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WORLD FOCUS: 25th Anniversary of Slovak Animation

World Focus: 25 Years in Slovak Animation – a curated selection from Fest Anka
In 1993, Czechoslovakia was split into two countries: The Czech Republic and Slovakia. With its 25th year of independence, the section focuses on the eccentric, quaint characteristics of Slovak animation; it also presents the milestones accomplished by the artists who came to define Slovak contemporary animation.

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A Ballad of Four Horses

Slovakia│1995│4min│Color│Gratex S.R.O.

First Slovak animated music video that used 3D digital animation created by IT company Gratex.

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Steps, Jumps, Years… and the Last One Turn the Lights Off

Slovakia│1995│5min│Color│Katarína KEREKOSOVÁ, Vanda RAÝMANOVÁ, Michal STRUSS, Karol HOLUBČÍK, Maroš KONČOK, Vlado KRÁL, Martina MATLOVIČOVÁ. Matej KLADE, Martin SNOPEK

A collection of first animation exercises by students of newly established Atelier of Animation at the Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava.



Slovakia│1997│4min│Color│Igor DEREVENEC, Juraj KRUMPOLEC

First Slovak music video created completely in 3D.

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Double voice invention a-minor

Slovakia│1998│4min│Color│Vladimír KRÁL

The chase of the red hood and the wolf, with the sad end.

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In the Box

Slovakia│1999│6min│Color│Michal STUSS

A character is inside a cubical room; there is a hole in the roof, which is too high to reach. A short film about being trapped in space.

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Lionardo Mio

Slovakia│2004│7min│Color│Ivana ŠEBESTOVÁ

Florence, 1500 A. C. A theatre company performs a love story à la commedia dell’arte: Harlequin desires Columbine, but she loves a noble and mysterious painter Leonardo da Vinci. The story gets tangled, nobody knows anymore what fiction is and what reality. Only Leonardo keeps his head cool and makes use of the emotional disorder to create his masterpieces.



Slovakia│2009│7min│Color│Veronika OBERTOVÁ

A story of Viliam, who lives his own animated life within the real world. Childish fun turns into a problem, the problem becomes a solution. No solution is perfect though…



Slovakia│2011│6min│B&W│Peter BUDINSKÝ

The story is about two Siamese twins fighting each other in the boxers’ ring. “Thanks” to their disability they are sharing professional and private life, both from the different social side. The story is coming to the head when the smaller from the brothers try to win a common fight. However, situation present that one part cannot be without another part.

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Last Bus

Slovakia│2011│15min│Color│Ivana LAUČÍKOVÁ, Martin SNOPEK

It’s the start of the hunting season. The animals of the forest board a small bus and flee to safety. When hunters stop the bus in the middle of the night, its passengers



Slovakia│2012│ 11min│Color│Matúš VIZÁR

They are the product of millions of generations before them and yet they’re left all alone in the forest to fend for themselves. One day an all too active primate, the human being, finds them and they quickly become a pond in man’s games.



Slovakia│2015│ 5min│B&W│Dávid ŠTUMPF

According to the justice of the Wild West, thieves must be punished. But when the sheriff’s horse breaks, and there is no-one to oversee justice, it’s hard to forecast if justice stays justice.

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Spirit of the City

Slovakia│2015│4min│Color│Veronika KOCOURKOVÁ, Andrej KOLENČÍK

Pixel-art music video clip about the city and the life in it.

SICAF Perspective: Arab Animation Special

SICAF Perspective: A window between our barriers
The assortment of animated films was selected with the issue of Muslim refugees in Jeju Island in mind, along with the hopes to raise awareness of Islamic culture. With this cultural exchange of animated films, the section will showcase various Arabian animations and assist in broadening the understanding of the distinct culture in the Arab nations.



Kuwait│2014│7min│Color│Yousef al BAGSHI

A young photographer is forced to join his country’s army as it invades another state, he is forced to take a quick decision that could have a major impact on his life.

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Shabab Popcorn

Saudi Arabia│2016│5min│Color│ Raed ALSHAIKH

It is an informative comedy/action animated film focused on the recklessness of teenage driving. The film shows a real example of how youngsters get tempted to do dangerous stunts with cars.

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The Empty Seat

Syria│2017│6min│Color│Maya ABOOD

I don’t buy from children .. that is my way to help them there is someone who’s using his innocent childhood and I don’t want to give him this chance but sometimes you watch some stories make you ashamed of your wrong rough way of helping.

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Needs a Home

UAE│2016│2min│Color│ Alya Mohammaed Al ALI

Needs a Home is the story about lonely cat who walked around in the street. In the city night, the cat feels lonely, he was in the tiny corridor near the garbage. Suddenly, there was little fly appeared, the cat starts to play with the fly. But it was just a few second, then that cat stop and the fly go far away. The place became silent again, the cat with sad face looked up to sky. It was cold night the sky was so clear and the stars were sparkling. The cat lay down and surrendered to sleep. It was turning to blue cloudy sky so, the boor cat woke up and found himself flying. “Aahhh” the cat shocked, from the height and fell down to ground. The cat keeps sliding on the soft green grass. Finally, he reached the place where he can stop, and the fears that he faced while failing down is gone. It was a brown hear flowed and blue eyes sparkled like demons looked at the cat. In that shiny day, the beauty girl adpoted the cat.

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Magic Box

Saudi Arabia│2017│4min│Color│Raed ALSHAIK

In a unique coincidence, a person discovers a magic box that can provide him with everything he wishes for, but, all of the sudden, his life turns into a living hell due to hands of greed.



Kuwait│2016│7min│B&W│ Yousef al BAGSHI

During an ongoing devastating war, a young orphan, who lives with his mother, tries to put an end to the pain he suffers because of his disability. Paranormal activity happens to the world he lives in.



UAE│2013│40min│Color│Mohammad Ahmed FIKREE

The hunter sets out to hunt a horned beast to prove himself worthy of taking the throne after his father. After he encounters the beast, he chases it into the deep forest. While searching for it, he stumbled upon a mysterious girl who lives with the beast.

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Mad Camel

UAE│2010│5min│Color│Mohammad Ahmed FIKREE

While on a trip in the desert, Omar, his father and his uncle are attacked by an infected mad camel. Stuck in the middle of the desert with no one to help, it’s up to them to survive.

Family Focus

Family Focus: A section for the whole family
“Family Focus”, alike its name, is a section apt for the whole family. This year, the section partnered up with “Pinkfong”, a major Korean-made character loved by children around the world. Prominently known for the addictive lyrics: “Baby Shark doo doo doo doo” – Pinkfong and its friends will host a mini concert and exhibition at MEGABOX Dongdaemun; a perfect, cool getaway in the summer for the family. The festival also looks forward to the animation , an animated film the whole family can laugh to!


Pinkfong Songs for Children

Korea│2018│31min│Color│Smart Study Co.

Pinkfong friends, gather up!
Together with the exciting children’s songs that represent Pinkfong, please dance and sing!
Please try meeting the animal friends, of which the places they live are different and the special features, too, are different from each other, the mysterious dinosaurs that had disappeared into the distant history, and the automobiles that run in the popular children’s songs of Pinkfong.
Through the special features of Halloween and Christmas and the English-language children’s songs, you can try learning about the cultures and the languages, too, of the other countries.
Please do not forget to happily engage in the rhythmic gymnastics swayingly according to Pinkfong!


Journey of Long

Korea│2018│14min│Color│KIM Gil-tae

The New Cook City is the top cooking city where the excellent chefs and the diverse kinds of the restaurants have been gathered. In the society in which the cooking receives the limelight, the occupation that has been receiving the recognition as the best is, as a matter of course, a chef! The Khan for the use by the chefs has been enjoying the fame and the popularity of the legendary class.

The New Cook City, which is crowded with the aspiring chefs and the guests who have swarmed in from the whole world! The Chow Restaurant and Guest House, which are located in a corner of this city, are the restaurant-cum-hotel regarding which the restaurant and the lodging are managed at the same time.

As the Asian boy who came up to the city in order to materialize the dream of becoming a cook, the protagonist Long begins his work at the Chow Restaurant and Guest House.

The fun incidents that take place between the troublemaker Long, the staff members at the guest house who overflow with their individualities, and the diverse tourist guests who had crowded in from the whole world at this place are portrayed in the form of the situation comedies.

The Third Angle

The Third Angle: Women within animation
The section was prepared with a goal of looking at the feminist movement through the perspective of animated films. The section features three films: Virus Tropical, Lila’s Book, and The Breadwinner. Virus Tropical is an animated work by Power Paola; it delves into women’s rights and the case of equality between genders. Lila’s Book is a film directed by a woman with the goal of wanting to regain the innocence of her childhood. With the main character of the animation also being a female, the film portrays a unique perspective. Lastly, The Breadwinner is an academy nominated film capturing the perspective of an Afghanistan woman. A story from a male-dominated country with a message surpassing gender norms.

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The Breadwinner

Ireland, Canada│2018│93min│Color│Nora TWOMEY

Once her father is sent to jail, 11-year-old Parvana must find the courage to break Taliban law to save her family. ‘The Breadwinner’ is the story of a girl who must risk herself so her mother and sisters can survive life in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

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Colombia│2017│97min│B&W│Santiago CAICEDO

Paola is born in a traditional Colombian family, or at least that is what they try to be. Her father is a priest, her mother is a “psychic” and her sisters are not what their parents expected. She is a young Latin American woman struggling for her independence in a hard context full of stereotypes and appearances not being able to fit in any mold. With a unique feminine vision of the world this girl learns to live while she lives as she witnesses a series of small crises that shape her personality.

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Lila’s Book

Colombia, Uruguay│2017│76min│Color│Marcela RINCON GONZALEZ

Lila, a character in a children’s story book, suddenly falls out of her paper world and ends up trapped in a place she doesn’t belong … And so starts this great adventure where Lila discovers that the only person who can save her is Ramon, the owner of the book who hasn’t read it for many years…
But it’s not going to be easy; Ramon is no longer the little boy he was, he has grown up and has not only stopped reading, but has also stopped believing in fantasy. Lila and her new friend Manuela set out to convince him of what’s happening and together they face a dangerous journey to the Desert of Lost Memories, to retrieve Lila’s lost book.

In this adventure through magical worlds, children will explore and discover the true value of friendship and the power of fantasy

The Open Frame: Japan Media Art Festival

The Japan Media Arts Festival is a comprehensive festival of Media Arts that honors outstanding works from a diverse range of media. The festival gives awards in each of its four divisions: Art, Entertainment, Animation, and Comic. The SICAF2018 Animated Film Festival will screen 1 feature film and 7 short films from the Japan Media Art Festival.

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[Feature Film: Japan Media Art Festival] – In This Corner of the World

Japan│2016│99min│Color│Sunao KATABUCHI

The main character, Suzu, marries into a family in Kure City, Hiroshima, at age 18 in 1944, and uses her creativity to maintain her household despite the wartime shortages. However, as the war intensifies, Kure, a naval port city, suffers repeated air attacks. This film depicts Suzu, who strives to continue her daily tasks with a positive attitude even as the familiar things she thought were important are stolen from her one by one, as well as the people around her. Exhaustive research based on documents, maps, field studies and interviews with those who lived there at the time have resulted in the recreation of a Hiroshima which can no longer be seen.


[Short Film: Japan Media Art Festival] – Datum Point

Japan│2015│7min│Color│Ryo ORIKASA

“Suijun genten (Datum Point)” is a poem written by Yoshiro ISHIHARA(1915–77), one of Japan’s most prominent postwar poets, who experienced being detained in Siberia, Russia.

This piece is a stop-motion animation video that Ryo ORIKASA created by spending about a year carving the poem into clay. Waves made of white clay rise up one after another and gradually develop into huge undulations. Eventually, the “poem” appears in the waves, one character at a time. As soon as a character of the poem comes into sight while creating ripples, it is immediately swallowed up again by the waves, and this forces the viewers to cherish each character as they watch. The expression of clay animation brings out the dramatism contained within the simple repetition of the ripples.

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Language Producing Factory

China│2016│9min│Color Furen DAI

Furen DAI’s video work begin with her research on a Secret Women Language called NvShu, which was originated and developed as a secret code among women in Hunan Province, China. Through research she discovered that though the language has lost its functionality, women who know the language have been pressured into performing their cultural activities as entertainment for tourists for menial wages.


Panderer (Seventeen Seconds)

United States│2016│17sec│Color│Gary SETZER

In the alarmingly short artwork, Panderer (Seventeen Seconds), the artist directly addresses his audience while a counter displays the passing seconds. Using a self-reflexive format, Setzer humorously calls attention to the average amount of time viewers spend with an artwork in museums—seventeen seconds. This artwork conforms to the unrealistic needs of the “average viewer”—a logical but absurd move that effectively lampoons our impractical expectations of the art experience.



Japan│2016│4min│Color│INDUSTRIAL JP

INDUSTRIAL JP is the project to make small factory in Japan “the Label”.
Featuring the small factory in Japan that forms the foundation of Japanese cutting-edge technology, acclaimed trackmakers remix the sounds and visuals generated from dense manufacturing process of the small factory. In the course of such remix, trackmakers transform those sounds and visuals into “Art”.

Enjoy this unprecedented experience come from hybrid of Japanese cutting-edge technology and music.

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The Blind Fish

Japan│2017│5min│Color│Yasuaki ISHIKAWA, Hutatsu MIKADUKI, Keishi KONDO

A wooden marionette carved into a sh that was created by the wooden doll puppeteer, MIKADUKI moves about in this video as if swimming amid greenery, with a song composed by musician, ISHIKAWA Yasuaki and vocals by HIRAI Ayako from Itomato Ayako in the background. The video by KONDOU Keishi uses an unfocused backdrop, lighting from above, and pale coloring to present a landscape not unlike a neighborhood park that appears as if under water. The segmented parts of the fish, such as the pectoral fins and tail fins, are skillfully moved to articulate a sensation of floating. In addition, the camera captures the presence of features such as the texture of the wooden scales unique to real wood that entices the viewer to instinctively reach out and touch it. Everything from musical composition, video, sculpture and the puppeteering are integrated into a single work, and the summation is an artwork that lends a poetic feeling to the visible.


Harmonia feat. Makoto

Japan│2017│4min│Color│Tarafu OTANI

I don’t want to get out of bed, but morning is coming.
Short break in the fantasy world.
Music Video for yuichi NAGAOs Electronica music “Harmonia”.

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The First Thunder

Russia│2017│5min│Color│Anastasia MELIKHOVA

It is a musical fantasy about the awakening of nature and the character from winter hibernation, about the way out of its own “world” into a world which is full of beauty and adventures.

Hall of Fame

The section screens acclaimed, all-time favorites.

With the thought of the year’s theme ‘LIFE’ in mind, the team selected five works from Japan and Korea. Japan’s <Lu Over the Wall>, <The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl>, <Miracles of the Namiya General Store>, are reminiscent of a midsummer night’s dream and depict a fantasy world with abundant hues and movement. Whereas the works from Japan represent the topic of dreams, the animated films from Korea portray reality. The two films are as follows: <Padak>, a hidden gem in the industry, and <The King of Pigs>, an early animated film by YEON Sang-Ho, the genius behind <Train to Busan>. The works from Korea reflect a darker side of our lives.


The Miracles of the Namiya General Store

Japan│2017│130min│Color│ Ryuichi HIROKI

The Namiya General Store becomes popular with citizens after its owner, Yūji Namiya, accepts people’s’ advice letters to seek advice for anything troubling them, similar to an agony aunt. When the store is closed, people would drop their letters through a hole in the roll-up door, collected in a mailbox, and would receive a handwritten reply from Namiya in a milk box hung outside. In 2012, three delinquents, Atsuya, Shota & Kohei, take shelter in the abandoned Namiya General Store after committing some wrongdoings. Staying until the morning, the boys’ pillaging is mysteriously interrupted by an advice letter being posted, although nobody is outside. The letter is addressed to the General Store and traditionally was written by someone to consult about worries. Upon reading, the boys realise it was written in 1980, 32 years ago. When Kohei decides to reply, the mysteries and secrets of the old General Store comes to light, as their letters transcend time and space to touch a variety of characters, revealing the pasts of Namiya, and follows the many miracles that intertwine the lives of the seemingly unrelated cast.

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Lu over the wall

Japan│2017│113min│Color│Masaaki YUASA

Kai Ashimoto a young middle schooler, lives in Hinashi Town Hinashi-chō, a lonely fishing village, with his father and his grandfather, a parasol maker. He used to live in Tokyo, but after his parents divorced he moved back to his father’s hometown. Kai has trouble telling his parents the complicated feelings he has for them, and he’s lonely and pessimistic about his school life. One of his joys is uploading songs he writes to the internet.

One day, his classmates Kunio and Yūho invite him to join their band, “SEIRÈN”. As he reluctantly follows them to Merfolk Island, their practice spot, they meet Lu the ningyo girl. Lu sings merrily and dances innocently. As Kai begins to spend time with her, he starts to be able to say what it is that he’s really thinking.

But since ancient times, the people of Hinashi Town have thought that mermaids brought disaster. Something happens that puts a huge rift between Lu and the townspeople. And then, the town is in danger. Will Kai’s cry for the heart be able to save the town?


The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

Japan│2017│93min│Color│Masaaki YUASA

The story of the titular girl known only as “Otome” and her insanely long night of partying and drinking-complete with a book fair, festival, and many adventures in between. It is also the story of “Senpai,” her upper class man who has been attempting to get closer to her by “coincidentally” running into her again and again. However, on this night, meeting up with her may be the greatest challenge of his life.

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Korea│2012│78min│Color│ LEE Dae-hee

A Painstaking conflict between the fish brought to one seafood restaurant for their life desiring the vast ocean! Once a free fish in the ocean, the ‘Mackerel’ was caught by the fishing net and brought to the fish tank in a seafood restaurant. She searches for a way out intentionally and relentlessly since she came into the tank. The skeptic pessimist ‘Old-flatfish’, was also from the ocean unlike other fishes in the tank raised in the fish farm. As the longest survivor in the tank, he reigns over other fishes with his knowledge of survival. To him, Mackerel’s protest against him to escape from the tank is a threat to his regime.


The King of Pigs

Korea│2011│97min│Color│YEUN Sang-ho

HWANG Kyung-min, the thirties, on the verge of bankruptcy businessman and JUNG Jong-suk, a prospective writer were classmates at a middle school. After Kyung-min killed his wife, he found his classmate, Jong-suk in fifteen years. They talk about their school days, but they are hiding that they are in a difficult situation now. In their school days, there were class distinctions among students. Jong-suk and Kyung-min called rich and good students ‘dogs’ and called other students who were suffering and got the go-by in the class ‘pigs’. In that tired life, there were a lot of unfair and upset affairs, but Jong-suk and Kyung-min couldn’t resist ‘dogs’. One day, KIM Chul appeared in front of them, and he fought against ‘dogs’ with his own vicious temper and power. Jong-suk and Kyung-min believed that he was only hope who liberated them from that situation. Jong-suk and Kyung-min meet in fifteen years and talk about KIM Chul, their hero in school days. Fifteen years ago, what happened between them and their hero?

Hidden Voices of Animation

Hidden Voices of Animation
The voice actors of <Haikyuu!!> and <Ladybug> come together to speak with the audience, watch animations, and emcee a quiz!



Korea, Japan, France│2016│80min│Color│JANG Sung

In modern-day Paris, Marinette and Adrien are two middle school kids with a difference: they are the chosen ones to save Paris from evil! They have been entrusted with an important mission – to capture akumas, creatures responsible for turning normal people into super-baddies. When involved in such adventures, these two school kids become superheroes: Marinette transforms into Ladybug and Adrien becomes Cat Noir. But Ladybug and Cat Noir do not know each other’s true identity. Marinette is unaware that, beneath the Cat Noir costume nestles Adrien, her secret crush. Similarly, Adrien doesn’t know that Ladybug is, in actual fact, just Marinette – one of the girls in his class


Ladybug: Miraculous Season 2

Korea, Japan, France│2017│66min│Color│Thomas ASTRUC

Set in modern-day Paris, the series focuses on teenagers Marinette Dupain-Cheng and Adrien Agreste.When evil arises, Marinette transforms into her secret superhero persona Ladybug, while Adrien transforms into his superhero persona Cat Noir, using magical jewels known as the Miraculous. Oblivious to each other’s true identities, the two work together to protect Paris from the mysterious villain Hawk Moth, who covets and attempts to steal their powers by using his akuma, butterflies infused with negative energy, to transform everyday citizens into supervillains


HAIKYUU!! The Winner and the Loser

Japan│2015│93min│Color│ Susumu MITSUNAKA

Karasuno dominates Tokonami and easily wins the first set, but the players don’t falter and continue giving their full efforts. Tokonami begins to lose hope and Ikejiri thinks back to a match from junior high where Daichi gave a speech to the team. He repeats a quote from his friend, motivating his current teammates to give their full efforts as well. Despite that, Karasuno ends up winning easily. Ikejiri is saddened by this, especially since he’s a third year now, but is happy for his friend and tells Daichi to continue winning for Tokonami. Karasuno now heads towards its match against Date Tech, the team that had caused Asahi to quit volleyball


Haikyuu!! The movie: The Talent and the Sense

Japan│2017│89min│Color│Susumu MITSUNAKA

It’s the final set of the Spring Tournament Qualifier semifinals, and Aoba Johsai has game point! With their backs against the wall yet again, Karasuno digs deep and throws their greatest efforts into one final rally. Will they be able to take the set and overcome the Great King?!


SICAF All Night: A sleepless night with SICAF!

A sweltering summer night’s cure lies at the air-conditioned theatres of SICAF! Specifically catered towards night owls who are bad with heat, the ‘SICAF All Night’ section will screen four serieses of the classic <Yowamushi Pedal> throughout the night. It also includes a ‘SICAF All Night Combo”: which is loads of yummy snacks and limited edition goods. An exciting, air-conditioned summer night!


Yowamushi Pedal: Re:RIDE

Japan│2014│88min│Color│Osamu NABESHIM

A retelling of the first season, taking place at Toudou’s family inn where he, Makishima, and Onoda reflect on the events.
Onoda is a cheerful otaku looking to join his new school’s anime club, eager to finally make some friends. Unfortunately, the club has been disbanded and somehow he stumbled into the bicycle club.


Yowamushi Pedal: Re:ROAD

Japan│2014│90min│Color│Osamu NABESHIMA

Onoda has ridden his city bicycle (referred to as a “mamachari”, meaning “Mommy Bike”, in the anime)—a simple and bulky bicycle designed for short rides—for transportation and fun. A fellow freshman, and much more serious cyclist, named Shunsuke Imaizumi notices Onoda riding his mamachari and mocks him inwardly until he sees Onoda riding up a steep hill with little effort. Another student named Naruko visits Akihabara to get some plastic Gundam models for his younger brothers and meets Onoda, who catches his attention because of his cycling skill on the mamachari. Later on, both Naruko and Imaizumi try to convince him to join the bicycle racing club at their high school, Sohoku.


Yowamushi Pedal: The movie

Japan│2015│90min│Color│Norihiro NAGANUMA

With the Inter-high over and as the end of summer approaches, Sakamichi trains intensely with Imaizumi Shunsuke and Naruko Shoukichi so he can carry on Team Sohoku’s spirit of supporting each other entrusted to him by Kinjou Shingo, Makishima Yusuke, and Tadokoro Jin, the third years who will be graduating before long. One day, Team Sohoku receives an invitation to the Kumamoto Fire Country Mountain Race, an invitational race for teams that performed well at the Inter-high, and their captain Kinjou decides their core Inter-high team will attend.


Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike

Japan│2016│60min│Color│Osamu NABESHIMA

The two-part film follows Yūsuke Makishima and Jinpachi Tōdō. Makishima’s story details how he joined the Sōhoku bicycle racing club as a first year and met scorn from his seniors because of his strange style of dancing. Tōdō’s story reveals how he first got into road racing in his second year of middle school, where a friend challenged him to a race but he initially refused because he wanted to avoid helmet hair.