Ranked #734
Over Drive

Over Drive

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: OverDrive
Japanese: オーバードライヴ


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2007 to Sep 26, 2007
Producers: Xebec, Pony Canyon
Genres: Shounen, Sports
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.861 (scored by 10726 users)
Ranked: #7342
Popularity: #1440
Members: 20,955
Favorites: 183
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biking comedy school sports


Tour de France, it is the biggest bicycle race in the world. Now, a new achievement is about to be recorded in the history of Tour de France. The top racer is a Japanese boy named Shinozaki Mikoto.

"Why don't you join our bicycle club?" said Fukazawa, Shinozaki Mikoto's secret love.

Unfortunately, despite being a high school student, he doesn't know how to ride a bike. With no real idea of what the bicycle club is, he earnestly practices. After he overcomes this challenge, while he pedals along, something that was smoldering in his mind for 15 years ignites.

"I want to devote myself to bike riding."

Experiencing failure with his friends and rivals, he pedals towards becoming the top racer.

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Episodes  0 / 26
Aired  Apr 4, 2007 to Sep 26, 2007
Status  Finished Airing
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Adaptation: Over Drive

Characters & Voice Actors

Fukazawa, Yuki
Fukazawa, Yuki
Nazuka, Kaori
Nazuka, Kaori
Fukazawa, Yousuke
Fukazawa, Yousuke
Yasumura, Makoto
Yasumura, Makoto
Shinozaki, Mikoto
Shinozaki, Mikoto
Kaji, Yuuki
Kaji, Yuuki
Terao, Kouichi
Terao, Kouichi
Nojima, Kenji
Nojima, Kenji


Kato, Takao
Takadera, Takeshi
Sound Director
Nagahama, Norihiko
Episode Director, Storyboard
Nemoto, Toshizou

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Feb 5, 2015
Okay, so this review is coming from someone who had never seen a sport anime until watching this show. I have to say that Over Drive exceeded my expectations in every way. It was such a refreshing show to watch!

STORY - Okay, so was the story at the calibre of other anime? Not at all. But it's something that all of mankind can relate to: being the underdog. Who doesn't love a good story about someone starting from the bottom and finishing on top?

ART - I think the art was fine. It wasn't my preferred style, but there wasn't anything wrong with it. The animations read more
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Apr 28, 2008
First off, I must start by saying that I may be a little biased when reviewing this anime because I'm totally a sports anime fan. And having watched quite a number of sports animes, Over Drive came as a refreshing change for me.

The protagonist of the story is your typical weak willed, unless, low self esteem guy in school. But what is different about his character to other similarly carved sports lead characters is that he has a sense of humor. Unlike other characters, he does not dwell on his uselessness much, which is definitely something i appreciate a lot, since these dwellings can drag read more
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May 29, 2014
Over Drive is the very definition of “underdog”. No one expects much from it, but it manages to defy expectations and come out victorious. It’s not as popular as other sports titles like Hajime no Ippo or Eyeshield 21, but it can easily go toe-to-toe with the best of the genre. It’s a sweet, exciting, sometimes funny and highly enjoyable title that manages to entertain from the get-go right up to the very end. This is my review.

Contains Minor Spoilers

The story of Over Drive centres around Shinozaki, a high school student who joins a cycling club upon discovering a love for the sport read more
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Jun 4, 2008
This anime is about a boy who finds out the joy and romance in riding a bicycle. From the time he first rides his bicycle to his first race.

The story is unique in that its not everyday you have an anime about bicycle racing. What makes it so interesting is how they make bicycle racing sound so epic and how some unknown little loser can come out as one of the best. Like how they have different types of bicycle riders, climbers,sprinters,down-hil specialists,all rounders and so on.Although i felt that for an anime with romance as one of its genres it was quite a letdown read more
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Over Drive is, of course the most similar anime to Yowamushi Pedal. To the point that one could argue that it's a copy. Don't be tricked though, Over Drive exists since 2005 as a manga, while Yowapeda began in 2008. It's very easy to see that some inspirations came from Over Drive.
Both are about cycling, both are about a young uncool boy self-realizing and becoming confident through road races. Many other second characters appear to share the same characterization.
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Both are about a weak main character that has a special ability or a passion for a certain sport and his evolution.
Still can't get enough of unique characters, a sport anime that requires team work and strategy ? Ookiku Furikabutte is a baseball based anime that will grab your heart.
Even though one is about cycling and the other is about a rock band, there's a similarity in the personality and story development of the main characters -- quiet, unassuming guy finding a new niche and a group of friends through a new interest -- that might appeal to people who who liked the relationships more than the subject matter. Both Shinozaki (Over Drive) and Koyuki (Beck) end up having a natural aptitude that's brought out through the combined efforts of a charismatic brother and sister pair, etc, etc, etc. The shows really are similar in the general sense (not so much in art or subject matter, obviously).
Defo very similar in character development as Ippo. The weak but limitless lead character that is being bullied and the serious/ace senpai etc

Ippo is one of the best animes ever, and my favourite. Defo recommend to a fan of Over Drive.
These two animes are very much alike because of the sport and romance involved. The realization of their individual hidden talent and the lead up to finding it is also very similar as the initial intention was to catch the attention of their beloved. Overdrive is a sport romance but the sport part of the anime pretty much dominates the storyline, in contrast, Suzuka is based on the affection of the main character (Akitsuki Yamato) towards Asahina Suzuka. There is also a similarity between the two female protagonist's somewhat aggressive but elegant personality. Whether you are watching it for the sport or the romance, they both are amazing animes and I would strongly recommend one of these two animes if you have seen the other.

Opening Theme

"WINDER ~Boku wa Koko ni Iru~" by Shonen Kamikaze

Ending Theme

#1: "Saihate no Parade" by Merry (eps 1-13)
#2: "Koi Suzumi" by DEL (eps 14-26)

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