Mikoto Shinozaki is a normal high student with unfortunate normal problems: he's terrible at sports, has no special talents and is bullied by everyone at his school. That is, until one day Yuki, his beautiful, long-time crush, asks the boy if he'll join her brother's cycling team. Desperate to gain her affection, Mikoto tries his best to learn how to ride a bike to not look foolish in the process, soon discovering that he actually enjoys the sport! Now, Mikoto will try his hardest to become the best cyclist in the world, encountering hardships, trials and successes along the way.
It is the Andalusian section of the 'Vuelta a España' bicycle race around Spain, and Pepe Benengeli is in trouble. As his brother is getting married to Pepe's former girlfriend, Pepe faces a grueling ride in burning hot weather, through his hometown. In the sunbaked hills of his native Andalusia, Pepe launches a make-or-break effort to win the day. At stake is Pepe's career and, more importantly, his self-respect. All of this, against the backdrop of the majestic beauty of Andalusia's arid terrain... and pickled eggplants.
Both series are focused on cycling, wich is a not-so common sport, and especially is not common for the anime world. Plus, both series express very well the feelings of the racers, their efforts, their sufferings, their satisfactions, etc. The characters' profiles are different, same for the animation; even so, they both emphasize on the same stuffs. Nasu, as a more realistic approach, since Over Drive reminds a bit of Captain Tsubasa's impossible events (here, instead of not-really-realistic shots, there are some improbable comebacks) but still, they both make a great work on conveying to the watcher the great aspects of this wonderful sport.
Yamato Akitsuki has recently moved to Tokyo, and in order to maintain his less than wealthy lifestyle, he currently works at his aunt's bathhouse. While walking by the school one evening he sees a girl by the name of Suzuka practicing the high jump, and is instantly in love. Even better is the realization that Suzuka lives next door! Determined to prove himself worthy of her affections, Yamato decides to join the school's track team and show her what he’s got, but things won’t be so easy; for Suzuka has a love interest of her own, and it isn’t Yamato...
Suzuka and Over Drive have a unique love story and characters who have the will to move forward. Both male characters rise to the challenge of joining clubs they have no skills in for the women they love. They also have a twist for why the characters are the best. I'm sure you'd love to unravel these great stories and see how they rise on the glorious road of victory, in more ways than one!
Let's play some real football! Shou Kazamatsuri is a middle school student who loves soccer but is not quite adept at it. Shou went for a time to the prestigious Musashi no Mori soccer school, but was disillusioned due to being a bench warmer. Determined to prove his worth, Shou transfers to a school with a little less glitz and a lot more kibitz. But becoming a player takes more than just desire. Join Shou as he works towards his dream of being a star soccer player along with a group of ragtag players determined to be the greatest junior high squad ever assembled!
Both series involved the main character being weak at the begining, but they never give up and they achieved something that nobody else had done before.Both series contain action, but mostly sports.so if you like of you'd like the other one.