Nasu: Summer in Andalusia is a 2003 Japanese Anime film set during the Vuelta a Espana. One of the three European Grand Tours, which is a punishing three week race that makes its way around Spain.
Pepe Benengeli is a Spanish pro-continental rider racing for the Pao Pao Beer squad. Pepe is a Domestique who does what he’s told. He is one of the weaker riders in the peleton, who relies on tenacity and hard work to get to the finish line. This film revolves around a stage in the Vuelta a Espana. Which is set to finish in the small town of Andalusia, where Pepe grew-up. Not somewhere that he ever planned to return to.
As fate has it, he rides on the day where his brother is getting married to Pepe’s ex-girlfriend Carmen (awkward). Pepe focuses on the race to distract him from these mixed emotions he’s going through. Managing to make the breakaway, where he’s directed to protect the teams no# 1 rider. Pepe accidentally overhears a conversation between team sponsor and the sports director. To his shock he learns that his sponsor intends to fire him after the race.
Given he has nothing to lose, he disregards his instructions and sets out to win the race against all odds.
Whilst only a short film, this film has a good story line. The film starts at a bar in the middle of nowhere. They’re eagerly trying to set up their T.V in order to watch the race which will soon pass right in front of the bar. The film then moves in between his hometown and the race, which is quite realistic for an animated film.
Nasu: Summer in Andalusia
- Running time: 47 minutes
- Country: Japan
- Language: Japanese (English subbed)
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