• Yowamuchi Pedal: Spare Bike premiere date revealed

    The official website for the Yowamushi Pedal anime announced on Tuesday that the anime adaptation of the spinoff manga Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike will begin its two-week run in theaters on September 9. In addition, the website unveiled the anime's key visual and story.

    The anime will have two parts, one focusing on Yūsuke Makishima and the other on Jinpachi Tōdō. Makishima's story will detail how he joined the Sōhoku bicycle racing club as a first year and met scorn from his seniors because of his strange style of dancing. Tōdō's story will reveal how he first got into road racing in his second year of middle school, when a friend challenged him to a race but he initially refused because he wanted to avoid helmet hair.

    Osamu Nabeshima is returning to direct the anime at TMS Entertainment. Takashi Muratani is designing the characters and Mitsutaka Hirota and Ayumu Hisao are writing the scripts. Tomoyuki Aoki is handling art setting, Fusako Nakao is handling color setting, and Kumiko Sakamoto is editing. Naoki Tate is the art director, Toshihiro Sasaki is the CG director, and Takeshi Katsurayama is the director of photography. Takeshi Takadera is the sound director and Kan Sawada is composing the music. The main cast is returning from previous anime adaptations.

    The story of the first 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 Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike spinoff manga series follows the early years of the third-year students.