Spring 2021 is a season loaded with truly strong titles, varying from the extremely expected To Your Eternity to Fruits Basket the Final to Zombie Land Saga Revenge and even Moriarty the Patriot Season 2. Then, there’s Super Cub, silently waiting on you to observe it. And believe me, I saw it, enough that I enjoyed episode 1 the day it dropped, sobbed, and after that enjoyed it once again numerous times because.
So, enable me to direct you into Super Cub, which I’m going to state THE anime of Spring 2021.
Episode 1, “The Woman with Absolutely nothing” is a work of art of a best. As the kids state, that’s the tweet. Nevertheless, let’s broaden that into something more. Ahem.
Episode 1, “The Woman with Absolutely nothing” is a work of art of a best that presents audiences to Koguma, a woman with absolutely nothing: no buddies, no household, no pastimes, and truthfully a relatively simple house. She invests her days as a high school trainee living in rural Hokuto City, quietly making her method to and from school. For the a lot of part, that implies getting up, consuming, going to school, getting home, consuming, and sleeping. It’s exceptionally lonesome, which solitude appeared to cover her whole world up until she purchases a Honda Super Cub with a rather laden history, and her world blossoms into color. The remainder of the episode is invested with Koguma gradually recognizing that her world is, after so long, lastly coming alive. It’s magnificently performed, to the point that I was given tears numerous times for this extremely sweet kid who simply… has actually been so alone.
Yet Episode 2, “Reiko” is where Koguma’s world genuinely opens. Despite the fact that her Super Cub brought color back into her life, she’s still a rather closed-off kid, battling with suppressing anxiety and the abject absolutely nothing she has in her life. Now that she has her Cub, she’s beginning to smile once again, and even begins to see how endless the world can be on the back of a bike.
Episode 2 is likewise where Koguma acquires a brand-new good friend who, coincidentally, has a bike of her own. Nevertheless, hers is not a Honda Super Cub, however a Super Retro, which is certainly what Japan Post bike riders utilize as they travel around providing the everyday mail. Together, they gradually begin a tentative relationship throughout the 2nd episode, and it’s one that I absolutely wish to see bloom into something more intricate.
Even the soundtrack, which formerly included climatic noises, expands with a joyful piano and flute combination that echoes Koguma’s growing interest for her brand-new Cub. This is an interest her schoolmates share in a deeply touching scene where they crowd Koguma and push her for concerns about her brand-new flight. Thrillingly, this is just the start of Koguma’s world altering for the much better, and it’s all thanks to her brand-new Honda Super Cub.
The animation for Super Cub is, rather honestly, extremely adorable. It’s not always exceptional: you’re not going to discover extreme, eye-smarting information, nor high-budget character style. What you’re going to discover is a design that matches its teenage lead character, and animation that truly records the privacy that the titular woman with absolutely nothing feels in her everyday. That being stated, there are a great deal of genuinely stunning minutes where the colors, the somewhat questionable linework, and the more earth-toned colors come together to make truly striking, expressive scenes. These secenes are absolutely among Super Cub‘s strengths, though the program uses them just when they’re required and when they count one of the most.
There’s likewise a lot liminal area in Super Cub‘s best episode, exhibited by all these small, little minutes of Koguma existing in privacy that fastidiously highlight how little she has in her world made from one. The sound style group behind this series is genuinely experienced, doing some vital behind-the-scenes work and having fun with all the ambient sounds rural Japan can use.
The majority of these noises are ones familiar to my own 4 years in rural Japan. The chuckle of a creek and the zipping noise of wind over lawn. The increasing, scratchy, yelling weeps of cicadas. The click-click-click-click of a one-speed bike chain going downhill. The subtle noise of steaming rice and the enjoyable snick of a rice cooker opening. The hum of schoolmates talking. The mournful piano plucking our ears as she moves about the world.
Then, the times where the music leaves entirely, immersing Koguma in her ideas.
Super Cub seems like this season’s dark horse, and we’re just 2 episodes in. I understand it’s preemptive, however I’m completely going to call it: this is the anime to enjoy this year if you do not enjoy anything else. Similar to Winter season 2020’s Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken, it seems like an anime that fans will neglect and circle back to after the season. Nevertheless, I warn you about losing out on enjoying today to week. While Super Cub may be excellent in a binge, I believe there’s a great deal of worth to taking a seat each week and taking twenty-four minutes to sit with Koguma and this series’ representation of anxiety and simply… exist.
I understand I’m definitely eagerly anticipating this extremely thoughtful series. Ideally, you have actually got space on your list for Super Cub. If not, then make some: you’re not going to wish to lose out.
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Mercedez is a localization editor & QA, popular culture critic, and an author who likewise composes & examines at Anime Feminist and However Why Tho?. There, she gushes about idols anytime somebody lets her, which is… rarely adequate. This anime season, she’s everything about Super Cub, which is fantastic since she’s likewise examining it here on ANN. When she’s not composing, you can discover her on her Twitter, where she’s constantly approximately something.