After Teio’s defeat from last time, she faces a series of minor injuries and losses. The question is, can she find a purpose to race again?
It’s obvious that from last time, Teio couldn’t overtake McQueen and ended up almost dead last. While Teio’s overconfidence played into her defeat, she was also in a slight disadvantage mostly due to the race’s length. Of course, McQueen didn’t get off easy either. She faced a major injury, which keeps her out of the racing game for a while.
Still, it’s obvious that she lost her purpose to race since she believes that she lost everything. Not only she lost her chance at winning the Triple Crown, but also broke her winning streak. Most importantly, she disappointed her idol, Rudolph.
To me, Teio’s losing streaks remind me of Special’s when she loses focus because she obsesses over Suzuka. This is different as Teio feels lost after the feeling of defeat as she loses in the first race after recovering from her injury. When she ran, she didn’t understand why horse girls ahead of her are trying so hard to win first place. The thing is, she injures herself again, although it’s a minor one.
Still, I can sympathies since sometimes, we face our setbacks. This can range from losing a game, a relationship not working out. As Teio sees, she witnesses Mihono, who wanted to win the Triple Crown, but fails to achieve that goal.
Yep, Rice Shower beaten her in the race that would earn Mihono the Triple Crown. I have a feeling that Rice Shower is the horse girl that stalks Mihono in her practice runs. I guess she either have feelings for her or just want to beat her. Then again, Mihono racing for her master Is probably not the best plan to achieve the goal. Still, it’s good for Teio to finally voice her frustrations in the mirror. It’s her first step in her recovery to admit that she hasn’t lost everything. Yes, in a sense, there is still hope for her to have a comeback. She just needs to find that answer to get her there.
With that, the trainer makes Teio the “leader” by doing various tasks of making food, cleaning shoes, putting up towels on the clothesline. Even during training, Teio asks Vodka and Scarlet why they race. The answer is obvious by now, their rivalry. It’s not too surprising since they bicker with each other, a sign that they are getting along.
Eventually, the trainer tells Teio to go on a special trip to a mansion. On the bus, she sees a lady who is a big fan of Teio’s. She eventually shook her hands. I guess the lady is just like Kitasan Black, waiting for Teio to stage a comeback.
When Teio got off the bus, McQueen’s butler was there. He takes her to where McQueen is working out. It’s nice to see McQueen trying her best to recover. However, Teio eventually asks why she tries so hard. The answer is obvious. She wants to become stronger to defeat a certain opponent. Yep, it’s obvious that it’s Teio. Still, it’s clear that McQueen wants to race her since she wants to become stronger. Not only that, she hopes that Teio makes a comeback.
It’s obvious that McQueen still sees potential in Teio. Teio’s defeat besides pride mostly happened because she never ran a long race like the Spring Tennsoushou. Teio needs to find the ideal distance so McQueen can race her in a fair race. With that, I have a feeling that Teio finally found an answer on why she races. ¶