Didn’t have enough handsome men on bikes in the past two seasons? Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation has just unveiled the character designs for Hakone Academy’s cycling team, including Takuto Ashikiba, who will be making his animated debut in the show when it premieres in January:
Sangaku Manami is a first-year student at Hakone Academy. He usually lives life at his own pace and gives off a spacey vibe, but he’s actually a naturally-gifted climber with amazing concentration once the bike race begins. He wants to experience a neck-to-neck race that makes him feel alive.
Tōichirō Izumida is a second-year student at Hakone Academy. He’s a sprinter who uses his muscular and trained body to move forward on the course, with the word “Abs!” being his favorite word to cheer himself on. He pulls the cycling team along as their new captain in order to let their school take back the inter-high school championship crown.
Yukinari Kuroda is a second-year student at Hakone Academy. He was unable to participate in the inter-high championship due to losing to Manami during the representative selection race, but is now determined to reclaim his honor. With his flexible legs that allow him to cycle with great skill, he is one of the leading members of the team, and holds the team together as its vice-captain.
Takuto Ashikiba is a second-year student at Hakone Academy who is expected to become the cycling team’s next ace player. He’s a bit spacey and sometimes says weird things, but with his height of 202 cm and rhythmical “Metronome Dashing” method, he is able to accelerate to explosive speeds.
Tsubasa Yonaga, Atsushi Abe, and Kenji Nojima will be returning to play their characters Manami, Izumida, and Kuroda, respectively. The voice of Ashikiba will be announced at a later date.
If you’re looking for more designs for the third season, we have the first four character designs already available on our site.
You can watch the first two seasons of Yowamushi Pedal on Crunchyroll for free with English subtitles. Discotek Media has released the first season on DVD in North America. A third season of the anime is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television in January 2016.
©Wataru Watanabe (Weekly Shonen Champion)/Yowamushi Pedal 03 Production Committee