Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2007 to Sep 26, 2007
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.921 (scored by 8860 users)
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biking comedy school sports
SynopsisTour de France, it is the biggest bicycle race in the world. Now, a new achievement is about to be recorded in the history of Tour de France. The top racer is a Japanese boy named Shinozaki Mikoto.
"Why don't you join our bicycle club?" said Fukazawa, Shinozaki Mikoto's secret love.
Unfortunately, despite being a high school student, he doesn't know how to ride a bike. With no real idea of what the bicycle club is, he earnestly practices. After he overcomes this challenge, while he pedals along, something that was smoldering in his mind for 15 years ignites.
"I want to devote myself to bike riding."
Experiencing failure with his friends and rivals, he pedals towards becoming the top racer.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Over Drive
Characters & Voice Actors
First off, I must start by saying that I may be a little biased when reviewing this anime because I'm totally a sports anime fan. And having watched quite a number of sports animes, Over Drive came as a refreshing change for me.
The protagonist of the story is your typical weak willed, unless, low self esteem guy in school. But what is different about his character to other similarly carved sports lead characters is that he has a sense of humor. Unlike other characters, he does not dwell on his uselessness much, which is definitely something i appreciate a lot, since these dwellings can drag on long and slow. Zzz. (Refer to Eyeshield21)
The race (there is only one) in the anime is surprisingly exciting and interesting. I just could not stop watching episodes after episodes of the race. I mean, a race of bicycles must be boring, right? NOT. Though it lacks special effects that other sports anime have, the scenes are realistic and appealing.
Furthermore, character development is cleverly embedded into the series by means of flashbacks during the race. You can get more than a glimpse of each main characters during the short 26 episodes, which is quite satisfying already. From the flashbacks, you learn why they enter the sport and why they are so passionate about it. And throughout the race, you enter into the anime and star rooting for all the characters unconsciously because all the main characters are so likable!
The art is very simplistic in this anime, but easy on the eyes, and I came to like the art style a lot.
Not too sure about this, too absorbed in the story.
Loved it! An anime that can capture my attention for almost all the episodes, and make me sit up and watch is certainly an anime I enjoyed much.
I would recommend all to watch this anime. It's comical at the right times, and touching at others. But I must say that the story borders on corny at times, but fret not, it doesn't happen often. And I am dissatisfied that the series is so short, I wished it continued on longer and showed us their journey through the Tour de France. Maybe in their next season? read more
This anime is about a boy who finds out the joy and romance in riding a bicycle. From the time he first rides his bicycle to his first race.
The story is unique in that its not everyday you have an anime about bicycle racing. What makes it so interesting is how they make bicycle racing sound so epic and how some unknown little loser can come out as one of the best. Like how they have different types of bicycle riders, climbers,sprinters,down-hil specialists,all rounders and so on.Although i felt that for an anime with romance as one of its genres it was quite a letdown as the romance was very suttle.
The artwork is good i guess,i dont really take into account the artwork so much but i feel that it was sufficient to bring out the action of the race.
The Opening song was very upbeat and i was quite taken in by the song though i can't say the same for the ending song. I think that if they had put inserts in the anime it might have enhanced the feelings or the mood.
The chracters were fabulous. In this anime, there are quite a lot of main characters, this is because many of teh characters has a fair share of showtime in the anime anf this makes it more realistic, instead of just focussing on one or two characters. Each of the main chracters is adequately expressed and their pasts help to enhance their feelings and justify their determination. I was particularly inspired by the main chracter's spirit in not giving up. the uspport characters do a good job in giving the respective chracters a feeling of reverence and respect and this is important in a show where people are constantly competing to be the best. So i feel the character development was especially evident for the main chracter and is one of the best i've seen.
The anime had its fair share of laughs and suspense which makes quite a good combination. I was quite enthraled by the anime for its comic relief as well as its constant cliff-hangers.Once you start watching its hard to stop especially when it come to the race.The story was quite realistic and this allows the audience to empathize with the chracters and this also drew me in and added to my enjoyment.
In my opinion, the anime is well worth watching and if you think you don't like it at the start try the later episodes about 10 or so when the race starts, you'll definitely be captivated. read more
Both are about a weak main character that has a special ability or a passion for a certain sport and his evolution.
The only difference is the character and attitude of the main female roles and the sport in which they are involved in. The main characters are very similar and have hidden talent as well as a weak exterior.
The same type. Sport anime with lot of nice actions. Ok ? It's sufficiently long ?
Both are about a scrawny little kid who spent most as his life following the biding of bullies as a gopher, until one they he was introduced to a sport that he came to love and practiced that sport until he made his way to the top.
Both anime are about sport but more importantly they are about this one clumsy kid who is, as it turns out to be, a genius.
First of all they are both about sport and a weak protagonist without many friends. Just as he starts to do a club activity he finds out about his ability..or rather, others find out about his skills.
Secondly, both animes are also about aiming to win a tournament as a team.
Anyway both Animes are worth watching!
Over Drive and Yowamushi Pedal both involve the sport of cycling as a competitive game among its characters. The main male protagonists from both series are involved with club members that also share their passion in cycling. However, they were initially introduced more as outcasts at school.
There is plenty of comedy in both series ranging from its dialogues, character interactions, and even the competitions themselves. As for cycling, both series bring out its intensity as the main male protagonists face off against rivals and challenges.
The protagonists have some similarities both not having a good goal in life.
Imaizumi have many similarities with Kurosuke.
The two club captains have some similarities too.
There is a girl that both protagonists like.
This two series are bicycle/emotional/sports anime that leave an impact on you.
Yup, Over Drive is also about riding a bicycle and having rivals. Races um well also similar, main characters comes out with potential, cycling clubs in highschool, there is also one main female character in both series (romanceeee yey) . Yep, quite similar except for the art style. (I love the art~) You should try this if you love either one <,< Like meh ;3
Opening Theme"WINDER ~Boku wa Koko ni Iru~" by Shonen Kamikaze
Ending Theme#1: "Saihate no Parade" by Merry (eps 1-13)
#2: "Koi Suzumi" by DEL (eps 14-26)
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