YMMV / Yowamushi Pedal

  • Accidental Innuendo: This infamous picture of Imaizumi and Onoda.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
  • Ambiguous Disorder:
    • Midousuji: 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 In the present day he could usually pass as just a weird jerk, but as a kid he was withdrawn, didn't seem to like talking and when he did he seemed to have difficulty articulating his meaning, prone to delayed physical reactions, and didn't like making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.)
    • Makishima, Aoyagi, and Manami on lesser extent. Makishima can be interpreted being in autistic spectrum considering his eccentric personality, his struggle on making friends and socializing, and his Verbal Tic. So does Aoyagi, who could have been merely shy, but how he can go on hours without talking to his best friend, Teshima is a trait that oftentimes found in people in spectrum. Meanwhile, Manami's tendency at goes to extreme between carefree and obsessively competitive with his lack of guilt/sense of responsibility could be interpreted as a trait of a person in psychosis spectrum.
  • Audience Reactions:
    • When She Smiles: When Fukutomi smiles during an Omake in the second season.
  • Awesome Music: The third ending song of the first season, Glory Road, performed by the Hakogaku teamís seyuu, is pretty awesome.
  • Cargo Ship: Arakita/Bepsi.
    • Aoyagi/Tire.
  • Die for Our Ship: OH MY GOD: Kanzaki Miki! She's the main female character in a sports anime. Guess at to what the YaoiFangirls do to her!
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Midousuji.
  • Ear Worm:
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The fandom has really seemed to take a liking to Midousuji.
    • Makishima is also very popular with the fandom, placing first in the recent popularity poll. Note the over 1000 votes difference to second place Onoda.
    • Watanabe-sensei himself is popular amongst the fans, placing 10th in the popularity poll.
    • Teshima and Aoyagi are popular with how high their positions are in the poll.
    • The whole Hakone team, but especially Toudou, Arakita, Shinkai and Manami.
  • Foe Yay: The most popular ones are Makishima/Toudou, Imaizumi/Naruko and Kinjou/Fukutomi.
    • Machimiya/Arakita also counts.
    • When Toudou and Onoda first meet, Toudou tells him he considers him "a 3, visually speaking". After the race, Toudou takes it back and says Onoda has nice eyes, which makes Onoda blush.
    • Very much so between Onoda and Manami. In a conversation with Toudou, Manami calls Onoda's smile "beautiful" and comments that his glasses suit him. Onoda is also rather mesmerized by him, and at times seems distressed by the thought of not going to Interhigh because he wouldn't be able to fulfill his promise with Manami. The vibes go over the roof when Manami pulls Onoda close during the race and asks if he "can feel it too". Arakita even shouts to Manami to stop "whispering with the enemy". These two are not playfully compared to Shinji/Kaworu without reason.
  • Genius Bonus: Izumida names his specs Andy and Frank, which is likely a reference to the professional road bicycle racer Luxembourgish brothers Andy and Frank Schlek.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Midousuji makes the absolute worst noises, especially when contorting his body. He would fit in a horror anime much more than in a sports series.
  • Het Is Ew: Onoda/Miki pairing, hinted in canon, is strangely absent from fan works.
  • Ho Yay: Has it's own page now.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Midousuji. His backstory is very tragic and gives watchers plenty of reasons to pity him, but his present actions often come out as petty and cruel.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Arakita is paired by the fandom with Fukutomi, Kinjou, Shinkai, Machimiya, Kuroda, Toudou, Onoda...
    • Onoda himself, with Onoda/Manami, Onoda/Midousuji, Onoda/Naruko and Onoda/Imaizumi being the most popular pairings.
    • Naruko is paired with quite a few people as well, such as: Imaizumi, Onoda, Tadokoro, Midousuji, Shinkai, Izumida, Miki, and Aya.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Fans often jokingly compare Imaizumi's face to a dorito.
    • Fukutomi's "I AM STRONG."
    • Sugimoto's status as "the most experienced rider."
  • Narm:
    • The "Abs abs abs" chant from Izumida.
    • THE PACK: the mass of cyclists who failed to get high rankings places on day 2 of the Interhigh and so are now riding as a huge group to ride at a high consistent speed to catch up to the other cyclists... that is played more or less as an unstoppable eldritch horror in the anime.
    • Arakita's withdrawn from the team in the third day of Interhigh can have this kind of effect for some, mostly because his teammates act like he died or something (Manami is especially guilty of this, going to the point of saying Arakita was a great person. In the past tense). But for the majority, it's still a very convincing Tear Jerker moment that crowns his Character Development, so there is a bit of Narm Charm element there.
    • The first race between Kinjou and Fukutomi consist largely of them saying their respective catchphrases ("I am a man that never gives up" and "I am strong"), each other's names, and explaining rules of the race to each other.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Midousuji is Nightmare Fuel incarnate.
  • One True Threesome: Onoda, Naruko, and Imaizumi.
  • Periphery Demographic: With fujoshi, to the point where many are surprised it's a shonen work.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Teshima and Aoyagi losing the training camp challenge and subsequent scenes with Tadokoro comforting them and crying.
    • Midousuji's backstory.
    • Arakita dropping out of the Inter-High on the third day.
    • Naruko wearing out his body to the point of Temporary Blindness and collapsing.
    • Manami tearfully apologizing to his team for losing to Onoda on the last stretch of the Inter-High race.
    • Sugimoto losing the second first-year race to Kaburagi despite training hard for a year and pushing himself so much that even Naruko and Imaizumi cheered for him.
    • Again with Naruko when he returns home to Osaka and has a run in with Midousuji, he gives his all in a race to the point where his nose bleeds and he still loses, Naruko breaks down and cries, because he had to give up being a Sprinter if he lost and become an All-Rounder.
    • Naruko again on the first day of the second Interhigh. He, Midousuji, and Ashikiba are only a small distance from the finish line; all three use the trick Midousuji used to beat Shinkai at the Sprinter's Checkpoint the year prior, and Ashikiba places first followed by Naruko then Midousuji. Naruko keeps on a brave face and feigns that he is okay, but the second he is alone, he collapses and cries.
  • Uncanny Valley: Midousuji's seemingly boneless movement at times.
  • The Woobie: Onoda before joining the team. Friendless until high school...
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