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The Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club

Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club is a Slice of Life manga drawn by Noriyuki Matsumoto, illustrator of the Bodacious Space Pirates novel series. The manga has been serialized since August 2011, and an anime adaptation produced by JC Staff and ACGT began airing in January 2017. The anime is also being simulcasted by Crunchyroll.

Hiromi Maiharu has recently moved to Kamakura, and in trying to ride a bicycle to her new school she meets fellow classmate Tomoe Akitsuki. They quickly become friends, and as they bond with new friends over bicycles, they eventually decide to form the Minami Kamakura High School Girls Bicycle Club. The series follows their peaceful friendships and the relaxing adventures they take with their bicycles.

The series contains examples of:

  • Bifauxnen: Higa.
  • Book Dumb: Hiromi may be optimistic and full of energy, but she's not very bright.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Korone wears cat ears and a tail and looks like a little girl, but she's the manager of the bicycle shop Cycle Flat.
  • Cherry Blossoms: It's Kamakura, so they're everywhere.
  • Conspicuous CG: Used in some of the bicycling scenes, such as the race in episode 7.
  • Cool Old Lady: Ryuko Kamikura, the principal and Fuyune's grandmother.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Sandy appears in the first episode, before she's properly introduced.
  • Genki Girl: Hiromi is generally full of energy, and Sandy even more so.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Fuyune sports a cute pair.
  • Gratuitous English: Sandy's dialogue is packed full of random English words and phrases.
  • Hair Decorations: Both Hiromi and Fuyune wear cute ribbons in their hair.
  • In-Series Nickname: Hiromi refers to Tomoe as "Tomo-chan."
  • Iyashikei: The series is slow-paced and relaxing.
  • Japanese School Club: In this case, a bicycling club.
  • Meganekko: Tomoe is a sweet, smart girl who also wears glasses.
  • My Horse Is A Bike: Invoked by Hiromi, who relates her bike to a unicorn, down to its name.
  • Ojou: Fuyune, as the granddaughter of the principal.
  • Older Than She Looks: Korone may dress like a little girl and is short as one, but she's very insistent she's actually an adult.
  • One-Gender School: Minami Kamaura High School is an all-girls' school.
  • Overly Long Name: "Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club" is a bit of a mouthful for a club name.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: Sandy hits nearly every cliché on the list: she's blonde, blue-eyed, busty, energetic, and speaks loudly in Gratuitous English.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Hiromi sports this.
  • Real Place Background: The city of Kamakura.
  • Scenery Porn: Kamakura is a very beautiful city.
  • Schoolgirl Series: The series is about schoolgirls and their bicycles.
  • Sensei-chan: Shiki seems to be a laid-back teacher, and the girls call her by her given name.
  • Shout-Out
    • In episode three, the adventure club has an image of Marika Kato, the protagonist of Bodacious Space Pirates, the artist's other work.
    • Hiromi calls her bicycle Unico, after the Osamu Tezuka character.
  • Slice of Life: The main genre.
  • The Stinger: After the credits there's a short live-action segment about properly buying and maintaining a bicycle.
  • Theme Naming: The four Japanese protagonists have the seasons incorporated into their names:
    • Maiharu Hiromi
    • Higa Natsumi
    • Akizuki Tomoe
    • Fuyune Kamikura
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Higa is the tomboy, and Fuyune is the girly girl.