Kadokawa’s next original anime Overtake! is the Formula 4 coming in 2023

2023 has brought good news for anime cum motorsports enthusiasts. Apart from the anticipated release of the adaptation of MF Ghost, the heir to the iconic Initial D, Kadokawa announces his next venture in collaboration with Troyca. Overtake! is the new original motorsports anime series presented by Kadokawa and Troyca.

Overtake Anime Release Date

In an event live-streamed on 20th January, the first PV, cast, and teaser of the motorsports anime Overtake! was revealed by the Japanese distributor and the animation studio. No release date has been announced yet by the makers. It is speculated that it should get a release in Winter 2023 anime calendar! It is also assumed that Crunchyroll well simulcast it since it carried the news.

Overtake! Anime Plot

The protagonist here is an F4 driver, Haruka Asahina, an Asian Michael Schumacher. He is an introverted high school student who is planning to contest from the Komaki Motors team. He believes in his motto “I don’t need any support” and is fixed on believing that one day he will get to the podium. To sustain himself, he delivers newspapers as a part-time job and stays at the Komaki household.

The other protagonist is Koya Madoka who was once a renowned photojournalist. However, due to a crisis in his life, he is left with a last chance to tell a crazy story.

From here the plot picks up. In search of a story to report, one day Koya visits the real Fuji International Speedway circuit. On the track, Koya meets F4 driver Haruka and the photographer finds his heart beating again for the engines.

The story focuses on hearts beating for motorsport Formula 4 (F4) racing where Koya is led on an exciting journey towards supporting Haruka in achieving his dreams of winning the F4 race for “Komaki Motors” youth team in Fuji International Speedway. With promising stakes ahead, viewers are keenly anticipating how the characters from previous works, Atledoah.Zero or Girls Bravo return to help propel the Overtake! anime series forward.

Overtake! Cast and Characters

The anime will adapt Takako Shimura’s original animated character designs while starring Anan Furuya voicing Haruka Asahina and Katsuyuki Konishi as voice actors for the protagonist Koya.

Production for this original motorsports anime is being handled by Kadokawa and TROYCA as well as overseen by Ayumi Sekine from the Technoroid Overmind and IDOLiSH7 franchise, while Ei Aoki helming directing duties at TROYCA with Katsuhiko Takayama controlling the overall production design and execution process.

Famous character designer Takako Shimura of works like Wandering Son and Aldnoah.Zero has also been brought in to adapt her design into animation form, which will certainly bring something special with it, given how much reverence she holds within many circles of anime fans.

  • Director: Ei Aoki
  • Series Composition: Ayumi Sekine
  • Project Supervisor: Katsuhiko Takayama
  • Original Character Designer: Takako Shimura
  • Character Designer: Masako Matsumoto
  • Animation Production: TROYCA

Overtake! Trailer

The exciting news for Overtake! going into the production phase has already started building expectations up in high gear that, hopefully, viewers will be filled with thrilling races between F4 drivers that are sure to create some dramatic moments throughout the series.

There aren’t many anime about formula cars and F1 fans are looking forward to mind-blowing spectacles that will pump their hearts with the adrenaline rush when cars come speeding along raceways. They are also waiting in anticipation to see how the story unfolds along the way, with equally interesting conflicting circumstances between different characters who go through countless hardships and grind toward the end while making their dreams into reality no matter the odds against them.

Overtake! will surely be an exciting watch and a great addition to the animation genre. We expect it to bring more flavor to the formula racing anime genre, not just with the concept alone but also with a mix of different styles, artists, and well-talented voice actors who have already proven themselves in their previous works. However, do keep in mind that sports anime are not meant to be realistic. They’re shonen battle anime with a different theme.

Stay tuned for updates on F1 “Overtake!” upcoming anime updates and all your favorite titles. In the meantime, don’t forget to let us know your picks from the best anime movies of all time, the best English Dubbed Anime, and the Best Netflix Anime, and let us know all of your favorite titles in the upcoming Winter 2023 anime season!

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