For the most part, Prince of Stride: Alternative was pretty entertaining. It was visually pleasing to watch. I mean, who doesn’t like watching good-looking guys race each other?
The quick rundown on this anime is it revolves around the Honan Stride team, mainly focusing on the three new first-year members: Nana, Takeru, and Riku. Once the trio joined, the team finally had enough members to participate in Stride competitions which are extreme relay races run in courses made out of city streets. The team’s ultimate goal is to win the End of Summer tournament.
One of the things I really liked in this series is the art. I loved how vibrant it was. Also, I do like how the characters look— ahem, Kuga-senpai; without a doubt, the anime was full of good-looking racers. The races themselves were very impressive. They kind of inspired me to start vaulting on railings and tumbling in the air, but I’m no parkour practitioner. In any case, the competitions were very exciting and fun. Prince of Stride really makes me wish for Stride races to exist in reality. I would definitely attend them!— as a spectator of course.
Despite all of the visual appeals and exciting competitions, I have to note that the character narratives were pretty humdrum. I didn’t find any of the characters’ past particularly interesting, especially, Riku’s. Honestly, I think the anime was pretty redundant with Riku’s trauma. The way he overcame his trauma was not that moving. I’m going to be honest and admit that I invested my time watching this anime because I thought I would see some romance between Nana and the members of the Honan Stride team. I mean, one girl in the midst of attractive guys, there’s bound to be some romantic sparks in the air right? In the end, my hopes could only be played out in my imagination. The anime mostly focused on the Stride competitions, the characters’ pasts, and teamwork which, I guess, is really the basis of a sports anime.
I want to wrap up this review by saying that this anime is refreshing to watch because of the unique sport that it introduces along with stunning visuals. Also, I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Free!– Takeru is almost identical to Haru!