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Yowamushi Pedal Film's Trailer Highlights Original Story

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Lastgasp performs theme song for film opening on August 28

The official website of Gekijōban Yowamushi Pedal (Yowamushi Pedal: The Movie), the brand-new August 28 anime film based on Wataru Watanabe's cycling manga, began streaming the film's first full trailer on Friday. The trailer highlights the teams and racers that will compete in the race in Kumamoto. The trailer also features Lastgasp's theme song "Link."

Film attendees will get one of 18 keychain holders featuring a character from Sōhoku, Hakone Academy, Kyoto Fushimi, Hiroshima Kureminami, or Kumamoto Daiichi High School. The presents will be random and will change weekly.

The returning cast from the two TV anime series includes:

Mamoru Miyano (Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club, Tokyo Ghoul) is joining the cast as the new character Shin Yoshimoto, the ace of Kumamoto Daiichi High School. He is a third-year Kumamoto Daiichi High School student 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.

Watanabe wrote the new story for the film:

[Highlight white text to read spoilers for the earlier manga and television anime] After winning the fierce Inter High race, Sakamichi and the other Sōhoku team members receive an invitation to compete in the Kumamoto Hi Province Mountain Range Race toward the end of summer. The top-tier teams from around the country compete in this race, including Sōhoku's rivals Hakone Academy (which yearns to take down Sōhoku), Kyoto Fushimi, and Hiroshima Kureminami — as well as Kumamoto Daiichi High School's team led by Shin Yoshimoto.

On the stage of Kumamoto Prefecture's Mount Aso, the curtain rises for the "final race" of Sōhoku team led by Kinjō.

The television anime's director Osamu Nabeshima is serving as chief director of the film, with Norihiro Naganuma (assistant director and script contributor on Hōzuki no Reitetsu) as the film's hands-on director. After performing the second television season's opening theme song, the rock band Lastgasp is returning to contribute the movie's theme song "Link." The other staff members include:

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. A second compilation film titled Yowamushi Pedal Re: ROAD compiles the episodes from the second season, with new cuts of animation. The film opened in select Japanese theaters on June 12 for two weeks only. Yowamushi Pedal Re: ROAD featured the theme song "Believer" by Lastgasp.

[Via Comic Natalie]

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