Pepe Benengeli continues his cycling journey with Team Pao Pao Beer, as they head to Japan to compete in the Japan Cup - a race that may be their very last together as a team. Teammate Jean Luigi Ciocci starts to question if he's doing the right thing after the suicide of legendary cyclist Marco Rondanini, whom he was close friends with, while Pepe rallies the team to push forward. For better or for worse, Team Pao Pao heads forth in the pouring rain to try and reach another victory.
Born into the wealthy family of a famous musician, Shu Amamiya feels it is his fate to become a professional pianist. But when he transfers to a new elementary school, his goal is threatened by an obnoxious classmate, Ichinose Kai, who has the ability to produce beautiful sound from a piano that was thought to be broken. The two quickly become friends; however, their friendship is tested when they face off in a competition to determine who has the better skill, greatest ambition, and the strongest love for the piano.
Forget for a minute that one movie concerns school kids while the other features professional cyclists; they're both stories about people being in a competition, their drive, motivation and passion for the thing they love (piano and cycling, respectively, if that wasn't obvious already). Nasu is more centered around the competition itself, though.
Both are also presented in the same unidealised way: the character designs are not very stylized and the animation feels very natural and realistic.