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
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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
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.
- 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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