Japan is edging towards more and more sports anime, and it’s something we love to see. Yowamushi Pedal is currently one of the most popular anime in Japan, loved by millennials and young adults.
Perhaps it appeals to a general love for cycling, sports, or the lessons of inspiration that make it so loved.
Regardless of the possible reasons why Yowamushi Pedal is such a hit, fans are currently awaiting Yowamushi Pedal Season 5. Is there hope for it? Has anything changed since its last installment?
Let’s find out!
What happened so far in Yowamushi Pedal
We’ll start by bringing you up to date on some details. Therefore, the animeYowamushi Pedal is an adaptation of the manga of the same name, written and illustrated by Wataru Watanabe.
The manga became serialized in Weekly Shōnen Champion on February 21, 2008. And the first season of the anime adaptation was aired in October 2013. The previous season, which is the fourth season, aired from January to June 2018.
The story is about Sakamichi Onoda, a high school student in middle school who finds it hard to make friends. He is an otaku and thinks he can find people to bond with in his school’s anime club. Unfortunately, the club is disbanded due to not having enough members, and Onoda’s dreams seem shattered.
Not long after, he rides his bike, which he has done since childhood, and another freshman, Shunsuke Imaizumi, notices him riding the simple bike. Shunsuke is a serious cyclist and, at first, mocks Onoda in his heart until he sees the kid ride up a steep hill effortlessly.
Then another serious cyclist, Naruko, sees Onoda riding his bike with skill, and both Naruko and Shunsuke approach Onoda, telling him to join the bicycle racing club at their high school, Sohoku High. Onada agrees, and the story goes on to explore his adventures with his team and new friends.
Season 4 of the series is described as not being as influential as the other seasons. It still showed us how much our main character Onoda has grown on our screens.
Plus, it finishes with several loose ends and a very cryptic message, ‘See You Later.’
What’s going on with TMS Entertainment?
TMS Entertainment is the producer of Yowamushi Pedal. They are one of the oldest studios in Japan and highly popular too. They’ve produced several bestselling shows and films like Sonic X, D.Gray-man, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Obake no Q-Taro, Lupin the Third, The Rose of Versailles, Anpanman, Detective Conan, Monster Rancher, Hamtaro, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Golgo 13: The Professional, Akira, and Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland, and much more.
TMS has also produced for western shows like Inspector Gadget, The Real Ghostbusters, Rainbow Brite, DuckTales, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Tiny Toon Adventures, Batman: The Animated Series, Animaniacs, and Spider-Man: The Animated Series.
They became an owned subsidiary of Sega Sammy Holdings in 2010. They are still actively producing to date.
What do we know about Yowamushi Pedal Season 5 so far?
Not much, unfortunately. We know everyone is looking forward to it. Earlier, a rumor spread that the creators had hinted at a season 5 coming soon. But no official statement was issued and no word after that from the creators.
Soon another rumor spread that Season 5 would air early in 2021. We’re almost at the end of the year and, of course, it didn’t happen.
Fans say the official page is still selling out merch, and there is some material left in the manga to be adapted.
But people remain confident it’s coming soon as Season 4 doesn’t look like the end, and some expect the creators to make up for the disappointment with some parts of Yowamushi Pedal Season 4.
What are fans saying about Yowamushi Pedal Season 5?
Some may think that the creators may be experiencing a setback due to the pandemic earlier and production should be underway. After all, it’s common for shows to take years in between releases. Some comments on social media hint people are hopeful for 2022.
Will there be a Yowamushi Pedal Season 5?
We have to look at the facts. The first season 4 of Yowamushi Pedal doesn’t seem conclusive. And what did they mean by the message ‘See You Later’?
In Japan itself, the show is greatly loved. The Yowamushi Pedal manga won the Best Shōnen Manga award along with The Seven Deadly Sins manga at the 39th Kodansha Manga Awards in 2015.
Additionally, it was announced in 2017 that Yowamushi Pedal manga had 17 million copies in print. A quick look at Google Trends revealed that interest in Yowamushi Pedal Season 5 peaked in August in America. Precisely, California. Worldwide, people are still constantly searching for the Yowamushi Pedal Season 5 release date.
So, our thoughts are that there will be a Season 5 and when it’s certain, we’ll hear it from the creators. They have every reason to continue the series and even do better with the delivery.
When will Yowamushi Pedal Season 5 be released?
There is no release date for Yowamushi Pedal season 5 yet. Should we assume it’s in the works? Maybe. Although, we will hear of a release date when it’s announced and update you ASAP.
What can we expect in Yowamushi Pedal Season 5?
We expect to see our usual characters and maybe some new ones. The team should continue on their path and giving us more exciting screen time. And they better not mess with the drama and comedy.