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Takaaki Natsushiro, Saeki YouthK Perform Themes for Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation Anime

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
3rd season based on Wataru Watanabe's cycling manga premieres on January 9

The official website for the Yowamushi Pedal anime revealed the theme song artists on Monday for Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation, the third anime season based on Wataru Watanabe's original manga.

Takaaki Natsushiro is performing the opening theme song "Cadence." Singer-songwriter Saeki YouthK (Yūsuke Saeki) is performing the ending theme song "Now or Never." The two singles for the respective songs will each ship on February 15.

The cast for Team Sōhoku is returning from the first two seasons:

Daiki Yamashita as Sakamichi Onoda

Kousuke Toriumi as Shunsuke Imaizumi

Jun Fukushima as Shōkichi Naruko

Daisuke Kishio as Junta Teshima

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Hajime Aoyagi

The website revealed designs for the new characters Issa Kaburagi and Ryūhō Danchiku, two students who begin attending Sōhoku High School in the third season, but their cast members have not yet been announced.

The main cast for Hakone Academy's team members includes:

Tsubasa Yonaga as Sangaku Manami

Atsushi Abe as Tōichirō Izumida

Kenji Nojima as Yukinari Kuroda

Mamoru Miyano as Takuto Ashikiba

The series will premiere at night on Monday, January 9 at 1:35 a.m. (effectively Tuesday morning) on TV Tokyo, TV Aichi, and TV Hokkaido. The show will also air on TV Osaka, TV Setouchi, TVQ Kyushu, NBC Nagasaki, and AT-X.

Osamu Nabeshima is returning to direct the series and Kurasumi Sunayama (Bakuon!!), who worked on scripts for the first two seasons, is taking over series composition. Yukiko Ban (Yowamushi Pedal movie) is designing the characters and Hiroyuki Horiuchi is designing the bikes. Kan Sawada is returning to compose the music. TMS Entertainment is again producing the animation.

The story of the original Yowamushi Pedal 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.

The story of the third season is set after the previous two seasons and the August 2015 film, and after the previous third-year students have graduated.

[Via Nijimen]

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