On tap for later this year, a Yowamushi Pedal OVA and TV series will be offering another guys' sports/racing anime that isn't quite as sexy as Free! Osamu Nabeshima (D.Gray Man, Saint Seiya Lost Canvas) directs the story of an otaku turned competitive cyclist with Reiko Yoshida (Girls und Panzer, K-On! ,Majestic Prince) writing and Takahiko Yoshida (Big Windup!, Welcome to the NHK) on character designs.
The cycling manga by Wataru Watanabe (Densha Otoko) has been running in Akita Shoten's mag since 2008. It follows Sakamichi Onoda, an otaku who just wants to find more people to join the recently disbanded anime club with him. However, when a couple cyclists spy his skill in riding the bulky mamachari bike he's had since youth, they attempt to convince him to join the bicycle racing club instead.
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