Live-Action Yowamushi Pedal Series Gets Sequel in 2017
The official website for the live-action series of Wataru Watanabe‘s Yowamushi Pedal (Yowapeda) manga announced on Thursday that the series will get a sequel on BS SKY PerfecTV! in 2017. The series’ official Twitter account began streaming a video to mark the announcement.
— ドラマ『弱虫ペダル』 (@sptv_Yowapeda) December 14, 2016
The sequel will continue from the first season and center on Sakamichi Onoda as a first-year student in the Inter High arc. The main cast are reprising their roles in the sequel.
The first live-action series premiered on August 26 on BS SKY PerfecTV! and ran for seven episodes. Kōta Fukihara (live-action Tensai Bakubon ~Kazoku no Kizuna, Hibi Rock film) wrote the scripts for the series, and many of the main cast members returned from the Yowamushi Pedal stage plays.
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.
Wataru Watanabe launched the original manga in Akita Shoten‘s Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine in 2008, and the story inspired stage plays and two television anime adaptations so far. The first season of the anime premiered in 2013, and the second season premiered in 2014 and ended in March 2015. Crunchyroll streamed both seasons outside of Japan.
The first anime seasons inspired two compilation films that opened in Japan starting in September 2014. A feature film sequel opened on August 28. The Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike spinoff manga also received an anime adaptation with a two-week run in theaters in September. A third season will premiere on January 9, 2017.
Yen Press has licensed the original manga for a release in North America. Crunchyroll is streaming the first three anime films. Discotek Media licensed the first two seasons, and released the first on DVD in January.
Source: Animate Times