Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Sports, Sidecar Racing
First Aired: Fall 2017, 12 episodes
Summary: Two Car follows high schoolers Yuri Miyata and Megumi Meguro as they battle six other rival pairs in the sport of motorcycle sidecar racing. The series begins with all seven racing teams arriving to prepare for a special event that will send the winner to an international race in Europe. The teams will battle not only the other racers, but their partners as well, as they train with more intensity than ever to prepare for the important race.
Two Car blends a scoop of drama with a hearty helping of sports to create an anime with a lot of intrigue. If you are familiar with sports anime, you know that they love to give you a background of every team that is being faced, leaving you with conflicted feelings about which team you want to win. Two Car does this to the max. The series begins as you are introduced to each side car team, driver and passenger. Each episode focuses on a different pair as you learn the difficulties they have faced leading up to the race and the difficulties they are currently facing as well. By the end of the series I was familiar with every team and was biting my nails when the race finally happened. It wasn’t cut and dry who I wanted to win and travel to Europe. Another bonus to the show was how much I learned about side car racing, a true test of a quality sports anime. It was lucky for me the announcers were keen to explaining the rules and strategies to all of us novice side car fans.
You might enjoy this if: You like the traditional style of sports anime with getting to know the teams and learning a lot about the sport.
You might not like it if: You are a sport traditionalist and side car racing is too out-of-the-box for you.
Note to the Viewer: Two Car is somewhat unique in that it is an original anime, meaning the anime was created before the manga. It was created by the studio Silver Link as their 10th year anniversary project.
Two Car Trailer