Run with the Wind

Run with the Wind (Japanese: 風が強く吹いている, Hepburn: Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru) is a Japanese novel by Shion Miura. The novel has received a manga and a live-action film adaptation, as well as an anime television series adaptation by Production I.G that aired from October 2, 2018 to March 26, 2019.

Run with the Wind
The cover of the first edition, published in 2006.
(Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru)
Written byShion Miura
Published byShinchosha
PublishedSeptember 22, 2006
Written bySorata Unno
Published byShueisha
  • Weekly Young Jump (2007—2008)
  • Monthly Young Jump (2008—2009)
Original run20072009
Live-action film
ReleasedOctober 2009
Anime television series
Directed byKazuya Nomura
Written byKohei Kiyasu
Music byYuki Hayashi
StudioProduction I.G
Licensed by
Original networkNTV, SDT, YTV, BS-NTV
Original run October 2, 2018 March 26, 2019


Kakeru, a former elite runner at high school, is chased for stealing food. He is saved by a Kansei University student Haiji, who is also a runner. Haiji persuades Kakeru to live in the old dormitory "Chikuseisou" where he plans to team up with fellow residents to enter the Hakone Ekiden relay marathon, one of the most prominent university races in Japan. Kakeru soon finds out that all of the residents except for Haiji and himself are complete novices.


Kakeru Kurahara
Voiced by: Takeo Ōtsuka[1]
Kakeru is a 1st year Kansei University Student and an experienced runner. A prodigious athlete since high school, he became disillusioned due to an incident on his old Track and Field team. He first joined the Chikuseisou after Haiji meets him stealing from a convenience store. Over the course of the story, Kakeru learns the meaning of running together with others.
Haiji Kiyose
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Toyonaga[1]
Haiji is a 4th year Kansei University Student and a long time resident of Chikuseisou. He has dreams of running in the Hakone Ekiden with a team and slowly built up one of at-first unwilling acquaintances at the dorm. Despite recovering from a knee injury, Haiji remains one of the most enthusiastic residents and coach of the group.
Takashi Sugiyama
Voiced by: Kōki Uchiyama[2]
Known as Shindo to the other members of the dorm. Generally considered an honor student by the other residents of Chikuseisou, Takashi is an earnest student from the mountain regions. He was the first convinced by Haiji to give running a chance and has been a significant driving force behind the others. His dedication towards training originally stemmed from wanting to inspire and impress his family, but eventually became something entirely his own.
Akane Kashiwazaki
Voiced by: Miyu Irino[2]
Nicknamed 'Prince' by the other dorm members, Akane is a manga enthusiast with his room filled to the brim with various volumes. He began as one of the most reluctant and slowest members due to his lack of physical stamina and indoor tendencies. Akane picked up his training after Takashi had his family send over a treadmill for him to remain indoors to read manga. After finding true inspiration from his friends at Chikuseisou and Kakeru's presence, he pushes himself beyond what his limitations.
Jōtarō Kizuki
Voiced by: Junya Enoki[2]
The older of the Jō twins. He goes by Jota and is nearly indistinguishable from his younger brother. The two think and act in tandem. Though he was originally driven by the intention to attract girls through running, Jota came to appreciate the sport.
Jōjirō Kizuki
Voiced by: Yūto Uemura[2]
The younger of the Jō twins. He goes by Joji and appears almost the exact same as his elder brother. Originally intending to run for the sake of becoming popular with girls, he realize that running was something enjoyable in itself.
Yukihiko Iwakura
Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu[2]
Known as 'Yuki' by the other members of Chikuseisou, he passed the bar examination on his first try. Yuki was initially reluctant to run and was bent on defying Haiji's enthusiasm, but eventually got drawn into it as the others members did. He hates the smell of tobacco coming from Akihiro's smoking until he quit for running.
Musa Kamala
Voiced by: Hideaki Kabumoto[2]
Musa is a native to Tanzania. He moved to Japan to study Space and Engineering as a sponsored international student at Kansei University. His Japanese still has flaws leading to some misunderstandings and written mistakes. Kind and earnest, Musa is always supportive of his other team members and is well known by the residents of the local shopping district.
Yōhei Sakaguchi
Voiced by: Riki Kitazawa[2]
Known as 'King' due to his love of trivia, Yohei is a 4th year Sociology student at Kansei University. Besides his nightly trivia marathons, he's generally preoccupied by job hunting to no avail. Yohei eventually relented and joined in the team's efforts due to the earnest words of Takashi.
Akihiro Hirata
Voiced by: Takanori Hoshino[2]
Known as 'Nico-senpai' due to his habit of smoking. Prior to entering Kansei University, he ran Track during high school but quit due to his coach. As Akihiro picked up running again under Haiji's influence, he stopped smoking and began to make small metallic figures as a substitute.
Hanako Katsuta
Voiced by: Juri Kimura[3]
Known as Hana-chan to the members of Chikuseisou, she is a 3rd year high school student and daughter of one of the shop owners in the local shopping district. At Haiji's request, Hanako rode her bike alongside the team and also times their runs. She's become well known for her terrible cooking.
Kōsuke Sakaki
Voiced by: Kengo Kawanishi[3]
Sakaki was a member of Kakeru's high school Track and Field team. He developed an eternal grudge towards Kakeru after causing an incident that affected their entire team.
Kazuma Fujioka
Voiced by: Satoshi Hino[3]
Kazuma is a running prodigy and famous among intercollegiate Track meets and races. He knew Haiji prior to his knee injury and becomes a target for Kakeru to defeat.
Genichirō Tazaki
Voiced by: Kotarou Nakamura[3]
Genichiro is the landlord of Chikuseisou and the official coach of the team. However, he leaves most of the work to Haiji and his enthusiasm.



The novel was written by Shion Miura, and Shinchosha published it on September 22, 2006.[4] Shinchosha published a second edition of the novel on July 1, 2009.[5]


A manga adaptation by Sorata Unno launched in Shueisha's seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump in 2007. It moved to Monthly Young Jump in 2008, where it ran until 2009.[1]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBN
1 March 19, 2008[6]ISBN 978-4088774121
2 June 19, 2008[7]ISBN 978-4088774640
3 September 19, 2008[8]ISBN 978-4088775067
4 December 19, 2008[9]ISBN 978-4088775692
5 June 19, 2009[10]ISBN 978-4088776668
6 December 18, 2009[11]ISBN 978-4088777559

Live-action film

A live-action film adaptation premiered in October 2009.[1]


An anime television series adaptation premiered from October 2, 2018 to March 26, 2019, and was broadcast on NTV, SDT, YTV and BS-NTV.[1][12] The series is directed by Kazuya Nomura and written by Kohei Kiyasu, with animation by Production I.G.[1] The series' character designs are provided by Takahiro Chiba and the music is composed by Yuki Hayashi.[13] It aired for 23 episodes,[14] and Crunchyroll simulcasted the series.[15] The series is licensed by Sentai Filmworks for streaming and home video release.[16]

An English dub of the series was confirmed by Sentai on November 16, 2019.[17]

No. Title[lower-alpha 1] Original air date
1"The 10th Man"October 2, 2018 (2018-10-02)
2"The Ogre's Arrival"October 9, 2018 (2018-10-09)
3"A Single Flower"October 16, 2018 (2018-10-16)
4"Shadows That Don't Fade"October 24, 2018 (2018-10-24)
5"The Ones Not Chosen"October 30, 2018 (2018-10-30)
6"The Emperor's New Clothes"November 6, 2018 (2018-11-06)
7"Bear Your Fangs at the Summit"November 13, 2018 (2018-11-13)
8"Dangerous Character"November 20, 2018 (2018-11-20)
9"Mismatched Runners"November 27, 2018 (2018-11-27)
10"Our Speed"December 4, 2018 (2018-12-04)
11"Overflowing Drops"December 11, 2018 (2018-12-11)
12"Summer Prank"January 8, 2019 (2019-01-08)
13"And Then Start Running"January 15, 2019 (2019-01-15)
14"You're Not Alone"January 22, 2019 (2019-01-22)
15"Place of Destiny"January 29, 2019 (2019-01-29)
16"Dreams and Reality"February 5, 2019 (2019-02-05)
17"Searching for the Answer"February 12, 2019 (2019-02-12)
18"And Then, Morning"February 19, 2019 (2019-02-19)
19"The Moment of Release"February 26, 2019 (2019-02-26)
20"Even If I Break"March 5, 2019 (2019-03-05)
21"Goodbye, Beautiful World"March 12, 2019 (2019-03-12)
22"Embrace Your Loneliness"March 19, 2019 (2019-03-19)
23"In The Wind"March 26, 2019 (2019-03-26)


TV Anime "Run with the Wind" Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedDecember 19, 2018 (2018-12-19)
LabelToho Animation Records
  • Yuki Hayashi
  • Yasushi Horiguchi (co-producer)

In the first half of the anime, the opening theme song is "Catch Up, Latency" by Unison Square Garden and the ending theme song is "Reset" by Taichi Mukai.[18] In the second half of the anime, the opening theme song is "Kaze Tsuyoku, Kimi Atsuku" by Q-MHz and Sky-Hi, and the ending theme song is "Michi" by Taichi Mukai.[19]

The anime series' soundtrack is composed by Yuki Hayashi. A two-disc soundtrack album published by Toho Animation Records was released on December 19, 2018 with a total of 51 tracks.[20]

All music is composed by Yuki Hayashi.


  1. All English episode titles are taken from Crunchyroll.


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