is your everyday teenage Otaku
just starting highschool. Having hidden his Otaku tenancies
while he was in middle School, he dreams of joining this schoolís anime club in order to indulge in his passions. And hey, if he can make some friends
on the side, thatíll be a bonus!
...Unfortunately, his hopes are crushed when he finds out the club has closed due to a lack of members
. Though this doesnít deter him for long, and he soon sets out to gather enough people to restart it.
Meanwhile, two talented road cyclists are also entering the same school. For Shunsuke Imaizumi and Shokichi Naruko, bicycle racing is very much Serious Business
. In fact, their goal for the upcoming year is to reach
the Road Race Interhigh
, and rob the victory podium blind.
The paths of these three intersect after Imaizumi and Naruko run into Onoda making his weekly commute to the Otaku capital of Akihabara
, a whopping 90 km note
round trip on some of the steepest slopes around...on nothing but a beat up mommy-bike.
Recognizing his incredible potential
for road racing, the duo attempt to corral Onoda into abandoning his beloved anime club in favor of the bicycle racing club, much to the latterís horror.
And thus begins Yowamushi Pedal. A TMS Entertainment
-produced anime released as part of the Fall 2013 lineup
This show needs WikiMagicLove
This show provides examples of:
- Action Prologue: The show opens with a shot of the cycle club, Onoda included, in the middle of a heated race. Which makes pre-cycle club!Onoda's comments even funnier.
- Animal Motifs: A few characters are strongly associated with animals:
- Naruko: Tiger
- Kinjo: Snake
- Tadokoro: Bear
- Makishima: Spider
- Better Than Sex: Naruko puts winning races above kissing girls or touching their boobs.
- Bland-Name Product: In the anime. The majority of the cast own recognizable brand name bikes and gear, except with one letter changed (such as Scott to Scolt). However, the brand names are not censored in the manga.
- Cherry Blossoms: All over the place during the opening chapters. Justified in that the story begins during the start of the school yearnote which is right around the time that they bloom.
- Chromatic Arrangement: The freshmen trio◊ fit this perfectly. Imaizumi, who tends to be as cool as a cucumber, is heavily associated with blue. The extremely passionate Naruko tends to be represented by red. And Onoda, the most cheerful of the lot, is linked to bright, sunny yellows. For bonus points, their bikes, cycling clothes and everyday wear follow this theme too.
- Crash into Hello: Imaizumi and Onoda first run into each other after the former's car nearly mows the latter over.
- Freudian Trio: The freshmen trio, with Naruko as The Id, Imaizumi being The Superego and Onoda fitting in as The Ego.
- Glasses Pull: Shingo dramatically removes his sunglasses when Onoda wins the second stage of the welcome race.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each episode title has Race instead of Episode.
- Omake: The end of each anime episode features a one or two minute side-story about the characters. They're hilarious.
- Not So Different: Imaizumi and Naruko, to the point of Speaking In Unison - much to their discontent.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Naruko is the red to Imaizumi' blue.
- Second Place Is for Losers: Shunsuke Imaizumi's view on previously finishing second in a major road race.
- Beautifully subverted during the Freshman Race, to the point of encroaching into Second Place Is for Winners territory. Sure, Onoda had to be retired from the race and thus automatically came in last place...but he did reach the top of a difficult mountain summit well before the more seasoned riders, an achievement which is greatly applauded by the rest of the club.
- Shown Their Work: The manga and anime represent cycling extremely accurately, and correctly explain the strategy and mechanics behind it. However some aspects are over-the-top (such as Makishima's dancing).
- Surprise Creepy: Midosuji loves pulling these. It helps that he sports a near-permanent Slasher Smile, but he has a knack for showing up suddenly with his insanely creepy looking face.
- Team Spirit: Heavily comes into play during the Inter-High arc.
- The Stinger: After the ED, there is usually a short comedic scene. Sometimes involving the Show Within The Show Love Hime.
- Training from Hell: The cycling camp. 1000kmnote in 4 days. And Imaizumi, Naruko and Onoda all have handicaps.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Naruko and Imaizumi fall into this dynamic pretty quickly. On the track, they're practically blood brothers. Off it, it's made very clear that Imaizumi is perfectly willing to let Naruko drown in his own bath.