Banana Fish and Free! director Hiroko Utsumi is back with a 100% original series about the wild world of skateboarding. Mix together bombastic WWE wrestling personas, gravity-defying tricks, and no adult supervision and you get Sk8 the Infinity!
This series is streaming on Funimation
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Nicky, it’s finally time. Drop whatever you’re doing, strap on some elbow pads, drain your neighbor’s swimming pool, and get rad. Because it’s time to SK8 OR DIE!
Hell yeah, I’m super psyched to talk about mayhaps one of my favorite anime of the season, and well-anticipated too! From director Hiroko Utsumi and Studio BONES, Sk8 the Infinity is a tubular tale between two bros and their love of all things boarding.
Like sure, Free! got silly now and then, but it could never have featured a Juggalo wrestling heel, let alone in its first episode.
Yeah, for those hoping for a more down-to-earth skateboarding sports drama, I’m afraid you’re gonna have to wait. Because while Sk8 does pay some attention to the real-life world of skating, it’s also a series where one of the guys has a talking, transforming robot skateboard.
Though the show also expresses a philosophy of “No Pain, No Gain!” You can’t get better without having a few wipe-outs! It does make me wish some characters would invest in helmets, though. I just presume they were left out so the animators don’t want to have to draw them.
Also if you’re watching this and want to get into skating: Do NOT try to copy Langa’s board. You will eat shit so hard you’ll taste concrete for the rest of your life.
Bless Utsumi for this meal.
Just an absolute meat mountain. You could climb this motherfucker like Everest.
Also JOE and Cherry have absolutely fucked. Like they’re on the outs now and will get catty but you know it’s because neither of them are totally over it yet but are too proud to make the first move.
Oh yeah, their rapport ranges from “petty exes” to “old married couple” most of the time: always bickering, competing, and talking about the “old days”. It’s pretty obvious they have a history they can never truly separate from because of their shared love for the sport. Both of these characters have tons of female fans in the background but you never see them with as much energy interacting with them as they do with each other.
I really like how they’re dressed up, lol.
Also I’m pretty sure to even get into the Cool S Club you have to skate regularly, so they dress like that while shredding. Give me a spinoff about them making that work.
Also yeah, all subtext just becomes text whenever he starts talking about finding his own personal EVE.
Even his childhood friend and lackey Tadashi feels guilty because he feels he created a monster for simply trying to bond with someone.
That’s one way to tell off your ex that you’re not into them anymore.
All I can think about is how painful it is to get his long hair caught in it.
I just love every one of these adrenaline-crazed puppy dogs so much, I can’t help but stick around to see what happens.