In Super Cub, a quiet girl named Koguma initially has little going on in her life: no friends or family, no hobbies, and no goals. That is until she buys a discounted used motorcycle that disrupts her monotonous life and gives her a chance to form friendships unlike any she’s had. If you enjoyed the relaxing pace, relatable characters, outdoorsy setting, and seeing a gloomy girl blossom into her personality and meet unforgettable friends, get ready for six anime you can put on your list!
Similar Anime to Super Cub
1. One Off
- Episodes: 4
- Aired: August 2012 – October 2012
Though only a short OVA, One Off is a simple slice of life story about Shiozaki Haruno, a girl riding a motorcycle in her remote mountain home who instead dreams of a more thrilling life in a city. She’s joined by a group of four good friends that help her get past her negativity and belief that things are impossible. There are cute friendship moments, relaxing scenes with beautiful backgrounds, and a smooth, gentle art style.
Like Super Cub, One Off features a motorcycle prominently and a main girl battling monotony, purposelessness, and melancholy, then being helped by her caring friends and breaking out of her shell. The pace is similarly relaxing, though it can be too unexciting for some people. One Off is a little more upbeat, less serious, with some more humorous moments. Plus, the art style and voice acting are a little cuter. If you like Super Cub and are hoping for something similar but a little more cheerful, or if you’re just into girls riding motorcycles, we believe you’ll like One Off.
One Off PV
2. Long Riders!
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2016 – February 2017
Another good pick is Long Riders! A first-year college student named Ami Kurata suddenly purchases a mountain bike and falls in love with biking. While it is slice of life and has many of the genre’s key elements, like comedy and heartwarming scenes, Long Riders! is more of a sports anime compared to Super Cub. On top of that, it is additionally classified as comedy and shounen. Cycling, the emotions of the first ride, and the feeling of freedom are huge inseparable parts of the anime. Something that pleasantly surprised us is that Long Riders! also featured the technical aspects of cycling. With each episode, you’ll learn a little something about bikes.
Like Super Cub, Long Riders! features a main girl riding around on a motorcycle/bicycle and is supported by a cast of loving friends. But unlike Super Cub, the main character is a lot more upbeat and the anime as a whole is more cheerful and exciting than melancholy and atmospheric. The art style is cute, though some people critique the heavy usage of CGI during the more dramatic bike-riding scenes. Still, if you like watching girls riding bicycles, we think you’ll like Long Riders!.
Long Riders! PV
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2016 – June 2016
One day, while riding her bike to school, Hane Sakura encounters a motorcycle enthusiast who introduces her to the motorcycle club and the thrilling life of riding motorcycles. Like many comedy slice of life anime, the story itself is fairly simple. Each episode highlights a day in the club, filled with comedy, running gags, and scenes of cute girls doing cute things. The best part of this anime is getting to see the friendship develop between Hane Sakura and the other girls, who all have their unique and wild personalities.
If you like Super Cub for its friendship themes and motorcycle elements, Bakuon!! is a prime choice. However, the vibe is very different, much, much less serious and more of a pure comedy. If you’re looking for realism, though, this anime might be a tough fit. Physics and logic are defied constantly (in the trailer, the characters are depicted going so fast that they generate wind and throw a cyclist off the road into the trees!), and one of the motorcycles goes as far as being sentient and talking. Some audiences might think some of the side characters are a bit too one-dimensional. Still, we think it’s a great show to have on your list if you’re looking for something fanciful.
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4. Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitenshabu (Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2017 – March 2017
In Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club, yet another slice of life anime that is also a sports and shounen anime, Maiharu Hiromi relocates to a city and starts school there. While riding a bicycle to school, she meets the leader of a cycling club. After joining the club, she forms friendships and goes on sightseeing trips around the city. It has that relaxing and cute charm like many slice of life anime, and there are info segments that teach you a little bit about bikes, so you can learn a lot by just watching anime! With vibrant colors and artistic backgrounds, it’s a super pleasant experience for your eyes!
Minami Kamakura many similarities with Super Cub, including the main female character riding a motorcycle/bicycle and making friends, and the slice of life genre. Unlike Super Cub, though, the main character isn’t solemn or quiet. She’s more girly and similar to a lot of shoujo anime’s protagonists. Plus, the vibe of the anime is also more carefree. We think it’s a great anime for people who like friendships and cycling.
Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitenshabu PV
5. Yama no Susume (Encouragement of Climb)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2013 – March 2013
So far we’ve only been recommending anime about girls riding motorcycles or bicycles, but if you’re alright with an anime focused on a different hobby, Encouragement of Climb is a charming slice of life, comedy, and adventure anime about Aoi Yukimura, a first-year in high school obsessed with indoor hobbies after a playground accident as a child that made her afraid of heights. Not good at talking to people, she finds herself friendless until she runs into a childhood friend, the free-spirited Hinata Kuraue. Hinata forces Aoi out of her shell and encourages her into mountain climbing. Engaged in this hobby, she opens up and makes friends, ending her lonely life.
While the episodes are short (only 3 minutes long), they are arranged chronologically and give a sense of progression as the characters not only climb up physical mountains, but also develop their confidence and relationships with each other. It truly is an inspiring watch! While the art style and music lean on the cutesy side, this is contrasted by the well-thought-out and realistic characters. While the hobby featured isn’t the same as in Super Cub, if you liked the anime for its theme of breaking out of one’s shell and finding friendship through an exhilarating hobby, we think you’ll like Encouragement of Climb. As an added bonus, you’ll learn tidbits about camping with each episode!
Yama no Susume PV
6. Houkago Teibou Nisshi (Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2020 – September 2020
Another slice of life anime with a great outdoorsy hobby as a key component (this time fishing), Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater features Hina Tsurugi and her family as they come to live in a small fishing town. As an indoorsy person, Hina plans on simply joining a handicraft club. One day, she bumps into an upperclassman who’s into fishing. While fishing with her, Hina accidentally catches an octopus, causing her to freak out. The upperclassman uses it as an opportunity to coerce Hina to join the school's Breakwater Club, or she won’t help Hina remove the octopus that is stuck on her legs! Though initially hesitant to join and even more hesitant to go fishing again, Hina eventually comes to appreciate the sport and becomes more outgoing and outdoorsy. Of course, as is natural for a slice of life anime, the protagonist forms unbreakable friendships along the way.
Breakwater is wonderfully researched and shows the details about fishing, but the story really shines in letting you see Hina grow from someone attempting to fill a hole in her life to becoming a passionate fisherman who shows her genuine love of the hobby through reading about the different kinds of fish and researching on how to become better at fishing. Like Super Cub, Hina’s demeanor changes as the story goes on. If you’re looking for a sweet coming of age anime, this definitely fits the bill!
Houkago Teibou Nisshi PV
Well, that’s the end. Hopefully one of these anime will fill your craving for sweet, heartwarming slice of life anime featuring girls doing a sportsy hobby, whether it be cycling, mountain climbing, or fishing. Let us know in the comments which of these anime you’ll be catching next, and post suggestions of anime we missed! Thanks for reading!