YMMV / Yowamushi Pedal

  • Accidental Innuendo: This infamous picture of Imaizumi and Onoda.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Manami — Nice Guy In Harmony with Nature with a healthy side of The Gadfly or Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon? While he isn't quite as innocent as he seems at first, the latter is more of a Just for Fun interpretation that the fandom has taken a liking to. People will often jokingly say that Manami is actually Satan, just for the irony of him having angelic motifs.
  • Audience Reactions: 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 Yaoi Fangirls 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.
  • 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.
  • Uncanny Valley: Midousuji's seemingly boneless movement at times.
  • The Woobie: Onoda before joining the team. Friendless until high school...
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