It's an incredible scene and fans can't get enough of the bond between Langa and Reki in Episode 12.SK8 The Infinity Episode 12 is the final episode of the first season. Sk8 the Infinity seeks an almost parodic relationship with the safety of its outstanding sport and the representation of it. The aftermath of Adam's wreck of Reki in the previous episode earns him a trip to the hospital and a broken arm at the beginning of it, with the plot settling in Langa potentially suffering a similar fate. Skateboarding is a dangerous game, we know, with Adam's particular style of intentionally aiming at damage, which further increases his dangers.
With that potential danger already made clear by Reki, urging Langa not to go ahead with the challenge seems reasonable. But the turning point for me came when Reki and the head of the Langa skate shop tried to advise Langa to at least wear a helmet and protective pads during the skating fight, only for the fresh Canadian to fly it under the auspices of the team, making it difficult for him to move. Obviously, I don't expect an anime cast of daring skater husbands to make sure that each of them is a true role model, but flippancia still seems irresponsible in how enthusiastic SK8 seems to have been in selling the sport. But then Sk8 the Infinity reminds me that, in fact, I'm watching Sk8 the Infinity, a story that increasingly treats skateboarding as a moment of imitable fun and more like a shonen battle show with superpowers, complete with special techniques and last-minute power-ups and changes.
In that context, it challenges you to question the idea of “security”. Would you tell Goku to put on a helmet while fighting? Should Jotaro wear protective goggles before a Stand battle? As we watch Adam tie Langa up in an impromptu Death Tango while shooting downhill on moving skateboards, it becomes obvious that Sk8 the Infinity doesn't need any “Don't try this at home” disclaimer, because if someone gets to a level where they can do this, they probably deserve to do it like want. After a brief discussion, Langa realizes how important their friendship is and says to Reki: “I want to skate endlessly with you. The episode reaches an emotional climax with Reki and Langa reuniting in the rain, where Reki loses her mind to Langa, who confirms that she is entering the tournament hoping to defeat Adam.
Like I said, he feels relatable what he's working on, what works since, and his sense that he can no longer relate to Langa is what is ultimately revealed to be really fueling his anguish. The genius of Reki helps evolve the board, advancing the foot straps to the toe clips for greater mobility and adding a smooth hinge so that Langa can take corners more easily. I should also point out how Reki left the group to RUN to the finish line as a kind of romantic “chasing you on the airport scene” so he could be there to say hello to Langa. Honestly, it's impossible for me to talk about Reki and Langa without thinking of them as at least two guys with an extremely strong bond.
Langa says it's exciting to skate with other good skaters, to which Reki replies that she's afraid to do it. Langa, of course, is just having fun and loves skateboarding, not happily realizing that the more he improves, the more distance he is creating between him and Reki. When Reki says that Adam and Langa are similar, therefore, there is no room for him, Langa realizes the mistake he made, something he points out in episode 11 with his broken skateboard, how he realizes things too late. Langa is now a significantly better skater than Reki and many of the others, and is still improving.
It's important to note that Reki isn't as scared as before, now that he and Langa have worked things out, the two of them enjoy skating for what it is. Langa, back then, looked a little sad with the affection, but now she is jumping off her skateboard to shower Reki with affection. Reki spirals into depression throughout the episode, trying to replicate the tricks Langa had done and even opts not to attend the reopening of the S race. .