9th Yowamushi Pedal Stage Play Reveals 12 Cast Members in Costume
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The staff of the ninth stage play adaptation of Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal (Yowapeda) manga, titled Butai Yowamushi Pedal ~Hakone Gakuen Shinsedai, Shidō~ (Yowamushi Pedal Stage Play: Hakone Academy New Generation, Start), revealed visuals of the 12 main cast members in costume on Saturday.
Takuya Kawaharada as Tochirō Izumida
Ryūtarō Akimoto as Yukinari Kuroda
Riki Tanimizu as Sangaku Manami
Kentarō Kanesaki as Masakiyo Dōbashi
Yūta Iiyama as Yūto Shinkai
Tsuyoshi Maeda as Juichi Fukutomi
Yūya Kido as Yasutomo Arakita
Yūgo Satō as Jinpachi Tōdō
Ryō Yashima as Hajime Aoyagi
Kousuke Kujirai as Junta Teshima
Shuuto Miyazaki as Hayato Shinkai
The following actors will also play "puzzle riders": Yū Ichinose, Ryōta Kakegawa, Chihira Kouno, and Wataru Murakami.
The play's official website also revealed a key visual for the play on Tuesday.
The play's story will focus on Hakone Academy, the rival school of Sohoku High. 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 at Tokyo Dome City Hall, and then from October 7 to 10 at 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 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