The 2018 sports anime ‘Run With The Wind’ was based on the 2006 novel by Shion Miura and released by Shinchosha Publishing. It ran for two seasons with twenty-three episodes and was produced by the Japanese animation studio Production IG. Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime for a North American release with HiDive announcing they would stream it starting June 25, 2023.
“The Irish have a saying: “May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back.” That’s an evocative blessing for a sports anime that is as inspiring as it is relatable. If you’re looking for your next anime binge, you really can’t go wrong with the Run with the Wind anime,” HiDive said on their website. They added that both the subbed and dubbed versions would stream.
The Japanese publisher Shueisha released a manga version of the novel illustrated by Sorata Unno released between 2007 and 2009.
You can watch this clip from the dub below:
MyAnimeList describes the synopsis as follows,
“Former ace runner of Sendai Josei High School, Kakeru Kurahara is chased away from a convenience store for shoplifting. Shaking off his pursuer, he runs into Haiji Kiyose, another student from his university. Haiji is impressed by Kakeru’s agility and persuades him to live in Chikusei-sou, the run-down apartment where Haiji resides along with eight other students. Having lost his entire apartment deposit at a mahjong parlor, Kakeru accepts the offer reluctantly.
However, Haiji reveals a secret during Kakeru’s welcoming party: the apartment is actually the dormitory of the Kansei University Track Club. He unveils his ultimate goal of participating in the Hakone Ekiden—one of the most prominent university marathon relay races in Japan. Unfortunately, all the residents apart from Haiji and Kakeru are complete running novices. Worse still, none of the inhabitants are even remotely interested in being involved with Haiji’s ridiculous plan! With only months before the deadline, will the fourth-year student be able to convince them otherwise and realize his elusive dream of running in the Hakone Ekiden?”
A live action adaption was directed by Sumio Ohmori and distributed by Shochiku in 2009.
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