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Live-Action Yowamushi Pedal Show Previews 3 Cast Members in Costume

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Series starring cast members from stage plays premieres August

The staff of the live-action series of Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal (Yowapeda) manga unveiled three of the main cast members in costume during a press event last Friday.

The image above shows cast members (from left to right) Taiga Fukazawa as Shōkichi Naruko, Yūki Ogoe as Sakamichi Onoda, and Tatsunari Kimura as Shunsuke Imaizumi.

The rest of the cast includes:

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.

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

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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