yes, you’re reading right only 2 episodes and this Anime is the second most popular Anime after Boku dake ga Inai Machi.
Prince of Stride Synopsis
The series is about an extreme form of sport known as “Stride.” It involves 6 players on a team that runs relay races in towns. The story takes place at Honan Academy where first year high school students Takeru Fujiwara and Nana Sakurai try to recruit members for their “Stride” club. They request Riku Yagami to join with the help of Takeru and Nana. Their goal is to compete and win the “End of Summer,” a top competition hosted in Japan alongside other schools.
(Source – Kissanime.to)
Prince of Stride Anime review
If you read the above ‘Synopsis’ for a moment i would like you to focus on this line – ” The series is about an extreme form of sport known as “Stride.” It involves 6 players on a team that runs relay races in towns.”
Now you must have noticed that there is no such sport known as stride. Synopsis does says that stride is an extreme sports involving 6 people who runs relay races in towns. But when i did a little ‘Google search’ i found no record of this sport. The story itself is based on the fictional sport called stride which uses the combination of parkour and relay race. Well at least its better than ‘Genesis’ sport from ‘Sket dance Anime.’
Anyways an Anime based on sport which uses the combination of parkour and relay race is like a dream, that’s because majority of people love parkour whether they are girls or boys and if you’re an Anime fan you must have thought of a Sport Anime that uses ‘Parkour’ as its base.
Regarding the overall plot, Again we see a typical sports anime cliche that depicts the story of nearly disbanding club struggling to compete in Nationals and over all win the competition by beating the champs. The main attraction of this Anime is, Hot characters (both girls and boys), The fictional sport stride and typical cliche sports anime story which is worth watching!
Animation and Character design
As you can see the Animation and character design is awesome! The only problem with Animation is that apart from flashy sport scenes and other flashy scenes, the background looks like gif animations here is an example below :-
The backgrounds during regular scenes like this are similar to that of background that we see in American cartoons like Powerpuff girls and Ben 10. But the way they have Animated the sporty scenes forces you to watch entire Anime.
Any romance factor?
Well for now in there is only one girl character ‘Sakurai Nana’ who is the member of Stride club as the manager. The male character ‘Yagami Riku’ always tries to impress her but still for now i haven’t seen any romance factor in the Anime and i don’t think the makers of the Anime will bother to create one.
For now i see a lot of potential despite the story being a typical cliche, This Anime has intense and extreme sport. You actually get the feel of speed while characters are racing each other. Anyways for now i will say that this Anime is a definite watch..!!