Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2007 to Sep 26, 2007
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.881 (scored by 10112 users)
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biking comedy school sports
SynopsisTour 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.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Over Drive
Characters & Voice Actors
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 on long and slow. Zzz. (Refer to Eyeshield21)
The race (there is only one) in the anime is surprisingly exciting and interesting. I just could not stop watching episodes after episodes of the race. I mean, a race of bicycles must be boring, right? NOT. Though it lacks special effects that other sports anime have, the scenes are realistic and appealing.
Furthermore, character development is cleverly embedded into the series by means of flashbacks during the race. You can get more than a glimpse of each main characters during the short 26 episodes, which is quite satisfying already. From the flashbacks, you learn why they enter the sport and why they are so passionate about it. And throughout the race, you enter into the anime and star rooting for all the characters unconsciously because all the main characters are so likable!
The art is very simplistic in this anime, but easy on the eyes, and I came to like the art style a lot.
Not too sure about this, too absorbed in the story.
Loved it! An anime that can capture my attention for almost all the episodes, and make me sit up and watch is certainly an anime I enjoyed much.
I would recommend all to watch this anime. It's comical at the right times, and touching at others. But I must say that the story borders on corny at times, but fret not, it doesn't happen often. And I am dissatisfied that the series is so short, I wished it continued on longer and showed us their journey through the Tour de France. Maybe in their next season? read more
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 and with a lot of encouragement from his classmate, Fukazawa. As a member he strives and trains with the founders of the club, Yousuke and Kouichi, to become the greatest cyclist in Japan. Cycling is one of those sports that’s fun to participate in, but in my opinion, really boring to actually watch. However the story portrays the sport of cycling as something epic, as something more than just as a simple sport. It starts out pretty slow but gradually picks up the pace. There’s only one race in Over Drive and even though it’s long, Over Drive never lets up. Though there are no acts of violence in the show, the racing feels like an intense adrenaline fuelled battle between all the cyclists racing for the finish line.
The art of Over Drive is fantastic. The character designs are drawn really well and realistically. The grassy and bright backgrounds look beautiful, complimenting the light nature of the show. The bikes look great and quite realistic with a lot of detail put into it, from the wheels to the chains to the handlebars, it all looks wonderful. There are quite a few models on display here and they look really great. Like a lot of comedies, Over Drive tends to go for the slapstick approach and gives the characters moments of exaggerated facial features and pretty silly expressions, but this doesn’t happen too often.
Over Drive has a great soundtrack. The opening is pretty upbeat and catchy. The second ED “Koi Suzumi” is one of my all time favourites. It’s really mellow and was a nice change of pace after the rush you get from watching the show. The voice acting was phenomenal. Everyone played their parts perfectly. Yuki Kaji did an excellent job portraying Shinozaki, making him someone that’s sympathetic instead of some whiny kid who you just want to slap.
Shinozaki is an incredible lead. He starts out as someone that’s picked on frequently with no self-confidence and who can’t ride a bike that evolves into someone that’s passionate and courageous who you want to root for throughout the entire show. All the other side characters were entertaining to watch. They were goofy, serious, caring and sometimes menacing. You manage to learn a lot about them through their thoughts as they race, about their past and their ambitions.
Over Drive is one of my favourite anime titles. It had a few moments of drama that were unintentionally funny, however this actually added to my enjoyment of the show. Over Drive managed to make cycling exciting to watch. It’s a slow start but after a few episodes, the show becomes a snowball that just keeps on rolling. With a simple yet very enjoyable story, beautiful art, a wonderful soundtrack and a cast of likeable characters, Over Drive manages to come out on top at the finish line.
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.
Over Drive and Yowamushi Pedal both involve the sport of cycling as a competitive game among its characters. The main male protagonists from both series are involved with club members that also share their passion in cycling. However, they were initially introduced more as outcasts at school.
There is plenty of comedy in both series ranging from its dialogues, character interactions, and even the competitions themselves. As for cycling, both series bring out its intensity as the main male protagonists face off against rivals and challenges.
Both are about biking.
Both are of the sports genre.
Pretty similar in the way they present it.
Main character is new to the sport.
The protagonists have some similarities both not having a good goal in life.
Imaizumi have many similarities with Kurosuke.
The two club captains have some similarities too.
There is a girl that both protagonists like.
This two series are bicycle/emotional/sports anime that leave an impact on you.
Yup, Over Drive is also about riding a bicycle and having rivals. Races um well also similar, main characters comes out with potential, cycling clubs in highschool, there is also one main female character in both series (romanceeee yey) . Yep, quite similar except for the art style. (I love the art~) You should try this if you love either one <,< Like meh ;3
Both are about cycling and the will to win and improve. Yowamushi Pedal has a longer story with more characters and focuses more on teamwork but Over Drive is a little shorter and focuses mostly on one individual with a few supporting characters.
Both are about a weak main character that has a special ability or a passion for a certain sport and his evolution.
The only difference is the character and attitude of the main female roles and the sport in which they are involved in. The main characters are very similar and have hidden talent as well as a weak exterior.
Both are about a scrawny little kid who spent most as his life following the biding of bullies as a gopher, until one they he was introduced to a sport that he came to love and practiced that sport until he made his way to the top.
Both anime are about sport but more importantly they are about this one clumsy kid who is, as it turns out to be, a genius.
First of all they are both about sport and a weak protagonist without many friends. Just as he starts to do a club activity he finds out about his ability..or rather, others find out about his skills.
Secondly, both animes are also about aiming to win a tournament as a team.
Anyway both Animes are worth watching!
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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