Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 2013 to ?
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.991 (scored by 5908 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
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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
Since this show is continuing, I'll not write detailed and long (note: totally lying on that one :D). Feel free to read this because I'll not include spoilers in this review. If you're arguing about the score, the thing is I give the scores based on what its meant to be. (for example: If I gave something 7(Good) it means its just "good", not "bad" not "superb"). You might not agree on my opinions because it is "my" opinion after all.
The story is nothing special. Just a classic shounen based story. "It needed to be special, what could a sports anime could do?" This was my impression when I watched the first episode. Later episodes thestory revealed itself, it got a purpose but It never changed the fact that It was nothing but a mainstream shounen. It has no originality whatsoever. It disappointed me a little bit but just as I thought the main focus of this show isn't the Story. The main focus is the atmosphere. You actually feel like you're riding a bicycle. This was the only thing to be praised about. What I hate about this show is that the story is really slow-going.
I've seen lots of sports anime with bad animations and character styles but this was the reverse of that. The 3D animation is used in some scenes and they were unexpectedly good. To think that TMS Entertainment done the animation, it is really unbelievable. It had some flaws but they were almost unnoticable. (In some scenes the characters at the back look kinda weird and not well drawn.) I would have given this a 10 points but there's one more thing that I look in the animation, it is whether it looks natural or not. I can't say that it was totally unnatural but it didn't look natural at all. [By natural I mean the realistic aspects and the background quality]
The voices fit their characters perfectly and there are some skilled, professional voice actors in this show. Onoda's and Naruko's voice actors are not well known. I was suprised when I looked at it because It was done professionally. Nothing bad to say about it but nothing amazing too. The opening songs are good. If you're looking for something that'll give you energy, this is for you. I have checked the endings and just like most of the animes out there it has a slow paced songs. The soudtracks... wait are there any soundtracks? For real I haven't noticed them. That is disappointing. They should have added some techno music at the background.(I'm not a techno fan, I just thought it would suit this show)
The characters are pretty mainstream. There are nothing special about them. I can't say they totally suck but they suck at some points (like both the friends and rivals theme between the characters, you can call me a hipster but that is really classic). Aside from that, they don't have a villain to be focused on. They have some sorts of goals.
Sometimes you look for a show that will not make you think, not make you excited about, just to sit down, relax and watch a show without concentration. If you're in that mood (you know what I mean) you should watch this. If you really hate classic shounens and the shows that are not making you think, then you should not watch this because you'll hate it in the first minute.
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Ippo and Onoda are very similar in the way they behave. They're both modest and aren't aware of their true physical strength until they are introduced to the solitary sport they play.
They may relate to different sports but these two series are no strangers to hardworking protagonists who works their way up the ladder to earn pride and respect.
Both series deals with a protagonist who starts out as an average competitor in their sports of interest but later becomes skilled through hard work and determination. This includes facing the obstacles, fighting the best, and being themselves while discovering their own talents. They also show good sportsmanship with their peers and always fights for what they believe in.
Both series has comedy and drama as well. Ippo has hints of romance while Yowamushi Pedal adapts a more humorous style of presenting itself.
So far, Yowamushi Pedal seemingly follows the same story as Hajime no Ippo. The main character is virtually identical; he's timid, weak, and scared of people and relationships. Both characters are looking to do something that they love and are willing to work hard to achieve their goals. Out of all the anime I've watched, this one has given me that feeling that I felt while watching Ippo fight.
In the beginning, both of the main characters are in a conflict of some sort that later someone comes up to them and provides assistance. Then, they are introduced to a sport which they will enjoy. Ippo and Onoda have similiar personalities of being scared easily, apologizing for no reason whatsoever, and when they step in to their positions for the sport they play, they ROCK it.
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
Ending Theme#1: "Kaze wo Yobe (風を呼べ)" by Under Graph
#2: "I am ready" by AUTRIBE featuring Dirty Old Men
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