With already over 250 million yen under its belt in just 2 weeks of showing, Yowamushi Pedal The Movie proves to be a champion racer in Japan box office.The movie has already been watched by over 170,000 Japanese, and currently ranks 7th in the box office after its premiere on 28 August 2015.
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The movie is an original story by Wataru Watanabe sensei and will focus on the race held at Kumamoto. Fresh from their Inter High win, Team Sōhoku are invited to compete in a race held at Kumamoto. The best cycling teams from all over the country, including but not limited to Kyoto Fushimi, Hakone Gakuen, and Hiroshima Kureminami have come together to compete in this race. Of course, not wanting to be outdone at their own turf, homegrown talents from Kumamoto Daiichi High School cycling team led by their cycling ace, Shin Yoshimoto (CV: Mamoru Miyano) will also be participating in the race. Will Team Sōhoku still reign supreme? Will Hakone Gakuen be able to regain back their title? Will other teams snatch up the title and win the race?
Incidentally, a second PV was released on the official website. The new PV puts focus on the nice scenery of Kumamoto, as well as its race course. Of course, the PV didn’t forget to film the characters in their best moments!
Yowamushi Pedal is a manga written by Wataru Watanabe and serialized on Weekly Shōnen Champion in 2008. It tells the tale of Sakamichi Onoda(CV:Daiki Yamashita), a freshman at Sōhoku Koukou, and an anime enthusiast. He bikes his way together with his trusted, old mamachari from his school to all the way to Akihibara – a feat of 45 km, just so he can buy the latest merchandise of his favorite anime show, “Love Hime” (Love Princess). Soon he catches the interest of fellow freshman and cycling enthusiast, Shunsuke Imaizumi (CV:Toriumi Kousuke), who once saw him conquering the slope at their school’s back gate. Imaizuimi had showdown with Onoda, from which the latter later lost. Imaizumi had then encouraged the defeated Onoda to join the school’s cycling club. There he meets the captain of Sōhoku‘s bicycle team, Shingo Kinjou (CV:Hiroki Yasumoto), climber, Yuusuke Makishima(CV:Showtaro Morikubo) , “Human Bullet Train” Jin Tadokoro(CV:Kentarou Itou) and the sprinter cyclist from Osaka,fellow freshman Shoukichi Naruko(CV:Jun Fukushima). Thus, began the story of a would-be cyclist and his endeavors in becoming one of Japan’s greatest cyclist.
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