Two Car: Sidecar Racing has in many ways been faithful enough to the world of motorsports that it has been pretty enjoyable for motorsports fans. It has even attracted the interest of very casual anime viewers who are less fans of Japanese animation than they are of anything that goes vroom-vroom. Many motorsports fans are particularly interested by the various graphic designs and paint schemes of vehicles and racing suits. These designs are known as “livery,” but not all livery is equal. Time to rank each team’s livery.
Viewers would be forgiven for thinking that Two Car: Sidecar Racing was only a series about, well, sidecar racing. It absolutely is, but it’s also incredibly self-aware of its place in the wider anime medium. The pair of driver Mao and passenger Hitomi are an extremely obvious yuri, or girl-girl, pairing. They are also absolutely terrible at being a couple. And, yes, that’s the joke.
Sidecar racing is a sport where the driver and passenger must be in a certain amount of sync in order to win. The passenger is especially to the physics of driving because she (in this case) user her own weight to change the center of gravity of the sidecar. However, just as Two Car: Sidecar Racing demonstrated the necessity of being similar, it also shows that the driver and passenger have different roles, too much similarity is also a problem.