yowamushi Pedal, Manga Recommendation of the Week!

Key points for Manga Recommedantion – Yowamushi Pedal:

  • Yowamushi Pedal excels in character development, with MC Onoda and others undergoing meaningful growth, enhancing the overall story experience.
  • The manga’s art captures the essence of cycling, portraying speed and motion effectively, contributing to the excitement of the races and events.
  • While the sports manga’s plot is straightforward, it effectively builds anticipation for races and events, delivering a thrilling and engaging experience for readers.

This is one of the rare mangas where I’ve been reading the manga since forever but I’ve never watched the anime. No fault of the anime adaptations of course. And I am also surprised that I haven’t really talked about Yowamushi Pedal much here.

But it is time to change that. This manga deserves to have more eyes on it and I hope that I could help with that somewhat here. So welcome back to another edition of our manga recommendation series. This week we are talking about Yowamushi Pedal. So let’s get started.

Introduction

Yowamushi Pedal is written and illustrated by Watanabe Wataru. It has been serialized in the weekly Shounen Champion magazine since February 2008 and is still ongoing. It has multiple seasons of anime adaptation of course, since it has been going for so long. From what I’ve heard, the anime adaptations are pretty decent as well so you can check those out if you don’t want to read the manga. The manga also has a bunch of spin-offs, only read those if you want. They’re not mandatory by any means.

Plot

It’s a sports manga, so the plot isn’t really that complex. Our MC, Onoda cycles 45 kilometers to and from his school on an old store bicycle. He has been doing this ever since fourth grade. He finally gets to meet people that share his interest but to his dismay, the anime club of the school has been closed down. One day, a guy called Imaizumi sees him cycle up a steep slope near their school. And he challenges Onoda to a race. This eventually led to Onoda joining the world of professional cycling.

As I said, nothing too complex, like every other sports manga, the plot is there to hype up matches and serve as a catalyst for character interactions/growth. It is the same here. The plot does a great job of hyping up upcoming races and events. And it is very well-paced which again, enhances the overall engagement in the story.

Characters

This is where the manga truly shines in my opinion. The characters and character interactions are well done. Onoda gets substantial character growth throughout the series. And not just him, Naruko and Imaizumi have their own character arcs as well. All this combined with memorable side characters like Akira, Makishima, Junta, Manami, etc. really helps the series. And the interactions between these are really well-written as well.

Art

The art is pretty good. Of course, it is a sports manga, so a lot of things are dependent on the art and the art delivers. The sense of speed and motion is captured very well in the art. The art style itself is also pretty unique in my opinion as I can recognize it pretty much anywhere.

Check out the manga on Amazon! Just click on the image!

That is all for now!

Here is why you should read Yowamushi Pedal:

  • Decent plot
  • Great character work
  • Amazing races
  • HYPE

So yeah, let me know what you guys think in the comments. I will take my leave here. See ya!!

Also, check out this week’s anime recommendation here!

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