Super Cub

Title:Super Cub
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Notables: Animation - Studio KAI
HIOKA Natsumi
Koguma is 'the girl with nothing'. She has no parents, no siblings, no friends, little money, and no goals for her future. Little did she expect that her empty and apathetic life would be turned around by the unlikely event of her acquiring a cheap used 'Super Cub' motor scooter.

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Unevaluated Stretch [series:4301#628]
(Three episodes watched):

'Good artwork' was my first observation made while watching this show. Other things soon became apparent: even though not a word is spoken for several minutes into the episode, you get the distinct feeling that a definite story is being told here, a story that is deeper than most anime will tell. A story being skillfully told largely with images rather than with a preamble or dialogue. I noticed that Koguma never smiles until she gets accustomed to her new possession. I had feared that there might be an occult element to this show, because the reason the Super Cub was so cheap was because it had been involved in a fatal accident and nobody wants to touch it. But there is no sign of such a thing, which was a relief to me since this show was doing a fine job as a moving slice-of-life show. It's possible that Honda, maker of the Super Cub, financed some of this as the scooter offers Koguma a new freedom and sort of becomes her best friend (though it looks like it will be her gateway to making conventional friends later on). We learn things like there's a reserve supply of fuel in case you run out. This had been one of the last new shows of a batch that I had watched since the title alone didn't seem exciting, but I was definitely pleasantly surprised at how fun and moving it can be. I think I'll definitely be watching this one in it's entirety.

In episode two Koguma meets another girl who rides a somewhat fancier motorbike and they strike up a sort of a friendship based on this thing they have in common. This girl sort of scares her at first but doesn't turn out to be bad. I bet a lot of anime wouldn't be able to convey the nuanced emotions that we see here (or wouldn't even try). Koguma is urged to make use of her 'bike to go see places she wouldn't otherwise be able to go to. We Americans who often have access to a full fledged automobile may have never thought about how 'liberating' this would be to a poor person, but this show manages to put that idea forward. This may all be a fancy commercial for Honda motorbikes, but it's a fun and entertaining one.

However, I got the feeling in episode three that the show was becoming less about Koguma and more about her scooter as time is spent on mundane things like getting a luggage box for it and a pair of ad hoc goggles for her. That is, feeling more like a commercial and less like the moving story that episode one seemed to promise. It's still fun, but I wonder if the main conflict of the show came and went in episode one and the rest will be little more than filler.

Last updated Friday, May 07 2021. Created Monday, April 12 2021.

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