Yowamushi Pedal Gets New Stage Play About 'New Interhigh Arc' in October

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Previous stage play cast members Kotarō Daigo, Masanari Wada, Saku Momose return for 11th stage play

This year's 35th issue of Akita Publishing's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine revealed on Thursday that Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal (Yowapeda) cycling manga will get an 11th stage play adaptation in October. The stage play will center on the "New Interhigh Arc" portrayed in the Yowamushi Pedal New Generation anime. The official website for the stage plays also revealed a visual for the new play on Thursday. The new play is titled Yowamushi Pedal Shin Interhigh-hen: Heat Up.

The play will run in Tokyo at The Galaxy Theatre from October 19-23, and in Osaka at the Mielparque Hall from October 26-29.

The confirmed cast members include Kotarō Daigo as Sakamichi Onoda, Masanari Wada as Shunsuke Imaizumi, and Saku Momose as Shōkichi Naruko. Shatner Nishida is directing and writing the script, and manzo is composing the music.

The previous stage play ran at Osaka's Orix Theater on February 25-26, and at the Tokyo Dome City Hall on March 4-12.

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 three television anime adaptations. The third season premiered last October, and ended on June 26. The Spare Bike spinoff manga also received an anime adaptation with a two-week run in theaters last 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. The manga will get a fourth season that will premiere in January, after the Yowamushi Pedal Re:Generation compilation film in October.

The manga's live-action television series adaptation, which contains much of the regular cast for the stage plays, premiered last August. A sequel is slated to premiere on August 18.

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