Discotek Media tends to focus on somewhat older shows in general, though they do a few more recent things here and there. One show they’ve now picked up that’s really recent – because it’s currently airing the second season – is Yowamushi Pedal. The company has announced the acquisition of both the first and second season of the show with plans to release it in its original Japanese with English subtitles. The first season ran for 38 episodes while the second is currently scheduled for twenty-four episodes. Both shows can be found streaming on Crunchyroll right now. Sports shows tend to not do as well in North America and it’s largely expected that this will be a DVD only release.
Based on the manga by Wataru Watanabe, it will be directed by Osamu Nabeshima based on scripts by Reiko Yoshida with character designs by Takahiko Yoshida and animated at TMS Entertainment.
The property stars Daiki Yamashita as Sakamichi Onoda, Kousuke Toriumi as Shunsuke Imaizumi, Jun Fukushima as Shōkichi Naruko, Hiroki Yasumoto as Shingo Kinjō, Showtaro Morikubo as Yūsuke Makishima, Kentarou Itou as Jin Tadokoro, Daisuke Kishio as Junta Teshima, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Hajime Aoyagi, Junichi Suwabe as Toji Kanzaki, Ayaka Suwa as Miki Kanzaki, Megumi Han as Aya Tachibana, Tomoaki Maeno as Juichi Fukutomi, Tsubasa Yonaga as Sangaku Manami, Tetsuya Kakihara as Jinpachi Tōdō, Satoshi Hino as Hayato Shinkai, Hiroyuki Yoshino as Yasutomo Arakita, Atsushi Abe as Tōichirō Izumida, Koji Yusa as Akira Midōsuji, Hirofumi Nojima as Kōtarō Ishigaki, Tomokazu Seki as Eikichi Machimiya and Yukari Tamura as Kotori Himeno.
Plot concept: Sakamichi Onoda is a rather timid, anime-loving first-year student at Sohoku High School. Since the fourth grade, he had been riding his commuter bicycle 90-kilometers to and from Tokyo’s otaku hot spot, Akihabara after school. Upon entering high school, he tried to join the anime research club, after meeting Imaizumi Shunsuke, a renowned cyclist since middle school, and Naruko Shoukichi, who swept the Kansai cycling championship, he ended up joining the competitive cycling club. All kinds of trials and rigorous training awaited Onoda, but with the support of his many friends and upperclassmen, the talented road racer inside him began to awaken!
The second season will focus on Inter High bicycle race continuing from the first season of the series! High school students pushing themselves to the limit as they bet everything on their bicycles!