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OtapediaKaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru

Alternate Titles

風が強く吹いている

Synopsis

Kansei University student Haiji has hopes and dreams. Back in high school, a blown knee put a stop to his athletic ambitions, but he’s determined to run again and wants to enter the legendary Hakone Ekiden marathon which is only open to university students. However, Haiji is in his final year so time is running out. One chilly evening in March, he bumps into Kakeru - a former elite high school runner. After saving Kakeru, who was being chased after stealing food from a store, Haiji convinces him to move into his apartment building, Chikuseisou, where he has already amassed a “promising” team of runners including 25-year-old heavy smoker Akihiro, twins Joji and Jota, international student Musa, country boy Takashi, fun-loving lawyer Yukihiro, quiz program-obsessed Yuki, and Sei who spends all of his money on manga. Spurred on by Haiji, Kakeru becomes determined to conquer his own mountain…

Background

Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru is an adaptation of the novel by Shion Miura. The book has also been adapted as a manga by Sorata Unno which began in Weekly Young Jump in 2007, moved to Monthly Young Jump in 2008, and concluded in 2009. The anime adaptation was announced by the launch of an official website on May 31, 2018. The series will premiere on NTV and BS-NTV in October 2018.

Characters

Kakeru Kurahara (Voiced by: Takeo Otsuka)

Kakeru Kurahara is a first-year university student. He’s not much of a talker and keeps to himself. Wandering around having lost his place to live, Kakeru runs into Haiji who talks him into moving in to Chikuseisou and becaming one of its 10 residents. He is particularly good at running.

Haiji Kiyose (Voiced by: Toshiyuki Toyonaga)

Haiji Kiyose is a fourth-year literature student. Haiji’s kind smile masks his fierce determination, and by using his amazing powers of persuasion he’s managed to pull the residents of his lodging house, Chikuseisou, into his grand plan. He’s in charge of cooking and always makes sure everyone has a good breakfast. Haiji wears his tracksuit wherever he goes.

Takashi Sugiyama (Voiced by: Koki Uchiyama)

Takashi Sugiyama is a third-year business student who hails from a mountain village in Tohoku. He is the only one of the 10 residents of Chikuseisou to currently have a girlfriend and is helping international student Musa with his Japanese.

Sei Kashisaki (Voiced by: Miyu Irino)

Sei Kashisaki is a second-year literature student. A handsome manga otaku, he has shaggy hair and long eyelashes. His book collection is so large there’s barely room for anything else, and he has deep knowledge of all kinds of manga, though it’s only through his books that he’s experienced true friendship, love, and adventure.

Jota Kizuki (Voiced by: Junya Enoki)

Jota Kizuki is a first-year economics student and the elder of the Kizuki twins. Having spend his high school days playing soccer, Jota decided to prioritize hanging out with girls in his university life. A straightforward sort of boy, he’s thought to be more reliable than his brother Joji.

Joji Kizuki (Voiced by: Yuuto Uemura)

A first-year economics student, Joji Kizuki is the younger brother of the Kizuki twins. Like Jota, he spent high school playing soccer but now wants a chance to have fun with girls. He’s uncynical but thinks his brother ignores him.

Yukihiko Iwakura (Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu)

Yukihiro Iwakura is a fourth-year law student who passed the bar the first time in only his third year. However, after such early success, Yukihiro has gone off the rails and spends his evenings partying in clubs. He enjoys coolheaded intellectual debates but flies into a rage when confronted with Akihiro’s second-hand smoke.

Musa Kamala (Voiced by: Hideaki Kabumoto)

Musa Kamala is a second-year international student studying abroad on a government sponsored program. He is originally from Tanzania where his family is quite wealthy - he was even picked up and dropped off by car at school every day. Musa avoids sports out of a dislike for competition but also has an athletic physique.

Yohei Sakaguchi (Voiced by: Riki Kitazawa)

Yohei Sakaguchi is a fourth-year sociology student. His biggest worry right now is job hunting. Yohei has extremely good general knowledge and is fond of TV quiz programs but is currently unable to watch them without borrowing a TV. He’s constantly picking up new text books in order to avoid running out of having things to say.

Akihiro Hirata (Voiced by: Takanori Hoshino)

Akihiro Hirata is a third-year engineering student. He’s a heavy smoker and thinks he can get by without graduating as a line-in IT specialist. Akihiro find’s Yuki’s annoyance about passive smoking somewhat amusing.

International Streaming

  • Crunchroll

Official Links

Staff

  • Original Creator: Shion Miura
  • Director: Kazuya Nomura
  • Series Composition: Kohei Kiyasu
  • Character Designer: Takahiro Chiba
  • Key Animator: Hideki Takahashi, Takashi Mukouda
  • Sound Director: Hiromi Kikuta
  • Music: Yuki Hayashi
  • Animation Production: Production I.G

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