It’s been a very long time since we’ve had a quality animated show featuring skateboarding—Rocket Power ended in 2004, and Hunter x Hunter doesn’t really count—but a long-awaited anime has finally premiered and it definitely scratches that itch. The first episode of Hiroki Utsumi’s Sk8 The Infinity released last weekend, with a U.S. premiere on the Funimation app, introducing the main characters Reki and Langa, along with the intriguingly WWE-esque character of Shadow and Cherry Blossom (a type of guru who is known as a famous “AI Skater”). We watched the episode and the show definitely lived up to the months-long hype—the whole world of “S” racing has a Fast & Furious vibe that is pretty addicting—and the actual skateboarding animations are superb. If you’re into sports anime, or even anime in general, you will definitely enjoy this.
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