This one should be quick.
Last episode we talked about how “weight gain” can be used effectively in idol(ish) anime. The first half of this episode was the opposite. It’s exactly what fans dislike about the trope. So yeah it’s Special Week forcing herself not to eat much to go on a diet. Didn’t take long for her teammates step in and help out.
Forgot to mention the adorable jobber Haru Urara returned from a trip. I’m kinda hoping the anime surprises us by having her win a race rather than staying true to her real life counterpart and have her job till the finale.
Back to the episode Trainer Guy was watching Special Week’s last race and noticed something, leading him to request a Mock Race Challenge from Grumpy Trainer Hana. It would be Special Week vs the fastest short-distance horse girl Taiki Shuttle. He hoped the experience would help get Special out of her slump. Silence Suzuka was initially against it, worried Special would lose the will to race were she to get demolished by Taiki but Special assured her she’d give it her all.
Taiki lived up to the hype and gave Special a tough race but Special paid close attention and took as many advantages as she could to keep up with her. While it wasn’t enough to win she lost to a pro by an inch rather than a mile giving Special back her confidence.
Speaking of confidence let’s briefly talk about Suzuka who showed us signs of her personal struggles. She seemed to race just because and not because she enjoyed it. I imagine it had something to do with her not being a part of Grumpy Trainer’s team. Maybe some kind of deal between the trainers and her having to go back one day, leaving Special behind. We’ll see.
Next episode looks to be the Japan Derby and Special will be going up against even more tough competition.