• (After asking my niece to help me go through the last part of chap.299...)
  • Me: Good to know I got right most of those panels. Except for the last part between these two; I didn't even understand what this line was about.
  • My niece: That's because it's told as a manzai joke, you know? The tsukkomi and the boke. Non-Japanese speakers have lots of trouble understanding manzai. The characters are acting serious in this part, but translated with more flavor, their conversation would be like...
  • -Kuroda-: "...the fuck with that mask? You a girl now or what?"
  • -Yuuto-: "It's my feminine side sticking out."
  • -Kuroda-: "Gay."
  • My niece: Like that.
  • Me: ...I think I get the idea.

I mentioned in one of my previous posts there were some passages in chap.299 of Yowamushi Pedal that were too difficult for me to understand without help. Well, I’m currently missing the last of my posts about chap.299 AND also needing a lot of help regarding it, since some seemingly smallish parts turned out to be harder to translate than I first thought. So, while I poke some other people for some more help, I’m posting these entries instead.

First of all, I took a quick look at the Spare Bike chap.11, thinking it’d begin a mini arc centered in another Yowapeda character (the previous 4 chapters focused in Arakita). It’s a rather short, 6-page chapter about the Souhoku team… and a break they take during training to get food and water supplies at a store. But, yes, they still manage to pull off a Power Walk two-page panel… and I’m sure no race cycling team ever looked so cool when entering a convenience store.
The chapter is titled “Souhoku High School”, though, and unlike the other Spare Bike chapters, it has no numbering, probably implying it’s meant to be a one-part short story. If so, I was wondering whether we’d see a similar chapter with the Hakogaku team instead. I think the anime series has some extras with the Hakogaku seniors visiting the same restaurant, hmmm…

Speaking of the Spare Bike chapters 7-10, I also wrote about an auction I came across for this set at Yahoo! Auctions Japan. It closed in 15,000 yens ($150), but yet another auction for the same set reached the 17,500 yens mark ($175). If a collector was looking for those chapters only, then buying them at even those prices was cheaper than getting the limited editions of the first 4 Blu-Ray/DVD discs of the anime series, I guess… Still, at those prices in the secondary market is no wonder those chapters don’t seem to be available in the net for download yet.

And finally… Easter is a major holiday over here, and since it doesn’t look as though we’ll be able to go somewhere else because of my sister’s condition -as we were planning-, I should try to catch up with all the pending messages I (still!) have in my inbox. So sorry about this!

Anonymous said:

oh my god i just read you werent feeling well get well soon and take it easy!! (=゚ω゚)ノ

Thank you very much for your message! It’s really, really appreciated ( ˘ ³˘)♥
I’ve been having headaches for all the past week, but a couple of days ago I also got sick. My sister had an accident at her workplace earlier this week as well, so she’s been using a wheelchair since then… thus, the general mood at home hasn’t been precisely that bright for the past days. But not that we’ve been all confined to home and gloomy; for instance, my sister took the chance to finish reading several mangas she’d been saving for later 。^‿^。 and as you can see, I made some random posts in the meantime.

Thanks again for writing! ~ヾ(^∇^)

Anonymous said:

Do you think we'll see a competition featuring the university guys? Did the author gave already some hints about it? Thank you. I love your posts.

Hello! And sorry for the late reply.
Personally, I do think the author intends to cover the university league. Maybe not several races in detail, but at least some key races so that we can see the now university freshmen and how they’re doing ;)
Through the manga, author Watanabe has introduced characters or small subplots, only to pick them up again at a later time, or in another media; for instance, we have the characters of Koga and Kuroda, and the Spare Bike extra chapters that cover passages mentioned briefly in the main plot (such as Makishima’s first year at Souhoku). Thus, I think that, if Watanabe has already showed two graduate characters now in their first year of university as well as mentioned other two in the same cycling league, he’s indeed thinking of drawing about it… but the questions for me would be when and probably where.

Yowapeda is entering the big spotlight of the manga, the second national tournament the main cast is participating in, so I think the manga won’t be picking up any other subplot or side stories in upcoming chapters -and volumes- for the duration of the Inter High. But since the previous Inter High arc lasted for 17 volumes, we might be in for a long story arc this time, too… Watanabe releases the Spare Bike chapters from time to time, so I was speculation he could begin another series of extra chapters that would center in other plotlines, such as the university league. Or it could be a complete and standalone spin-off, even.

Now, this is but wishful thinking on my part, of course Σ(゜ロ゜;) Apart from vol.32, and save one small passage, the author hasn’t mentioned again anything related to the graduate seniors from Souhoku and Hakogaku in the manga, hence we don’t know for sure if he’s indeed intending to tell about it.
…The small passage I wrote about above is chap.294, in which Makishima makes a cameo while in England and, after reading a letter Onoda has sent him, says he should go and encourage the team now that the second Inter High is beginning. This seems to hint he’ll be getting back for the national tournament, and some fans -such as myself- are thinking of the possibility of seeing the rest of the graduate seniors at the Inter High, too… No mention of nor hints about the university league, though, but seeing the graduate seniors again would be pretty nice ^ᴗ^

While every single post in this blog is basically fandom-related, I don’t write that much about my favorite pairings, even though I’m a big yaoi/slash fan. That’s mostly because I don’t know whether readers of this blog would feel comfortable with such contents. Of course, the logical thing to do in this case would be asking this blog’s readers (; ̄ェ ̄), but I haven’t done so because I’m intending to keep this blog centered in general fandom contents.

All that said, you can still expect me to make posts such as these from time to time ;) Nothing graphic, but pretty fangirlish in any case.
When asked about doujinshi or webcomics from Pixiv a while ago, I replied I wouldn’t be translating them partly because my Japanese wasn’t good enough, but mostly because I’d rather not trouble the original artists asking for permission. For this post, however, I’ve taken pics (not scans) of one of my books, and I’ll comment -fangirlishly, yes- about it. Partly because I’ve read at least some Japanese authors stating they aren’t against small or partial samples of their works being uploaded to the net… but mostly because my Japanese is still as bad as always, and I wouldn’t be able to elaborate more on the contents of such DJs (ーー;)

Ok then, here’s a pic I was intending to share for some time now…

I have this good friend of mine who, I’m sure, would probably be horrified at the way I keep my work desk and, in particular, my books (╹д╹;) I take proper care of my doujinshi books, honest! I should take a pic of the bookshelves where I keep my collection at a later time -as proof-… it’s just that, when I took the above photo, I happened to be noting down information regarding each book to update our DJ collection page.

Except that I did remove the binding of the Yowapeda databook (titled Yowamushi Pedal 27.5 Official Fanbook because it’s supposed to be counted as the volume separating the first part, vol.1-27, from the second and current part of the manga, vol.28 onward).

…Somehow you can never miss Midousuji whenever he appears in scene (or, as in this case, on a cover). Anyway, I removed the binding of the book in order to scan some pages, but of course I’m planning to buy another copy to properly add it to my Yowapeda collection.
The doujinshi is Jun, a compilation book by the circle Sen’etsu Nagara. It was the very first Yowapeda DJ I bought, and I did so mostly because of the beautiful cover, which is intended as a set with the second book of the compilation, Ai by circle MYTHOS (the full title of the set would then be 純愛, Jun’ai or “Pure Love”). While some of the stories in the Jun compilation are NC17, there are others which are more general oriented… and quite fun. My brother happened to take a look at one of the G-rated stories in this book as I was reading it, and his comments were unexpectedly relevant for my Toudou/Makishima interests. And I’m writing unexpectedly, because he doesn’t like yaoi/slash, but still makes this kind of comment about those two characters from time to time… and I’m not sure whether he even realizes what he just says in those occasions.

In this story, we’re at the Souhoku club when Tadokoro asks Makishima if something happened between he and Toudou… because the first’s cellphone hasn’t rung even once in all day. Makishima replies he forgot his cell at home…

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Unlike the photo in my previous post, I took this pic with my cellphone, hence the quality. I remember that, back then, my sister asked whether I’d bought that spoon.2Di magazine only for the Yowamushi Pedal poster. Well, her career has to do with marketing and advertising, so of course she knows just how convincing some companies can be with their promotional campaigns, and just how appealing some products are for the average consumer.
So, yes, I bought that magazine for the poster (’-’*)
I still haven’t read the Yowapeda novel, though. It takes me a couple of days to translate some manga panels so, being optimistic here, it might probably take me a couple of months to go through the novel, given it doesn’t feature furigana or “easy-reading” kanji ~_~; But I took a quick look at it and can tell it’s centered in the last time Toudou and Makishima competed before the Inter High, the incident shown in a flashback in chap.92.
Pretty random as well, but that’s my Sanji key chain on the top left corner, and you can also see part of the graphic tablet pen I use for coloring manga panels. It’s actually my sister’s, but I’ve been using it for the past months to make my Tumblr life a lot easier (it used to take me a whole day to edit and color a single panel, but now I can finish even several pages in the same time). So I guess I should thank the continuing existence of this blog to both procrastination and that graphic tablet (and that’s why I didn’t edit it out of the above pic).

I apologize for these random entries. I should actually be replying to the pending Asks and comments I still have in my inbox, but I wasn’t feeling that well -I’ve had headaches for the past days-, and couldn’t seem to focus enough to go through the Yowapeda manga and search for references and translations. Being honest here, I must say I still made that post about chap.299 because I was very excited about it… and because the passages I wrote about featured conversations easy enough for me to understand without much  trouble Σ(゚д゚lll) Likewise, that means the parts I didn’t comment about were  too complicated for me to grasp without further help, such as Kuroda’s actual conversation with Yuuto, *ahem*

I actually came across the pics in this and my previous entry because of yet another belated post I’m publishing now, this time with not so random contents (…er, maybe). The pics in that post are old, the actual entry, not so much…

I’ll try to reply to those pending comments sometime later. Thanks again for your patience! m(_ _;;m

Unlike the photo in my previous post, I took this pic with my cellphone, hence the quality. I remember that, back then, my sister asked whether I’d bought that spoon.2Di magazine only for the Yowamushi Pedal poster. Well, her career has to do with marketing and advertising, so of course she knows just how convincing some companies can be with their promotional campaigns, and just how appealing some products are for the average consumer.
So, yes, I bought that magazine for the poster (’-’*)

I still haven’t read the Yowapeda novel, though. It takes me a couple of days to translate some manga panels so, being optimistic here, it might probably take me a couple of months to go through the novel, given it doesn’t feature furigana or “easy-reading” kanji ~_~; But I took a quick look at it and can tell it’s centered in the last time Toudou and Makishima competed before the Inter High, the incident shown in a flashback in chap.92.
Pretty random as well, but that’s my Sanji key chain on the top left corner, and you can also see part of the graphic tablet pen I use for coloring manga panels. It’s actually my sister’s, but I’ve been using it for the past months to make my Tumblr life a lot easier (it used to take me a whole day to edit and color a single panel, but now I can finish even several pages in the same time). So I guess I should thank the continuing existence of this blog to both procrastination and that graphic tablet (and that’s why I didn’t edit it out of the above pic).

I apologize for these random entries. I should actually be replying to the pending Asks and comments I still have in my inbox, but I wasn’t feeling that well -I’ve had headaches for the past days-, and couldn’t seem to focus enough to go through the Yowapeda manga and search for references and translations. Being honest here, I must say I still made that post about chap.299 because I was very excited about it… and because the passages I wrote about featured conversations easy enough for me to understand without much trouble Σ(゚д゚lll) Likewise, that means the parts I didn’t comment about were too complicated for me to grasp without further help, such as Kuroda’s actual conversation with Yuuto, *ahem*

I actually came across the pics in this and my previous entry because of yet another belated post I’m publishing now, this time with not so random contents (…er, maybe). The pics in that post are old, the actual entry, not so much…

I’ll try to reply to those pending comments sometime later. Thanks again for your patience! m(_ _;;m

A pic I took some time ago (you can tell because of the Gin no Saji calendar on the wall showing the months of January and February), and that I found again by chance when searching in my computer folders.
I remember I was comparing different figure scales when I took this photo, hence the line-up. Law -all blurred in the background-, Sasuke, Masamune, Kurisu and -even if he’s actually hidden by Kaiba in the foreground- Sanji are mine; the rest are either my brother’s (Black Rock Shooter Beast and Asuka) or my sister’s (Kaiba and Shizuo). Well, the Togainu no Chi tea cup -almost hidden as well by Kaiba’s fabulous coat- is mine, too.
Our fandoms/favorite franchises shouldn’t be that hard to figure out…

A pic I took some time ago (you can tell because of the Gin no Saji calendar on the wall showing the months of January and February), and that I found again by chance when searching in my computer folders.
I remember I was comparing different figure scales when I took this photo, hence the line-up. Law -all blurred in the background-, Sasuke, Masamune, Kurisu and -even if he’s actually hidden by Kaiba in the foreground- Sanji are mine; the rest are either my brother’s (Black Rock Shooter Beast and Asuka) or my sister’s (Kaiba and Shizuo). Well, the Togainu no Chi tea cup -almost hidden as well by Kaiba’s fabulous coat- is mine, too.
Our fandoms/favorite franchises shouldn’t be that hard to figure out…

Chap.299 reveals the sixth and last member of the Hakogaku regular team is Yuuto Shinkai who, unlike his older brother Hayato, is a climber (with the bib number 16).  Yuuto would also be the second 1st Year student to be included in the Hakogaku team for an Inter High, the first being Manami in the previous tournament.
In commemoration of the 300th chapter of Yowamushi Pedal, next chapter will feature more pages, as well as color illustrations. And since this chapter ends with 10 minutes remaining before the beginning of the tournament, it seems as the Inter High will also officially start in chap.300.
As I wrote in one of my previous posts, I should make a correction regarding this entry. The release date and Yowapeda extras mentioned in the cover of chap.298 were actually for another magazine published by Akita Shoten, Bessatsu Shounen Champion. I apologize for this!

Back to chap.299, another fan of Yowapeda -my brother- had speculated the sixth Hakogaku member had to be related to one of the already seen and known characters from the cast, for his face (because of his character design) and not even name had been revealed. Because of Doubashi’s physique, we were thinking Hakogaku’s No.15 was the other sprinter of the team, leaving our mysterious character as the other climber instead. And that’s how my brother joked Hakogaku No.16 then had to be Toudou’s younger brother… and I must say I’m still surprised he missed for a relatively small margin.

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Speaking of Doubashi, and even if I’ve been writing his last name as being “Kaidou”, I must say I still have some doubts about it. In chap.297 is stated he’s a sprinter with the bib number 15 for the Inter High, and some other characters comment about his nickname being 道の怪物, Michi no Kaibutsu or “The Road Monster”.  In the next panel, he’s said to be 怪道銅橋, Kaidou Doubashi, but I was confused at first because, as you can see, two characters from his supposedly last name are repeated from his nickname, hence I thought at first they were reiterating said nickname when mentioning him. But since some characters in Yowapeda have similar meaningful names (remember Hakogaku’s ace assistant and No.2? The one whose last name could be read as “Wild North”, but whose first name almost ironically means “Peaceful Friend”?), I’ve been assuming that is indeed Doubashi’s full name. I just hope I’m not getting it wrong, for I’ve already noted it so in my posts…  A quick glance at the Japanese fandom tells me it also seems to be just as confused, since it’s referring to Doubashi by this name only. I’m now having a very bad feeling about this ~_~;
In any case, Kaidou is composed of the characters for “mystery” or “suspicious” and “way/path”, while his name, Doubashi, literally reads “Copper Bridge”. 

Regarding chap.299, I was still expecting Onoda and Manami to meet each other before the actual tournament began. This chapter, however, has Teshima and Ashikiba speaking with each other instead, so I’m not really complaining…

In chap.296 the mangaka plays around with perspective to give Midousuji a most disproportionate appearance, so I won’t comment too much about how Ashikiba seems to be just too much taller in some panels…
It turns out Higashido, a friend of Teshima’s from school who also went to junior high school with him, drops by to greet him before the race starts. I should mention Higashido plays in the male volleyball team and since  Aya Tachibana, Miki Kanzaki’s friend, is in the tennis team, I’ve always thought of them as being a nod to two other very popular sports manga running in Weekly Shounen Jump… mere playful speculation on my part, of course ;)

Higashido was also in the cycling club when in junior high school, so he knows Ashikiba from those years. Ashikiba, on the other hand, is still unable to relate faces to names to save his dear life, and mistakes him for yet another friend from their junior high. Higashido just comments about Ashikiba being still the same and intends to take a photo of the three of them, but Shikiba refuses to come closer to Teshima.

Ashikiba explains that he can’t come any closer to Teshima because they’re now opponents: that’s what he thinks is the right stance to maintain. He also adds he’s there to tell Teshima he’ll defeat Souhoku; he remembers the promise of “getting to the top together” the both of them made when they were younger. But at the Inter High, Shikiba says, only one will be able to attain that goal, for -as Teshima quietly points out- they’re in different teams. Shikiba states it’ll be Hakogaku then, and Teshima simply tells him not to yield that determination of his.

…Now, I think of Teshima as very kind and caring, but also quite cunning, and not prone to do anything at all without a calculated reason in mind. In the next scene, Teshima most randomly tosses a can of Red Blue -for your copyright considerations, I’m assuming?- at Ashikiba, telling him they should do their best then, but the latter doesn’t even try to catch it… because he can’t receive anything from an opponent.

I’m sure Teshima tosses that can at Shikiba only to see whether the latter would catch it or not. Ashikiba’s stance might look extreme; however, I think it’s a figurative way of stating he’s effectively cutting all ties with Teshima in order to face him as an opponent. I’m reminded here of chap.243 (vol.29), in which Aoyagi refers to Teshima and Ashikiba’s current relationship -as members of opposing teams-  as a “limit” that was now far from the reach of the first, i.e. as a past friendship Teshima should relinquish in order to be able to truly compete and win against Ashikiba.
Teshima and Ashikiba share a close and earnest relationship, however author Watanabe seems to be so bent on portraying it in such a sad way…

There’s also the debt of gratitude Ashikiba feels he owes to Fukutomi and Shinkai for helping him during his earlier time at the Hakogaku club. With his seniors having graduated already, it’s up to Shikiba -as the ace- to take the team to victory… He takes his leaving, but not before mentioning their -as per his textual words- amazing sixth member, a 1st year…

Back when nothing had been yet revealed about Yuuto, the one thing I thought I could speculate was that, in order to be included in the regular team, being amazing was the minimum requirement that mysterious sixth member had obligatorily met. While Yuuto seems to have the same easygoing, friendly character of his older brother, it’s also quite fun to note the apparent relationship he has with the team’s vice captain, Kuroda. Could it be that we’ve seen that dynamics somewhere else? Hakogaku’s ace assistant and No.2  scolding the team’s 1st year climber? Now, if someone ends up headbutting Kuroda in this Inter High, some fans might probably want to have a chat with Watanabe about his characters and some recurring patterns…

It’s too early to discern what direction the plot will take from now on, though. That said, I’m eagerly looking forward to the Inter High  starting at last…

Chap.299 reveals the sixth and last member of the Hakogaku regular team is Yuuto Shinkai who, unlike his older brother Hayato, is a climber (with the bib number 16). Yuuto would also be the second 1st Year student to be included in the Hakogaku team for an Inter High, the first being Manami in the previous tournament.
In commemoration of the 300th chapter of Yowamushi Pedal, next chapter will feature more pages, as well as color illustrations. And since this chapter ends with 10 minutes remaining before the beginning of the tournament, it seems as the Inter High will also officially start in chap.300.

As I wrote in one of my previous posts, I should make a correction regarding this entry. The release date and Yowapeda extras mentioned in the cover of chap.298 were actually for another magazine published by Akita Shoten, Bessatsu Shounen Champion. I apologize for this!

Back to chap.299, another fan of Yowapeda -my brother- had speculated the sixth Hakogaku member had to be related to one of the already seen and known characters from the cast, for his face (because of his character design) and not even name had been revealed. Because of Doubashi’s physique, we were thinking Hakogaku’s No.15 was the other sprinter of the team, leaving our mysterious character as the other climber instead. And that’s how my brother joked Hakogaku No.16 then had to be Toudou’s younger brother… and I must say I’m still surprised he missed for a relatively small margin.

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Anonymous said:

Do you think in an au where onoda was a girl, they could make an exception and have her join the team like the girl quarterback in eyeshield?

Yes, why not, after all? ;) I can totally see the Souhoku club letting a Sakako… or Sakami… Onoda *cough* join the team and participate in the club activities. It’d actually be pretty interesting, don’t you think? What with the new member of a reputedly strong club, being just that amazing -read: better- at hill climbing than the rest of the team… I’m thinking of Imaizumi’s face at finding out the mysterious cyclist who climbs up the Mother Of All Slopes -the rear gate at the school- also sings when riding, always smiles when going up slopes, likes anime, and is a girl Σ(゜゜) I don’t mean any of this in a sexist way, of course, but all the opposite: including a girl in the team could serve to prove you shouldn’t underestimate someone based on their gender only. A girl could surely prove she can keep up with the rest of the team just like that ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ

…However, I wouldn’t know for sure if a female cyclist could be entered in official tournaments, since I don’t know if cycling allows mixed competitions. In Eyeshield 21, I think Karin Koizumi was accepted into the team -well, more like “included in the team even if she wasn’t too excited about the idea but it’s just that the team’s ace wouldn’t take a ‘no’ as an answer”- because American football doesn’t specify all players have to be male, or in any case, doesn’t ban females from participating in mixed teams. I’m under the impression cycling has categories for female and male participants, but even though this is something I told myself I should search, I haven’t looked for information on it yet >_ This impression of mine comes from the fact I read “King of the Mountains”[1] was the tittle given to the best cyclist in a mountain course, whereas “Queen of the Mountains” was the equivalent in a women’s cycling course, thus implying cycling has races for males and females as separated categories. As I wrote above, though, I haven’t looked up information on cycling regulations yet Σ(゜ロ゜;)

[1] In Yowapeda, the author uses instead Yamagami, “God of the Mountains” or “Mountain God”, Toudou’s nickname/title.

Yowamushi Pedal: Characters & Bicycle Brands

ishigakimoi:

scyllua:

This is a list I’ve compiled of the bicycle brands seen in Yowapeda.
The format I’m using for the characters and the brands is as follows:

bib number (1st/2nd Inter High). Character → Bicycle brand (bicycle brand as it appears in the anime series)

Characters whose names are indented in…

Actually in the anime I think some brands had allowed them to use the actual name now? I didn’t pay much attention to the bicycles so I don’t really know which brands had and had not but I’m pretty sure Pinarello is now spelt correctly (and I suspect Ridley would too? since they now use Toudou to advertise their bike??)

I honestly wouldn’t know, since I don’t watch the anime. For the spelling of the brand names in the tv series, I used the Japanese Yowapeda article in Wikipedia ;)
But it’s very interesting to note what you’re writing here, so I’ll ask around to check for the brand names as they’re spelled now in the anime. But it’d be a pretty good thing if the tv series managed to license the bicycle brand names, since some fans were wondering about the likely merchandise to be released and whether it’d featured the official or altered names. Max Factory announced a Onoda figma figure, so I’d definitely interested in, let’s say, a Imaizumi figure with a Scott bike as accesory… as opposed to a Scolt bike, that’s it.

But… (ᵒ̤̑ ₀̑ ᵒ̤̑)wow!*✰ I know for sure Yowapeda has inspired some fans to get into road cycling (which is simply amazing), but I wouldn’t have imagined the franchise could catch the attention of official manufacturers. That’s indeed awesome!