Greetings! I´m ShadowHaken, and welcome to another article where I’ll be talking about the latest anime/manga that I´m reading or watching.
Disclaimer: English is not my native language, so I apologize in advance for anything that is badly written or completely incomprehensible.
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Chapter 4: Swap Meet
The Chapter starts with a dream Nagisa Suzuki is in a Sadist suit and calls or her partner, Izumi, Nagisa starts humiliating and insulting Izumi and then she demands Izumi to kiss her driving globe… She does it gladly.
Nagisa wakes up… It was just a dream. In reality, the chemistry of the team formed by Nagisa and Izumi is a Sadomasochistic one; where Izumi is the punisher and Nagisa the punished.
In any case now a new day has come and more practice and modifications to the bike has come! Every girl is modifying their bike in order to take out all the useless baggage and use the 100% of the machine! Just like how the Formula 1 was back in the 50´s or 60´s!
Misaki and Chiyuki are talking and Misaki is grateful for Chiyuki since she didn´t truly had a life. She explains that since her Mom worked hard to put her in a good school, she tough that the only thing she could focus was on having good grades and the rest of her time used in working, so she didn´t had any friends and her life was: Home, School, Work and going back home only to repeat…But now, she is in a new world, a world where while there is competition there is no bullying and even if they have lots of rivals there is no enemy, as a matter of fact all of them are friends! So she is happy for that. Needless to say Chiyuki is glad…So it seems that both girls will be doing their best now!
At the same time, Megumi and Yuri are arguing… Again. It seems that Yuri ate Megumi´s Choco pudding, and it was one that it´s not sold on this! Yuri says that the thing didn´t had a name! Megumi then shows her that it had it! In the bottom of the recipe! Megumi just says that´s bull! Who on their sane mind would put the name on the bottom where no one could see it?! In any case they keep arguing even in how someone should eat the pudding which it was more of a thing of…It´s the same; but not equal…So yeah, they truly are the same.
In any case, with Nagisa, she was doing the modifications to her bike while Izumi was lazing around, Nagisa watched how all the other girls where good and friendly with each other and chatting around, working together…Instead she was alone; but she has finished!
Nagisa informs her partner about all the changes she did and now it´s time to test it! So she has to dress her!... Wait. Anyway, Nagisa says some tips and Izumi gets offended by saying if Nagisa believes she is a bad driver or something?! Nagisa says that´s not the case at all!
Anyway, they start driving and Izumi is being a little rough with Nagisa and they truly are cutting corners to some dangerous degree! They are being fast and everything; but yeah, it´s a thing that looks dangerous now!
In any case after the practice Nagisa informs her partner that they did it great! A 0.2 seconds less than their best record! Izumi is not pleased with that and even implies that if they didn´t better it was Nagisa´s fault also her helmet has a scratch, she truly is not careful enough…Now it´s time to undress her.
Later the passenger girls are taking a bath and talking with Nagisa and their relationship with Izumi, they ask if Izumi is bullying her or something? Nagisa says that´s not the case at all, Megumi says that the drivers tend to be full of themselves and not to listen or care for the passenger!...Like certain girl she knows.
On the other side, the Drivers are having dinner and are chatting about the same topic, Izumi says she has a good relationship with Nagisa and she enjoy that treatment so everything is good and all.
Later, when both Megumi and Yuri ended up their respective home chores, they went to check the bikes so they faced each other and said that they would either check the Gasoline or other stuff. Both girls start talking and yeah, they are concerned for both Nagisa and Izumi; but it seems they can´t do much about that…Oh well.
Meanwhile on the dream world, Nagisa is again a Sadist and is punishing Izumi! She slaps her and forces her to lick her shoe, which she does gladly!
In the past; both Yuri and Megumi where arguing about the importance of their partners, Suddenly their Coach has come and says that while the Driver has some priority compared to the passenger, still the driver must listen to the passenger since both are one, and as one they must cooperate and be coordinated!
The morning has come and Nagisa is very spaced out; both Nagisa and Izumi starts hearing the arguing of Megumi and Yuri, now it seems that Megumi ate Yuri´s sweet mango! It had her name and everything! Megumi just says that it is a Tokyo mango and they live in Tokyo so she can get one easily! Yuri says that they don´t sell these on the island! Both girls keep arguing and they bring up the Pudding incident of yesterday and that one time a lot of years ago where Megumi destroyed Yuri´s backpack!
Yuri has had enough and picks her stuff, she says that she won´t be participating with someone like Megumi! Megumi says that´s bollocks since how could she go to the Isle of Man now?! Yuri doesn´t listen, she just wants to leave now.
Suddenly both Izumi and Nagisa shows up and Izumi has a proposal...To exchange partners, just for this time.
Now Izumi will be driving alongside Megumi while Yuri will be accompanied by Nagisa, the girls says it´s all right and even they can learn something new. Megumi can detect that Izumi´s driving, while it could see it´s dangerous, in truth it´s not so much and while she can be a bit brute in how she treats the passenger, she has the safety of her companion as a priority, still Izumi´s line is different than Yuri´s so they ran into a bit of a problem.
Meanwhile Nagisa can detect that Yuri´s driving is careful and takes her into account at the moment of making a turn.
Now Izumi and Megumi have stopped and are chatting. Suddenly they see that the Yuri and Izumi´s duo keeps going strong! They don´t have any problem at all! Quickly both Megumi and Izumi gets up and finish the practice.
Now everyone has left their bikes and…
Izumi slaps Nagisa, she says that their alliance has ended!
End of the Chapter.
An interesting chapter, with lots of development, although it felt a little more like a transition chapter, just the build up for what it is to come. I liked that our Girls Megumi and Yuri won´t be just spectators this time around; but will play an active role on this side story about the Sado and Maso team.
Also this time around their time on the race was quite good, truly enjoyed it, although it would be nice to see a true race right now, since now I know the team behind the anime has what it takes to make a good and exciting race, now they just need to do one! Time to take up the stakes I say!
Other point that it should be noted it is that for better or worse the Anime has got it´s pacing, which is not as messy as how the first chapter was presented; nonetheless the pacing and format of this anime doesn´t make the racings to be a central part and it focus more on the various relationships of the girls and how these might affect them when they are on the track, that might be enjoyable; but if one were expecting more… Racing it might be disappointing.
Anyway, my two cents. See ya next time!