291st G-View: Bakuon!!

I do not have much an intro for this show. Let us not waste time and shift into turbo as we ride along the Girls Club road of Bakuon!! and see if the finish line will bring the interested joy or sorrow.

bakuon cover

Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life

Themes: Motorcycles, Ecchi

Number of episodes: 12+1 OVA

G-Rating: 11/10

Plot Summary: Hane Sakura is a high school student who looks a little bit like an airhead. On the way to her all-female high school one day, she is worn-out climbing a hilly road with a bicycle, but she sees a girl named Onsa Amano who is riding a motorcycle. Sakura immediately becomes interested in motorcycles, and she and Onsa join the motorcycle club at the school. Then, Sakura sets out to get her license.

Team Bakuon!!

From left to right: Hijiri, Hane, Rin and Onsa.

First of all let us get the obvious out of the way. Yes, Bakuon!!’s character archetypes and dynamics are heavily from K-ON!. However, while there are similarities in the main girls’ interactions as K-ON! the show has enough unique traits to stand on its own two feet besides it being about “cute girls riding motorcycles”. Bakuon!!, like many other Girls Club shows is about the daily lives of cute girls doing whatever they feel like doing. As I already mentioned this one is about our heroines riding, discussing, debating motorcycles while having lots of fun doing so and experiencing some neat character developing moments even though the show is more about the laughs (and sexiness), again like any other good Girls Club show.

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Some of our heroines’ motorcycles.

Also like any other good Girls Club show centered around cute girls doing something more besides cute things, there is educational value to be found in Bakuon!! This is where the discussion and debating part comes in as viewers learn about various kinds of motorcycles and their brands such as the Yamaha, Honda and especially the Suzuki. There are also history lessons about said brands and teaching the basics about motorcycle parts and how to best handle and take care of one. There is even referential humor that motorcycle aficionados and enthusiasts will enjoy.

Hijiri's secret

Small example of the ecchi content.

Bakuon!! contains the “ecchi” tag in the themes section. The first half of the show has several instances where the girls show off their sexiness intentionally or because the camera person is naughty. The above image is from the second half of the show where the ecchi-ness was toned down and only graced viewers’ screens once in a while compared to the first half’s rapid raging otaku boner inducing madness. The bright side for some may be that there is little to no experimentation with breast physics. I would say the interested who have the willpower to endure the first half’s ecchi-ness will be able to relax in the second half, around the time the of the big race. Speaking of racing…

Raimu in a big race

The racing segments were very enjoyable.

While the racing segments are not as fast as a motocross Grand Prix that does not mean they are devoid of excitement. It is thanks to the good animation quality that can be seen beyond the sexiness with slick moves and occasional ridiculously awesome stunts. When not racing watching the girls casually riding to their destinations and occasionally goofing off is also enjoyable. As far as the soundtrack goes apart from the enjoyable OP and ED I honestly do not remember any of the show’s background tunes. I dunno. Guess I enjoyed the show so much that I did not pay attention to the soundtrack. To be specific, I am not saying the soundtrack sucks. In fact it blends very well with the show. It is just that none of the tunes stood out or were memorable to me apart from the OP and ED.

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Raimu alongside her other four co-protagonists.

As for the characters, besides their character developing moments and flashbacks they can be summed the following ways:

  • Hane (brunette): Lovable airhead who falls in love with bike riding and is the optimistic inspiration for the team.
  • Onsa (black): The leader of the Bike Club who knows a lot about bikes due to her family owning a used bike shop. Best known for her passionate speeches that are sometimes inspirational but more often than not are her attempt to sound cool. She has a feud with Rin due to the latter loving Suzuki brand motorcycles and the former hating them.
  • Rin (blonde): the tsundere with a heart of gold of the group who is best known for her amazing body, being a Suzuki supporter till her dying breath, her aforementioned feud with Onsa and being the (usually) undeserved butt of undeserved “misery” jokes. Even when she comes out on top it still feels like she kind of lost.
  • Hijiri (purple): The “Mugi” of the group. A rich girl who wants to be “wild”. She also comes with her very own super cool Turbo Butler.
  • Raimu (Indigo): The mysterious senior who never speaks and instead communicates by writing. She is a badass on the road and when being a caring senior but an adorable goof like everyone else when not riding. Being the masked character of the show her true identity is a mystery. The only bits of information viewers learn about her come in the form of flashbacks with her old Bike Club team.
  • There is a sixth member who joins the group around the fourth quarter. Let me put it this way, out of all the characters I described who share similarities to the K-ON! cast, who have I not yet mentioned?
Best moment

Main ship.

The following ship should be of no surprise to longtime animeniacs. While there are other yuri ships present Onsa X Rin is the most consistent one getting shipping material.

Overall Bakuon!! is exactly what I hoped it would be, a fun Girls Club anime about cute girls riding motorcycles. Though it shares similarities to K-ON! it has enough material to stand on its own two feet. Recommended to animeniacs who enjoy SoL shows and do not mind ecchi-ness, especially ones who also happen to be motorcycle enthusiasts. While I am not a fan of motorcycles it did not deter my enjoyment of this show at all. Good stuff! Not for everyone but such is the case with non-mainstream anime.

PS:

Biker Jesus again

Biker Jesus.

I initially did not want to talk about this character because I felt he was no big deal but I suppose we shall briefly address the elephant in the room that I refer to as Biker Jesus. Maybe it is because I did not bother reading too deeply into whatever messages he had when he showed up but as far as this religious spoof character being offensive goes, believe me when I say that this is child’s play compared to far worse depictions I have seen in Western media, especially adult cartoons or PASSION OF THE FREAKIN’ CHRIST! Let us not even bring up the countless “Christsploitation” movies that make Christians look like hapless victims and everyone else (especially atheists) unforgivable heathens who deserve to rot in hell.

Point being even if this character really is a spoof bashing our Lord and Savior and Christianity it is a weak attempt and hardly worth noticing compared to other spoofs. In fact I thought he was amusing.

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35 Responses to 291st G-View: Bakuon!!

  1. cirno9fan says:

    First, as a Californian: A world without motorcycles is a world without motorcyclists dashing inbetween cars without warning and having to look all around you every time you hear the engine of one. ESPECIALLY during heavy traffic. So, I’d be all for it, to be honest. I don’t see any real appeal in them xD

    So, during that whole scene, I was just thinking, “man, this is a great world indeed”. Though Hijiri kinda took dorkiness to another level xD

    Overall, wasn’t very entertaining for me. There were a few episodes I really enjoyed, but a lot of the time it just wasn’t working for me. Part of that was the fact that I just don’t care about motorcycles. And this show didn’t change that.

    Rin was definitely best girl though 🙂

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    • OG-Man says:

      I found it funny they had a “Alternate world that’s better than the current one” segment in the finale.

      I could tell this wasn’t your kind of Girls Club show as I was watching.

      Rin is best girl.

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  2. elkat4 says:

    This was an enjoyable anime even if I didn’t have much motorcycles to begin with (but honestly, I feel you don’t need to be very interested in whatever a girls’ club anime is promoting to enjoy it as long as you enjoy the characters). My only real gripe is how Rin is butt of so many jokes; it just got a little tiresome.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Yup. Don’t necessarily have to be a motorcycle enthusiast to enjoy the show.

      The “let’s make Rin miserable” jokes got old fast and were the lamest parts of the show.

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  3. I’m not exactly sure how you could enjoy a show so much that you don’t pay attention to the soundtrack.

    In any case, one thing this show has above K-On is that the character designs don’t stop me from watching it.

    However, while I do like ecchi and cute girls doing cute things, some of the humor may be…cringeworthy for me. I’m not sure, honestly. I’ll have to try it myself.

    We’ll see how it goes. Thanks for the write-up though, very informative as always.

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  4. Reblogged this on haveyouexperiencedshitsurakuen and commented:

    I’m not exactly sure how you could enjoy a show so much that you don’t pay attention to the soundtrack.

    In any case, one thing this show has above K-On is that the character designs don’t stop me from watching it.

    However, while I do like ecchi and cute girls doing cute things, some of the humor may be…cringeworthy for me. I’m not sure, honestly. I’ll have to try it myself.

    We’ll see how it goes. Thanks for the write-up though, very informative as always.

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  5. DrAnimaniac says:

    I don’t want to get too detailed now since I’ll be doing my review by the weekend to give my full opinion on the show, but I will say that I enjoyed the show overall. I’m afraid I can’t quite share your enthusiasm for it, but it wasn’t a bad show and I guess it delivered on what you’d expect a Girl’s Club SoL to give. However, this may sound strange, but I kind of ship Baita and Hane. I feel like Hane doesn’t really have a ship with the other girls that’s as significant as the bond she shares with Baita. Like if Baita was ever to be real in an alternate universe, I could totally see it. I don’t know, sometimes I find ships in the weirdest places lol. Great review though, I loved how thorough you were and I definitely learned a lot about motorcycles, which was nice.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Note to self: Write a post explaining 11/10 ratings.

      This show was far from perfect and I can understand people who enjoyed it giving it either a 7 or 8.

      Hane X Baita makes sense. It’s not weird. If only the alternate reality included a human Baita for Hane to snuggle with.

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  6. DPulver says:

    This was a great show, one of the most simple fun this season, with a good balance of characters

    I actually liked it more than K-On – if it were K-On most of the show would have been them having tea and talking about maybe riding bikes (big problem with K-On was NOT ENOUGH MUSIC. I live for a K-On that stood up to the promise of its kick-ass first season closing credits…). Whereas this show actually balanced the biking and girls club elements in almost perfect harmony.

    The standout episode was probably the first “biker jesus” episode but it was excellent throughout with just enough weirdness (Raimu, Suzuki-chan’s dad) to keep things hopping.

    I really enjoyed yuri-nation reviews as just about no one else covered this show in depth, and having weekly reviews added a lot. Thank you!

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    • OG-Man says:

      K-ON’s more about the glory of sweetness and developing strong friendships through high school life.

      Ah yes. That was an interesting episode to say the least.

      Thanks for reading my weekly coverage!

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    • Star Light says:

      I’m strongly disagree with you about the NOT ENOUGH MUSIC. Have you ever heard the K-on album music? Do you know how many album they have?

      Your comparison is absolutely un-fair! How could you compare a sweet, warm friendship with a strong passion for machine??? Both of them had done very well on their genres, my personal thought.

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  7. The last episode was great.
    This anime made me question myself :”I don’t like ecchi, but i do like girls in sexiness, but with no man involved”, and after this anime i kept in mind if i should like or not the sexiness scenes of it, it’s a very strange feeling.
    But yeah this anime was great, no equal! 🙂

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    • OG-Man says:

      Ultimately it’s up to you. Do you accept the hawtness or turn your back even if it has a good story and/or cast.

      Good stuff.

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  8. chikorita157 says:

    While I won’t share my whole opinion about the show since I already shared it in the last post and will be writing a review in the near future. I am glad that I watched this show while it was airing since the characters were enjoyable, especially Rin and possibly Onsa.

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  9. Zuneko says:

    I liked the show overall, even if some of the humor was cringe worthy. I also didn’t like a certain character, even if they didn’t appear much (*cough**cough* Rin’s dad *cough*). Though, on a lighter note, my favorite character has to be Raimu sempai just from how cool, adorable, and dorky she was.

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    • Star Light says:

      Onsa you mean? I could understand why are you hating her, she is mean, right? But, personally, I think she is a great character. Playing with Rin, Onsa make the story become must more better and funnier. Besides, her outspoken trait does interest me a lot. It’s rare for girl to be outspoken right? Isn’t it cool?

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    • OG-Man says:

      Yeah her dad sucked.
      Raimu’s awesome.

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  10. K says:

    Getting this out of the way first; did you know that there’s a sequel planned for “The Passion of the Christ”? Perhaps there will be less violence since all that’s left is Christ’s Resurrection. Didn’t watch the first one, probably never will. In any case “Christsploitation” is an interesting term I never heard used to describe such movies. Needless to say, if there’s a movie which shows Christians ultra oppressed by the world because everyone not Christians are implied to be evil, it goes directly into the trash heap (Like “God’s Not Dead”).

    With that out of my system, some things about the last episode:

    In a world without bikes, Onsa went from being a ‘Motorbike Idiot’ to being a ‘Cycling Snob’.

    I thought that, in a world without bikes, Raimu would be the Queen of Cycling but it turned out she doesn’t even exist. That’s how intertwined she is with motorbikes. My brother thought of another funny, interesting theory about Raimu; she appeared in that bike-less world still wearing her bike helmet instead of a cycling helmet, which means that she’s a being close to God (or Biker Jesus in this case).

    Overall, this was a nice show with some general bike trivia. I’d be like Hane if I were to ride bikes (or get my own car); choose one that catches my eye and not care too much about the particulars, like which one is better than the other…except when it comes to safety. The main cast had their unique charms but if I had to choose a fav, it’d be Onsa due to how hard she tried to sound cool with those quotes of hers.

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    • Star Light says:

      Hey everyone. Give this guy a thumb-up, will ya. Seriously, your comment really needs more than one of my like :))

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    • OG-Man says:

      Thank the Cinema Snob for popularizing the term, which is used when talking about crappy Christian propaganda films like God’s Not Dead, War Room and Crime of the Age.

      Raimu could be a divine bike goddess sent to guide potential bikers for generations to come.

      Onsa’s speeches are so good that she should write them for presidential candidates.

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      • K says:

        To be honest, I liked War Room. The story in War Room, to me, was more of a personal struggle than some worldwide conspiracy to keep Christians down for kicks and giggles. But yeah, movies like God’s Not Dead are propaganda fuel and I think using those movies to win people over would backfire big time.

        Raimu: Goddess of Divine Biking.

        They could learn a thing or two from Onsa, indeed.

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      • OG-Man says:

        At first I thought it was harmless but if you really look at it closely…”watch the cinema snob review”…yeahhhhhh.

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  11. Star Light says:

    Here are five advantages of this anime:
    1. Hilarious? No! It’s beyond than that. It has a lot of things that not many or the anime dare to bring in such ‘playing with god’ (God rides the bike, honestly, I was laughing so hard for it. So cute).
    2. Strong passion for motorbike with a powerful creative has made itself, the story-line, really become something.
    3. Nice characters! Tell me to name one character I hate in this series? NO-WAY! (You may thought this is silly, but many anime gives me some kind of shit characters. For instance, Love Live, Strike Witches, and it usually be main character. Don’t (wanna) know why.)
    (Psst, I even like the butler in this anime even though he is an old man. He’s not only calm, nice, passion but also being a very good guardian for Hijiri. It’s rarely to see a male character can support well for protagonist without leaving a hentai trace. This factor has scored a huge victory for the anime in my point of view.)
    4. It is not an anime, it also a quick history lesson about Japanese motorbike industry. I swear that I did learn a lot from it. But you should check the info because something maybe not real. Especially when it comes to the God. OMGhost, cute! (Literally)
    5. It’s yuri subtext. Very very light yuri, so it can be enjoyable to everyone.

    Holy God-rider, I swear that I just wan to write down 5 lines and now it turns out … Hey, should I return to the review job? (I’m not confident due to my shit grammar, but my feeling for every anime I have watched will never be shit.)

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  13. Ammo Fate-Takamachi says:

    I really liked this anime cos showed how girls can be competent when it comes to bikes ; which is a rarity in the real world but there are actually girls like that in existence . Secondly , the real world references were really awesome and had a really nice gesture to the world of motorcycles ; from the legendary racers (Grand Prix riders) to the bikes that shape up the human way of life .

    That aside , of course the yuri part of the anime is the selling point for us and to be honest we were not disappointed , the hints of Rin and Onsa were pretty much from day one (albeit in a rivalry way that’s similar to the actual GP rivalry of Yamaha and Suzuki) and even Chisame has the subtle Azusa (Azu-nyan) chemistry with Hane (aka Yui on bikes XD), really would love to see their dynamics evolve over a period of time as they bond thru motorcycles and prolly racing . Hijiri’s rendition as Mugi prolly would’ve been more complete if she had the “googles” (hehe) . Raimu (aka The Stig’s female Japanese bike riding cousin) is a stand out character of the show to me cos partially she is mysterious like The Stig , awesome but somehow unlucky racer and the fact that she holds nothing back when she is actually very fond of Girls’ Love (ayyyy) .

    And yes , the bike God is rather at odds with some people’s beliefs (I’ll remain impartial on that) but I thought that he was a really funny character to be honest , at least he wasn’t in the way like Man Dung ; (in another-Silver-Link-show-which-we-prolly-we-can-say-could-have-been-a-better-yuri-anime-had-he-not-existed-but-it-can’t-be-helped-since-he-was-in-the-original-show-to-begin-with) . Overall , this anime was enjoyable from start to finish ; to me the humour was fantastic (bike-related and comedy-wise) , the ecchi was decent at most (barring the first few eps and the OVA) and the subtexts were really coming on in the latter part of the series as well . More of the same would be much appreciated .

    Good news is that the second season of this anime has been announced (cheers!) . Here’s to more girls on motorbikes action (and some more yuri subtext , hehe) .

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  14. yurimylove says:

    i’m a firm shipper of Onsa X Rin too. Fighto, Rin! One day you will succeed in showing Onsa the light — that Suzuki is the best XD

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