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Old 2007-04-20, 19:04   Link #41
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eh? o.O

I haven't really seen Golden Boy... and I don't think I'll ever do so because the fanservice puts me off. Given that aspect, it's not like Golden Boy... The plot would most likely be different since OverDrive is a sports anime, in which the focus of the story is more on Mikoto's development from a weak spineless guy to a great cycler (and the relationships that he forms with the people around him in the process). Perhaps not as witty as Golden Boy (as far as I know o.o;; ), but a very exciting and fun anime to watch nonetheless.

I'm not sure if there are similarities in other aspects of the plot and all o__o
lol. You have to give Golden Boy a try and overlook the fanservice. It's a great anime, albeit a bit short.

There was this scene in Golden Boy when he was racing against a bike on his motorcycle. It was so hilarious. So I was drawing similarities between Golden Boy and this anime because of that.

PS. I don't like this anime already because of its cliche name. It puts me off.
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Old 2007-04-20, 21:53   Link #42
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Very odd first set of episodes...Or rather I guess just mikoto is whats making it feel odd lol. Probably one of the more interesting shonen sports leads ive layed eyes on...Kindof looks like a loon when he paints...Has a tendency to be clumsy and accidently drown in bathtubs. Oh and cant forget his swimsuit fetish and need to not only vocalize said fetish, but also put it to canvas aswell.

Well id say its worth sticking with just to see how in the heck this screwball gets to the point he was at in episode one.
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Old 2007-04-21, 01:08   Link #43
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Anyone know where i can read the manga (english)
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Old 2007-04-21, 06:48   Link #44
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I just watched the two first episodes, and i wasn't that impressed. The main character was rather annoying and it seemed really inappropriate the way he always thought about Fukazawa in a bathing suit. But i think i will watch some more episodes, since i really like cycling alot.
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Old 2007-04-21, 07:22   Link #45
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well, the "sports" part (Mikoto's interest to try cycling) stemmed from his romance / admiration for Fukazawa... and then it focuses much more on the sports after that... More on Mikoto's development and hardships in cycling, with just little subtle hints of romance development, but not that much
So it goes downhill later... too bad.
How long does it take to substitute sport for the story in the manga?
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Old 2007-04-21, 07:24   Link #46
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So it goes downhill later... too bad.
How long does it take to substitute sport for the story in the manga?
So the sport can't be a story at all? hmmm
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Old 2007-04-21, 09:33   Link #47
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o_o;;
well, this is a sports anime... so of course the main focus will be on the sports o___o;;;

but really... I'd never consider the later developments in this series as "downhill"... >.<''' the romance part may not be the focus, but it's still given attention o__o;; I'd say it's an "uphill", but that's just my opinion.. and, to each his own
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Old 2007-04-21, 10:33   Link #48
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I've seen too many series become a complete junk due to walking off the extremly convenient way of "concentrating on sports" and negating all other aspects of it that were actually all that was good in it. Eyeshield 21, Initial D, Hajime no Ippo - all these had went down the drain due to this grave error.
Never, ever, should "sport" become the main attraction, it should only be a tool to support character development and a setting for plot advancement.
(substitute "sport" for "combat" for series like Naruto, Bleach or Dragon Ball - those are actually the same kind of long-running shounen titles).
Of course, it is mainly true for longer than 26 episodes productions.
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Old 2007-04-21, 16:15   Link #49
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I've seen too many series become a complete junk due to walking off the extremly convenient way of "concentrating on sports" and negating all other aspects of it that were actually all that was good in it. Eyeshield 21, Initial D, Hajime no Ippo - all these had went down the drain due to this grave error.
Never, ever, should "sport" become the main attraction, it should only be a tool to support character development and a setting for plot advancement.
Your expectation of a sports anime seems like sports should be as minimal in a sports anime. A sports-based anime would definitely be based around sports and spends some time concentrating on the sport itself. It should be a main attraction. Just like a romance anime would be based around romance and concentrates itself around the romance aspect of it and a combat anime would have combat as a main attraction.

Now, I'm not saying that character and story development is not important. It still is. Very much so. Sports alone can only take it so far. Hence, I use the term, "a main attraction", and not "the main attraction". Character and story development makes it a more rounded product. However, it should not be the be-all-and-end-all while relegating sport to the fringes as a support like you think it should be.

What a really good sports anime does is, while having a strong sports focus, folds in huge doses of character and story development into the show seamlessly. The sports element should not just be a support for character and story development but both, the sports element and the character and story development, should be synergistic complements to each other. Neither should dominate but they should weave together to present a comprehensive show.

Eyeshield 21 went way off the wall as it became extremely caricatured the more it went on. Inital D went catering heavily towards the street racing culture at the expense of everything else as it went on. Both ended up focusing on what was the drawing point of the respective shows. In their own way, they are successful shows but not necessarily good ones - that I'm all too willing to concede.

Hajime no Ippo did a far better job in holding itself together towards the end with Ippo's continuing development as a boxer while keeping the action quotient in the boxing matches high. It did do a good job of weaving everything, i.e. the sport, the character development, story development, in seamlessly.
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Old 2007-04-23, 23:17   Link #50
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love the anime and all, but just want to know i can find the manga for overdrive (english)
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Old 2007-04-24, 11:11   Link #51
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Liking the first 2 episodes so far, i loved in the second ep how far he went to get his headband back.
Maybe a little too far but it was still cool.
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Old 2007-04-24, 22:04   Link #52
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Old 2007-04-24, 22:35   Link #53
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I'll release the HD raw for 04 after it's out for now enjoy the screen shots , 04 was interesting cuz we a lot of things between them a change in the personality of kouichi and see that fukazawa was a bit worried about him, won't spoil anymore .
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Old 2007-04-26, 20:58   Link #54
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The opening reminded me of initial d openings so I gave it a try.
The main guy has to be the biggest dork in all of anime
but I love those random funny moments Hope they keep those up.
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Old 2007-04-27, 00:47   Link #55
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hmm no release for a while... i'm patient, but what worries me is that a while ago i went to the main subbers board and all these people were bashing their release :/

talk about a good way to not have a group release any more episodes...
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Old 2007-04-30, 23:39   Link #56
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actually this series reminds me alot of Suzuki, but alot better.
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Old 2007-05-01, 12:52   Link #57
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I have no problem with their releases so far, but im also not a perfectionist so meh.

Anyway episode 3 was great...I swear this guy is completely and utterly nuts lol. It'd be a shame if the romance gets downplayed later because so far they've actually done a pretty decent job of it so far...Very natural progression.
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Old 2007-05-01, 17:09   Link #58
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This is the first anime I've seen based on a sports shounen. It's a little cheesier than what I'm usually into (like Berserk and Claymore), but I'm an avid cycling enthusiast myself so the concept of an anime about cycling appealed to me. I noticed that they have real cycling brands and parts like Shimano (you can clearly see them during the end credits in the background), I'm assuming because they're a sponsor or something. And even if it's the biggest cliche of them all, everybody loves an underdog.

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Old 2007-05-01, 23:40   Link #59
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I spent last night timing episode 2...

Wow. I love Mikoto's voice. XD


It's a really funny episode when you're only seeing the translation and hearing the audio...
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Old 2007-05-03, 10:35   Link #60
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