As Uma Musume gets closer and closer to the finish line, we wrap up some of the tension that came with whether Silence Suzuka would be able to make her grand comeback. With all of the training she put into her upcoming race, a bulk of the episode was about preparing her nerves to see if she can stand a chance after her injury. Although she received support from most of the girls in the academy, one character remains enigmatic in her opposition to Suzuka with Sun Visor acting as her rival for the race. It was pretty jarring to see a racer that was outright hostile towards another girl with how much Sun Visor had been holding back her scorn when facing her head-on. She was also satisfied about making sure Suzuka was last, and sorely asked her to race again after it wrapped up. There were a handful of hot-blooded runners in the show, but Visor made a big impression with the level of hostility she gave towards Suzuka even when she knows that it’s her first race since she received a potentially career-devastating injury.
There were no second chances for the real life Suzuka, but her comeback was a success as she was able to power through her nerves to charge through the pack, winning first place in her first race since her leg was injured. It was an emotional victory with how moved the arena was with how well she performed after seeing her in dire straits not too long ago. Her victory weighs on everyone in the sense of making the impossible possible by giving Suzuka the ultimate comeback, having her win a race with no problem even after being told right after the accident that she might have no chance of running again. It’s easy to see why Trainer would be crying at several points in the episode as he was hit hard with the possibility of Suzuka never racing again only to see the odds work in her favor. They might not have any further races in the books for Silence Suzuka, but this was the greatest send-off if any to ensure that the horse’s legacy won’t be forgotten as their anime counterpart gave Suzuka the victory that could have been.
Suzuka’s victory was the highlight of the episode, but it also set the stage for Special Week’s challenge at the Tokyo Cup. All eyes are on Spe-chan as she is the representative from the academy to face the cup against some of the most talented racers in the world. The only catch is that she will also be racing the French champion Broye, who happily takes on the challenge of racing against Japan’s finest with her participation in the cup causing chaos within the academy. Spe-chan has a lot of high expectations on her as El Condor Pasa confronts her to help her in any way she can to defeat Broye despite Spe-chan’s insistence on taking her on with her own intuition. Whether Spe-chan is fully ready to take on Broye in the Tokyo Cup has yet to be seen, but the excitement in the air is building up at a tremendous rate as the last scene of the episode gears up for Spe-chan to get ready to charge out the gate.