Long Riders!

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Long Riders!
Long Riders! volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of Long Riders! volume 1 by Ichijinsha
ろんぐらいだぁす!
(Rongu Raidāsu!)
GenreSport (Road bicycle racing), Slice of life, Comedy
Manga
Written byLongriders
Illustrated byTaishi Miyaki
Published byIchijinsha (2012 - 2018)
Kadokawa (2019 - present)
DemographicShōnen
MagazineComic Rex (2012 - 2018)
Monthly Bushiroad (2019 - present)
Original run2012 – present
Volumes9
Anime television series
Directed byTatsuya Yoshihara
Produced byKoichi Ishii
Kei Fukura
Atsushi Sugita
Masafumi Kasai
Fuminori Yamazaki
Yōhei Kisara
Masakatsu Omuro
Written byNatsuko Takahashi
Music byHiroaki Tsutsumi
StudioActas
Licensed by
Original networkAT-X, Tokyo MX, KBS, Sun TV, BS11
Original run October 8, 2016 February 5, 2017
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
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Long Riders! (Japanese: ろんぐらいだぁす!, Hepburn: Rongu Raidāsu!) is a Japanese manga series written by Longriders, with art by Taishi Miyaki, which began serialization in Ichijinsha's shōnen manga magazine Comic Rex from 2012 and has been collected in nine tankōbon volumes. Another volume containing a prequel story was published on May 27, 2014 as volume 0. An anime television adaptation by Actas aired in Japan between October and December 2016, with the remaining episodes aired on February 5, 2017.

Plot[edit]

Upon seeing someone ride on a bike, college student Ami Kurata buys a folding bike and takes up cycling with her friend Aoi Niigaki. After meeting experienced cyclists Hinako Saijo, Yayoi Ichinose, and Saki Takamiya, Ami starts going further into the world of road cycling and soon forms her own team, Fortuna.

Characters[edit]

Ami Kurata (倉田 亜美, Kurata Ami)
Voiced by: Nao Tōyama[1][2]
A slightly clumsy college student who takes up cycling. She owns a red Pontiankh folding bicycle, which she nicknames "Ponta-kun", and later gets a road bike.
Aoi Niigaki (新垣 葵, Niigaki Aoi)
Voiced by: Hiromi Igarashi[1][2]
Ami's best friend who owns a Gignt bicycle.
Hinako Saijō (西条 雛子, Saijō Hinako)
Voiced by: Rumi Ookubo[1][2]
A cyclist whose family runs a Chinese restaurant, a common prank in the series is when she works in her family's restaurant, she is forced to use cosplay as bunny girl or chinese dress to get a better pay.
Yayoi Ichinose (一之瀬 弥生, Ichinose Yayoi)
Voiced by: Yurika Kurosawa[1][2]
Hinako's friend who often rides with her.
Saki Takamiya (高宮 紗希, Takamiya Saki)
Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa[1][2]
Hinako's friend, who often rides to various places instead of taking public transport.
Miya Saeki (佐伯 美弥, Saeki Miya)
Voiced by: Aina Kusuda
Ami's colleague at college who becomes inspired by her to take up cycling herself and later joins Team Fortuna.
Emi Kurata (倉田 恵美, Kurata Emi)
Voiced by: Yui Watanabe
Ami's younger sister.
Alpaca Cycle Manager (アルパカサイクル店長, Arupaka Saikuru Tenchō)
Voiced by: Sayako Tōjō[1]
The manager of a local bicycle shop who always wears an alpaca motif.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

No.Release date ISBN
1 March 27, 2013[3]ISBN 978-4-7580-6367-8
2 October 26, 2013[4]ISBN 978-4-7580-6414-9
0 May 27, 2014[5]ISBN 978-4-7580-6445-3
3 July 26, 2014[6]ISBN 978-4-7580-6446-0
4 December 27, 2014[7]ISBN 978-4-7580-6482-8
5 May 27, 2015[8]ISBN 978-4-7580-6506-1
6 December 26, 2015[9]ISBN 978-4-7580-6561-0
7 June 27, 2016[10]ISBN 978-4-7580-6596-2
8 November 26, 2016[11]ISBN 978-4-7580-6633-4
9 July 27, 2017[12]ISBN 978-4-7580-6673-0

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation has been produced by Actas. The first ten episodes aired in Japan between October 8, 2016 and December 24, 2016 and was simulcast by Daisuki[13][14][15][16] and Anime Network.[17] Due to production delays, the final two episodes aired on February 5, 2017.[18] The opening theme is "♡Km/h" (Heart kilometers per hour) by Ray while the ending theme is "Happy Ice Cream!" (ハッピーアイスクリーム!, Happī Aisukurīmu!) by Team Fortuna (Nao Tōyama, Hiromi Igarashi, Rumi Ookubo, Yurika Kurosawa, and Yōko Hikasa). Sentai Filmworks has licensed the anime in North America.[19]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title[a] Original air date[20]
1"A Small Miracle"
Transcription: "Chīsana Kiseki" (Japanese: 小さな奇跡)
October 8, 2016 (2016-10-08)
Upon entering college with her friend Aoi Niigaki, Ami Kurata takes an interest in cycling after seeing someone ride a folding bicycle. After visiting a few cycle shops and spotting several expensive bicycles, Ami eventually manages to find one within her price range, buying it straight away. The next day, Ami goes cycling with Aoi on a bike path alongside the river, enjoying herself until she inevitably overworks herself and succumbs to hunger knock due to skipping breakfast. Luckily, they come across two other cyclists who give Ami a food supplement before taking her to a dairy farm for some gelato. The next day, Ami and Aoi once again come across the two cyclists, who go to the same college as them.
2"Cycling on the Beach"
Transcription: "Umizoi Saikuringu" (Japanese: 海沿いサイクリング)
October 15, 2016 (2016-10-15)
The two cyclists from before, Hinako Saijo and Yayoi Ichinose, show Ami and Aoi around the bike shop Alpaca Cycle where Hinako buys a light for riding in brevet events. Over the weekend, Hinako and Yayoi invite Ami and Aoi to Miura for a ride along the coastline. Upon coming up against a long hill, Ami struggles to keep up with everyone, but Aoi manages to help her ascend at a more comfortable pace. After briefly stopping by a restaurant, Aoi helps Ami deal with some bottom pain before they finally reach their destination and are treated to some beautiful scenery.
3"A New World"
Transcription: "Atarashii Sekai" (Japanese: 新しい世界)
October 29, 2016 (2016-10-29)
The girls set off for Yabitsu Pass, which is more challenging than the hills Ami has previously faced. Halfway through the route, however, Ami gets a painful cramp in her legs as a result of sweating so much, prompting the others to call it a day despite Ami's protests. Despite the disappointment of her failure, Ami remains determined to keep cycling so she can eventually keep up with everyone. Wanting to cheer Ami up, Aoi invites her on a family trip to Shibu Pass, where they meet another cyclist who tells Ami the advantages of using a road bike when riding up hills.
4"A Secret Part-time Job"
Transcription: "Himitsu no Arubaito" (Japanese: 秘密のアルバイト)
November 5, 2016 (2016-11-05)
Taking an interest in owning a road bike, Ami spots one on sale and puts down a deposit for it, only to discover that the pedals and other accessories are sold separately. Worried about the expenses, Ami takes on a second part-time job, learning that Hinako works at her family's Chinese restaurant. As Aoi becomes worried about what kind of job Ami has taken on, the girls decide to tail her to a maid café, where her clumsiness is seen as an asset.
5"A Changing World"
Transcription: "Kawaru Sekai" (Japanese: 変わる世界)
November 19, 2016 (2016-11-19)
Ami finally picks up her road bike, instantly coming to enjoy the feel of riding it. While riding out together with everyone, Ami and Aoi discover that the cyclist they met at Shibu Pass is Hinako's friend, Saki Takamiya. Wanting to ride her bike more, Ami decides to go for a ride by herself, ending up with a flat tire while trying to outrace another cyclist. After Ami's attempts at fixing it herself results in all of her spare tubes bursting, she is helped out by a group of cyclists wearing the same jerseys as Hinako and Yayoi. Continuing her lonely ride, Ami feels relieved when she comes across Aoi, realising that cycling is more fun with friends.
6"Fortuna"
Transcription: "Forutūna" (Japanese: フォルトゥーナ)
November 26, 2016 (2016-11-26)
Wanting to prove that she has gotten better at cycling, Ami requests to once again try riding Yabitsu Pass with the others. Getting past where she retired last time, Ami is finally able to complete the route, receiving praise from the others. Afterwards, Hinako reveals that the cyclists Ami met before were part of her team, Miko Cycling, who all wear custom-maid jerseys. This gives Ami the idea of ordering matching jerseys for her and her friends so they can ride a fléche together. Although Hinako points out that Ami and Aoi can't ride a fléche until they turn 20, she and the others agree to get the jerseys. After picking a design from the various drafts Ami drew, the girls try and come up with a team name, ultimately settling on "Team Fortuna".
7"The Team Bond"
Transcription: "Chīmu no Kizuna" (Japanese: チームの絆)
December 3, 2016 (2016-12-03)
As Ami gives her bikes a wash, Aoi suggests that she get her road bike checked in for maintenance. Ami's custom jerseys soon arrive, so the girls take a ride together to a curry restaurant to celebrate. On the way back, Saki warns Ami about being careful when riding downhill, recalling when she got into an accident herself. Afterwards, the team decide to enter the Azumi Autumn Ride cycling event, which involves riding over 100km.
8"An Expanding World"
Transcription: "Hirogaru Sekai" (Japanese: 広がる世界)
December 10, 2016 (2016-12-10)
Ami's friend from college, Miya Saeki, hears about her interest in cycling. To prepare Ami for the Azumi Autumn Ride, the girls take her on a 100km course to gain experience. Enjoying both the rides and the food at the rest stops, Ami manages to make it past 100km without even realising it. The girls soon arrive at the Azumi Autumn Ride event, checking into an inn and enjoying the communal baths. After a rested evening, the girls get ready to set off as the event begins.
9"The Azumi Autumn Ride! Part 1"
Transcription: "Azumi Ōtamu Raido! Zenpen" (Japanese: あずみオータムライド! 前編)
December 17, 2016 (2016-12-17)
The moment the event begins, Ami ends up separated from the rest of her team after the staff enforces a gap between them. As a result, Ami overexerts herself in order to catch up with the others, who advise her to rest and pace herself more. After charging up on energy food at the first aid station, Ami becomes motivated by the different kinds of food offered at the other aid stations ahead. After reaching the halfway point and beginning their return journey downhill, the team learn they are running close to their time limit because of all of their food stops.
10"The Azumi Autumn Ride! Part 2"
Transcription: "Azumi Ōtamu Raido! Kōhen" (Japanese: あずみオータムライド! 後編)
December 24, 2016 (2016-12-24)
The girls begin their rush back down the course, using a slipstream technique to allow everyone to move at higher speeds. The team soon get caught up in some heavy winds, making the uphill sections harder for Ami, who begins worrying about slowing down the team. Receiving encouragement from the others, who feel finishing as a team is the most important thing, Ami manages to keep up the pace and reach the goal in the nick of time. After Ami returns home from the event, proud of her accomplishment, her younger sister Emi gets a flat tire, which Ami manages to fix.
11"The Moment the City Starts to Move"
Transcription: "Machi ga Ugokidasu Shunkan" (Japanese: 街が動き出す瞬間)
February 5, 2017 (2017-02-05)[18]
Yayoi proposes that everyone go on a stargazing night ride to help Ami prepare for taking on a fléche, hiding the fact that she'd be riding all night for 100km. Initially enjoying the nighttime view, Ami starts to become scared when her headlight battery runs out during a dark stretch and she comes close to falling after hitting a stray branch. Luckily, Yayoi manages to replenish her battery and help her catch up with the others. After spending the next stretch cycling with Aoi, Ami gets to watch the sun rise over the ocean with everyone before ending the ride at a hot spring inn.
12"Long Riders!"
Transcription: "Rongu Raidāsu!" (Japanese: ろんぐらいだぁす!)
February 5, 2017 (2017-02-05)[18]
Ami and the others go on a two-day cycling trip to Shimanami Kaidō. Along with various eating stops, the girls also visit bicycle shrines during their travels. While stopping at an inn, Hinako, Yayoi, and Saki explain their dream of participating in the Paris–Brest–Paris brevet event in France, inspiring Ami to do the same. The next day, the girls find themselves in a rainstorm, but Ami remains determined to complete her journey even in the rain, though quickly learns how slippery grates can be when wet. Managing to learn from her near-slip, Ami pushes through and is treated to the sight of a rainbow. Finally reaching their destination, Ami feels thankful for discovering cycling. Later, Ami comes across Miyu, who had become inspired by her to take up road cycling, and invites her to join Team Fortuna and ride alongside everyone.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All English episode titles are taken from Daisuki.

References[edit]

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  4. ^ ろんぐらいだぁす!(2) (in Japanese). Ichijinsha. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  5. ^ ろんぐらいだぁす!0 (in Japanese). Ichijinsha. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  6. ^ ろんぐらいだぁす!(3) (in Japanese). Ichijinsha. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  7. ^ ろんぐらいだぁす!(4) (in Japanese). Ichijinsha. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  8. ^ ろんぐらいだぁす!(5) (in Japanese). Ichijinsha. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  9. ^ ろんぐらいだぁす!(6) (in Japanese). Ichijinsha. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  10. ^ ろんぐらいだぁす!(7) (in Japanese). Ichijinsha. Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  11. ^ ろんぐらいだぁす!(8) (in Japanese). Ichijinsha. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  12. ^ ろんぐらいだぁす!(9) (in Japanese). Ichijinsha. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
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  18. ^ a b c "Long Riders! TV Anime's Last 2 Episodes Delayed Until February". Anime News Network. December 8, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  19. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Licenses Long Riders! Anime". Anime News Network. October 25, 2016. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  20. ^ "ろんぐらいだぁす!の放送情報" (in Japanese). Tokyo MX. Retrieved October 27, 2016.

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