Ōban Star-Racers
"The Will to Win"
Season Code: 112
Episode: 12
Airdate: June 21, 2006
Written by: Jeffrey Paul Kearney,

Savin Yeatman-Eiffel

Supervising Producer: Savin Yeatman-Eiffel
Producers: Katsunori Haruta
Benoit Runel
Minoru Takanashi
Savin Yeatman-Eiffel
Supervising Director: Thomas Romain,

Savin Yeatman-Eiffel

Story Editor: Jeffrey Paul Kearney

Ōban Star-Racers Season 1
April 12, 2006 - December 6, 2006
List of Episodes


  1. A Fresh Start
  2. Hostilities Break Out
  3. Grave Like Grooor
  4. In Like Flint
  5. Cruel Like Ceres
  6. Playful Like Para-Dice
  7. Treacherous Like Toros
  8. Agile Like Aikka
  9. Surprising Like Super-Racer
  10. Resistant Like Rush
  11. Silent Like Spirit
  12. The Will to Win
  13. Make Way!
  14. Welcome to Ōban!
  15. Fierce Like Lord Furter
  16. Nervous Like Ning & Skun
  17. Optimised Like Ondai
  18. Monstrous Like Muir
  19. The Origin of the World
  20. Secret Like Sul
  21. Ominous Like O
  22. Revelations
  23. Cruel Like Kross
  24. Canaletto's Revenge
  25. Unlikely Alliances
  26. The Moment Of Truth

Ōban Star-Racers

The Will to Win” is the 12th episode of the Cycle Alwas, and the 12th of the overall series. It first aired on June 21, 2006.


The Earth Team's star-racer is demolished, and Stan and Koji reluctantly rely on the Scrubs for help. Molly, meanwhile, prepares to confront Don Wei about her being his daughter. Rick continues his investigation of the mystery behind his crash.

Full RecapEdit

The Earth Team's Star-Racer is now rubble. Stan and Koji are scrounging the village but are unable to locate spare parts. Koji considers asking the Scrubs for help, but Stan is not so courageous. Flint and Marcel are also wary of them at first, even sending dozens of worms to chase them into a corner. When Koji explains that they need to repair their star-racer, Flint gets an idea. He convinces Marcel that if the team that beat goes all the way, it will restore their own reputations with their fans. Flint and Marcel then lead Stan and Koji to a star-racer graveyard, where they find all the spare parts they need and more.

Molly tries to confronts Don Wei once and for all about her true identity. However, when Don tells her that he has a daughter on Earth that he hasn't seen in a while, Molly loses her temper and storms out of his office. She leaves the pit with Jordan to watch the race between Toros and Rush. Rush soon takes the lead in the race, but when Toros tells him he lead the invasion of his planet, Rush goes mad with rage. He turns his ship around, jumps onto Toros's ship and tries to attack the Crog. Toros, however, knocks him off his ship by flying into an bridge. As a result, Toros wins the race, the Stone Crusher is ruined and Rush is injured.

Molly and Jordan go to the crash site with the rescue team to help Rush. Rush tells them that he wanted the Ultimate Prize to restore his planet to the way it was before the Crogs plundered it, but he wanted revenge even more. Molly offers to use the prize to grant Rush's wish, but he turns her down. He says her desire to win must be pure, and as he is carried off on a stretcher, he tells her to be strong and bring back the prize.

Meanwhile, Rick visits a Scrub shaman and meets the entity called the Timeless One in a vision. The entity tells Rick he is finished with him and erases his memory of their encounter, leaving another mystery.



  • Original French Title: Le coeur au ventre
  • Original French Air Date: June 21, 2006
  • ABC Family Air Date: August 26, 2006
  • Japanese Title: 勝利への意志 (Shōri e no ishi, Will to Win)
  • The title is the third episode to breaks the nine episode long "adjective-like-racer" format.
  • This is the second time the Earth Team doesn't race. The last time was in episode one.
  • In the star-racer graveyard, two of the dead ships are the Flying Fortress and the Hortlum ship (the racer Aikka shot down in Hostilities Break Out).
  • Canaletto makes his second appearance in this episode, and reveals his name for the first time.
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