Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 2013 to Jul 1, 2014
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
Sequel: Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road
Other: Yowamushi Pedal: Re:RIDE
Characters & Voice Actors
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 and the dismal cycle begins anew. But through a series of fortunate coincidences he finds untapped talent and a place in his school's cycling club.
Unlike most protagonists in sports anime, Onoda is not a hot-blooded maniac with a craving for victory. He is timid, weak-- but earnest. He pedals on not out of proud, but because his aching muscles and the wind beating against him makes him feel alive. In a race he does not need to worry that he is shy or awkward; all that matters is that he pedal forward and dominate the asphalt. While Onoda may not be likeable in the traditional sense (his timidness can occasionally reach the point of frustration), much like Mihashi from "Big Windup", you can't help but root for the poor guy. And he never stops rooting for himself, either.
The other members of Souhoku's cycling club are fairly exciting, though most of them are nothing you haven't already seen before in a sports anime. There's Onoda's rival, Imaizumi, but the rivalry seemingly vanishes into thin air as the Interhigh tournament approaches. Naruko represents the life and energy of the club, while the three seniors unsurprisingly serve as mentors to the first-years. The most interesting of all the characters (sans Onoda) is Makishima. His long, green hair, lanky body, molester-like smile and spider-like cycling manoeuvre has him come across as a creepy little bastard, but gradually he develops and adds a distinct personality to the show. Souhoku will certainly feel the loss once he graduates.
The rival cyclists are, well... they have quite a personality. One of them is a muscle freak who names his pecks (Andy & Frank, in case you were curious) and regularly screams "Abs!" while riding with his jersey unzipped, exposing his bulging, twitching muscles. Yes. Yowamushi Pedal is a very strange show.
Others are more conservative in their personality, with the unbeatable Hakone High serving as the second main cast of characters. Their rivalry with Souhoku feels genuine as a result of a number of flashbacks, and these scenes fortunately are handled gracefully, only ever shown when pertinent to the story. The individual members of Hakone High are all fleshed-out, too. Even Muscle Dude.
The one blemish in an otherwise fun cast of characters is Midousuji of Kyoto Fushimi. He takes ridiculous to a level that I don't believe I have seen before in a sports anime. He does not stop at simply being the arrogant antagonist; he is a goddamn animal masquerading as human. He slurps with his long, lizard-like tongue, bends his body in positions impossible for the human body, loudly grinds his skeleton-like teeth in front of his opponents, strangles his team-mates and leaves death shrieks like a complete lunatic. Okay, I understand that the show wanted to create conflict by having a villain that the entire audience can despise and root against, but he did not need to be exaggerated to such an extent. His character simply creates a pervasive, ceaseless sense of imbalance within the show. And he does not ever stop frustrating the viewer. By the power of God, Jesus, Allah, those Hindu deities that I can't remember the name of, my mom and every other person in the history of mankind, won't somebody please please please beat the fool senseless?
Midosuji aside, Yowamushi Pedal does an excellent job of being accessible to those who have no prior experience or interest in the sport of cycling. Basic terminology is concisely conveyed to the viewer without being condescending, and it focuses more on the abilities of the cyclists rather than the intricacies of some obscure technique they are using. It does occasionally stray from realism during the Interhigh tournament, though. Every main character seems to have some sort of superpower. And you have to wonder how the characters don't lose their breath from talking so much while cycling.
Yowamushi Pedal is a visual feast. It is easily one of the best-looking sports anime produced to date. In the thirty-eight episodes produced thus far, there has not been one where the animation quality has dipped to any noticeable extent. The amount of CG used is thankfully minimal (usually limited to the scenery and the legs of the cyclists), though to be fair, it does skip many of the expensive shots by focusing more on the faces of the cyclists, with said faces given extra prominence by the blurring of the backgrounds. However, the best part of the visuals is the most basic: colour. Too many shows forget the importance of colour. Grey and brown is not fun for the eyeballs.
The musical score is great, but the real beauty is in how well-timed it is. All the tracks start and end at the perfect moment; a final dash towards the finish line being accompanied by a hot-blooded orchestral piece with guitars riffing in the background, or a tense 'eleventh hour' piece playing as the characters run out of strength and fall behind. One of the best moments in the entire show occurs in the thirty-first episode, with Onoda motivating his teammate by forcing him to sing along to a cheesy anime song (the way he's always encouraged himself), it later switching into a guitar solo of the song before finally crescendoing into the show's main background piece. Even if there's no particular stand-out track, the excellent usage of these tracks makes every episode a joy to watch. It's also pretty damn motivational, to boot.
However, it should be noted that the first season (should they even be considered separate seasons?) does not have a conclusion. It ends in the middle of the Interhigh tournament during one of its climaxes, the final sprint of the second day with no 'to be continued' to assuage the viewer. Watching the second season is an absolute necessity, so you will have to prepare yourself for a fairly long ride.
Yowamushi Pedal is first and foremost an inspirational story of the weak surpassing the odds and triumphing over the strong. It will not leave you with something you haven't already seen before, and while it is most certainly not deep or philosophical, it excels at doing what matters most: leaving a smile on the viewer's face.
As Onoda continues to greet the asphalt, he can certainly hold his head up high. read more
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
- Underdog Hero
- Sports Anime
- Special talent learned through mundane means
- exciting with comedy
-Both characters wimpy at first
-Both characters gets strong by finding what they like, they've changed dramastically
-Both has a girl they like in the anime
-Both sports related, very similar
-Both sports anime
The main characters from both series are timid, small in size, and wimpy. Both did odd jobs throughout their lives which helped develop their skill. Then one day they find out what they truly love. In Eyeshield 21: Sena found American Football. He was the best Running Back player on their team. While in Yowamushi Pedal: Sakamichi wanted to revive the Anime club but found out he was good at cycling. Coincidental they have someone they like. Mamaru from Eyeshield 21 andMiki from Yowamushi Pedal which drives them to do better. Both series we see their team grow strong and the bonds they share.
Eyeshield 21 and Yowamushi Pedal both consist of a main character, that are "weak" "nerdy" "uncool". They do so much repetitive courses that they don't even have a clue that they are amazing at it. For our Pedalist, Onoda, it is cycling. In Eyeshield, it is Sena, who runs a lot. They are both sports anime and have a lot of comedy and with different, interesting characters and their PAST.
They both have a skill that they trained since they were kids and have same personality. They both somehow forced to play sports (Sena was forced to play American football by hiruma and Sakamichi was challenged by Imaizumi to race), and later on they start to like that sport and aim to win a tournament together with their teammates.
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.
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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