Yowamushi Pedal Live-Action Drama's Main Staff Revealed

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Takayoshi Tanazawa to direct, Kōta Fukihara to write scripts for August drama

Manga news website Comic Natalie revealed the main staff for the upcoming live-action drama of Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal manga on Thursday. Takayoshi Tanazawa (Hanzawa Naoki, Shitamachi Rocket, Ryūsei Wagon dramas) is directing the drama and Kōta Fukihara (Tensai Bakubon ~Kazoku no Kizuna drama, Hibi Rock film) is writing the scripts.

The drama will premiere on BS SKY PerfecTV! in August. A special behind-the-scenes program will air on the channel in July.

The 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 manga in Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine in 2008, and the story inspired stage plays, two television anime adaptations, and a spinoff manga, Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike. A third TV anime season has also been green-lit and will premiere in January. The Spare Bike spinoff will also receive an anime adaptation with a two-week run in theaters this September.

The manga has also inspired two anime compilation films, as well as an anime film with an original story, the latter of which opened in August 2015.

The manga series has more than 15 million copies in print. Akita Shoten publishes the manga in Japan and will ship the 45th compiled volume of the manga on June 8.

Yen Press has licensed the original manga for a release in North America. Discotek Media has licensed the two anime seasons on home video.

Source: Comic Natalie

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