After several months passed by, it’s time for Suzuka to win the fall Tennoushou. That is the race she only came in 6th place. However, something unfortunate happens during the race. More on that later.
Apparently, Special lost the Kikkashou only placed in 2nd place. While she drowns her sorrows with food, Suzuka shares her plans of potentially racing overseas. The next day, the Trainer have the girls race to the goal, which is a hotel. The girls eventually got there. While the girls eat dinner, Special asks if she can at the Japan Cup since she wants to run with Suzuka. The trainer accepts if Suzuka wins.
The big day finally comes. Of course, El Pasa, Hishi Amazon wants to defeat Suzuka at the fall Tennoushou. At first, Suzuka had a huge lead. As the race went on and Suzuka tries to run faster, she injures her left leg. This caused her to slow down. Shortly after, Special and the trainer run to help her. Special asks if Suzuka will keep her promise with running with her. After she thanks Special, she fell unconscious as Special cries. With that, Suzuka wakes up in the hospital with her left leg casted. The trainer and Special meets with her and eventually, the rest of the team.
As for the first half, I have to admit it’s funny. Sure, having the girls follow a path that the Trainer came up is silly. Thankfully, the girls gave him some payback. It was funny seeing McQueen physically punishing the Trainer. Of course, the girls eat a big whole into his salary too. Yes, two months of it spent on one dinner. Maybe he should hold back on the ridiculous training next time.
On the other hand, Special finally makes a promise with Suzuka. It’s obvious that she is eventually going to leave for America. Given that Special has some feelings for her, she wants to race with her at least once. This promise will eventually become important later on after the fall Tennoushou.
On the day of the big race, there is some foreshadowing to what will happen. Apparently, Suzuka’s left buckle on her shoe went undone. While she had a huge lead, she started to slow down instantaneously. It’s the same leg as seen in the foreshadowing, leading to an emotional moment with Special.
It’s obvious that her real-life counterpart that her character is based on had the same thing happened at the race. Of course, her real-life counterpart didn’t make it from its injuries and passed away. Thankfully, it’s not as bad as it seems as she will be able to recover from a fracture on her left leg. Of course, the scene where Special cries after seeing Suzuka injured is definitely sad.
The promise Special made is an important one. While Suzuka looks like she lost hope over the possibly that she won’t be able to run the same, the promise gives her some hope. Of course, Special won’t let her give up just like that. Compared to her real-life counterpart, this is just a minor setback. Not only that, this only strengthens Suzuka’s bonds with Special. After all, she might recover and be able to run the same again.
As a whole, while the episode is definitely sad, hopefully Suzuka realizes that she can’t keep pushing herself over the limit all the time. Hopefully the Trainer realizes that he shouldn’t be too conceited. I felt that his lack of sportsmanship might have caused this as karma.