Yowamushi Pedal's Live-Action Show Reveals Cast
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official website for the upcoming live-action television series of Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal manga revealed the series' cast on Thursday. The cast includes actors from the manga's stage play adaptations, alongside new actors. The cast includes:
Tatsunari Kimura as Shunsuke Imaizumi
Taiga Fukazawa as Shōkichi Naruko
Naoya Goumoto as Shingo Kinjō (from the stage plays)
Yūki Tomotsune as Jin Tadokoro (from the stage plays)
Ryōma Baba as Yūsuke Makishima (from the stage plays)
Kousuke Kujirai as Junta Teshima (from the stage plays)
Ryō Yashima as Hajime Aoyagi (from the stage plays)
Teruma as Kimitaka Koga (from the stage plays)
Hiroki Hirai as Terufumi Sugimoto
Yūya Asato as Tōji Kanzaki (from the stage plays)
Minami Sakurai as Miki Kanzaki
Eiji Takigawa as Juichi Fukutomi (from the stage plays)
Hiroki Suzuki as Yasutomo Arakita (from the stage plays)
Ryō Kitamura as Jinpachi Tōdō (from the stage plays)
Shuuto Miyazaki as Hayato Shinkai (from the stage plays)
Soramu Aoki as Tōichirō Izumida
Ryūtarō Akimoto as Yukinari Kuroda (from the stage plays)
Keisuke Ueda as Sangaku Minami (from the stage plays)
Mitsu Murata as Akira Midōsuji
The series will premiere on BS SKY PerfecTV! in August. A special behind-the-scenes program will air on the channel on July 29. Takayoshi Tanazawa (live-action Hanzawa Naoki, Shitamachi Rocket, Ryūsei Wagon) is directing the series and Kōta Fukihara (live-action Tensai Bakubon ~Kazoku no Kizuna, Hibi Rock film) is writing the scripts.
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.
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