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This brokes my heart, but… it’s beautiful! (;_;)

Same here. That’s why I couldn’t help myself and just had to post it, but… my bad! I colored and translated those panels so that I could include them in my summary of chap.321. Out of proper context, you can follow the panels without any trouble… but it gets a lot brighter and happier in the following pages, honest! For starters, that’d be the reason why Onoda began writing letters to Makishima (because he wanted to keep Maki informed of everything going on in the club). Neither Kinjou nor Tadokoro knew Maki’s address, though, so Teshima was the one to get it for Onoda: he simply asked the right person for it. But no, it wasn’t Toudou.

(Personal headcanon: Watanabe stated Makishima and Toudou kept in touch via email, so I’m speculating Maki didn’t want to give Toudou his address to prevent the latter from actually trying to go to London and look for him.)

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I’m not sure, but… Maybe the fandom got crazy because that thing of Love Hime second season was announced at the end of Episode 37 of the anime too, when Imaizumi was about watching Love Hime and then… Machimiya’s shadow appeared!

…Come to think of it, I think some fans told me the second series of Love Hime was announced in one of the episode extras (; ̄ェ ̄) I do remember they told me there was another extra where Onoda took Imaizumi to a Hime event (…the movie, I think?)
I actually try to avoid anything related to the anime series so much, I am missing on some priceless moments (and info)…

But I’m pretty sure the collective Machimiya Reaction in my Twitter dashboard didn’t have to do with that extra, though ;) The fans at Twitter I referred to usually write about the weekly Yowapeda chapter as soon as they read it -so I get to read their comments in Thursday morning-, and last week, their posts were like this: "Onoda, you’re such a precious boy! We love you! AND MACHIMIYAAAAAAaaaa…" Cue my confusion at the seemingly random cries about Machimiya then.

I assumed they might be referring to the second anime series because I think another promo video was available last week (…I think? I haven’t watched any of the PVs, though, so I wouldn’t know if Miya is featured there). Now that I’ve read chap.321, I think these fans might have been talking about that article in the latest Weekly Shounen Champion instead. If they were just like me -fans who follow the manga mainly… or who don’t follow the anime at all-, and found out Seki would be voicing Miya in the anime because of that magazine article. Said article was featured at the end of the Yowapeda chapter, so it was pretty hard not to see it.

I actually told my siblings -fellow Yowapeda fans- about Seki because I got excited with the news. Yes, even if I don’t watch the anime! I happen to like Seki a lot because of his role as Ishida Mitsunari from Sengoku BASARA, so I think I’ll be taking a look at the second anime series just to hear what Miya sounds like. You’ll see, I’m having some trouble picturing Seki as Miya… Machimiya speaks with a bit of a southern Japanese accent, and he also uses some old-fashioned words you’d relate with elderly people mostly. This is why his way of speaking was so noteworthy for me in the manga; if you ask me, and because of all his smooth-talking, I imagined him as having a soft tone, speaking somewhat parsimoniously… and sounding a bit like your grandfather due to his usage of the pronoun ワシ (washi, “I”).
But since Seki’s portrayal of Mitsunari is pretty memetic because of his cries (殺してやる! → “I’ll kill you!”, though I guess “Ieyasuuuuuu!” comes first in term of frequency), I’m having instead a pretty clear idea of what Machimiya will sound like when in his “Fighting Dog” mode…

Sorry I’m still owing many of you replies and comments m(_ _;;m I’ve been a bit busy in the past days, and right now, my internet connection seems to be pretty unstable (oh the joy) and Tumblr is taking ages to load. I’ll be posting my summary of chap.321 sometime later then… but since I could upload the panels I colored and translate from this chapter, I’m posting then now.
…My coloring turned out pretty sloppy on these panels, though, and I can’t still get Makishima’s hair right. Not to mention all those odd-looking pixels in the parts I had to redraw… (ーー;)

…Highlights about chap.321? We learn Love ♥ Hime got a second series (wait, does this parallel a certain other anime series?…); titled Love ♥ Hime Pettanko, Onoda is already singing the OP theme, Hime no kurukuru Kataomoi (something in the lines of “the princess’ spinning unrequited love”), and baffling other cyclists because of it. It turns out he gets a speed power-up thanks to the “upgraded” version of the OP song, too.

Last week, I read some Japanese fans commenting -well, more like screaming- about Machimiya in my Twitter dashboard, and I assumed they were referring to the second anime series. But last week’s issue of Shounen Champion included a small article on Machimiya’s seiyuu, and now I’m wondering if the fans were referring to -or screaming about- Tomokazu Seki voicing him.
I have to say I’ve got interested, too. Even though I’ve heard Seki in many, many roles through the years, the one role I associate him the most is Ishida Mitsunari from Sengoku BASARA, as he’s one of my overall favorite fictional characters. And after spending the last four years listening to Mitsunari’s memetic cries and death threats, I’m having a hard time picturing Seki as Machimiya now… It doesn’t help that the other Seki’s role I’m pretty familiar with is Yzak Jule from Gundam Seed, but his acting and voice inflection in this anime is rather similar to Mitsunari.

Come to think of it, I was pretty surprised to learn Kouji Yusa would voice Midousuji back when the first tv series was announced (apart from the BL CD dramas I’ve heard him in, there was the other role I remember Yusa for, Yuri Petrov from Tiger & Bunny). But then again, and save for literally a couple of lines, I haven’t really listened to Yusa as Midousuji. I’ve been wondering just what Midou’s Pu, pu, pu… laugh sounds like in the anime, though…

Anonymous
Do you know how tall is Kuroda? Is he taller than Arakita or shorter than him?

Hello!
I’m afraid there aren’t yet any official data for characters introduced or “promoted” to the main cast -such as Kuroda himself- after vol.28; Ashikiba’s height (as a second-year) would be the one exception in that regard. I’m assuming we’ll have to wait for a second data/fan book to be released for more detailed information… but we can resort to the manga in the meantime, and Kuroda seems to be slightly taller than Arakita.

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scyllua:

scyllua:

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I wonder when we’ll get to see a complete and colored prototype of that winged Manami… I know Union C. wants my money and I’ll be more than happy to burn them for that figure…! (>.>)

Since Union Creative is opening preorders for…

Sorry I’m replying just now!
…Still no news about Manami or Midou’s figures, but I’m assuming Union Creative is focusing on the FOUR Yowapeda PVCs to be released in the few days. Of course, reviews of these figures will only be possible after their release, but I’d like to comment about UC in any case…

You’re not in late at all! (>_<) My apologies again for the message, I really thought it was a bug of Tumblr, but I always love your posts and it would have been a pity for me losing the chance to read what you replied! I’m so sorry, you’re always so kind and I hope I didn’t bother you in some ways! `(๑ △ ๑)`*

Sorry for the late reply!
Union Creative has delayed the Yowapeda figures until the first week of October; they don’t mention any particular reason, but my brother had some orders open at other stores and he got a notification informing him shipping would be delayed until October 5 because of Mt. Ontake eruption. I wouldn’t know if this bears some relation to UC’s delay, but I’m assuming communications and transport must be affected in central Japan because of the volcano. That said, I’m currently in no hurry to get Arakita at the moment Σ(゜゜) but that’s only because our post service went on a national strike and I’m really fearing I might lose my latest doujinshi order because of it *sighs* Having any other item shipped at the moment isn’t advisable at all, so UC’s delay has actually been quite positive for me.

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16 hours ago | 11 notes | via: leivinia-birdway | source: scyllua

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I was replying to an Ask I received (months ago! So sorry about this!) about Midousuji, but stopped after reaching the 1350 word mark and realizing I still didn’t have a clear idea of what I was intending to write 《゚Д゚》 It’s more of an entry about my personal thoughts on Midou and nothing too specific, but I’ve just realized I’ve spent the first thousand words writing about his eyes and a bit about his tongue (and haven’t even arrived yet at his kimo! catchphrase). But I promise the final version of this entry will be more coherent and, hopefully, way more interesting, too…

On the other hand, I couldn’t help myself and read a summary of chap.321 to find out what all the fan screams were about. I was actually sort of intrigued because I came across Japanese fans screaming about Machimiya… until I came to realize they were apparently talking -well, yelling- about the Grande Road tv series. Speaking of which, I had a big *palm meets face* moment this week regarding Yowamushi Pedal Re:Ride. I haven’t really watched the first tv series, but I tended to still rant about it so much, I began trying to avoid any and all kind of references to the anime. I actually overlooked the anime so much, I knew there was a recap of the tv series called “Re:Ride” that’d be shown for a limited time only (Sept.19 to Oct.2), but never cared to learn that was the Yowapeda movie (;° ロ°) AHEM. And the Yowapeda category at Yahoo! Auctions Japan is currently full of listings for the small items that were distributed as gifts during some of the screenings (randomly packed badges of the Souhoku and Hakogaku characters)…

That aside, I’m intending to reply to the pending comments and Asks I still have. I really have no words to apologize for taking so long to do so… You’ll probably be seeing mostly text entries in this blog in the upcoming days once I get past Midou’s eyes and tongue.
Thanks for your continued patience!

I was browsing Pixiv as usual and decided to try reading some Yowapeda fanfiction in spite of my very limited Japanese (and Japanese fanfics are even harder for me because they don’t feature furigana or “easy-reading kanji”). I ended up reading some short Doubashi/Izumida one-shots, though… and can’t still get over this one fan comment/interpretation: we know the Hakogaku regulars are collectively known as the Kings, so, as the team captain, Fukutomi was the King (王様). Hence, in the current team Izumida gets to be the Queen instead (女王様).
My headcanon on this: Ashikiba can always be the princess, then (姫様!) And Kuroda would be his knight riding on a shining Kuota bicycle. But… what color is his Kuota supposed to be?

In other Yowapeda fandom comments, I’ve been reading fan impressions about chap.321 -basically, they amounted to much fan screaming over certain characters-, so I’m looking forward to reading the actual chapter. And in some other fan comments, this is a belated post…

…about some of the DJs and fan goodies I got from the latest… Zenkai Cadence Yowapeda fan event, I think ーー; I buy most of my Yowapeda DJs through a proxy, so I usually “store” all items I get this way up to maximum allowed by this service -60 days- before requesting a shipment. And this in turn means I’m a couple of months behind DJ and fan events releases; for example, the above pic shows some of the books I got at one Zenkai Cadence event; earlier this month I was shipped all the DJs I bought from the past Super Comic City event -…in August, I think?-, and yesterday I placed at last my order for the DJs released in the September Sakamichi Climb event. I was supposed to be saving for the upcoming Shinkai Alt. PVC figure, but… there were some doujinshi I really wanted, and they were going out-of-stock in the Toranoana store.

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scyllua:

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I wonder when we’ll get to see a complete and colored prototype of that winged Manami… I know Union C. wants my money and I’ll be more than happy to burn them for that figure…! (>.>)

Since Union Creative is opening preorders for…

Sorry I’m replying just now!
…Still no news about Manami or Midou’s figures, but I’m assuming Union Creative is focusing on the FOUR Yowapeda PVCs to be released in the few days. Of course, reviews of these figures will only be possible after their release, but I’d like to comment about UC in any case.

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scyllua:

Putting aside Teshima’s honest and personal answer to Manami’s almost customary question, by chap.320 Climbers are finally beginning the Irohazaka course. This chapter shows Manami is referred to as “the one who was entrusted with Hakogaku Mountain God’s No.3” (because of…

As first thing, thank you so much for the detailed summary! (*-*) I enjoyed it so much~ And I’m happy to see the Sohoku ex third years trio again! About Teshima… Surely we’ll have a lot of surprises about this mountain part and his personal way to ride along with his smartness, but I still can’t think he can defeat the “mountain obsessed monster” that Manami is. Also, OK, Manami and soneone else have some problems remembering Teshima’s name, bit I think it’s very unmannered calling him “Kojima-san” knowing it’s not his name. He should show some respect for an opponent that also is a captain and an older person! But anyway…

Ah, you’re welcome! I really liked chap.319 and just had to write about it, but I wouldn’t know just how much detailed my summary actually turned out to be. I’ve been editing it because of grammar mistakes and some inaccuracies, in fac Σ(゜ロ゜;)

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Putting aside Teshima’s honest and personal answer to Manami’s almost customary question, by chap.320 Climbers are finally beginning the Irohazaka course. This chapter shows Manami is referred to as “the one who was entrusted with Hakogaku Mountain God’s No.3” (because of Hakogaku’s overall position in the previous Inter High, though, he actually has the bib/tag number 13), and apart from Toudou’s position, he also seems to have inherited a large fan club of his own. In contrast, spectators -and Manami himself, as you can see- still have trouble remembering even Teshima’s name.

The previous chapter (chap.319) features fewer pages than usual, and has the one distinction of not featuring any of the current Souhoku or Hakogaku members. Instead, we see the Souhoku senior Trio meet again after almost a year.

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Anonymous
I hope I'm not bothering you, but is there somewhere I can find the Spare Bike raws and the new chapters? I didn't find more raws after the chapter 303 ;;

Hello!
It’s no bother, so don’t worry ;) But I do have to admit I’ve been asked this question so many times before, I haven’t replied too much politely to other people in the past. I actually told the last two people who asked to search in my FAQ page instead… even though a link to my FAQ isn’t that evident (it’s in the navigation at the sidebar). I’ll try to correct this for easy browsing in my blog.

In any case, here’s a Chinese page at Baidu which uploads the Yowapeda RAW chapters in RAR file format. It updates very fast (just as scans are available in the net), so I totally recommend it: the navigation is intuitive, doesn’t feature waiting times, and there aren’t even distracting ads.

After reading your message, I realized I’d never really explained how to navigate through this Baidu page. It’s in Chinese, but the uploader labels all files in Japanese, and while visitors can figure out how to browse them (it’s pretty easy, actually), I’m writing a mini guide of sorts here. Sorry if it looks a bit redundant and unnecessary… but I thought it might make things easier for other people visiting that page.

The page displays 20 results at a time (apart from the RAW manga chapters, there are also other files such as audio files and episodes from the first anime series).

Each file is labeled in this fashion: 

[週刊少年チャンピオン2014年40号][渡辺航]弱虫ペダル 第318話.rar  [Shuukan Shounen Champion (year of publication) (issue number) ] [Watanabe Wataru] Yowamushi Pedal (number of chapter)

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