Usually when someone has a great passion for something, it’s presented as something quite wonderful.
And for the most part, it is! Passion is what drives people to reach new heights, what inspires them to keep going day after day. Whether it’s passion for a specific object, medium, activity or topic, it’s what makes the world a bright and vibrant place.
However, there are darker sides. We don’t often think about how passion can consume us; it makes failures more devastating and can create divisions between other people who share the same feelings. sk8 infinity is a series that manages to capture both the ups and downs of passion, and how it can create difficulties not just between people but between a person and their love for something.
In particular, we see this through Reki’s development in the series. Reki’s first love is skateboarding; he loves everything from skateboarding to designing boards. He will tell everyone who will hear about it, and eventually, this is how he befriends Langa. He is thrilled to have someone to share his passion with and really enjoys teaching and skating with him. In this direction, sk8 infinity does an amazing job of capturing the wonders of being so in love with something. It makes you want to share it with people and help them feel the same joy you do. You make friends with people who share the same passion, and that only strengthens the love you have for something.
But, in Reki’s case, skateboarding has a downside. It’s a sport – an activity that requires a lot of practice and a certain natural physical capacity. When it comes to having a love for something like that, where talent and ability can be measured, it puts people in competition with each other. There will always be someone better than you, especially when you’re not a professional, and they may be younger than you or newer to the sport. It is then that we see the negative aspects of passion begin to play a role in sk8 infinity. Langa is relatively new to skateboarding, and in the early episodes we see that he’s pretty rough around the edges, even with his snowboarding background working in his favor. Reki builds a board to match Langa’s strengths, taking into account the need for wheels that pivot a certain way and a board shape that’s more like a snowboard. But as the show progresses, we start to see that Langa is a natural in the sport. He is able to blow away seasoned skaters, perform tricks better than the pros, and even skate on par with Adam, who is considered the best skater in S.
However, Reki can’t quite reach the same height.
No matter how hard she tries, Reki is left behind in terms of skill. Langa’s natural abilities make him feel inferior, and this has a profound impact on not only his relationship with Langa, but also his relationship with skateboarding. In the end, tragedy comes with passion; when someone overtakes you in something you hold so dear, it’s devastating. It’s a blow to your self-esteem, and we see that very clearly when Reki walks away from Langa in the series. He feels like he is no longer useful to Langa or anyone else. He blames himself for being stagnant, unable to reach the same heights as his friends despite having to work twice as hard as them. He feels as if he is invisible; it’s just the guy who shows up with the star skater. In his desperation, he is unable to connect with his passion and all the elements he can use. don’t involve physical abilities, such as building boards to improve one’s skating.
The series handles Reki’s feelings of insecurity and anger incredibly well. When you don’t feel up to it, it’s common to feel strong emotions, and it’s something that is often avoided. With Reki, we see how his passion drives him to push people away and how that sends him into a bout of depression where he doesn’t skate or talk to his friends. However, it’s clear that it’s not because he’s mad at the people around him; he is angry with himself, to the passion he feels has let him down because he can’t keep up when it comes to expertise. While the series allows Reki to have these feelings and express them, going so far as to lash out at Langa, it doesn’t portray him as an antagonist. Instead, the series chooses to focus on the effect Reki’s pain has on others and how her friends come to her aid without ever invalidating her feelings.
It’s a good angle to take as it turns Reki’s passion for skateboarding into one of the show’s biggest conflicts as well as her biggest motivation. The story is set in motion by Reki’s love spreading to Langa (and Miya, to some extent), and the story ends with Reki finding that love again by simply enjoying skating without comparing herself to anyone. else. But in between, Reiki’s passion becomes destructive as he tries to keep up with his friends, which ultimately causes the series’ main problems, especially Langa and Reki’s downfall.
In addition to Reki, Miya is also an example of the duality of passion, albeit in the opposite direction. Miya lost her passion for skateboarding because he made it to the top. Before turning professional, he enjoyed skating with his friends, which led him to make a career out of it. Once that happened, however, he found that it was no longer fun; he had lost his friends and his love for the sport, and he seems to find it again while skating with Reki. This shows yet another downside of having a big passion. Sometimes a passion isn’t meant to pay off, and when it becomes a career, it loses the potential for growth and innovation beyond the bounds of the rules. Considering Miya’s age, it’s unfortunate that he learned this lesson so young. However, it’s good to see his passion rekindled as he connects with his friends.
sk8 infinity is fundamentally a matter of passion. It’s about having so much love for something that it can both create and destroy, and there’s no better example of that than Reki. While some series don’t lean into the negative aspects of passion, this anime doesn’t try to hide it; he brings it to the fore, showing how passion amplifies failure and feelings of doubt. It’s something that makes the series more accessible while also making it unique in a sea of sports anime, and it reminds us all that while passion is often a force for good, it can also be incredibly tragic.