Anime Spotlight - Yowamushi Pedal NEW GENERATION

by ANN Staff,

On air starting January 9, 2017

Introduction

The new generation will finally begin to pedal.

Yowamushi Pedal is a cycling road race animation based on Wataru Watanabe's manga series of the same name currently serializing in Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine. The highly-anticipated third season of the TV anime focusing on high school students who devote their everything to the sport of road racing and the battles and drama they encounter on the road is finally coming in January 2017!

Story

The Sohoku High School Competitive Cycling Club won the grand prize at the national tournament "Inter-High" using the skills of all their team members to defeat powerhouse schools such as champion school, Hakone Gakuen High School. After a heated summer, retirement for third-year students Kinjo, Makishima, and Tadokoro is not too far away. On the other hand, Sakamichi Onoda, Shunsuke Imaizumi, and Shoukichi Naruko—three first-year students who did very well at the Inter-High--as well as second-years Junta Teshima and Hajime Aoyagi , start anew as the "new team" with hopes of back-to-back Inter-High championships with Teshima as team captain and Aoyagi as his vice captain. Their rival Hakone Gakuen High School also starts moving as a new team to regain the coveted throne, adding new members to their ranks. Kyoto Fushimi High School is led by Sho Midousuji, a monster racer. Other powerhouse schools from all over the country hone their cycling skills to try and take the top spot at the Inter-High.

New allies, new rivals, and new battles... The curtain rises on the boys' passionate drama!

Characters

Sohoku High School
Sakamichi Onoda
Type: Climber
Voice: Daiki Yamashita

An anime and figure-loving otaku boy who naturally learned an amazingly high cadence pedaling by traveling often to Akihabara--a distance of 90km round-trip--on a granny bike. After undergoing rigorous training, he participated in Inter-High, and with his entire team's hopes on his back, managed to grasp victory. He is a candidate to be the ace climber in the new generation team.

Shunsuke Imaizumi
Type: All-rounder
Voice: Kosuke Toriumi

A first-year student at Sohoku High School. A player famous from back in middle-school, he entered the Inter-High passionate to get revenge on Midousuji—a racer now attending Kyoto Fushimi--who defeated him back in middle school. During the tournament, the belief to "pedal for the team" awakened inside him, and he contributed greatly to the team's victory at the championship. He seeks to become the ace rider for the new generation team.

Shoukichi Naruko
Type: Sprinter
Voice: Jun Fukushima

1st year at Sohoku High School, originally from Osaka. A sprinter whose main credo is to be flashy and noticeable despite the small figure, his competitive spirit is a cut above others as well. The team's mood-maker, and with his passionate run in Inter-High, he inspired his team. Swears to be active as the team's ace sprinter in the new generation team.

Junta Teshima
Voice: Daisuke Kishio

A "normal guy" who competes with tactics. He's a second-year at Sohoku High School, and is a tactician with a wide range of resources. He and Aoyagi have superb teamwork as part of "Team Two Man." Defeated at the battle during training camp, he missed the chance to be on the Inter-High team, but still assisted the team as a support member. He acts as the captain of Team Sohoku's new generation in hopes of back-to-back Inter-High victories.

Hajime Aoyagi
Voice: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka

The "quiet senpai" that hides overflowing passion.
He is a second-year student at Sohoku High School who doesn't talk much. He and Teshima have superb teamwork as part of "Team Two Man," and together, they are skilled enough to have been on the winners' podium multiple times. He assisted the team as a support member after his defeat at the battle during training camp. His fighting spirit burns on as he is the one to guide the next generation of Sohoku together with Teshima.

Issa Kaburagi
Voice: Hiro Shimono

A boy who will be attending Sohoku High School. In middle school, he honed his cycling skills with Danchiku in Chiba's powerhouse club team "Team SS," and his cycling skills have been dubbed "ingenious." He is highly confident, but is mentally childish. He aims to win Inter-High as part of the Sohoku team.

Ryuhou Danchiku
Voice: Wataru Hatano

A boy who will be attending Sohoku High School. He honed his cycling skills alongside his comrade Kaburagi as part of Chiba's powerhouse club team "Team SS" during his middle school years. He tends to get nervous, but when the "shackles" of anxiety fall off, he blitzes by at amazing speeds.

Hakone Gakuen High School
Sangaku Manami
Type: Climber
Voice: Tsubasa Yonaga

A first-year student at Hakone Gakuen. He usually goes at his own pace and seems to be somewhat clueless, but is a natural climber who shows impeccable concentration once the race begins. He seeks to have neck-to-neck races that make him feel alive. He had a fierce battle with Sakamichi during the Inter-High.

Touichirou Izumida
Type: Sprinter
Voice: Atsushi Abe

A second-year student at Hakone Gakuen High School. He's a sprinter who uses his muscular and trained body to move forward on the course, with the phrase "Abs! Abs! Abs!" being his favorite phrase to cheer himself on. He pulls the cycling team along as their new captain in order to let their school take back the Inter-High championship crown.

Yukinari Kuroda
Type: Climber
Voice: Kenji Nojima

A second-year student at Hakone Gakuen High School. He was unable to participate in the Inter-High due to losing to Manami during the representative selection race, but is now determined to reclaim his honor. With his flexible legs that allow him to cycle with great skill, he is one of the leading members of the team, and holds the team together as its vice-captain. He is childhood friends with Izumida.

Takuto Ashikiba
Type: All-rounder
Voice: Mamoru Miyano

A second-year student at Hakone Gakuen High School who is expected to become the cycling team's next ace player. He's a bit spacey and sometimes says weird things, but with his height of 202 cm and rhythmical "Metronome Dancing" method, he is able to accelerate to explosive speeds. Sohoku's Teshima is his middle school classmate.

Cast

Sohoku High School
Sakamichi Onoda
Daiki Yamashita
Shunsuke Imaizumi
Kosuke Toriumi
Shoukichi Naruko
Jun Fukushima
Junta Teshima
Daisuke Kishio
Hajime Aoyagi
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka
Terufumi Sugimoto
Koki Miyata
Miki Kanzaki
Ayaka Suwa
Toji Kanzaki
Junichi Suwabe
Aya Tachibana
Megumi Han
Issa Kaburagi
Hiro Shimono
Ryuhou Danchiku
Wataru Hatano

Hakone Gakuen High School
Sangaku Manami
Tsubasa Yonaga
Touichirou Izumida
Atsushi Abe
Yukinari Kuroda
Kenji Nojima
Takuto Ashikiba
Mamoru Miyano
Juichi Fukutomi
Tomoaki Maeno
Yasutomo Arakita
Hiroyuki Yoshino
Jinpachi Toudou
Tetsuya Kakihara
Hayato Shinkai
Satoshi Hino

Kyoto Fushimi High School
Akira Midosuzi

Staff

Original Creator
Wataru Watanabe (Weekly Shōnen Champion)
Director
Osamu Nabeshima
Series Composition
Kurasumi Sunayama
Character Designs
Yukiko Ban
Design Works
Yoshio Mizumura
Hiyori Denforword Akishino
Ride Design
Hiroyuki Horiuchi
Art Setting
Tomoyuki Aoki
Art Director
Shunichiro Yoshihara
Color Design
Fusako Nakao
CG Director
Toshihiro Sasaki
Director of Photography
Takeshi Kuzuyama
Music
Kan Sawada
Sound Director
Takeshi Takadera
Editing
Kumiko Sakamoto
Animation Production
TMS Entertainment

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