Prince of Stride: Alternative Anime Review

Prince of Stride Alternative AnimePrince of Stride: Alternative had been one of the first new Winter anime to be announced just as the new year 2016 arrived. It had been also one of the primary ones to be broadcast in the season, a lot of the build-up that was put into it. Along with one of the masters in the market working behind it – Madhouse Studio – Prince of Stride: Alternative was really worth the hype it had gathered so far, but since the season developed, it swiftly began to disappear. Do you know why? Let us look into it in more detail.

It was fascinating, had several truly golden humor and even the minor characters had personalities. However, there are plenty of plot holes, they skip many of the parts that would be fascinating to watch and the issues they encounter tend to be actually ridiculous. They don’t actually get to any kind of solutions, and there was only one time when we really watched how they trained. All in all, it’s not bad and good at the same time.


Prince of Stride
Japanese cover art for the PlayStation Vita

Prince of Stride: Alternative is the Japanese sports anime TV series produced by Madhouse studio and directed by Atsuko Ishizuka. The anime was broadcast on AT-X starting from January 5 to March 22, 2016. Madman and Funimation licensed the series in Australia and North America respectively. For more detail, please visit Prince of Stride: Alternative official website.

The anime itself is based on the otome game developed by Kadokawa Games and Vridge, and it was published by Kadokawa Games and Dengeki Girl’s Style. The game was first released on July 30, 2015 for PlayStation Vita.

A spin-off manga adaptation entitled Prince of Stride Galaxy Rush authored by Teruko Arai was launched in Dengeki Maoh in November 2015.

Prince of Stride: Alternative

  • Director: Atsuko Ishizuka
  • Writer: Taku Kishimoto
  • Music: Yoshiaki Fujisawa
  • Studio: Madhouse
  • Licensed by: Madman (AUS), Funimation (NA)
  • Original Networks: AT-X, Tokyo MX, SUN, KBS, TVA, BS11
  • Original Run: January 5, 2016 – March 22, 2016
  • Episodes: 12


Stride is an extreme sport that mixes parkour, free running, relay, and also sprinting, which made first-year high school student Nana Sakurai enroll in Honan Academy, after being fascinated by the school’s stride team. Sharing the mutual purpose of becoming a member of the team is fellow first year and stride maniac, Takeru Fujiwara, and together they ask for to join. Much to their dismay, however, the stride club isn’t any longer active because of lack of members, and they are right ow operating under the shougi club.

In order to bring back the stride club, Nana and Takeru recruit first-year Riku Yagami, a quick runner who is enthusiastic about almost every sport. With this new team, the club now aspires high to a new goal: to win the exclusive End of Summer competition and bring the Honan stride team back to their prime.

Prince of Stride Alternative Blu-rayPrince of Stride: Alternative Blu-ray
The complete series
Released on April 25, 2017



The anime provides no creativity whatsoever, to begin with. It has been carried out numerous time in sports anime before. Popular high school club now in ruins and eager for new members. At least try to be a bit more innovative. The game of Stride does provide a feeling of freshness to the anime. In essence, it is a sport where a person runs all the while competing with another team within your block. It includes five different members running from start to finish as all of the five team members play a role in the entire series and give an impression for the next teammate to continue running. One of the issues with the anime is that only 12 episodes were usually too few, to begin with. There are have been numerous other similar shows getting good results only based on the fact that they run a bit longer. Time was an essential asset to sports genre and they had a lot to make use of it with the execution. This is a thing Prince of Stride: Alternative was missing out. Anyway, I also can’t discover why there is an ‘Alternative’ in the title?


The art style is really excellent, it is a clean style without any noticeable flaws. All the characters look seem really unique, with individual eye shapes, noses, and body types. It is extremely detailed in that sense. The way the clothes tend to be attracted to the characters from time to time looks somewhat off, though. The backgrounds tend to be somewhat over the top. It attracts the feel of the scenario, but the colors tend to be very vibrant. Most backgrounds tend to be repetitive, along with several conditions. There are also lots of scenery in this show that appear completely beautiful.


The characters truly did a great job in my opinion. They truly put their effort to performed the development, trouble, and conclusion even though I found their relationship a bit creepy. The pacing was alright, I don’t see something wrong nor even bother my enjoyment. Just the truth that this anime is not enough action.


The OP and ED truly suit the anime, it is especially awesome that they use the idol group from the anime to produce a concept. The soundtracks in the anime are actually great, I have no idea what their names are, so I will explain them like the sound, the light sparkly tone is actually Light as well as Sparkly, which makes it ideal for those non-tension middle scenes. The end of summer track is actually upbeat and lets you know something is about to go down.

Overall (6/10)

I’m sure it’s a good watch if you’re bored with shounen action or romantic drama. The only reason why it is getting 6 is due to the awesome parkour which is extremely unique. For a 12 episode anime sport, it is not enough.

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