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Over Drive  
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Shinozaki Mikoto is a student whose life is really routine. Going to school, going home, going to school, going home... nothing changes... until the day the girl he likes talks to him and introduces him to cycling. His life now has a new meaning, and a bright path has shown itself to Shinozaki. Experiencing both failure and success throughout his training, he works hard to become the best cyclist in the world.


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Over Drive!
OverDrive (YASUDA Tsuyoshi)

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Endless Abyss

Latest Release(s)
v.10 c.77 by Shoujo Sense about 1 month ago
v.10 c.76 by Shoujo Sense about 1 year ago
v.10 c.75 by Shoujo Sense about 1 year ago
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Status in Country of Origin
17 Volumes (Complete)

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Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 5, Chap 37

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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (209 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.06 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 3rd 2016, 5:06am PST



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Monthly Pos #1297 increased(+150)
3 Month Pos #2236 increased(+396)
6 Month Pos #2542 increased(+718)
Year Pos #3710 increased(+373)

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A Definite buy!!!!   
Rating: N/A
by torrentchan
October 28th, 2007, 12:47pm
If this ever get licensed, it will be on my to-buy list!

It's true Shinozaki Mikoto IS stupid, with no common sense whatsoever. Sometimes it's too much, his stupidity, i mean. And it's not like he gets the girls, cool, popular, or even worth looking at in school, but the manga is NOT mainly about how he get common sense or that, it is about him loving to ride and race with all his heart. Now THAT'S important, like screaming to the viewers and telling them to go out and do something just as cool.

Again --- 10/10 a must buy, read, and watch!!!
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Unrealistic but good   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by enaikelt
October 17th, 2010, 10:02pm
Crinale: It gets better. You do have to do some plowing though. The last third is actually pretty good, because it focuses on people who are actually already decent cyclers, and therefore suspension of disbelief is made easier than the first few chapters, where Shinozaki is an inept doof yet somehow achieves shining brilliance and full-page moments. The amount of those go down (gradually) as the manga proceeds.

For myself, I quite enjoyed it. It takes a lot of suspension of disbelief, like I said, in the earlier chapters, but later on it rather grew on me. It's not really much of a rival to the classic shounen sports mangas, though.
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Great stuff   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by CowTail
December 27th, 2009, 6:14pm
Sure the lead character is overwhelmingly ignorant about almost everything.

But what makes it great is there's the character growth, rivalry, and inspiring push-past-your-limits kind of development. And it's all about bicycling with only a hint of possible romance (realistic, none of that lovey-dovey ecchi crap) topped off with a good dollop of humor.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hoacj
May 6th, 2010, 5:35am
Shinozaki is adorable.
Over Drive is a good read.
Yes, there is the harsh reality of the unrealism of sections of the story;
The way Shinozaki develops his initial passion through persuasion from his female interest.
However, there was a moment where the author revealed some background information on Shinozaki, of his love for bicycles, from his childhood.
My personal desire is for Yasuda sensei to tap more into depth with the reason of Shinozaki's passion for riding.
Speaking about realism, is there a manga out there that portrays the same life experience of one particular individual?
Is there even a manga out there that does not have any imagination, creativity or the more failed attempts (as we call them), the ones that go down drains; unrealism?
If so, then I really don't understand why you can't just sit on the sides of the streets and observe realism.
Follow up with an acquaintance every moment you are able to about every second of their lives.
Stay close to them and listen in to their private lives.
Look at them through windows, hiding behind bushes and observe till your heart's content.
Just be sure that everything comes with a price.
Childish sounding as it may be, reality has proven to us that cases involving such suspicious activities is what makes up some of genuine society today.

I personally prefer manga.

Give Over Drive a chance if you're not devoting your life into seeking realism.

... Last updated on May 6th, 2010, 5:39am
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does it continue?   
Rating: N/A
by naturallyxsweet
March 27th, 2008, 4:04pm
has anyone seen the anime yet? i was wondering if the manga continues on from where the anime stopped? i was disappointed with the ending and hoping that the manga continues with the story. nonetheless i love overdrive (as anime and manga) =D
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Fun read   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by PZcolo
August 14th, 2016, 11:35pm
It's a fun manga to read, nothing new or original, just a weird main char that finds his calling and a straight road to becoming the best, still, chars are somewhat interesting and is often quite funny. I recommend watching the anime first thou, if you like it give the manga a try.
Also, be warned the ending is not good at all and probably will be disappointing, it pretty much looks like that either the magazine publishing pulled the plug and the author had to wrap it up in a few chapters or the mangaka got bored resulting in the same thing.

... Last updated on August 14th, 2016, 11:36pm
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Rating: N/A
by TundraDweller
January 20th, 2014, 4:01pm
I enjoyed reading it but the drama got too intense for my liking so I dropped it.

As a sports manga it is a good read, though.

... Last updated on January 20th, 2014, 4:01pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Gynok
June 9th, 2011, 3:47pm
I honestly love this. IMHO one of the best sports manga ever. It may not be a classic like Slam Dunk, or ever be as popular as sports/gag manga like Eyeshield 21, but this is a perfect underdog story, with great moments of humour and raw emotion. This manga has an atmosphere which really pulls you in and makes you feel for Mikoto as he grows into the man we know he will eventually become - I'm just incredibly happy to be along for the ride smile

... Last updated on April 3rd, 2013, 8:44am
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Nice, but stopping @53   
Rating: N/A
by foobar
March 12th, 2013, 12:29pm
Nice sports manga, probably more realistic than most (but then what do I know about road racing).
But I think it kind of becomes a martial arts manga with the martial arts swapped by cycling.
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Rating: N/A
by mcahmad
September 26th, 2008, 2:26pm
i first watch the anime because i was bored but found it my liking. Interesting characters, some might say that the protagonist is weak but that is just who he is and hes not a total wimp and as the stories goes he does grows with it
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