And people ask why I ship this. Btw for people who don’t know, he’s wearing a mask because he chipped a tooth and he became traumatized because of how his mother said he had perfect teeth and such. ((It’s easier to understand if you read his past.)) THIS IS LIKE HIS LEGIT FIRST FRIEND AND THE FIRST PERSON OTHER THAN HIS MOTHER TO TREAT HIM SO KINDLY. Like he’s that guy that everyone hates and thinks is ugly and gross and has been abused, broken, and has had his dreams literally scribbled over and then there’s this little kid with glasses who shows such enthusiasm in talking with him and doesn’t give a damn on what he looks like
I kind of disagree because in his team both Mizuta and Ishigaki have been kind to him and shown a great appreciation towards him, they both admire him a lot, Mizuta in a fanatic way and Ishigaki begged on his knees to make him stay that night. They were never repulsed by his look (but they were scared of his strenght and dominance). What Onoda brings is the opportunity to start a relationship outside of racing by asking something that has nothing to do with the inter-high or even with his style, Midousuji replies with his comment of “unit 02” because he was surprised by the question, he replied without realising about it. It doesn’t have to do with looks but with the fact that Akira feels identified with Onoda (he has no friend he used to ride every day)- so he proposes the race thinking “I’ll leave him behind right now” (this guy is not worth my interest because racing is the only important thing)-
and then when he ends up putting an effort in a race he thought was useless, he realised he could enjoy without a real prize, without being in a real competition. It reminded him of his past when things were still good and he could ride and enjoy it, just like Onoda enjoys when he smiles.
and I think that he remembered he can actually have fun riding, and that’s why he came back the next day.
(also the thing about his teeth had to do with the fact that his mother said “good sportists need to have good teeth”, he broke his= he is not good + losing the race having used all his strategies= he really is not good at all, there’s no hope- that’s why he left)
Hmm I see your point…I guess I just got a bit too excited and overwhelmed by feels when I saw this part? >.