We have in our hands the character designs of four new characters from Hakone Gakuen Cycle Racing Club, one of the rival schools of Sohoku Cycle Racing Club, the club in which the main character Sakamichi belongs to.
The characters are: Manami Sangaku who competed with Sakamichi at the inter-high school competition, Toichiro Izumida who is the captain of the new team and is a sprinter with a well-trained body, Yukinari Kuroda who is the vice captain of the new team, and Takuto Ashikiba who is considered an ace with his 202cm height.
Yowamushi Pedal NEW GENERATION has been serialized in Monthly Shonen Champion (Akita Shoten) and it has a circulation of 16 million books. The story is written by Wataru Watanabe and it features the battles and drama of high schoolers who put their everything on bike racing.
So far, two seasons of the TV anime have been broadcast. Spin-off series Yowamushi Pedal SPARE BIKE is being aired now, and the third season, Yowamushi Pedal NEW GENERATION, will start in January 2017.
The Four New Members of Hakone Gakunen!
Manami Sangaku (CV. Tsubasa Yonaga)
He is in his first year at Hakone Gakuen. He usually does things at his own pace and seems to be lacking something but once the race starts, he becomes a genius climber and shows astonishing focus. He is always looking forward to that close battle that will remind him that he is alive.
Toichiro Izumida (CV. Atsushi Abe)
He is in his second year at Hakone Gakuen. Using his well-trained body as his weapon, he is a sprinter that sprints with the call ‘Abu!’.
He is the new captain of the Hakogaku team which is aiming to win back the title of the inter-high school competition.
Yukinari Kuroda (CV. Kenji Yano)
He is in his second year at Hakone Gakuen. He lost to Manami at the representative selection race so he couldn’t go to the inter-high school competition. He is striving to win this year. His soft and flexible legs are making him a number-1 racer in the team and he is also the new vice-captain.
Takuto Arakiba (CV. : to be announced later)
He is in his second year at Hakone Gakuen and he is said to become a new ace of the team. He is a very unique characters with a mysterious behavior. His “Metronome Dancing” style in which he shakes his 202cm body rhythmically creates astonishing acceleration and speed.