Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike Spin-Off Gets One-Shot in Monthly Shonen Champion
posted on by Kyle Cardine
This year's 35th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion will announce on Thursday that a special one-shot of Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal cycling manga will premiere in the September issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Shōnen Champion on August 6. Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike - Sore Ike Arakita-kun (Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike: Go With That, Arakita-kun) will tell the story of a match between Hakone Academy and Sōhoku High School.
The story of the original manga centers around Sakamichi Onoda, an otaku at Sōhoku High School. He loves anime and games so much, that he would ride his commuter bicycle to and from Tokyo's Akihabara shopping district in a 90-kilometer (about 60-mile) round trip over steep slopes after school. Onoda's life changes when he encounters his school's cycling team, and he ends up joining the competitive sport of bicycle racing.
Wataru Watanabe launched the original manga in Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine in 2008, and the story has already inspired stage plays. The first season of the anime adaptation of the manga premiered last October, and Crunchyroll streamed the anime outside of Japan as it aired. A second season is scheduled to premiere in Japan this October.
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