"What’re we doing about the next university league’s race, Kinjou? We can go. The Akisawa Lake road race… Fuku-chan and Shinkai’ll go, too! It’s the Meisou University. Their bike club’s strong!"
Yet another reason I think Yowamushi Pedal differs from other sports mangas I’ve read: not only does the mangaka introduce new characters as the story progresses (competitions are held, annual tournaments are over, the academic year finishes and the teams need to be restructured for the next), but also tells us about the senior cast that has already left the main plotline. Or graduated from it into university, in any case: by vol.32 we’re beginning to learn how our cyclist freshmen are doing in college.
Soon after meeting again in their new cycling club, Arakita refers to both Kinjou and himself as a “super jagged duo”. They might be, but seeing how Fukutomi paired up with Arakita in Hakogaku (as ace cyclist and his assistant, that’s it), it doesn’t seem like they’ll have any problem working -or rather, cycling- together. And also, in the matter of trivial but fun little details, at the beginning of this scene Arakita gives Kinjou his email address, which we then find out has to do with “AKICHAN”… the name of the Arakita family’s dog. It looks as Arakita likes dogs and cats then, even if cats don’t seem to particularly like him in turn.
(I apologize if I got any of the translation or the proper names wrong. My Japanese, as you might have figure out by now, just happens to be that good /sarcasm)