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Yowamushi Pedal, Vol. 1 Paperback – December 15, 2015
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About the Author
Wataru Watanabe is the creator of the long-running, fan favorite sports manga series Yowamushi Pedal.
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Vol 1 of YP is beautifully printed and gifted as two volumes in one. I'm a big fan of that format and believe it will work perfectly with series, especially when considering how many volumes are already out. The art is pretty sleek and versatile throughout the entire series, from comical and wavy to action packed, while also being addictive to look and read. Sports anime does have some tropes that might shrug some people the wrong way, such as a protagonist with a "hidden ability" that turns him from rookie to an ace-like character. Our protagonist, Onoda Sakamichi, definitely plays into that, but his struggles are also pretty severe and intense throughout the story as well. He's probably one of my favorite characters of all time for being such a light-hearted badass with a love for anime. We're also introduced to two other pivotal characters in the story and their parts in it are a pretty good introduction to them.
What's extremely unique about a lot of sports anime that's been unnoticed for a while is its ability to capture an audience that might not have any interest or knowledge on a particular sport. That's basically a sign that the artist and author are doing the right thing. I'm not saying that Yowamushi is going to make you go out and want to exercise on a road racer every day for the rest of your life, but these series in this genre of manga have a magical ability to inspire you. One of my favorite things about Yowamushi Pedal is its ability to be so uplifting and inspirational. The story has a unique soul to it. Hopefully some of you will also read and find yourself interested in the future volumes as well!