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Yowamushi Pedal Spare Bike Anime Casts Daisuke Sakaguchi, Mariya Ise

posted on by Karen Ressler
Theatrical anime begins 2-week run in Japan on September 9

The official Twitter account for the Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike spinoff manga's anime adaptation announced two new cast members on Thursday. The new cast members are:

Daisuke Sakaguchi (Gintama's Shinpachi) as Shūsaku Itokawa, Tōdō's friend

Mariya Ise (Fairy Tail's Levi) as Minamizu, the team manager at Hakone Gakuen

Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike will begin its two-week run in theaters on September 9. The anime will have two parts, one focusing on Yūsuke Makishima and the other on Jinpachi Tōdō. Makishima's story will detail how he joined the Sōhoku bicycle racing club as a first year and met scorn from his seniors because of his strange style of dancing. Tōdō's story will reveal how he first got into road racing in his second year of middle school, where a friend challenged him to a race but he initially refused because he wanted to avoid helmet hair.

Osamu Nabeshima is returning to direct the anime at TMS Entertainment. Takashi Muratani is designing the characters and Mitsutaka Hirota and Ayumu Hisao are writing the scripts. Tomoyuki Aoki is handling art setting, Fusako Nakao is handling color setting, and Kumiko Sakamoto is editing. Naoki Tate is the art director, Toshihiro Sasaki is the CG director, and Takeshi Katsurayama is the director of photography. Takeshi Takadera is the sound director and Kan Sawada is composing the music. The main cast is returning from previous anime adaptations. The band Magic of Life (previously DIRTY OLD MEN) is performing the theme song.

The Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike spinoff manga series for Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal follows the early years of the third-year students. The manga profiled Hakone Academy's Jinpachi Tōdō, Yasutomo Arakita, and, more recently, Shingo Kinjō. Watanabe publishes the manga irregularly in various Champion magazines and as extras bundled with the anime DVDs. Kinjō's arc began in Monthly Shōnen Champion last May, and the manga entered a new arc last November.

[Via Nijimen]

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