Thoughts & Feelings Column: Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club -Episode Twelve

It’s been twelve episodes since Minami Kamakura began, and I still hold out hope every installment that I will get some character development- no matter how small. I am again given no such happiness, but instead reminded that the girls love each other and that the club creation bureaucracy at the high school needs to be updated.

Thoughts & Feelings Column: Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club – Episode Eleven

Minami Kamakura continues to deprive us of character growth with its last breaths before the season end. We don’t get development like we should after putting the characters in a trying situation, instead we only get smiles and praise. I want to see someone sad or mad- just those basic emotions would really help this show out in a big way. The more I reflect on this episode’s events, the most I get creeped out by the Stepford Wives-ness of it all.

Thoughts & Feelings Column: Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club – Episode Ten

I doubt MK is looking for us think about cycling v.s. biking in this way, but it helps me come to terms with the fact that it’s episode ten and the Cycling Club still isn’t an official club, yet.

Thoughts & Feelings Column: Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club – Episode Nine

What amazes me most about Minami Kamakura is how it can make a whole episode out of the content it presents. I don’t necessarily mean this as a slight, but I also totally mean it as a slight.

It’s episode nine, and we finally get an introduction to Sandy, the blonde girl from the opening. This solidifies my idea that the show is counting on at least one more season since they have roughly sixty minutes left to characterize and integrate Sandy into the Cycling Club.

Thoughts & Feelings Column: Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club – Episode Eight

This MK episode reminds me of the biggest problem with the series, just in case I managed to forget, Hiromi.

Thoughts & Feelings Column: Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club – Episode Seven

Minami Kamakura does what other shows dare not- it extends the race to a third episode. We do not get a conclusion, and are instead treated with a cliff hanger that leaves me wondering what Hiromi can possibly do.

Thoughts & Feelings Column: Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club- Episode Six

Finally, after five episodes of slow-moving “plot” we get to see the girls race! Kind of- actually, we only get the start of the race at the very end of the episode. What amazes me most about each episode of Minami Kamakura is how much time the show manages to waste on subjects that legitimately don’t matter. There is little character development, if any, since each girl remains exactly the same as our first impression of them.