It was announced at the recent AnimeJapan event this weekend that a new original anime film based on Wataru Watanabe’s Yowamushi Pedal manga is currently in production. The film’s official website has launched revealing that the film is currently slated for a Summer release, and also revealed the first visual and promotional video was revealed.
The film itself will be a new original film, in which the first draft of the film’s scenario will be done by Watanabe himself. The first promotional video of the upcoming video was also revealed at AnimeJapan:
Yowamushi Pedal is a manga series written and illustrated by Wataru Watanabe. The series launched in 2008 and is being published in Akita Shoten Weekly Shounen Champion magazine. To date, the manga has released a total of 39 volumes. An anime adaptation of the series began in October 2013 for a total of 38 episodes. The series was animated by TMS Entertainment (Detective Conan, D.Gray-man) and directed by Osamu Nabeshima (D.Gray-man, Hamtaro). A second season of the anime, titled Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road, was produced in the following October for a total of 24 episodes.
Yowamushi Pedal synopsis from Haruhichan:
Otaku Sakamichi Onoda has just entered high school and plans to join the anime club. In middle school, Onoda didn’t have any friends with whom he could talk about anime, games, Akihabara and other otaku things, and he is hoping he can make such friends in the anime club, but he finds out it’s been disbanded. In order to reestablish the club he tries to find 4 other people who would like to join.Since he was a little boy, Onoda has ridden his mamachari—a bulky bicycle with a step-through frame mainly used for short rides, such as for casual fun or to pick up groceries—to go to Akihabara every week to check out or buy otaku things. Fellow freshman Shunsuke Imaizumi and bicyclist, while training, notices a boy (Onoda) riding his mamchari up a steep road.
Freshman and road racing cyclist, Shokichi Naruko visits Akihabara to get some Gundam plastic models for his younger brothers and meets Onoda who catches his attention because of the his cycling skill on the mamachari and later find out they go to the same school. Later on, both Naruko and Imaizumi try to convince him to join the bicycle racing club, but will he?
The upcoming Yowamushi Pedal anime film will be releasing in Japanese theatres this Summer. More information about the movie will be revealed in the upcoming months.