SK8 – Thrilling, Emotional and Lovely

Hey guys what is up welcome back to my blog I’m so thankful that you guys took the time out of your day to read my blog post. Hope you all are safe from the COVID-19 and having a great day. This anime is going to become my new comfort anime. Absolutely amazing. SPOILERS FOR EPISODE 1 AHEAD.

The story is about a redhead skater named Reki who is a part of the top secret ‘S’ community where skaters take part in races known as ‘beefs’ by which they settle their differences and bet things on the races. Reki one day meets blue haired transfer student Langa, who is the first to show interest in Reki’s talk of skating. Reki takes Langa under his wing and teaches him all about skating. Langa learns quickly and soon earns the name SNOW for himself in the ‘S’ community. Showing great guts and incredible skill he is approached by the skater ADAM who founded the ‘S’ community and is a legend among the members of the community. ADAM takes an interest in Langa who is pulled deeper into the world of skating as he himself and others around him learn their love for skating.

The characters are amazing, they are extremely relatable to every type of person. There is Reki who is the original person who teaches Langa and has a deep love for skating and who learns what its like to feel inferior. There’s Langa who is dealing with some stuff from his past and is learning his love for skating from Reki. There’s ADAM the legend who has an incredibly tragic backstory and has skating as a respite from his usual life. There’s JOE and CHERRY, two more legendary skaters in the ‘S’ community with contrasting personalities and having a long history with ADAM . There’s MIYA, a soon to be pro skater whose character arc is all about learning how to deal with abandonment and SHADOW who doesn’t have much of character development. The other main characters however all have great backstories no matter how short, show some sort of struggle that we all are going through and learn how to deal with it and grow throughout the course of the twelve episodes.

The anime shines in its beautiful animation and the races. It isn’t always about speed with the races, it’s about pulling off insane tricks and using creativity to clear the same course again and again in different ways by using each skater’s own unique skills. The races are thrilling and exciting and will keep you at the edge of your seat. There’s a good amount of comedy and emotional moments mixed in and the show can make you really attached to the characters and their stories and journeys. There’s also great symbolism with Adam and Eve that is absolutely amazing to see and very cleverly worked in.

The anime is really about everyone finding their own happiness as Reki talks about in the beginning of the show, he says that its scary to ask oneself about what is one’s happiness because one is scared of not finding an answer. The character’s all want happiness as do we all in the world and like everyone we are all looking for the thing that we can love and have have fun doing and that can be our happiness. Reki shows that even if we’re not the best in the field that we have fun in we can always have fun doing it, the goal is never to be the best, it is always to just have fun doing what you love. The show touches on many other themes like inferiority complex, feeling trapped in one’s world, feeling alone at the top, love for skating and a lot lot more which I don’t want to spoil because these are the character arcs that are going to make you fall in love with the characters and really really understand and relate to them.

The finale is amazingly well done with the final race resolving all conflicts that had previously taken place and it makes all the characters deal with their problems with an insane race that is amazing to watch and at the end we are left with the message from Langa, the same message that Reki gave at the beginning of the show and that is that everyone wants their own happiness and for Reki and Langa that is skating. With its 12 episode run, SK8 manages to touch on a lot of deep themes and tell a very good story about happiness while also managing to remain quirky and fresh.

Rap section:

Redhead skater coming in with some speed,
Reki’s the name and in races he’s in the lead,
Not hungry for fame he just needs fun guaranteed,
And in the new tranfer students he’s planting a seed.

Langa is the new kid codenamed SNOW,
How to stand on a board he doesn’t even know,
But when he gets learning and into flow,
He’s going so high leaving everyone down below.

S race community making a name for himself,
Rising so high everyone else feels like an elf,
And now he’s preparing to know his own self,
Because he’s beefing against the legend itself.

ADAM is the legend taking him on a race course date,
Racing against this crazy dude Langa’s gonna set him straight,
The meeting that day must have been fate,
Because now everyone realizes that they love to SK8.

So that is it for this post guys hope you got some value from this.  Thank you guys for reading to the end hit me up on Instagram and Twitter with your thoughts and if you have any ideas on what I should write about. Stay safe from the COVID-19. Thank you again and I’ll see you all next week.

Published by Harshit Sagar

I am a 18 year old teen who has a passion for writing and loves anime.

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