Crunchyroll Adds Yowamushi Pedal Sequel Film
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it has added the Gekijōban Yowamushi Pedal (Yowamushi Pedal: The Movie) sequel anime film on Thursday. The film is already available to premium users in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Central and South America including the Caribbean. The film will be available to free users after two weeks.
Wataru Watanabe's 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.
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 film opened in Japan last August.
The television anime premiered in October 2013, and Crunchyroll streamed the anime outside of Japan as it aired. Yowamushi Pedal Re:RIDE played in a limited two-week engagement in September-October 2014. It compiled the first half of the Inter High arc from the first television anime season with some cuts of new footage added. Yowamushi Pedal Re: ROAD opened in select Japanese theaters last June for two weeks only. It compiled the episodes from the second season, with new cuts of animation.
A third season of the anime has been green-lit.