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Yowamushi Pedal Manga Gets 9th Stage Play

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
New play focusing on rival Hakone Academy begins run on September 30

The official website for the stage plays of Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal (Yowapeda) manga announced on Monday that a new stage play has been green-lit. This will be the manga's ninth stage play, and will focus on Hakone Academy, the rival school of Sohoku High.

The play's cast includes:

Riki Tanimizu as Sangaku Manami

Keisuke Higashi as Takuto Ashikiba

Takuya Kawaharada as Tochirō Izumida

Ryūtarō Akimoto as Yukinari Kuroda

Kentarō Kanesaki as Masakiyo Dōbashi

Shatner Nishida is returning to direct the new play, and he is also penning the script. Musician manzo is once again composing the score. The play will run from September 30 to October 2 in Tokyo Dome City Hall, and then from October 7 to 10 in Osaka's Orix Theater.

The previous installment titled Butai Yowamushi Pedal ~Sōhoku Shinsedai, Shidō~ ran from March 4 to 27.

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 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 is also getting a live-action series adaptation that contains much of the regular cast for the stage plays, including Ryūtarō Akimoto. The series will premiere on BS SKY PerfecTV! in August. 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.

Source: Comic Natalie

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