Japanese girls on motorcycles, that’s the simple premise of BAKUON!! Adapted from a manga created by Mimana Orimoto, the show focuses on the friendships of five high school girls and their love for riding motorcycles. The first episode opens with one of our lead girls, Amano Onsa, who’s excited that she’s going to a high school that lets girls ride bikes. Not only that, but there’s even a bike club at school that she can’t wait to join.
The very morning is the first day of school and we’re introduced to Sakura Hane as she’s riding her bicycle to school. As she’s struggling with her bike, she sees Onsa riding her motorcycle and wants a motorcycle of her own. So after school, the two girls go to join the motorcycle club and find that it has only one member so far, a silent older girl who never removes her helmet named Raimu Kawasaki. She might be the coolest girl on this show!
So after Hane is convinced she wants to be a biker, she enrolls in a driving school the next day to get her license. This is where things get weird. At the school, she rides a talking bike named Baita who’s very sexually aggressive. How and why it talks? I don’t know, but it helps Hane by telling her how ride a motorcycle. There at the school, Hane meets another one of her classmates who’s there to get her license, Suzunoki Rin.
So far it seems like Rin is the most sexualized girl on the show. She wears a pink racing suit that shows off her butt and she has very large breasts that the show makes sure to show off. While it seems like Rin would easily be the next member to join the motorcycle club, she gets into a huge argument with Onsa because Rin is a Suzuki fan girl and Onsa thinks they’re ugly.
When the second episode begins, we see Rin as a little girl and learn why she’s so obsessed with Suzuki bikes. To put it simply, her dad was also a biker who was obsessed with Suzuki bikes and the one he really wanted was called Yoshimura. This bike was so special that the only way you could get it was to write an essay showing how passionate the person was for that bike.
Then the two of them get into a very minor motorcycle accident and the father acts so dramatic and says he’s dying. This understandably upsets Rin and she writes the essay so her dad can get the bike, and from the flashback it looks like he did die. However, no he’s alive and has his precious bike, so he’s just a terrible father!
Now that Rin has her license, the girls want even more for her to join their club, but she really doesn’t like Onsa. Onsa even tries to pretend to like Rin’s bike, but she overhears Onsa making fun of it and her hate intensifies. Hane is the only one who actually likes Rin’s bike and she’s able to get her to join their club. So while Rin is bragging about how awesome her bike is, Minowa Hijiri shows up and says she wants to join their club too.
Hijiri is a privileged, rich girl who just wants to join the club so she can feel like a rebel and do something dangerous. She suggests they all play chicken with their bikes, which for some reason they agree to do even though that’s very dangerous. They even had to put a disclaimer at the end of the episode to make sure people don’t try to play that game in real life. Since Hijiri isn’t 16, she doesn’t have her license so she has her butler ride the motorcycle while she rides in a sidecar.
Since she wants to live dangerously so badly, she and her butler ride off the bridge they’re racing on and land in the water below, but no one is hurt. The next day, it’s time for Hane to take her driving test and that crazy talking bike, Baita, gives her some last words of advice and then she’s gone. Right before the test, the school replaces all the bikes and Hane is surprised to find that her bike doesn’t talk to her anymore. It looks like she’s going to fail her test, but since all her friends are there to cheer her on, she makes it through and ends up passing. After watching the first two episodes, I think I really like BAKUON!! It’s a funny show about a group of girls who become friends because they all love motorcycles. I’m really interested to see what’s going to happen next.