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Yowamushi Pedal

Yowamushi Pedal

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Yowapeda
Japanese: 弱虫ペダル


Type: TV
Episodes: 38
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 2013 to Jul 1, 2014
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.251 (scored by 13562 users)
Ranked: #2492
Popularity: #859
Members: 32,078
Favorites: 527
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Otaku 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 Anime

Adaptation: Yowamushi Pedal
Side story: Yowamushi Pedal: Special Ride
Sequel: Yowamushi Pedal 2nd Season

Characters & Voice Actors

Imaizumi, Shunsuke
Imaizumi, Shunsuke
Toriumi, Kousuke
Toriumi, Kousuke
Naruko, Shoukichi
Naruko, Shoukichi
Fukushima, Jun
Fukushima, Jun
Onoda, Sakamichi
Onoda, Sakamichi
Yamashita, Daiki
Yamashita, Daiki
Tajiri, Hiroaki
Tajiri, Hiroaki


Nabeshima, Osamu
Takadera, Takeshi
Sound Director
Hino, Satoshi
Theme Song Performance
Fukushima, Jun
Theme Song Performance

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Jun 30, 2014
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.

Story 9/10
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 read more
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Nov 24, 2013
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.

Story 10/10
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 read more
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- Underdog Hero
- Sports Anime
- Special talent learned through mundane means
- exciting with comedy
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.

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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