Inside Deep Scoop Covering the ‘Extra Ride’ Live Event for the Movie ‘Yowamushi Pedal’

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Wataru Watanabe (Weekly Shonen Champion)/Movie 'Yowamushi Pedal' Production Committee

     A special event ‘Extra Ride,‘ was held for the movie Yowamushi Pedal at Maihama Amphitheatre-Chiba Prefecture on May 15th, 2016. More than 4,300 fans came out for the  day and evening sessions. Eight actors, all members of Sohoku High School took the stage on that day. Actors present at the event were Daiki Yamashita (as Sakamichi Onoda), Kosuke Toriumi (as Shunsuke Imaizumi), Jun Fukushima (as Shoukichi Naruko), Hiroki Yasumoto (as Shingo Kinjou), Shotaro Morikubo (as Yuusuke Makishima), and Kentaro Ito (as Jin Tadokoro). Plus, Daisuke Kishio (as Junta Teshima) and Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (as Hajime Aoyagi) made their first guest appearance. All the members entertained fans with funny stories, dramatic readings and some game playing.


     On the stage, a setup of the Sohoku High School bicycle racing club room was recreated and everyone gathered to have a wrap-up party after the ‘Kumamoto Hinokuni Yamanami Race,’ a road race which all the club members participated in within the movie. Soon after the event started, the excited fans welcomed the actors as the stage rotated and they came forward, slowly revealing the cast on the stage. With snacks and drinks in front of them, each member of the cast posed as their character.

     First, there was a talk session named ‘Sohoku Tea Time,’ taken after Junta’s famous line ‘tea-time,’ where the members read out some messages from fans. The members talked about the most memorable scenes from the movie, with some behind-the-scene stories. Also, a special cake was brought out to celebrate Kousuke Toriumi’s birthday, whose birthday is on May 16th and almost matches his character Imaizumi’s birthday which was on May 18th.

     Then the actors performed the dramatic reading of ‘The night after Kumamoto Race,’ which was set on the night of the Kumamoto road race when club members of Sohoku High School had a wrap-up meeting at the hotel. Various other performances entertained the fans including the sugoroku game, which was played on the huge game board set on the stage that featured ‘Kumamoto Hinokuni Yamanami Race.

     ‘Towards the end of the event, they announced new details about the ‘Yowamushi Pedal’ anime series. A trailer was projected on the big screen, and the airing of the third season was announced to start from January 2017. To top it all off, they also announced that the production of a spin-off story, Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike, will be in theaters in September 2016 as a limited two weeks show. ‘Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike’ is a manga series written by Wataru Watanabe. It is a manga series which is currently serialized in a magazine called ‘Bessatsu Shonen Champion,’ which tells the story of high school senior students in the past.

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     At the finish, Yasumoto who plays the captain Kinjou, let out the call “Let’s go Sohoku!” which everyone at the event shouted back with“Yeah!.” That was timed with noise crackers popping off and gold and silver colored tapes being released all over the venue, marking the end of the exciting event.


     Yowamushi Pedal the Movie Special Event: Extra Ride

Date : May 15th, 2016
     Venue : Maihama Amphitheatre-Chiba Prefecture (2,170 seats)

     Special appearance: Daiki Yamashita, Kosuke Toriumi, Jun Fukushima, Hiroki Yasumoto, Shotaro Morikubo, Kentaro Ito, Daisuke Kishio, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka

     MC : Takeshi Washizaki

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