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Yowamushi Pedal (Manga)

Yowamushi Pedal

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Synonyms: Weak Pedals
Japanese: 弱虫ペダル


Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Feb 7, 2008 to ?
Authors: Watanabe, Wataru (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shounen Champion


Score: 8.391 (scored by 1602 users)
Ranked: #2532
Popularity: #917
Members: 4,637
Favorites: 263
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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 Manga

Spin-off: Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike, Shousetsuban Yowamushi Pedal
Adaptation: Yowamushi Pedal: Special Ride, Yowamushi Pedal, Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road
Other: Yowamushi Pedal Koushiki Anthology: Houkago Pedal


Imaizumi, Shunsuke
Naruko, Shoukichi
Onoda, Sakamichi
Aoyagi, Hajime
Arakita, Yasutomo
Fukutomi, Juichi

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Apr 27, 2014
Just today, I told my sister she had to read this manga called Yowamushi Pedal and naturally, she asked, what is it about? When I said "Cycling", she gave me an unimpressed look.

Cycling? How exciting does that really sound? In all honesty, if someone told me I had to read this AMAZING manga, that was super adrenaline pumping and awesome and had a really exciting plot and great characters, but said it was about "Cycling" I think I would put it on the waiting shelf AKA mangas-that-i-plan-to-read-but-probably-never-will.

But I still gave this a try because I happened to see some cool fanart of it and read more
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Apr 8, 2014
Yowamushi Pedal should become essential reading. Wonderfully written, this sports manga features a truly wide variety of characters that leave you wondering which team to root for while always essentially backing the protagonist team.

You have the protagonist of Onoda, a fellow otaku whose previous biking experience included riding a "mommy bike" solely to buy anime merchandise. He's a nerd which is commented on frequently but also just as frequently forgotten. Although he is prone to being nauseatingly optimistic at times, the character carries the story without leaving you to forget about background characters.

To some, or maybe most; the manga artwork is much too read more
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Apr 7, 2013
(My first review so please be lenient)

To me, this is like a hidden gem.....If you've grabbed hold of it, dont let go of it...

The story is great, it gets you pumped up without fail. One part, you may be just relaxing in your bed reading at the next you're shouting at the top of your lungs "GO! GO!". It really is very gripping. Of course though, if you dont like the shounen type of setting, I would advise you to stay away from it.

The art is just plain amazing. You may think it is too simple at the start but once it has picked up read more
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User Recommendations

Mangas about sports Both main characters start as weaklings
Although their hobby/sports of interest are different, Yowamushi Pedal and Hajime no Ippo shares the concept of following dreams. The main protagonist starts off as an underdog but works his way up by earning the respect of others through their determination. There is intense competition present in both series that includes a variety of adversaries. Both series also combines great characterization and strategies to craft a credible story.
Both main protagonists are friendless weaklings that are clearly bad at sports but happen to have a unique skill (running for one, pedaling for another) that they've managed to optain through their everyday lives. Both of them reluctantly join the sports club and are slowly but surely becoming stronger. Also, both series show us wide range of characters dealing with their own problems and cultivate the importance of teamwork.
Both are manga where the main character start out as loners but soon discover bicycle racing in some form and at the same time gain friends. Both have a strong theme of competition.

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