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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Score: 8.251 (scored by 12835 users)
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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 2nd Season
Characters & Voice Actors
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.
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 to have no friends to talk to anime with about like in Junior Highschool. He doesn't stay lonely for long though, one day when he was biking up the steep slope to go to school, he catches the attention of a cycler named Imaizumi, who is amazed that Onoda was able to bike up the slope with a "mommy bike". Seeing his potential as a biker, Imaizumi challenges Onoda to a bicycle race. If Onoda wins, Imaizumi will join the anime club. If Imaizumi wins, Onoda will join the cycling club. From their, Onoda's journey begins.
The story is straight forward and easy to understand with Onoda being an underdog and having to face challenges to get stronger and faster, while also making friends along the way. All of the races were exciting and had my heart pounding, and at times had me screaming. The bonding between Onoda and his friends through biking was very unique and introduced to me different types of ways that you can create them. It's really nice to know that when watching Yowapeda, you won't just learn about bikes.
The art was fairly good. Not amazing, not painfully average, just good. The animators definitely knew what they were doing when it came to scenery and character designs (for the most part) and the cg was also well used. Their were parts where the cg stood out like a sore thumb, but they got to budget somehow. All in all, the animation was very consistent.
When the time came for the bike races to become intense, they had the right music to match the intensity. The music made each race a rush of adrenaline through the body and psyched me up. The voice actors were perfect, especially Onoda's. The voice actors really highlighted each of the cycler's unique personalities. For the openings, we got two fairly good openings and one great opening. Finally, who could forget the almighty song that pushes your body to an all out burst. I'm talking about the Love Hime Song of course. Great music choices in conclusion.
By far the best part of the show. Yowapeda has a wide cast of characters, all of them (at least for team Sohoku and Hakone) get the spotlight eventually in an episode. We learn about said character goals, resolves, and why they ride the way they do. A lot of character are very relatable too, and have their own unique personality, ranging from otaku, cocky, cool, shy, obsessive, and absolute a**hole. The character development is also amazing. It would be hard to actually explain the character development without spoiling, but character development isn't just seen with only Onoda. Through tough experiences, enemies become friendly rivals and otakus become biking gods.
I could've never imagined 5 months ago that Yowapeda would make its way on my own personal favorite anime list, or that on nearly every race I was tearing my hair off and yelling at my iPad. I learned so much about bikes, special techniques, bonding, and much more you wouldn't expect from an anime glorifying bikes. It has influenced my life so much that I even bought a road racer myself and I am now willing to give other sports anime a chance. Yowapeda is a one of a kind, and I enjoyed it to its fullest.
I really wanted to give this anime a 10/10 score but sadly the story isn't completed. Their is however going to be a season 2 so I can't give it a final score until then, but I highly recommend this anime to anyone who loves to watch anime. You won't regret it. Until season 2, keep calm and sing Love Hime.
This review has grown big enough, so I'll cut the chase and let you jump right into it:
I'll go right ahead and say that I'm not usually "into" sports manga and/or anime, mainly because I'm not into sports in general. Thus, I can't really say how clichéd or not clichéd the story is compared to other titles in the genre. I do know a few things about shōnen though, and seriously - this is so shōnen.
A lot of determined faces, seemingly impossible odds, close failures that get solved in the nick of time by the power of some good ol' Japanese Spirit(TM), speeches about friendship and teamwork, and homo-eroticism. My god, is there a lot of that last one (this is excellent fujoshi-bait, so keep that in mind fellas).
Anyway; yeah, as far as shōnen goes, this story probably has seen the light of day more times than can be counted. And honestly? I don't mind.
The characters tries, works hard, support each other, fails and then tries some more. The competitions are exciting, the friendships are touching and the funny moments are genuinely funny.
Have we seen it before? Yes, definitely. Does it matter? No, I don't think so.
(It's also nice to be able to truthfully say that I actually learn something new when watching it; Watanabe, the mangaka, is a cyclist himself and all the facts and techniques that show up are real, if sometimes exaggerated.)
-Art & Animation-
Nothing really special. There are shots that linger a teensy bit too long, many close-ups of the eyes, looped footage, CGI in a few places (though it's not as jarring as you might think; I for the most part didn't think about it) and probably some other tricks to make the animation seem not-as-cheap-as-it-most-likely-is. At the same time, the art still looks nice. The art in the manga is at best stylistic and at worst sloppy, but the anime makes a good job of cleaning it up and giving the character designs a little bit more consistency. The result is polished, if slightly generic.
(I'm also happy to tell that there's a considerable lack of side-mouths or "fish-faces", which is always a welcomed virtue.)
Absolutely lovely. If the music wants to get you pumped, you'll get pumped. If it wants to break your heart, reach for the tissues. If it wants to make your heart grow three sizes and fill it with fluff, don't fight it - embrace it. It will get you, sooner or later. All of the opening and endings fit very well with the concept and are pretty damn good songs on their own to boot.
The voice acting is equally satisfying; among the cast there are some known and some less known, but all of them are doing a great job and every voice fits their character superbly.
The trump card of the show. These characters are WONDERFUL and I love every single one of them. Each and every one have their own special blend of talent and eccentricity that makes them stand out and be charming both by themselves and when paired with another character. Perfect since much of the humour comes from the guys' personalities playing off each other. Like probably many other sports anime and practically every shōnen anime there are rivalries in abundance, but so far only one of them is actually malicious, which is a nice change of pace. It's safe to say that the characters alone are reason enough to check YowaPeda out.
If you haven't realised it already, I enjoy this show immensely, both in a written and animated format. It's fun, exciting and at times incredibly sweet. I was amazed at how something as simple as racing up a hill could pull me into the action and struggles of the characters. Sports anime and manga might not have been my thing before and, hell, maybe it still isn't, but after watching Yowamushi Pedal I'm at least willing to give the genre a try.
Overall, a 9/10 - lowered only because of the art and story which we've unquestionably seen before. Still, I cannot stress enough how worthy this show is of your time and attention.
And about the fujoshi-thing I said before? It's actually not that bad, so please - don't let it be a deterrent (just stay away from certain forums and art sites and you should be fine). 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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