I don't want it to end!!!
I almost didn't watch today's episode because, well...it ends next episode and I really don't want it to! How sad :(
**SPOILERS FOR EP 11 PRINCE OF STRIDE!**
(in retrospect, this is one of my longest episode watch cards ever lol....sorry!)
Finally, we are gonna get some backstory for Takeru!!!!
"We were meant to be in Stride together!"
Not like destiny, but like a promise! Cute cute we are finally going to find out his past.
These two teams having fun together is so fun!
Just in the lead up to the match, their kind of competitive attitude is great. It's friendly but true. They really want to beat each other, but they don't want to be mean to each other. Rather, they want to support each other. And Reiku / Takeru is tooooooo much to handle!!!! Their intense stares are great. And the relationers being sweet to each ohter is so great, too!!!
Kohinata-senpai, don't go too hard on yourself.
WHAT A MIRACULOUS MOMENTTTT FOR HOZUMI AND KUGAAAAAA!!
Riku's little memory of Takeru as inspiration to keep running is so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AND THEN TAKERU HEARING HIS VOICE INTO THAT CLIP OF THE FLASHBACK!!! AND TAKERU SAYING TO TRUST RIKU TO MAKE IT!!!
IS EVERYTHING!! ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING!!!!! How does Riku not remember it???? Are they remembering now because this is amazing!? Hurry up Riku, you've got to remember the promise that you made!!! You have to remember this because it is the cutest!!!
That flashback was just so well done.
I love that Riku remembers now and he's just crying and Takeru is running and this anime is making me totally emotional COME ON TAKERU!!!!
The montage of them practicing & being together was so great!
I'm glad that was such a good race. I mean, we pretty much KNEW they would be Saisei, but they couldn't have done that without Saisei's help so it was a really fun journey to watch go down. The Saisei dude hugging Riku too was so cute, really showed them passing off the emotions & their speed! This series wouldn't have been what it was with Saisei as a competitor.
Also, I see you sticking Riku between Nana & Takeru. I see you.
I'm glad they remember, and they had this little memory fest together. It's so great that Takeru has so much passion for the promise, and the other two just are still good to go with it. I feel like he is really the glue that kept them together, in the end, even if it seems like he didn't necessarily do much throughout it all. He really did! He is everything to this series!! EVERYTHING!! I like Takeru, okay?
I really hope that Riku runs against Tomoe instead of Takeru, though!