Ranked #289

Yowamushi Pedal

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Yowapeda
Japanese: 弱虫ペダル


Type: TV
Episodes: 38
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 2013 to Jul 1, 2014
Premiered: Fall 2013
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.221 (scored by 31,216 users)
Ranked: #2892
Popularity: #626
Members: 63,918
Favorites: 1,104
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Otaku Sakamichi Onoda has just entered high school and plans to join the anime club. In middle school, Onoda didn’t have any friends with whom he could talk about anime, games, Akihabara and other otaku things, and he is hoping he can make such friends in the anime club, but he finds out it's been disbanded. In order to reestablish the club he tries to find 4 other people who would like to join.

Since he was a little boy, Onoda has ridden his mamachari—a bulky bicycle with a step-through frame mainly used for short rides, such as for casual fun or to pick up groceries—to go to Akihabara every week to check out or buy otaku things. Fellow freshman Shunsuke Imaizumi and bicyclist, while training, notices a boy (Onoda) riding his mamchari up a steep road.

Freshman and road racing cyclist, Shokichi Naruko visits Akihabara to get some Gundam plastic models for his younger brothers and meets Onoda who catches his attention because of the his cycling skill on the mamachari and later find out they go to the same school. Later on, both Naruko and Imaizumi try to convince him to join the bicycle racing club, but will he?


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Characters & Voice Actors

Onoda, Sakamichi
Onoda, Sakamichi
Yamashita, Daiki
Yamashita, Daiki
Naruko, Shoukichi
Naruko, Shoukichi
Fukushima, Jun
Fukushima, Jun
Imaizumi, Shunsuke
Imaizumi, Shunsuke
Toriumi, Kousuke
Toriumi, Kousuke
Makishima, Yuusuke
Makishima, Yuusuke
Morikubo, Showtaro
Morikubo, Showtaro


Nabeshima, Osamu
Nabeshima, Osamu
Takadera, Takeshi
Takadera, Takeshi
Sound Director
Kakihara, Tetsuya
Kakihara, Tetsuya
Theme Song Performance
Hino, Satoshi
Hino, Satoshi
Theme Song Performance

More episodes Episodes(38/38)

# Episode Title Aired
1 Because I Can Go to Akiba for Free
Akiba ni Tada de Ikeru kara (アキバにタダでいけるから)
Oct 8, 2013
2 To Recruit More Members
Buin wo Fuyasu Tame (部員をふやすため)
Oct 15, 2013
3 I Don't Have Any Friends
Boku wa Tomodachi Inai kara (僕は友達いないから)
Oct 22, 2013
4 Naruko Shoukichi
Naruko Shoukichi (鳴子章吉)
Oct 29, 2013
5 The Sōhoku High School Bicycle Racing Team
Souhoku Koukou Jitensha Kyougi Bu (総北高校自転車競技部)
Nov 5, 2013

Opening Theme

#1: "Reclimb (リクライム)" by ROOKiEZ is PUNK'D
#2: "Yowamushi na Honoo (弱虫な炎)" by Dirty Old Men
#3: "Be As One" by Team Souhoku (Sakamichi Onoda, Shunsuke Imaizumi, Shoukichi Naruko, Shingo Kinjou, Yuusuke Makishima, Jin Tadokoro)

Ending Theme

#1: "Kaze wo Yobe (風を呼べ)" by Under Graph
#2: "I am ready" by AUTRIBE featuring Dirty Old Men
#3: "Glory Road" by Team Hakone Gakuen (Juichi Fukutomi, Sangaku Manami, Jinpachi Toudou, Hayato Shinkai, Yasutomo Arakita, Touichirou Izumida)

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Aug 12, 2014
Peer pressure often prevents us from being the person we want to be. The teenage years entail a necessity for conformity and a fear of change. Physical appearance, grades, money and social status are used to determine someone's value in society. Or so it seems.

For Onoda Sakamichi, he finds his place by pedalling and pedalling forward.

Yowamushi Pedal is a story of a weak-willed, unattractive and friendless otaku finding joy in life through the sweat of sport. Nobody, including himself, thinks him capable of more than shopping for manga and singing embarrassing anime songs. He rides his cheap bicycle from school to Akihabara once a week read more
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Jun 30, 2014
Well, this was one long ride, and what an enjoyable one it was.

Yowamushi Pedal is by far one of the most enjoyable anime I've seen. It was able to glorify bikes and so much more to such a high extent, changing the way I view biking and sports anime forever.

Story 9/10
Yowapeda is about freshman in Highschool named Onoda Sakamichi. His goals at the time was to join the anime club, make friends, and go to Akiba with the club. However, he is shocked when he discovers that the anime club was disbanded because no one joined. Onoda is saddened because he feared he was going read more
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Sep 7, 2014
Hobbies. Everyone has them whether when you were just a kid, during high school, or as an adolescent. But everyone’s hobbies vary. Hobbies pique interest and interest can lead into an obsession. For Sakamichi Onoda, his hobby is watching anime to the point of obsession. You remember that one time when you forgot to record your favorite show that airs late at night? Well for Sakamichi, that could be a catastrophe. But little does Sakamichi know that his hobby will lead him to an encounter with destiny. That encounter leads him to ride the winds and steer the Yowamushi Pedal.

A tour with Yowamushi Pedal will read more
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Oct 2, 2014
At one point or another, one faces a metaphorical wall, and no matter how much effort one puts into breaking it, it is futile. What does one do, then? Give up? Wait? Have the willpower to try again and again?

This, essentially, is what Yowamushi Pedal is about.

Yowamushi Pedal, Weak Pedals in English and Yowapeda for short, follows Onoda Sakamichi and his journey to have fun with friends he never had, as well as his struggles in the world of road racing he gets dragged into. It’s, of course, not a unique concept by any means – after all, many sports shows follow the scheme of read more
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Both are about cycling, both are about a young uncool boy self-realizing and becoming confident through road races. Many other second characters appear to share the same characterization. 
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While the other characters aren't similar, both of the main characters are boys in high school who are talented in riding a particular vehicle (car in Initial D and bike in Yowamushi Pedal). Despite showing no interest in the sports of their respective vehicles, they have used them frequently and gained a natural talent for riding them, due to doing a certain activity constantly from a young age (delivering Tofu at night and riding to Akihabara). Eventually, they race against someone else, revealing their true potential despite their outdated/unprofessional models (AE86 and a mommy bike). Other racers are then attracted to their skill. However, Initial  read more 
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Different sports yet both series have high spirits when it comes to teamplay. The main male characters are part of a team in the perspective sport they are involved in. But with that also comes adversaries and obstacles they must overcome. Considering to be an underdog, both series highlights their growth. At the same time, other characters on their team also get insight on their roles in the story. I recommend both series for sports fan interested in teamwork and a competitive atmosphere. 
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-Both characters wimpy at first
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