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The Sohoku Team

Sakamichi Onoda

Played by: Daiki Yamashita (anime), Ryouta Murai (stage play)

Our main character who specializes in climbing. Onoda's claim to fame is his high cadence climb, honed by his years of riding his low-gear mommy bike.


  • Accidental Athlete: Has said he's never gotten higher than a D in Physical Education, but shows natural prowess at cycling and improves and learns fast.
  • Adorkable
  • All-Loving Hero: Looks for the good in everyone, even his opponents.
  • Apologises a Lot
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Onoda's "mommy bike" forced him to bike at a higher cadence, which really helps climbing slopes on a bike.
  • Determinator: Routinely rides 90km going to and from Akihabara, in order to save on train fare.
    • He also manages to beat Imaizumi in the climbing stage from last place during the Sohoku welcome race due to this.
    • Onoda AGAIN manages to catch up to Sohoku at the front of the pack after crashing and reaching last place on the first day of Interhigh. He has to pass over 100 riders to do this.
      • He THEN does the same thing again for Tadokoro, who has fallen to the back of the pack at the start of the second day of Interhigh. Onoda drops back and pulls him along back to the rest of Sohoku.
  • Determined Expression: His default expression while cycling other than smiling.
  • Fist Bump: Does this with Naruko often, almost to the point it's customary they do it before races, they describe it as offering each other spirit.
  • Friendless Background: Suffers from this while in middle school. It's the main reason why he's trying so hard to revive the anime club at the start of the series.
  • Genki Guy: Is adorably upbeat when he focuses on something he likes. While this part of him can easily be overlooked at the start of the series, due to him tending to be very withdrawn, as time passes and he becomes more confident it becomes one of his most defining character traits.
  • The Heart: Onoda is the glue that keeps this team together and in good spirits. Let us count the ways:
    • Imaizumi manages to recover from his Heroic BSOD by remembering Onoda's determination on the second day of Interhigh.
    • Brings Tadokoro from the back to the front of the pack using the power of optimism and anime openings on the second day of Interhigh.
    • Onoda's climbing skill gives Makishima hope to have a final match with Toudou - something he couldn't do if there wasn't another climber on the team.
    • Let's just say that if Onoda ever dropped out of the Interhigh race, things wouldn't go well for Sohoku. And in fact, they actively support him when Onoda feels like he can't go on and finish the race on the 2nd day.
    • On the third day of Inter-High, when Kinjou's knee gives out right before the final stretch, Onoda's the one who snaps Kinjou out of his depression and reminds him that Sohoku's dream can still be fulfilled.
  • He's Back: Goes through this after both his Heroic BSODs listed below. The one during the freshman race is both heartwarming and hilarious, as, rejuvenated, he pedals dramatically off into the distance...leaving behind all the supplies that the seniors gave to him. Cue the rest of the club's collective Face Fault.
  • Heroic BSOD:
    • Has one at the start of the Freshman Race, complete with Broken Tears, after he realizes he mommy bike simply can't keep up with the others' road racers. While this may seem a bit pathetic at first glance, keep in mind that if he doesn't catch up he'll wind up in last place, which means he won't be able to join the cycle club, which means that he'll very possibly lose the first two friends that he's ever made. With that much riding on the race, it's a little wonder that he's so torn up about being unable to compete.
    • He gets another one during training camp, after he gets it into his head that he only likes climbing slopes because it's easy for him.
    • Has a minor one when he crashes during Interhigh and falls to last place.
  • I Gave My Word: Is incredibly determined to fulfill his orders during Interhigh, going to such crazy lengths as riding in a gutter to pass 100 riders or dropping to the back of the pack to get Tadokoro.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: His burning desire to have friends is the motivation behind most of his actions at the beginning of the series.
  • Japanese Pronoun: Boku.
  • The Knights Who Say Squee: Onoda tends to get very impressed by other cyclists, even the ones of his age.
    • The most prominent example is Makishima. Unlike Imaizumi and Naruko, who see respectively Kinjou and Tadokoro as friendly rivals who they want to surpass, Onoda just looks up to Makishima and thinks everything he does is cool.
    • Although not the point of squee, he's also visibly amazed by Arakita after a very Badass moment of the latter. It comes to the point that Onoda seems to want to go after him, even though he's an opponent, after he gets left behind.
  • The Load: Sometimes sees himself as this to the cycling club, especially when he compares his skill level to the likes of Imaizumi and Naruko. This self doubt is especially noticeable after the freshmen qualify for the interhigh, though it's quickly put to rest by the rest of the team's encouragement.
  • Meaningful Name: His first name literally means "slope".
  • Miracle Rally: Pretty much the only way he wins.
  • NaÔve Newcomer: The world of competitive cycling is completely foreign to him. This is actually played for drama during the summer training camp, when he fails to realize that the seniors have modified his bike, and almost suffers from a major existential crisis after his performance drops.
  • Nerd Glasses
  • Nice Guy
  • No One Gets Left Behind: His personal philosophy after Kinjou tells him to keep Sohoku together during Interhighs. Goes out of his way to fulfill this. See Determinator above. During the third day of Interhigh, he and Imaizumi hava to leave Naruko behind after he wears out all of his stamina and collapses.
  • Otaku: At the start of the series, he's your stereotypical anime otaku.
  • The Power of Friendship: Converts everyone to "Onoda-ism" very quickly. He does this to Imaizumi during their back gate race, Naruko during their meeting in Akihabara, and the seniors and coaches during the Freshman race.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: Doesn't excel in social situations, but is an incredibly determined badass on the road.
  • Tears of Joy: After catching up to Imaizumi and Naruko in the freshman race.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Onoda in a nutshell. Yes, he has an amazing cycling technique, but because of his lack of training he falls woefully short in both the stamina and overall fitness categories compared to the other club members. Since bicycle racing is mainly an endurance sport, this costs him more than a few races at the beginning of the series.
  • The Watson: Onoda often asks Makishima and others about cycling and cycling strategy to help readers/viewers understand the sport.
  • Wingding Eyes: His eyes briefly turn into spirals in episode 7.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Imaizumi and Manami.

Shunsuke Imaizumi

Played by: Kosuke Toriumi (anime), Motohiro Oda (stage play)

A first-year and experienced cyclist who first notices Onoda's talent for climbing. He's an all-round cyclist whose main motivation is to defeat Midousuji in a race.


Shoukichi Naruko

Played by: Jun Fukushima (anime), Yuuki Torigoe (stage play)

A first-year sprinter who transfers to Sohoku from Osaka.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Was called "Shou-chan" by his childhood friends and elementary school classmates.
  • Animal Motif: Tigers.
  • Berserk Button: Disrespecting bicycles and their riders.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Naruko has three younger brothers and is very caring towards them, to the point of spoiling them, as he carries candy on him to give to his brothers.
    • Big Brother Worship: Receives this, as it is said in his character bio that his little brothers look up to him.
    • Doting Brother: His character bio has a section entitled "Brotherly Love," which says he carries candies on him to give to his brothers and takes good care of them.
  • Big Eater: Often has eating competitions with Aoyagi.
  • Broken Tears: Gets this when Tadokoro pulls from the pack on the third day of Interhigh.
    • Gets this again when he loses a race against Midousuji and as per a bet, had to give up being a Sprinter.
  • Calling Your Attacks
  • Calling Your Bathroom Breaks: To the point of it being a minor running gag.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Turns out Naruko makes this happen, as he has been dying his hair since he was very young as a way to stand out. Some people think that his red eyes may be caused by color contacts.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Has one pronounced canine.
  • Determinator: During the third day of Interhigh during his first year, he pushes his body beyond its limits in an effort for Imaizumi, Makishima, and Onoda to catch up to Hakone, the exhaustion sets in and he even loses his vision and needs Onoda to tell him directions.
  • Fiery Redhead: Possesses a vibrant head of red hair, which fits in with the whole Hot-Blooded, red oni shtick he has going on.
    Naruko: A man has to be in red.
  • Fist Bump: Does this often with Onoda, to the point where they do it customarily before races, describing it as offering each other spirit.
  • Height Angst: Often lost races in the past due to his height.
  • Hot-Blooded: Hands down the most passionate member of the freshmen trio.
  • The Idiot from Osaka: Dear lord. If you somehow missed this from his whole attitude and the obvious accent, his biking gear has KANSAI scrawled across it in block caps.
    I am Naruko Shoukichi! I'm a man who loves bicycles and his friends!!
  • Irony: At the first day of Interhigh, he expresses that he wants himself, Onoda, and Imaizumi to cross the finish line and win together on the final day. On the final day, Naruko burns himself out and has to be left behind, being the only one of the three not to cross the finish line.
  • It's Personal: In the current Interhigh, Naruko personally challenges Midousuji to a race to get revenge from an earlier encounter that resulted in Naruko losing and having to give up being a Sprinter. He plans on winning to regain his title as a Sprinter.
  • Jack of All Stats: During the Welcome Race, Imaizumi was initially confused on what cyclist type Naruko was, as he excelled at sprinting and was pretty good at climbing; he at first believed him to be an All-Rounder, but after discovering his climbing technique was only effective on light inclines and not steep ones, Imaizumi realized Naruko was only a Sprinter. However, during their Second Year, Imaizumi has a similar thought on Naruko being an excellent Sprinter and has the potential to be a good Climber and suggests to him he becomes an All-Rounder, to which Naruko refuses. Later, Naruko makes a bet with Imaizumi, that if he beats Midosuji in a race, he stays a Sprinter, but if he loses, he has to become an All-Rounder. Naruko winds up losing the bet and goes home to Osaka for awhile to ponder on the soon to come changes, deciding he'll stick to his word and give it a shot; swapping to All-Rounder.
  • Japanese Pronoun: Wai (Kansai slang for Washi).
  • Large Ham
  • Manly Tears: When he's frustrated that he lost to Imaizumi.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: The second oldest of five.
  • Misery Builds Character: Learns to accept that his losses when he was younger has made him a better sprinter.
  • The Napoleon: He's the shortest member on the team, his official height is said to be 165cm, the same as Onoda and Aoyagi's, but he is actually slightly shorter than the two of them.
  • The Nicknamer: Gives much of the cast a nickname.
    • Aoyagi: Quiet Senpai
    • Imaizumi: Hotshot
    • Izumida: Eyelashes
    • Kinjou: Captain Shades
    • Tadokoro: Old man
    • Teshima: Perm Sempai
    • He calls one of the other racers in the inter-high "Gorilla".
  • No One Gets Left Behind: Like Onoda, he hates having to leave his teammates behind and will often say they need to either go back or wait for them; especially during the first two days of Interhigh. Irony kicks in during day three of Interhigh when he overexerts himself catching Onoda, Makishima, and Imaizumi up to Hakone and winds up collapsing from exhaustion, dropping out of the race, and as a result, is left behind.
  • Odd Friendship: With Aoyagi.
  • Older Than They Look: Mistaken as a kindergartener while in 3rd grade.
  • Real Men Hate Sugar: Subverted in an omake. Naruko pretends to enjoy black coffee when hanging out with Onoda, but immediately asks the server that milk be added the second Onoda goes to he bathroom.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Word of God says he knows how to cook and often cooks for his brothers.
  • Signature Laugh: Has a distinctive "ka ka ka" laugh.
  • Temporary Blindness: Is effected by this during the third day of Interhigh when he pushes himself too hard while drafting for Imaizumi, Makishima, and Onoda in an effort to catch up to Hakone. It doesn't stop him from catching them up.
  • Tsundere: Type A towards Imaizumi, on the first day of Interhigh when he first proposes the idea that he, Imaizumi, and Onoda finish on the third day together, Imaizumi is surprised Naruko included him; Naruko's response was to say of course, turn away, and say he didn't want to see Imaizumi cry for leaving him out, while blushing.

Shingo Kinjou

Played by: Hiroki Yasumoto (anime), Naoya Gomoto (stage play)

A senior all-rounder for the team. He's the captain for Sohoku.


Yusuke Makishima

Played by: Showtaro Morikubo (anime), Tomoki Hirose (stage play)

Senior climbing specialist, and mentor to Onoda.


Jin Tadokoro

Played by: Kentarō Itō (anime), Masashi Oyama (stage play)

Senior sprinter for Sohoku.


Terufumi Sugimoto

Played by: Kouki Miyata (anime)

Another first-year who joined the bicycle club with Onoda and co.


  • I Call It "Vera": Calls his bicycle "Col-chan".
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Subverted. Does give his advice and opinions on cycling in a smug way, but his advice is all correct.
  • Little Big Brother: Turns out Sugimoto has a brother who is a year younger than him and is massively taller than him and he joins the cycling club in the main trio's Second Year.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Loves pointing out how experienced he is.
  • Smug Snake: Downplayed. While he likes to flaunt his "experience", he is rather nice.

Junta Teshima

Played by: Daisuke Kishio (anime)

A second-year bicycle club member at Sohoku


Hajime Aoyagi

Played by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (anime)

A second-year bicycle club member at Sohoku. He doesn't talk much.


  • Adaptational Dye Job: Both hair and eyes, within both the manga and anime. In the his second year during the manga, he was depicted as having light brown hair, similar to the color in the anime, in his third year, he starts being drawn with blonde hair. Additionally, he has been draw with either blue and gold eyes, it varies often so his "official" eye color isn't stated, in the anime, his eyes are black.
  • Big Eater: In emulation of Tadokoro, he often gets in eating competitions with Naruko.
  • Bishōnen: Not so much in his second year, but his appearance changes a bit by his third year.
  • Brains and Brawn: The brawn in his partnership with Teshima, as the slightly better cyclist.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Only sometimes in the manga where the artist decides to color his eyes gold after he starts being drawn with blonde hair.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Teshima.
  • Number Two: Teshima's, as he is named vice-captain in his third year.
  • Odd Friendship: With Naruko.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Which covers his left-eye. In his third year, he parts his bangs so he has a strand running down the middle and fringe framing either side of his face, similar to the original hairstyle of Rukia from Bleach.
  • The Quiet One: Rarely speaks.
  • The Silent Bob
  • Tears of Joy: When, during Interhighs, Tadokoro wins the first checkpoint.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cabbage.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Teshima and Tadokoro.

Miki Kanzaki

Played by: Ayaka Suwa (anime)

The club manager of Sohoku's bicycle club.


Touji Kanzaki

Played by: Junichi Suwabe (anime)

Miki's elder brother, who used to be the captain of the club. Now runs the local bike shop and helps out the team on the side (usually by driving everyone around in the shop's van).


Mr. Pierre

Played by: Kenyuu Horiuchi (anime)

The coach for the Sohoku bicycle team and an English teacher at Sohoku High.


Issa Kaburagi

A first year that joins the team after Interhigh in the following school year.


  • Animal Motif: Like Naruko, he's pretty closely associated with the tiger.
  • Arrogant Cycling Guy: Is quite confident in his cycling abilities.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Imaizumi and Naruko both find him arrogant and as a result, find him annoying because of it.
  • Butt Monkey: Imaizumi and Naruko find a way of bonding through making fun of Kaburagi.
  • Childhood Friends: With Danchiku.
  • Jack of All Stats: Claims to be an All-Rounder, everyone else says he's a Sprinter, and is shown to be more suited to being a Sprinter.
  • Sempai/Kohai: The kohai to Onoda's sempai, he has also shown more respect and general adoration to Onoda in comparison to Imaizumi and Naruko.

Ryuuhou Danchiku

Another first year that joins the team following Interhigh.


Sadatoki Sugimoto

Another first year who joins the team following Interhigh and is Sugimoto's younger brother.


  • Adorkable: Gives Onoda a run for his money, he once said "Thanks for the food," when entering the club room.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Big Little Brother: Utterly towers over his older brother, and the rest of the team for that matter, he even makes the above average Imaizumi look short.
  • Gentle Giant: And how!
  • Running Gag: Saying phrases that don't match the situation, see Adorkable above.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Is immensely sweet, not that his brother isn't, but he's a lot less sharp-tongued.

    Hakone Academy 

The Hakone Team

Juichi Fukutomi

Played by: Tomoaki Maeno (anime), Eiji Takigawa (stage play)

The captain of Hakone's bike club.


Hayato Shinkai

Played by: Satoshi Hino (anime), Shuuto Miyazaki (stage play)

A third-year sprinter for Hakogaku.


Jinpachi Toudou

Played by: Tetsuya Kakihara (anime), Ryou Kitamura (stage play)

Third-year of Hakone's bicycle club. He's also a climber.


  • Bishie Sparkle
  • Bishōnen: And he loves to remind people of that.
    Toudou: Yes, I am Toudou! Hakone Academyís beautiful third-year climber... Toudou!
  • Chick Magnet: He has a fanclub, and it's been stated that none of his fans are male. Trivia also says he gains a lot of chocolate on Valentine's Day, all from girls who want to date him.
  • Curtains Match the Window: His hair and eyes are dark purple.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady
  • Hair Decorations: Wears a hairband. In which Makishima called him as such during their races together.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: In a flashback, he refused to accept Makishima being forced to quit due to flat tires as a win on his part.
  • Number Two: To Fukutomi, though not like Shinkai. Toudou is the vice captain of the team and the most likely to take charge if Fukutomi isn't around.
  • Real Men Cook: Cooks best among the Hakone third-years and is even good at food arrangements, thanks to being taught by his older sister.
  • Red Baron: Gains the nickname "Sleeping Climber" or in his words "Sleeping Beauty", though most people call him the "Forest Ninja".
    • He's also called the "God of the Mountains".
  • The Rival: To Makishima.
  • Speed Echoes: When pulling off his Sleeping Climb.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Poor Makishima can't catch a break from him. The anime takes it Up to Eleven in its stinger extras, where it's shown that Makishima receives several phone calls from Toudou a day.
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair

Yasutomo Arakita

Played by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (anime), Hiroki Suzuki (stage play)

A third year all-round cyclist.


  • Animal Motif: Wolf.
  • Big Eater: Is the second biggest eater on the team after Shinkai.
  • Brutal Honesty: Doesn't mince words complaining about how Shinkai lost a race to Midousuji during the Interhigh. It actually helps Shinkai getting over it. Trivia also mentions that Arakita is a character who "says what's wanting to be said".
  • Bikes Like Crazy: When he's fired up.
  • Career-Ending Injury: He was a promising baseball pitcher until he hurt his elbow.
  • Day in the Limelight: A whole chapter in the manga and a couple of episodes in the second season of the anime are devoted to his backstory. One episode is even named after him.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Used to style his hair into a pompaudor typical of delinquents. He cuts it shortly after his run-in with Fukutomi, symbolizing his definitive advance towards the cycling world, and him moving on from the past.
  • Friendless Background: In the beginning of high school, he had no friends, underlings, or anyone to count on other than his Vespa.
  • Generic Cuteness: A meta example. Word of God is that Arakita is meant to be drawn ugly. Fangirls probably wouldn't agree to that.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: For all his rudeness, Arakita definitely has a soft side, even if he doesn't show it. In a special comic, he tries to give Pocari water bottles to his teammates as a gift for being in their care, but finds that too embarrassing. Trivia also states he'd be the first to text Toudou "Happy Birthday", because that's how he is.
  • Japanese Delinquent: When he was younger.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover
  • Mouth Screen: Gets quite a few shots of his mouth.
  • The Nicknamer: Adds the suffix -chan onto the names of characters he acknowledges, such as Fukutomi, Manami and Onoda. Also coins the nickname "Wonder Boy" for Manami, and used to call Fukutomi "Stone Face".
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: Only likes competing when he has someone to challenge, otherwise he won't try.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Speaks more rudely than anyone else on his team.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Bepsi.
  • Tsundere: Type A
  • You Remind Me of X: He never says it out loud, but one of the reasons he helped Onoda to break away from the pack is because he reminded him of Fukutomi.

Touichirou Izumida

Played by: Atsushi Abe (anime), Takuya Kawaharada (stage play)

A second-year sprinter for Hakogaku.


Sangaku Manami

Played by: Tsubasa Yonaga (anime), Keisuke Ueda (stage play)

First-year member of Hakone's bike club and a friendly rival to Onoda.


    Kyoto Fushimi 

The Fushimi Team

Akira Midousuji

Played by: Koji Yusa (anime), Mitsu Murata (stage play)

A first year and ace of Kyoto Fushimi's bike club. He is also Imaizumi's rival.


  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range
  • The Ace: As a first year.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: More apparent after witnessing him as a child in his flashbacks. In the present day he could usually pass as just a weird jerk, but as a kid he was withdrawn, didn't seem to like talking and when he did he seemed to have difficulty articulating his meaning, prone to delayed physical reactions, and didn't like making eye contact. He also, to this day, thinks of emotions in very abstract terms, relating them to colors (happiness or contentment he describes as "yellow", for instance.)
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Considers this an acceptable strategy during a race, using significant research on the other racers against them.
  • Bad Boss: Isn't afraid to abuse his own team, with the excuse that he's The Ace.
  • Break Them by Talking: Uses this often to try to beat the competition.
  • Character Tic: A number of them. His weird hand and body movements when he chants "gross", his clacking his teeth, sliding his tongue out of his mouth, pulling down on the skin of his face to reveal the underside of his eyeball, and occasionally tilting his head to the side as he talks.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Midousuji discusses this trope in a Internal Monologue when he's bullied for not being good in anything aside from cycling. He decides that it's weirder to excel at everything (academics, popularity and athletics), rather than to just be incredibly competent in one thing.
  • Crippling the Competition: In the backstory, he lied to Imaizumi during a race, saying the race personnel were looking for him because his mother had been hit by a car.
  • Freudian Excuse: The reason Midousuji is so nasty while riding is that as a child he was ridiculed for wanting to be an athlete due to his poor physical ability, but was encouraged to pursue cycling by his sickly mother, who died before she could make it to one of his races. This drives Midousuji to keep moving forward and become the best at any cost.
    • Also "explains" why he tricked Imaizumi into losing a past race by saying that Imaizumi's mother had just been hit by a car.
  • Insistent Terminology: If youíre on his team, you better add -kun to the end of his name.
    • Alternatively, some fansubs will have him demanding to have "Ace" added before his name.
  • It's All About Me: He's really only in it for himself. Until we find out that he took up cycling because he wasn't good at anything else, and also because of his mother.
  • Lean and Mean: He is very lanky and mean-spirited as they come.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Midousuji was constantly bullied at school at a young age and made fun of because he wanted to be a sports star, yet wasn't good at sports.
  • Missing Mom: Midousuji's own mother is dead. Part of why he took up cycling was to make her proud and he rode 20 km. to the hospital every day to visit her.
  • Nightmare Face: See his mugshot.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: His face wouldn't be out of place on a Titan, and the way he moves makes it look like he doesn't have any bones.
  • Overly Long Tongue: Add it to the list of reasons why this guy is creepy.
  • Perpetual Smiler
  • Power Copying: Copies Manami's ability to use the wind for help during the 3rd day mountain race.
  • Power Limiter: His taped fingers preventing him from using his outer gear during the second day of Interhigh. Also has bands on his legs.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: Says this outright during his duel with Shinkai.
  • Shadow Archetype: Is easily this to Onoda. As revealed in his flashback, like Onoda, he was never any good at athletics growing up with the sole exception of bicycling, which he had already gotten strong at for personal reasons and which he started pursuing as a serious sport with an outside nudge and plenty of determination. While Onoda has a family who doesn't seem to quite "get" it, has many supportive friends, and puts his all into cycling because it's something fun he can do with and "for" them, Midousuji had absolutely no friends, was encouraged to road race by his mother, and gets way less enjoyment from cycling itself than he does from succeeding, which he insists on doing by himself, "for" himself now that his mom's dead. Comes full circle when Onoda tells him that the difference in their reasons for smiling when they ride is that Onoda just enjoys riding with his team and Midousuji uses that to snap himself out of his post-Day 2 funk.
  • Slasher Smile
  • Small Name, Big Ego: For all his bluster, he's a first year. Doesn't stop him from barging onto the stage where the previous year's champions were gathered and declaring himself the best racer there. And to be fair, he has the power to back up his trash talking but is still unable to defeat the aces, at least as far as we've seen.
  • The Strategist: Makes detailed plans on how to crush everyone at Interhigh, researching everyone to know their weaknesses and how (and when) to exploit them. He also studies the entire race course extensively and matches his strategies to specific areas.
  • 10-Minute Retirement
  • Troll: In spades. Once he gets going, he does not shut up.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating
  • Verbal Tic: Kimoinote 
  • Villainous Breakdown: Suffers a major breakdown during the second day when both Sohoku catch up as well as Fukutomi choosing Shinkai as his assistant, both things he didn't plan for.
    • Has his ultimate breakdown at the end of the second day, when he hits his limit and both Fukutomi and Kinjou pass him while they're only a few meters in front of the goal.

Kyoutarou Ishigaki

Played by: Hirofumi Nojima (anime), Toshiyuki Someya (stage play)

The previous ace for Kyoto Fushimi before Midousuji entered the club.


  • Affectionate Nickname: His teammates of the same year call him Ishiyan.
  • The Captain: Though any real authority belongs to Midousuji.
  • Morality Pet: Seems to become this to Midousuji at some point during the last day of Interhigh. Ishigaki also begins to address him without honorifics, which is a big deal given Midousuji's Insistent Terminology.
  • Nice Guy: He really is just... nice to everyone, for all that he's dragged along in his team's wake. He even seems to genuinely like and care about Midousuji of all people.
  • Token Good Teammate: So far, the only Kyoto Fushimi member we've seen to be respectful/sportsmanlike.

Tomoya Ihara

Played by: Yukitoshi Kikuchi (anime)

A third-year sprinter for Kyoto Fushimi.


  • The Load: Midousuji dubs him and the other Kyoto Fushimi sprinter this, as he breaks away with the rest of the team on a slope during the second day of Interhigh.

Nobuyuki Mizuta

Played by: Chihiro Suzuki (anime), Kento Masui (stage play)

A second-year at Kyoto Fushimi.


  • Yes-Man: He's this to whoever is in charge, to the point of imitating them. When Ishigaki was the captain, Mizuta tried to be just like him, including copying his hair style, but now that Midousuji is in charge, Mizuta acts like the most eager and obedient member of the team towards him and tries to imitate Midousuji with his attitude and Slasher Smile, which Arakita calls him out on in the manga.

     Hiroshima Kureminami Technical School 

Eikichi Machimiya

Played by: Seki Tomokazu (anime)

Third year ace sprinter for Hiroshima.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Ibitani calls him Miya.
  • Animal Motif: A fighting dog.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: Machimiya's aggressive climbing style involves him repeatedly hitting his chest against his handlebars.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Machimiya is so insanely determined to get revenge on Hakogaku because Fukutomi refused to give Machimiya a water bottle during the last Interhigh.
    • Though it did cost Machimiya that day's race, with his own unluckiness also playing a part, so it might be justified, to an extent.
  • Foil: Is one to Arakita, which is even lampshaded by the latter himself. Like a young Arakita, Machimiya feels trapped and angered by his unsuccessful past, but while he's still stuck in his own failure, Arakita was able to move forward. Even their Animal Motifs are similar, both being dog-like.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He made a bet with members form Sohoku and Hakogaku that whichever group overtakes the other by 20 meters will be allowed to catch up with the aces, and the other group will have to let them go. He ends up losing that bet.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Uses this as a form of intimidation against his opponents on the 3rd day. He's incredibly grabby.
  • The Power of Hate: Machimiya is hugely fueled by the desire for revenge.
  • Unluckily Lucky: Machimiya claims to be Born Unlucky, which has some basis: he didnít manage to get on the podium in the second day of the previous Interhigh just because he didnít have a water bottle. However, his bad luck also seems to work on his favor, by becoming othersí misfortune: he did manage to place third at that same Interhigh thanks to other competitors having a flat tire, misjudging the course and such.