Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 2013 to ?
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisOtaku 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?
Related AnimeAdaptation: Yowamushi Pedal
Side story: Yowamushi Pedal: Special Ride
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I am loathe to use this term but there is something about Yowamushi Pedal that makes it infinitely fun, tense, interesting and epic - an X-factor. As a serious fan of half a dozen sports from F1 to Tennis and a huge fan of a broad range of animes, I feel quite well-placed to explain why YP is as good as it is.
The classic underdog story of natural talent rising to the top. YP is just that as Otaku Onoda Sakamichi enters the world of endurance race biking. But Onoda's goals are not to achieve a Tour de France without using performance enhancing drugs. It is to make and be with those he considers friends. A loner he is and as epic, if natural in anime, is his steaming ride up the hill is, it is his longing to be surrounded with nice, friendly people that wins it for me. And watching his earnestness, single minded drive and talent achieve that is as satisfying a thing as seeing him learn the art of racing. There's of course plenty more though as like Onoda most people watching YP will learn in leaps about bike racing and there's the small matter of the school bicycle team aiming to be the best in Japan. But in the end for me this is Onoda's story about carving a place for himself. If Wakamote was heart breaking for how Kuroki Tomoko was portrayed then Sakamichi Onoda is uplifting for how he goes about the same problem.
If you've read the manga upon which it's based, this anime has done really well. The art is, strangely for a show loved by Fujoshi, quite sub-par. Thus kudos to the studio for giving it a face lift. The animation is also crisp without much annoying CG, which is far too common this season.
Since the moment it came out the OP song has been in my ipod. I jog to it with a huge smile whenever it comes on and an extra spring in my step. A great song it is but also it reminds of Onoda's massive drive and I find myself pushing harder. The ED is also a good listen. As with any sports anime the OST has to match the mood and mode the series has in any one point perfectly and YP's does. I shall find myself searching for a download link soon. The voice acting is probably the best this season. Onoda, unvoiced by any regular star seiyuu like much of the cast, sounds so fresh and perfect. He sounds like a highschooler like his peers do. When Little Busters came out I dropped the show entirely because I couldn't take the sound of the female characters' untrained, H-game only actresses. It was honestly painful to someone like me who has had ear infections. No such problems with YP.
Not since Oofuri or Cross Game or Chihayafuru... actually there are a lot of great animes with great characters. And that is the thing with sports animes over battle animes, the former are always stories of character. A never ceasing theme (except in moe-sports anime like Ryo-kyu bu and whatnot) in sports anime is the drive, will and sheer balls that these characters need to achieve their dreams. It is something that few battle animes, which are simply fight against the enemy and then do it again and again, cannot do. The courage that these young men and women take in pursuing their dreams at all costs is much more real and inspiring than with some silly battle anime leads. And with Onoda's quest for happiness and friendship alongside it, it's no wonder YP is just such a joy to watch.
Not much point explaining that... weather's been terrible recently in Canada, -15 while I type.
YP is unlike KuroBasuke, Daiya no A and Hajime Ippo (the other sports animes this season). It has an undeniable X-factor with Onoda. Kurobasuke is better animated, Daiya no A is gritty fun, Hajime is well it's Hajime but YP rises to the top not because it does anything different to them but because it does every little thing just that bit better (save animation over, no point beating IG at that). And you know what YP does best of all, it's confirmed to keep being the best for another 32 episodes. Enjoy it until summer and then buy a bike. I will. read more
A young boy who happens to be an otaku realizes that he loves riding bicycles and hence joins the bicycling club in high school. Participating and winning in the Inter-High competition is what he and his friends work towards.
As you can see it's simple and easy to follow. It doesn't deviate from the core of the plot but having said that, the pace does tend to slow down a bit more than it should in certain episodes.
I would have liked smoother stuff here and there but otherwise the staff members have done a pretty good job. Backgrounds are done really well and I was impressed with the facial features of the characters too. The colors of the eyes, hair, skin, etc. were spot-on.
The opening and ending songs are very enjoyable. Credit has to be given to Dirty Old Men. The songs in which they had a role to play were my favorites without a doubt. Even the OST is good and fits the theme of the anime.
A weak main character surrounded by a group of strong ones who support him (it's becoming a trend these days isn't it?) is something which I am fond of. But he seemed to be weaker than what I would have preferred. Also, there isn't a badass character who makes you feel "this guy is just awesome!" (Guys like Urahara Kisuke, Levi, Vegeta, Hiruma,etc.). All characters are given importance though and are nicely developed in the story too.
Quite enjoyable indeed. I haven't watched any other sports anime involving bicycles so it's different for me. It has a fair share of comedy, thrilling races and learning experiences. If you are a fan of sports anime, I am sure you'll find this to your liking too.
Recommended for all sports anime lovers, especially those who like Hajime no Ippo & Eyeshield 21. read more
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 D has a more serious tone while Yowamushi Pedal has a lighthearted one.
The focus on competitions and getting into the technicality of driving or riding in both Initial D and Yowamushi Pedal both have nice balances. Both main characters initially never were involved in the sport and become interested early in the series. Seeing that sort of excitement was fun in both. The excitment developed during races are also very similar. I'd have to say in terms of differences, Yowamushi Pedal is bit more light-hearted and innocent due to the main character and settings but overall the feelings and shining parts of both series are very similar and will be enjoyed with both series.
Initial D and Yowamushi Pedal takes the idea of competitions and brings it to a level like never before. The competitive atmosphere of both series are astonishing as we witness the main characters compete against one another. They strive to do their best and improve through experiences while learning from mistakes.
Both series focuses on different sports but involves the usage of a vehicle. Among them are various brands that characters use/adjust to give them an edge in the competition. Additionally, each character has their own style in operating their vehicles that brings out the shows' uniqueness.
One has bikes, one has cars. More power of friendship in yowapeda. There might be a few other differences, though.
Both are about 2 highschoolers who are talented at using vehicles for speed one with a bike and with a car. In Yowamushi the main character isn't interested in sports and cycling but has cycled everyday to his favorite anime shop 45km away since the 4th grade. In Initial D the main charater isn't interested in street racing but had to deliever tofu for his father and drive up and down the mountain pass since the 7th grade. Also they both use very out dated vehicles, in Yowamushi the main character uses a Mommy Bike and in Initial D the main character uses a car from 1986.
Both have wimpy main characters that have hidden talents. Both have characters that start out weak compared to the other characters, but eventually grow in terms of strength and skill as the story goes on. Both main characters have some sort of side kick who is physically brawny and skilled in their respective sport. The deurotagonist is hot blooded, and determined to become the best in the sport.
Even though one anime is about bicycling and the other one about basketball it does have some similarities.
• In both series:
- Main character seems weak at first.
- Some of the first years are strong and there are some admirable senpai's.
- There are other teams which stories are also shown in the anime. The teams already know each other and have competed before, they also come to research each other before the game/race.
Yowapeda and KnB both are sport anime that will make your heart race and Yowapeda will make you laugh.
Both are sports related animes and have excellent character development :P
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 Sōhoku(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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