The online store Akita Shouten has released White Day Goods based on the series Yowamushi Pedal by Wataru Watanabe.
In case you have no idea what White Day is: In Japan, Valentine’s Day is a little different from what we are used to in the West. Typically, women present chocolate gifts, store-bought or handmade) to men as an expression of love or courtesy. White Day is one month later on March 14, and that day the reverse happens: the boys who have received a chocolate on Valentine’s day have to return the favor with a gift. Popular White Day gifts are white chocolate, white lingerie, and mashmallows. The catch is that the gift must usually be three times the worth of what they received on Valentine’s Day.
There are 4 different sets based on the characters Yusuke Makishima, Jinpachi Toudou, Yasutomo Arakita, and Hayato Shinkai. Each set has two 75 cm wide tin badges with original illustrations and dot illustrations of each character plus an acrylic key-ring. The acrylic key-rings are made up with the characters’ faces, snacks, and motifs related to the characters: a goat for Makishima and Power Bar for Shinkai. The sets are limited to just 200 per type and they cost ¥2,700 each. They are going to be delivered in the middle of March, just in time for White Day.
The online store also has copies of the key animation of Yowamushi Pedal on sale. There are 10 types: Yuuto Shinkai, Sakamichi Onoda, Junta Teshima & Touichirou Izumida, Akira Midousuji, Naruko/Imaizumi & Ashikiba/Kuroda which are newly released, and also Souhoku Member, Sakamichi Onoda & Sangaku Manami, Yuusuke Makishima, Jinpachi Toudou, and Yasutomo Arakita. Every copy is B4 size and has Watanabe’s autograph printed on it. The price is ¥27,000.