Bakuon!!

Warning! We are revealing spoilers in this review, so read at your own risk.

I’ve just finished this series called “Bakuon!!,” and it’s safe to say that this is where the guitars in K-On! were replaced by motorcycles of different brands.

We have six girls by the names of Hane, Onsa, Rin, Hijiri, Raimu (who always wears a helmet and doesn’t speak) and Chisame (who was introduced in the latter part of the series). They got together because the school they’re enrolled into has no restrictions on riding motorbikes, which is great for them as they have to pass through a slope as they go to school.

They go into different situations that involve bikes – from the casual ones to the downright bizarre. For example, Rin (who is a die-hard fan of Suzuki bikes) is so addicted and proud to the brand that she Onsa gets into arguments.

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Bakuon!! has above average fanservice in some instances compared to other cute-girls-doing-cute-things series, but don’t shun it right away because of that. The episodes are easy to digest; and combined with a good soundtrack, this series is something I wait for every week. Too bad it’s just 12 episodes.

Lots of brands have been mentioned in the series – from Japan’s four motorbike manufacturers (Kawasaki, Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha) to manufacturers of motorcycle accessories and even Amazon Japan – so it’s really safe to say that Bakuon!! is the anime supported by Japan’s motorcycle industry.

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Overall, Bakuon!! is a good watch. The story’s okay with me, and the punchlines and antics are funny. The series has ended, so you can go watch it right away.

Pieces of trivia for everyone – the school’s principal, Tazuko, is voiced by Yoko Hikasa, who also did the voice of Mio Akiyama on K-On!. This is also by far the third time Uchiyama and Touyama get together in a series (the first was in Kin-iro Mosaic and the other one was Nisekoi).