Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike Spinoff Manga Enters College Arc in January

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Previous arc focused on Hiroshima Kureminami's Eikichi Machimiya

The January issue of Akita Shoten's Bessatsu Shōnen Champion magazine revealed on Wednesday that Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike spinoff manga will enter a new "College Arc" in the magazine's next issue on January 12. The manga will have a color opening page and will be featured on the issue's front cover.

The Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike spinoff manga series follows the early years of the third-year students. The manga has profiled Jinpachi Tōdō and Yasutomo Arakita of Hakone Academy, Shingo Kinjō of Sohoku High, and Eikichi Machimiya of Hiroshima Kureminami Technical School. Watanabe publishes the manga irregularly in various Champion magazines and as extras bundled with the anime DVDs. Machimiya's arc began in January 2017.

The Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike anime adaptation ran for a two-week limited run in September 2016.

Wataru Watanabe launched the original Yowamushi Pedal manga in Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine in 2008. The story of the original 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. Yen Press is releasing the manga in English.

The first season of the television anime premiered in 2013, and Crunchyroll streamed the anime outside of Japan as it aired. The second season premiered in Japan in 2014, and ended in March 2015. Crunchyroll also streamed the second season outside of Japan as it aired. Yowamushi Pedal New Generation, the series' third season, premiered in January 2017. Yowamushi Pedal Glory Line, the fourth season, premiered on January 8. Crunchyroll streamed both the third and fourth seasons.

Sources: Bessatsu Shōnen Champion January issue, Comic Natalie

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