Every week since fourth grade, otaku Sakamichi Onoda has cycled 45 kilometers to and from his home in Akihabara on an old, rickety utility bike—his only form of transportation. As he begins high school, Onoda hopes to make new otaku friends—something that has been missing from his school life thus far—so he can finally have someone to talk to about his hobbies. However, much to his dismay, the anime club has been disbanded.
It is then that Onoda meets fellow first-year Shunsuke Imaizumi by chance. Tall, athletic, and a cycling prodigy, Imaizumi could not be any more different from Onoda; however, after seeing Onoda's cycling on the school's infamous rear slope, Imaizumi becomes interested in his unique climbing style and sets out to challenge him to a race. This unusual encounter marks Onoda's first steps onto the road of competitive cycling.
Yowamushi Pedal won the the 39th Kodansha Manga Award alongside Nanatsu no Taizai in shounen manga category. The series has been published in English by Yen Press in 2-in-1 omnibuses since December 15, 2015.
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
rough in comparison to the cleaner anime adaption but I personally enjoy it. The expressions conveyed are spot on, rivaling Oda's grasp of dramatic character expressions in One Piece. The lines are sketchy but not sloppy, the unique style leaves you still wanting more.
The greatest part of Yowapeda is the fact that you never know who will win. Sometimes it's the underdog, sometimes the seasoned professional, other times the fallen hero. You just don't know and that's what keeps you reading.
If you haven't started Yowapeda after reading this honestly all I can say is GROSS GROSS GROSS GROSS.
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
the characters' designs really intrigued me.
And I totally don't regret it. This manga impressed the socks off me and I'm going to explain exactly why.
There's one main reason: the pure ENERGY and EXCITEMENT of the storytelling. The feeling is almost indescribable; there's just this huge rush of excitement and anticipation when you read the manga. It's so fast paced and intense.
Important note though, the art can be off-putting at first, and that's just putting it lightly. But as the story progresses, you'll realise the art style is actually perfect for the manga. The roughness, the strong, sharp strokes, the occasionally grotesque faces, and whatever else you thought was 'ugly', suddenly they become the manga's gem. Without this unique art style, I can say for sure the manga wouldn't be able to carry out its story to the fullest.
By the way, what do you think of when you think of cycling? Leisurely rolling past sunflower fields with a shi tzu in your wicker basket? (yes I actually imagine this) Your fuzzy childhood days of riding a tricycle with a helmet on your head? A fun day out at the park enjoying the breeze in your face?
Well, welcome to Yowamushi Pedal, where those visions get thrown out the window like a 10KG rock. We get swept into the insanity of competitive road racing, where the bikes go even faster than cars. And just like any other competitive sport, cycling is no exception to the blood, sweat, and tears, all the pain and intense emotions, of fighting to win.
And that's the second charm of the manga. It will change the way you viewed cycling. It is interesting, something you haven't experienced before. And it's bloody exciting, did I already mention that?!
Of course, I also have to give special mention to the characters. They're a hodgepodge of super weirdos, super psychos and just some genuinely cool or lovable people. You won't get bored with this manga's cast.
Room for improvement? Perhaps if I were to nitpick, the proportions for the characters' bodies can be a bit off sometimes. But honestly, it doesn't bother me because I'm too busy pressing 'next page' to pause and say, Yo, your head's too big.
Overall, I recommend anybody looking for an interesting new read to give this a try. Maybe shounen isn't your thing, maybe sports manga isn't your thing. Maybe cycling sounds lame. It doesn't matter. Yowamushi Pedal has a special charm and interesting plot that will surely captivate you if you give it a chance. Like I did!
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
its pace, you will simply be amazed. Cant really say anything else but look for yourself.
There is major character development in this manga as well characters which you may easily like and those who you may find annoying. Either way the characters may be the reason why the story is so gripping. There is also one typical shounen character in this manga. XD
This is really a good manga, I feel that you should at least try it out. One of my top 5 manga now afterall. XD
I definitely underestimated this manga when I first started, it's a story about racing bicycles so I didn't think it'd be all that exciting (wrong!) The racing scenes are fast paced, all of the characters get backstories that help explain their motivation and who they are, and the story swings back and forth from light-hearted and goofy to serious and dramatic. It's fun learning about road bikes and everything about cycling along with Onoda in the beginning and watching him grow throughout the series along with all the other riders. The funniest thing about this manga is that all of the riders have their own
unique and extreme riding style, the best one is definitely the buff Izumida who named his pecks "Andy" and "Frank". I'm looking forward to reading more, unfortunately YenPress licensed it so the person scanlating it stopped and now it'll take YenPress forever to catch up (so fuck them), until then I'll just have to stick with the anime.
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The rookie VA for the main character Onoda, Yamashita Daiki, and the majorly popular veteran Miyano Mamoru are interviewed about their roles in the new movie adaptation of popular cycling anime Yowamushi Pedal!