Why You Should Watch Super Cub
I know anime isn't everyone's cup of tea or sake, but take a moment. It's more than just Japanese motorcycle legends.
What started as a light novel series written by Tone Koken and illustrated by Hiro, Super Cub is far more than just your average anime. It's about a high-schooler named Koguma who lives an average, dull and colourless life as she has no family and little money. After constantly riding her folding bicycle to school and watching several Honda Super Cubs putter past, she decides to enter the motorcycle shop and surely you can guess what happened next.
You get the feeling as if Honda sponsered the show.
I'm a fan of the white and green scheme.
After giving her a Cub at a good price, old Shino the shopkeeper teaches everything about Cubs that her driving course doesn't, such as proper maintaince at proper intervals up to the point where Koguma can do her own work.
Nothing better than doing your own work, eh?
Throughout the series, as it's currently airing, we follow Koguma and her Cub as well as the new friends she makes as her Cub has literally brought colour into her formally colourless world (colouring and filter changes in the animation vividly demonstrates this). Her friends are all interesting characters themselves, each with their own unique personalities and bikes.
In order from left to right: Koguma, Reiko, and Shii.
Reiko, the tall one, goes through some Cub changes in the show as she has plans to ride her modified MD90 up Mt Fuji. Shii, the short one, being a first-year high school student can't get a licence so she continues to ride her Alex Moulton folding bicycle. The show is relatively stylized compared to many of the other animes I've watched and Super Cub is one of the more satisfying ones I've seen and highly enjoyed in recent months. If you choose not to enjoy it as an anime, then think of it as a love letter to the Honda Super Cub, as all the details of them are recreated on a Forza-level of animation, as the on-screen models are prefectly recreated down to the noises made by the opening and closing of the bolt-on cargo boxes and even the engines. I know this as another cub that was hit by a truck is described as being driven without oil and it's obvious the engine noises are correct, even for a beaten Cub.
Get you a partner who looks at you like Koguma looks at her Super Cub.
You can go on this amazing journey with this girl who we all get to see open up to the world by riding around, getting groceries, filling up with gas, heck, buying gear to ride in the winter. It's all stuff we all do. Or I'm sure a few of us at least. As someone who's been a relative introvert throughout my school years, the car world has brought me out of my shell, so in a way, I really relate to Koguma and you may or may not.
Even with the smallest of her victories we get to see her biggest smiles.
I can't give the show a full and honest rating as it's currently airing on Funimation's streaming services with new episodes each Wednesday. Regardless, I still think it's worth a glance if you're a fan of two-wheels, four-wheels, or just a petrolhead in general. It's a show that I believe is far underrated simply because most anime aficianados don't give it the proper limelight.