Yowamushi Pedal “Compilation Anime Film”

This year's combined 36th/37th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine formally confirmed that the recently concluded 38-episodeYowamushi Pedal anime television series will get a recap movie next month. The “Yowamushi Pedal: Re:RIDE” feature film will summarize the first half of the TV series  with some cuts of new footage added. The movie based on Wataru Watanabe’s cycle racing manga will get limited Japanese theatrical release from September 19 to October 2. While supplies last, each moviegoer will receive one of 15 randomly distributed metal character badges.

Weekly Shōnen Champion is also announcing that the upcoming second television anime season will have the title Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road. The staff and cast of the first TV series will return for the upcoming season.

The anime is created by TMS Entertainment and directed by Osamu Nabeshima with character design by Takahiko Yoshida.

The manga follows 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 television anime premiered last October, and Crunchyroll streamed the anime outside of Japan as it aired. The second season will premiere in October. Japanese theater chain TOHO Cinemas had already listed a Yowamushi Pedal film opening on September 19.

Wataru Watanabe launched the original manga in Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine in 2008, andAkita Shoten has printed 10 million copies of the manga's volumes. Besides the anime, the original manga also inspired stage plays and spinoff manga.

For those not familiar with the anime check out the preview trailer of the first season.