Horimiya Piece has had an excellent running for its first episode. Fans are eager to see more overlooked manga chapters get animated, especially the Sports Festival Arc running from chapter 51 to chapter 53, covering the final sports festival for our dear third-year characters.
Will Horimiya Piece cover the Sports Festival Arc?
we got cheated out of sports festival for horimiya 😭😭😭
— chass (@jihoesh) April 4, 2021
Till now, it’s unclear whether the anime will cover the Sports Festival Arc or not but the odds do look in our favour as there is enough content in the three chapters for one episode, and since Horimiya Piece is a side story of the main anime series that will adapt the chapters from the manga that were not included in the main series, it seems pretty likely that we will get the Sports Festival Arc too.
It is the first arc that focuses on the school life of the characters, and it shows how they interact with each other in a more competitive setting.
What Happens In The Sports Festival Arc?
The arc begins with the school’s annual Sports Festival. As luck would have it, they have perfect weather for the festival which makes wearing a long-sleeved jacket for the tattoo-covered Miyamura. Sengoku leads the day with the athlete’s pledge but ironically, is the most unathletic person in the crowd.
He thinks of Miyamura as a traitor for participating in the day’s events but Miyamura is happy to take on the title if it means giving sports a try. Until now, Miyamura never understood the point of trying, but this year he has Hori to beat and that seems to be plenty of motivation for him.
The games start with a bang and soon it’s time for the third-years to participate. They are divided into two teams- the East (consisting of Hori, Sengoku, Iura, and Yoshikawa) and the West (consisting of Miyamura, Ishikawa, Kouno, Ayasaki, and Yanagi).
For the first event, the women’s hurdle race, Hori is up against Ayasaki who tricks her by saying that Miyamura will be her’s if Hori loses the race which flusters Hori and she misses a head start and comes up 4th place, all thanks to Miyamura cheering unexpectedly for her even though he’s in the opposite team.
He confesses that it’s a nice feeling- to cheer and be cheered for and continues to keep his spirit up when Ishikawa participates in the men’s obstacle race. His spirits are halted again when it’s time for the cheering contest and instead of taking the usual route with cute skirts and pom-poms in hand, Hori opts for a black guy’s uniform that appeals more to the girls than the boys.
The final event is the scavenger hunt and because of a boy falling sick at the last minute, Miyamura is asked to fill in his spot. He is apprehensive at first, being shunned for being bad in sports his whole life but he remembers the support and encouragement his friend gave him and decides to push his insecurities back and take the plunge. This marks a great changing moment for him and he begins to see festivals in a different light.
In the scavenger hunt, Hori and Miyamura find each other vying for the same person- Sengoku and after a 5-minute debate they decide to call it even and drag him to the finish line together to call it a tie, much against Sengoku’s wishes.
Both the teams come to a tie with 75 points each so they play a cavalry battle as a tie-breaker. Hori cheers for Sengoku to get at least one ribbon which makes Miyamura jealous. But jealousy takes a back seat and team spirit takes over as Miyamura gains the upper hand and grabs the ribbon from Sengoku, sealing their place in the first position.
In the end, Hori and Miyamura both do well in the events, and they are both proud of their accomplishments. The arc also helps to strengthen their relationship, and they become even closer as a result. After the School Trip Arc in the first episode, it would be a shame if this arc doesn’t get animated too.