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Yowamushi Pedal

Alternative Titles

English: Yowamushi Pedal
Synonyms: Yowapeda
Japanese: 弱虫ペダル


Type: TV
Episodes: 38
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 2013 to Jul 1, 2014
Premiered: Fall 2013
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Discotek Media
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.101 (scored by 65,228 users)
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Ranked: #4442
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Popularity: #697
Members: 133,356
Favorites: 1,927


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. 
report Recommended by Allice84
Though of different sports focused these anime have very similar leads. You'll feel the strong connection to both anime. Fun and entertaining! 
report Recommended by MaeShareaza
Both have characters that are Beginners to sports. Through sheer will and hard work the character improves quickly one is in racing bikes and the other in tennis. Both characters have something unique about them one is an otaku and one is an expert note taker. I really enjoy both and if you have seen one, you definitely want to see the other. 
report Recommended by Glamrgrl104
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.  
report Recommended by femalegoblin
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. 
report Recommended by Dax
Both main characters ride their machine (car in Initial D and bicycle in Yowapeda) and somehow they end up in a team and race against other people in mountain roads. 
report Recommended by edwarx
-Both characters wimpy at first -Both characters gets strong by finding what they like, they've changed dramastically -Both has a girl they like in the anime -Both sports related, very similar -Both sports anime 
report Recommended by iNinjeek
Explores friendships, team work, hard work and dedication of each sports striving towards a common goal. Difference being that Yowapeda is more character background-centric than Daiya.  
report Recommended by alysael
Both MCs are really good at something ( AxK survival game, YP cycling) without even realizing it. They meet good friends/teammates, which helps bring out the potential in them, which makes them strive to be the best they can be in order to thank their friends in return. 
report Recommended by Saiyukire
Yowamushi and Hero Academia have quite interesting aspects that makes you want to watch them both if you liked one or another. - The main characters have the same voice actor and similar personality (although Deku is a more complex thinker but they are both bit nerdy and honest). - Naruko and Kirishima are basically same characters. Both like red and manliness. It's just fun to see similarities there. - Addition to that both are shounen shows about hardships and overcoming them so if you like stories like that it's a pity if you have not seen one of them.  
report Recommended by Lylaaz
Both shows are about cyling Both shows have a high school setting Main characters are new to cycling 
report Recommended by oryouohagi
Earnest lead character who has no experience with sports gets roped into it because he wants friends. No one expects much of him but he goes on to impress.  
report Recommended by fiore777
Both anime are sports oriented with a protagonist demonstrating unpredictable and outstanding results that surprises everyone. Also builds up to competing and winning competitions with a variety of characters as well as 1-2 people being the more experienced and supportive friend of the protagonist. 
report Recommended by Aleron
The animes have more in common in the characters personalities and looking, Gray is like Imaizumi and Naruko like Natsu. Natsu and Naruko are persons a little dumb, and Imaizumi and Gray good looking, self confident, and arrogant. Both keeps fightings, are of "sides differents", but are really friends. 
report Recommended by TheLe0
Sport anime where the hero tries to do his best 
report Recommended by Mat9e19
Both series is about sports. In both the MCs have a revial in the team. In both the is something special about main MC.  
report Recommended by Death-Stroke
the main 3 are soo much alike yuri - onoda yuri - Naruko Victor-Imaizumi and the story expects much great scenes and rival moments soo look forwards too more :D 
report Recommended by Kannei
Both talks about a group of friends, that have the same passion, a sport, wanna be the best. Have that popular character good-looking that everyone wanna be, not very friendly, just wanna be better and better. And have that character with hair with a unusual color, and teeth with pointed, that everytime is challenging the other, one wanna be better then the other, looks that they are rivals, but they like each other. 
report Recommended by TheLe0
I'd say that Yowamushi pedal is the Hunter x Hunter of sports anime, it has got the same attention to the details as HxH, and the battles (races, in this case) have great settings. Each character is developed perfectly and there is no protection to the main character as we can see in many ordinary shows. 
report Recommended by erickbits
These two series are both about competitive sports where a boy starts out a loser but gains experience and skill rapidly and is taught by the best. 
report Recommended by reeverx
Capeta is not about cycling, but about F1 racing. But the feels and the atmosphere are the same, if not even better. Its about a boy who comes from a poor family whose dream is to become an F1 driver someday. The different stages of hardship he goes through will probably belittle what Onoda-kun went through in Yowamushi. Needless to say Capeta is much more of a serious and realistic anime. It even has its share of emotional scenes that will increase your attachment to the protagonist. If you liked Yowamushi then there is no doubt you will love Capeta. Enjoy. 
report Recommended by Nankurunaisa_93
ok hear me out with this: I know "Kiss him Not Me is reverse harem and yowamushi pedal has absolutely nothing to do with cutesy romance comedy stuff..... however watching this i couldn't help but think of yowamushi pedal. For one thing the main characters are literally the same. Both of them are otakus and are trying to get their friends to watch anime. while yowamushi pedal is strongly about bicycles its actually about this lonely non athletic otaku that just wants to make friends so he can hang out and go buy anime stuff together. Well one day he meets a guy on the bicycle  read more 
report Recommended by nylife1022
A lot of the time the skills you gain doing one thing can be transferred and applied to do something quite different. Agetarou finds the things he learns whilst helping to run the family tonkatsu restaurant can be directly applied to DJing; whilst, in a less drastic way, Sakamichi finds that the muscles and stamina he gained from riding a heavy bike for long distances in order to save money is invaluable in the world of competitive cross-country biking. Both are fast-paced motivational stories with a lot of energy. 
report Recommended by Lemon
They share the same genre: Sports, and shounen. One series involves Tennis while the other involves Cyvling Prince of Tennis main character Ryouma was born to play Tennis and we see him challenge the best players around the world. He joins Seigaku tennis team and we see them arise to the occasion. Awesome tennis matches and characters too. In Yowamushi Pedal: Sakamichi excels at cycling and has found friends who share his dreams. We see him and his friends get better with each challenge. The only thing that similar is that in both series there is a character who thinks he knows the  read more 
report Recommended by AnimeFan500
(This is only a recommendation for Hill Climb Girl) Both deal with bike racing and the whole time I was watching the Hill Climb Girl short film, I kept thinking about Yowa Pedal.  
report Recommended by Perposterown
If you're interested in a show about cycling, Yowamushi Pedal and the Nasu franchise are both good choices. Nasu: Summer in Andalusia is only around 45 minutes long, but it's a good watch and great for if you like competitive sports, whether or not they're the contact type. Yowamushi Pedal is also a good choice if you're looking for more material to watch, as it's a two-cour TV series. 
report Recommended by Numi
Both anime about bicycles 
report Recommended by Ashi_lover
Sports anime based on cycling. We see the progression of our main characters get better each time. The matches/races are awesome and epic  
report Recommended by AnimeFan500
sports anime, introvert protagonist and all those excitements any sports anime would provide. 
report Recommended by Meye
If you're interested in a show about cycling, Yowamushi Pedal and the Nasu franchise are both good choices. Nasu: A Migratory Bird's Suitcase is a little under an hour long, but it's a good watch and great for if you like competitive sports, whether or not they're the contact type. Yowamushi Pedal is also a good choice if you're looking for more material to watch, as it's a two-cour TV series. 
report Recommended by Numi
-Both main characters, at first are really wimpy, not strong -Both encounters somebody, and both the main character changes dramatically -Both animes has a girl they like -Difference, KHR is more of an action type, pedal is more of sports 
report Recommended by iNinjeek
-Both main character wimpy at first, loser. -Both main character joins their sports, in pedal is biking, and kenichi is fighting -Both main character has hidden talents -Both main character encounters somebody who is strong, and gets inspired to join -Both like girl in anime -Kenichi is more fighting, action type, and pedal is sports 
report Recommended by iNinjeek
Although both series' are very different in style & story, I've found myself realizing -more than a few times- that the emotional ride on which I'm taken feels very similar. The play, or balance, between gut-wrenchingly "corny" vs. heart-pounding, intense seriousness is done well in both.  
report Recommended by Tsulaa
Slam Dunk and Yowamushi Pedal aside from being sports tournament anime, both have main protagonist that doesn't know a thing about the sport they are in and needs training. Both characters develop into a formidable player as time goes by with the help of teamates. Despite the main protagonists' difference in personalities, both of these animes provide the basics of the sport (an idiot's guide), good plot and characters, music, arts and entertainment. 
report Recommended by keyzc
Similarities: - young people want to achieve goal - friendship - rivalry - dynamic evolution of skills and experience YowaPeda got deeper backstories, we know more about character themselves also there are a lot more characters that you will memorize and like/dislike.  
report Recommended by junmisugi