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New Yowapeda/Yowamushi Pedal Film Casts Mamoru Miyano

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Miyano voicing Kumamoto Daiichi High School's ace in franchise's 1st original feature

This year's 26th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine is unveiling a new character for the Gekijōban Yowamushi Pedal (Yowamushi Pedal: The Movie) film on Thursday. The character's name is Shin Yoshimoto, and he is described as the ace of Kumamoto Daiichi High School. Mamoru Miyano (Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club, Tokyo Ghoul) will voice the character.

The announcement notes the character's profile:

A third-year student of Kumamoto Daiichi High School, who possesses a cheerful yet aggressive personality. He was not able to participate in the Inter High due to an injury, but he still has first-class legs honed on Mount Aso.

TOHO previously streamed the film's second teaser video on May 17.

Wataru Watanabe, the original manga's creator, will write a new story for the film. It will open in Japanese theaters on August 28.

The staff previously announced that a second compilation film titled Yowamushi Pedal Re: ROAD (key visual above) has been green-lit. The film will compile the episodes from the second season of the anime, and will also have new cuts of animation. The film will be screened in select Japanese theaters beginning on June 12 for two weeks only. The film's theme song will be "Believer" by rock band LASTGASP.

The original manga follows 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.

The television anime premiered in October 2013, and Crunchyroll streamed the anime outside of Japan as it aired. The first compilation film, Yowamushi Pedal: Re:RIDE, played in a limited two-week engagement from September 19 to October 2 in 10 Japanese theaters last year. It compiled the first half of the Inter High arc from the first television anime season with some cuts of new footage added. The second season of the anime picked up where the first left off in the Inter High arc in October.

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