Another anime that I recently started watching last weekend is called Yowamushi Pedal. I am embarrassed to admit that the reason I started watching this anime was solely because one of the characters is voiced by my favorite seiyuu Kousuke Toriumi (Saito Hajime-Hakuouki, Kiba-Naruto). However, in the very first episode the character Onoda Sakamichi is introduced as a boy that loves going to Akiba (Akihabara) on his bike, which is quite the distance from their school! One day, he forgets his wallet at school after he rides down the large hill at their school’s back entrance. He starts pedaling back up the hill to get his wallet, humming a song as the long time athlete, Shunsuke Imaizumi climbs up the hill on his road racer. As Shunsuke passes him, he realizes that the boy is climbing the hill on a mommy bike while singing AND smiling. He thinks this is impossible and that the boy will never make it. Onoda proves him wrong, which angers Imaizumi, so he challenges Onoda to a race. Of course, being on a mommy bike against an athlete, Onoda fails. However, Onoda eventually meets Naruko while in Akiba and they become friends. Naruko convinces Onoda to join the cycling team, which he does, and learns new tricks and ways to improve “climbing,” and face new challenges.
I have to admit, this anime was addicting from the moment I started watching it. I am no longer solely watching it for Kousuke’s voice, but because I am interested in seeing what else will happen to Onoda as he has many new challenges to face. I also love that he smiles and sings when he goes up a hill and doesn’t give up. Being with Imaizumi and Naruko actually propels him forward as he fights to follow them.