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Yowamushi Pedal Spare Bike Spinoff Manga Starts New Series Centering on Kinjō

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New series follows Sōhoku High School's captain after his 1st Inter-High

The May issue of Akita Shoten's Bessatsu Shonen Champion manga published a prologue on Saturday for a new "series" of Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal SPARE BIKE spinoff manga. The new series will officially start in the June issue of Bessatsu Shonen Champion on May 12. The new series will center on the previous Sōhoku High School team captain Shingo Kinjō. The prologue starts after Kinjō finishes his first Inter-High with Sōhoku.

Additionally, two clear files featuring the cover of the compiled volume of the Spare Bike manga shipped with the May issue of the magazine.

The Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike spin-off series follows the early years of the third-year students. The manga already profiled Hakone Academy's Jinpachi Tōdō and Yasutomo Arakita. Watanabe publishes the manga irregularly in various Champion magazines and as extras bundled with the anime DVDs.

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 inspired stage plays and two television anime adaptations. The first season of the anime premiered in 2013, and Crunchyroll streamed the anime outside of Japan as it aired. The second season premiered in Japan in October, and ended last month. Crunchyroll also streamed the second season outside of Japan as it aired.

The first anime season inspired a compilation film that opened in Japan in September. The manga is also getting a feature film this summer.

Yen Press has licensed the original manga for a release in North America.

Source: Comic Natalie


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