Introducing the popular Japanese anime “Yowamushi Pedal”

渡辺航 『弱虫ペダル』トムス・エンタテインメント


Sakamichi Onoda, a freshman at Chiba Prefectural Sohoku High School, is an otaku boy who loves anime and games.

He didn’t make any otaku friends in middle school, so he decides to join the Anime and Manga Research Club in high school to make friends.

However, he finds out that the club is currently inactive due to a lack of members. He tries to recruit the necessary number of members to restart the club, but he fails to gather enough people.

At that time, Sakamichi is challenged to a bicycle race by his classmate, Shunsuke Imaizumi. For Imaizumi, who was active in bicycle racing in middle school, the sight of Sakamichi climbing a steep slope of more than 20% gradient on a city bike while singing was “unbelievable.”

Imaizumi tells Sakamichi that if he wins, he can join the Anime Research Club. Sakamichi accepts the challenge, but he narrowly loses. Sakamichi, who had discovered the joy of riding a bicycle fast, gives up on recruiting members for the Anime Research Club and joins the Bicycle Racing Club.


渡辺航 『弱虫ペダル』トムス・エンタテインメント
渡辺航 『弱虫ペダル』トムス・エンタテインメント

Sakamichi Onoda
The protagonist of this work. He is an otaku whose trademark is his glasses. He is timid and not good at talking to others, especially those who are overly energetic and athletic. He had decided not to join any sports clubs when he first entered school. Since the fourth grade, he has been commuting by bicycle to Akihabara, which is more than 45km away one way, to buy anime goods. Moreover, his bicycle is a heavy city bike that has been modified so that it doesn’t cover much distance even when pedaled, due to a low gear ratio.

Shunsuke Imaizumi
He has a very cool personality and is a serious hard worker. He respects people who work hard without cutting corners, even if they lack ability, but he looks down on people who do not make an effort and is strict with both himself and others. He is known to Sakamichi as a friendly and kind person who cares about his friends. During his junior high school days, he was one of the leading bicycle racers in the prefecture. He doesn’t have any particular weaknesses and shows a stable ride in any field, and his efficient form is particularly appreciated.

The charm of this work

This is a work that can be enjoyed not only by those who love road racing, but also by those who are not familiar with it.

The growth of unique characters, bonds with friends, and friendship. Its charm as a sports anime is top-notch!

You may come across posts or reviews saying, “I became interested in road bikes because of Yowamushi Pedal, and I finally bought one!” Even if you weren’t interested at first, it seems that many people become interested in road bikes after reading Yowamushi Pedal.

If bicycles are depicted so attractively, it’s understandable that you’d want to ride one!

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