Prince of Stride Review – After i wrote my first impression on prince of stride, i haven’t wrote anything about the anime ever since then since i thought it would be great to wait till the anime ends and today the was the last episode of the anime. So i thought it would be the best day to write the review on the complete anime. As for my final thoughts, They are same as what its mentioned in the title : The show had great potential but it was executed poorly and personally i think the show was not that great in fact it was “OK.” While some of you may not agree with my thinking but through this review you will get why my opinion is like this.
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.
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Prince of stride Review
Prince of stride is the Anime based on the fictional form of sports called stride which is the combination of relay race and parkour. Characters compete with each other in a race that is a combination of relay and parkour. The race takes place on city roads just like city marathons. The anime is about a fictional sports stride but despite being a sport anime, It doesn’t feel like the stride itself is the focus point of the anime. Allow me to explain, first we will start from the story itself.
If you’ve read the above synopsis, then you know that its your typical cliche story. The main characters join the stride club from Honan academy because they use to admire it but for some personal reasons the club is on the verge of disbanding. So the main characters take the job of reviving the club in their own hands so that they can compete in the national level competition of summer.
For now it feels like nothing is wrong with the story but the view about the show starts to change as it progresses. When i watched the first episode of the series and wrote my impressions as an article on this blog, i mentioned that, “The series has lot of potential and i look forward to more episodes in the future!”
Well certainly i must say that the story and the overall series has lot of potential and the stride races were intense. But as the series progresses, we get to see the background stories of the characters, till then everything was right but soon the intensity of the races starts to drop and the series focuses more on the background story and the personal problems of the characters.
To put it in simple words balance of sports and story is little off, after the first half of the series i felt that stride races are just there to support the background story of the characters. Because of which the show becomes mediocre, the last episode of the series proves my point.
Also i felt that pace of the series was too fast, Instead of wrapping up the entire series in just 12 episodes. If they made the series last till 25 episodes then it would have been much better, The balance of the story and sports would have been perfect. The characters felt one dimensional but the good thing about them is they don’t have any annoying tendencies. If i were to sum them up in few words all i can say is they are good and seem nice. Their backstory is rushed and not explained in detail. And their introduction was rushed too!
Sports wise the stride may be a fictional sports with combination of relay and parkour but it doesn’t focus much on parkour instead it focuses on run. So less parkour and more runs. I got attracted to this Anime is just because of parkour and i was disappointed…
Animation and Character designs
The Animation is bit edgy but thanks to that the series comes into “Cool” category. Also the character design is not too childish and has quite mature feel around it. Just like “swimming anime free” this anime also managed to gather tremendous amount of fangirls. Well the first impression you will get is that this Anime is similar to “Free” but later you will understand that “Free” is much better than “Prince of stride.”
Sounds or Music
The background sounds and the overall music given to the series is good to listen, its not the best ever but i would say that without music the series would feel dry.
The only positive thing i can say about this show that its watchable and the characters are not that much annoying and not a single character in the Anime act high and mighty. In sports anime you will always find one or two characters who act like that and a good music. To be more accurate, if you got nothing to see then you can go watch this Anime
Overall Anime Rating