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Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike Anime Also Adapts Manga Included WIth Previous Anime Releases

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Theatrical anime began limited 2-week theatrical run on Friday

The staff of the Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike spinoff manga's anime adaptation announced on Thursday that the anime also adapts the manga included in the first- through third-volume first-print limited edition home video releases of the Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road television anime.

The home video releases that included the manga shipped from January to March 2015.

The anime's official website previously announced that the anime is also adapting Wataru Watanabe's Soreike Arakita-kun four-panel gag manga spinoff in an omake (bonus) part.

Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike began its two-week run in theaters on Friday, September 9. The anime has two parts, one focusing on Yūsuke Makishima and the other on Jinpachi Tōdō. Makishima's story details 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 reveals 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 returned to direct the anime at TMS Entertainment. Takashi Muratani designed the characters and Mitsutaka Hirota and Ayumu Hisao wrote the scripts. Tomoyuki Aoki handled art setting, Fusako Nakao handled color setting, and Kumiko Sakamoto served as editor. Naoki Tate served as art director, Toshihiro Sasaki served as CG director, and Takeshi Katsurayama served as the director of photography. Kan Sawada composed the music, and the band Magic of Life (previously DIRTY OLD MEN) performed the theme song. The main cast returned from previous anime adaptations.

The Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike spinoff manga series of Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal manga 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.

Source: Comic Natalie


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