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 2006 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
Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru 1st edition.jpg
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
Volumes6 (List of volumes)
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
Episodes23 (List of episodes)
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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 (蔵原走, Kurahara Kakeru)
Voiced by: Takeo Ōtsuka[1] (Japanese); Gabriel Regojo[2] (English)
Kakeru is a 1st year sociology student at 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 (清瀬灰二, Kiyose Haiji)
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Toyonaga[1] (Japanese); Blake Jackson[2] (English)
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 (杉山高志, Sugiyama Takashi)
Voiced by: Kōki Uchiyama[3] (Japanese); Daniel Regojo[2] (English)
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 (柏崎茜, Kashiwazaki Akane)
Voiced by: Miyu Irino[3] (Japanese); Mike Haimoto[2] (English)
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 his limitations.
Tarō Jō (城太郎, Jō Tarō)
Voiced by: Junya Enoki[3] (Japanese); Scott Gibbs[2] (English)
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.
Jirō Jō (城次郎, Jō Jirō)
Voiced by: Yūto Uemura[3] (Japanese); Nathan Wilson[2] (English)
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 (岩倉雪彦, Iwakura Yukihiko)
Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu[3] (Japanese); Benjamin McLaughlin[2] (English)
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 (ムサ・カマラ, Musa Kamara)
Voiced by: Hideaki Kabumoto[3] (Japanese); Jovan Jackson[2] (English)
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 (坂口洋平, Sakaguchi Yōhei)
Voiced by: Riki Kitazawa[3] (Japanese); Andrew Love[2] (English)
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 (平田彰宏, Hirata Akihiro)
Voiced by: Takanori Hoshino[3] (Japanese); Ty Mahany[2] (English)
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 (勝田葉菜子, Katsuta Hanako)
Voiced by: Juri Kimura[4] (Japanese); Alyssa Marek[2] (English)
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 (榊浩介, Sakaki Kōsuke)
Voiced by: Kengo Kawanishi[4] (Japanese); Tyler Galindo[2] (English)
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 (藤岡一真, Fujioka Kazuma)
Voiced by: Satoshi Hino[4]
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 (田崎源一郎, Tazaki Gen'ichirō)
Voiced by: Kotarou Nakamura[4] (Japanese); James Belcher[2] (English)
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.[5] Shinchosha published a second edition of the novel on July 1, 2009.[6]


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 date Japanese ISBN
1 March 19, 2008[7]978-4088774121
2 June 19, 2008[8]978-4088774640
3 September 19, 2008[9]978-4088775067
4 December 19, 2008[10]978-4088775692
5 June 19, 2009[11]978-4088776668
6 December 18, 2009[12]978-4088777559

Live-action filmEdit

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][13] 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.[14] It aired for 23 episodes,[15] and Crunchyroll simulcasted the series.[16] The series is licensed by Sentai Filmworks for streaming and home video release.[17]

An English dub of the series was confirmed by Sentai on November 16, 2019.[18]

No. Title[a] Original air date
1"The 10th Man"October 2, 2018 (2018-10-02)
Kurahara Kakeru runs through the city streets at night. A single man chases after him on a bicycle. That man's name is Kiyose Haiji. When Haiji catches up to Kakeru, he asks him a question: "Hey, do you like running?" Led by Haiji, Kakeru arrives at the Chikusei-so student dorm. He meets the strange residents living there. Haiji behaves in a peremptory manner. Kakeru is bewildered by the sudden development. No one at the dorm is aware of Haiji's ulterior motive. That night, the residents hold a welcoming party for Kakeru. At the party, from Haiji's mouth comes a grand and reckless plan.
2"The Ogre's Arrival"October 9, 2018 (2018-10-09)
The residents of the Chikusei-so will run in the Hakone Ekiden together. Kakeru responds strongly to Haiji's rash suggestion. All the residents are amateurs when it comes to long distance running. Nobody takes Haiji's words seriously. The residents attempt to carry on with their college lives, but Haiji's shadow approaches. Threatened by Haiji's mysterious pressure, several tragically fall to Haiji's hand. Kakeru tries to leave the Chikusei-so, but he runs into Nico-chan in the city. Meanwhile, the Chikusei-so's bath breaks for unknown reasons, and they decide to go to the "hellish" public bath instead.
3"A Single Flower"October 16, 2018 (2018-10-16)
When their hot water contest ends in a tie, Kakeru participates in the dorm's morning jogs while continuing to rebel against Haiji. His plan is to make the other residents give up. The next morning, several of the residents decide to boycott the jogging. A young girl wearing a school uniform runs up to Kakeru and his cool attitude. Kakeru's old high school teammate, Sakaki, appears.
4"Shadows That Don't Fade"October 24, 2018 (2018-10-24)
"It's been a while..." Sakaki smirks fearlessly. He and Kakeru are old acquaintances. Kakeru is unable to hide how shaken he is by their unexpected reunion. Swirling inside Kakeru was the loneliness he experienced as a high school student due to his talents. Kakeru runs as though fleeing from shadows, when before him appears "the other Kakeru." It is the desperate man he used to be before he met Haiji. Kakeru glares resentfully at his past. Just as he's about to lose hope in himself, someone with a kind voice reaches out to him. It's Prince and his friends...
5"The Ones Not Chosen"October 30, 2018 (2018-10-30)
After being challenged by Tokyo Sport University's Sakaki, Kakeru and the other residents of Chikusei-so have grown closer. As they celebrate the renewal of their resolve, King comes home wearing a suit for a change. Meanwhile, Kakeru voices his objections to participating in a track meet so soon. What point is there in forcing the amateurish residents to face reality? In response to Kakeru, Haiji asks his own question. Kakeru's doubts remain unresolved as Haiji begins holding proper practices. However, King refuses to participate because he's busy looking for a job. Under a cloud of anxiety, their proper training begins.
6"The Emperor's New Clothes"November 6, 2018 (2018-11-06)
King rebels against Haiji's escalating demands. His job search continues to go poorly, causing him to close himself off to even Shindo, who is concerned for him. Eventually King begins acting independently. The other residents are also unable to hide their befuddlement at being told they can't work. Meanwhile, Kakeru goes to Nico-chan in order to dispel his doubts about Haiji, but he's unable to find a definitive answer. While this is happening, Shindo has an idea and suggests it to the other residents.
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)
After going through an unexpected breakup with his girlfriend, Shindou is determined to move on, and he resolves to attain his official record. The group continues to undergo their training. Finally, Shindou and Yuki were able to attain their official records. The episode ends with a mysterious man with a camera, who seems to recognize Kakeru.
12"Summer Prank"January 8, 2019 (2019-01-08)
The mysterious man with the camera introduces himself to the boys as Shinjitsu Weekly's Shuji Mochizuki. Mr. Mochizuki seems to know that Kakeru was part of a track team of a prestigious high school. Haiji takes the whole group to Lake Shirakaba for a training camp. Tokyo Sport Uni also happens to be there at the same location. Haiji continues to encourage Kakeru with training advice. After being provoked by reminders of the past, Kakeru is triggered to dash forward to unleash his emotions upon his former-teammate from high school, Sakaki.
13"And Then Start Running"January 15, 2019 (2019-01-15)
In overthinking through flashbacks of high school, Kakeru remembers the isolation of being the high school coach's favorite. Kakeru explains the backstory behind Sakaki's grudge towards him. Meanwhile, Kakeru couldn't sleep at night, so he stays awake to get some from fresh air and clear his mind. However, Haiji picks up on this and checks up on him. Kakeru is finally encouraged to open up to his teammates, which strengthens their friendship even further.
14"You're Not Alone"January 22, 2019 (2019-01-22)
Yuki starts to show more interest in the goals of their training schedule. They undergo eight 5000 meter runs; Hana's truck follows the boys to support them in the heat with splash water. At night, the team lights up some fireworks. Prince finally realizes that he's not alone, as he resolves to get his official record with the support of the team.
15"Place of Destiny"January 29, 2019 (2019-01-29)
Haiji's team manages to make the newspaper, which gets the attention of their parents as well. The Hakone qualifier at the Self-Defense Force base is just around the corner. Haiji briefs the boys on what to expect on the day of the race and how to manage their anxieties for the qualifier. Moreover, the team has new suits as a gift from the folks at the shopping center. Their destiny will soon be decided by this race.
16"Dreams and Reality"February 5, 2019 (2019-02-05)
The race commences and eventually Kakeru manages to dash into his zone state. The other members of the Kansei team are motivated by the moments of a swift Kakeru passing by. After everyone manages to finish, the results of the Tokyo-Hakone Collegiate Ekiden Relay Race is announced for all to hear. After considering the results, Taro and Jiro start to wonder about why they all run and for what purpose.
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)
Kakeru finishes his section and beats Fujioka's newly set record by 1 second. Haiji begins the final section of the Hakone Eikiden. In order for Kansei University to make the top 10, Haiji must race to beat Tokyo Sport University by a significant margin. He struggles throughout his run and in he last stretch feels a sharp pain in his injured knee. Seeing Kakeru at the finish line, he pushes through and finishes in time for Kansei University to come in 10th, giving them a seed for the next years race. Three years pass and each member has gone on to find their way.


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.[19] 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.[20]

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.[21]

All music is composed by Yuki Hayashi.

Disc 1[21]
1."We Must Go"6:15
2."Campus Life" (キャンパスライフ)1:36
3."Chikusei-sō" (竹青荘)1:33
4."Ryūsei" (流星)2:45
5."Hashiru to Iu Koto" (走るということ)2:28
6."Jūnin-tachi" (住人たち)1:22
7."Honne" (本音)2:27
8."Kōitten" (紅一点)1:19
9."Still Wear The Jersey"1:34
10."Kako" (過去)2:13
11."Otagai" (お互い)2:04
12."Sakebi" (叫び)1:39
13."Hitori" (一人)4:16
14."Eyecatch" (アイキャッチ)0:11
15."Sakuryakuka Haiji" (策略家・ハイジ)1:18
16."Onigunsō" (鬼軍曹)1:32
17."Team" (チーム)1:48
18."In a Sweat !"2:00
19."Iza Hakone e" (いざ箱根へ)1:39
20."Fumidasu Ippo" (踏み出す一歩)2:19
21."Genjitsu" (現実)4:30
22."Yozora" (夜空)2:28
23."Kirokukai" (記録会)3:05
24."Kyori" (距離)2:42
25."Shinrai" (信頼)2:17
Total length:57:20
Disc 2[21]
1."Hakone no Yama wa Tenka no Ken" (箱根の山は天下の険)  3:08
2."Slice of Life"  1:31
3."Tachiba" (立場)  1:49
4."Tōhi" (逃避)  2:30
5."Explanation"  1:36
6."Kisetsu" (季節)  2:23
7."Yosenkai" (予選会)  1:24
8."Henka" (変化)  1:42
9."Haiji to Fujioka" (ハイジと藤岡)  1:59
10."Sakusen" (作戦)  1:36
11."Trouble" (トラブル)  1:55
12."Kōkai" (後悔)  2:49
13."Tsuyosa" (強さ)  1:31
14."Kake" (賭け)  1:43
15."Kodoku" (孤独)  1:57
16."Sokudo to Rhythm" (速度とリズム)  1:42
17."Jiyū de Byoudō na Basho" (自由で平等な場所)  1:56
18."Yume" (夢)  2:02
19."Kuroi Dangan" (黒い弾丸)  4:21
20."Konmei" (混迷)  1:42
21."Kakugo" (覚悟)  1:58
22."Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru" (風が強く吹いている)  5:08
23."Chōten" (頂点)  3:08
24."Kanata e" (彼方へ)  3:33
25."Catch up, latency (TV Size)" (composed by Tomoya Tabuchi)Tomoya TabuchiUNISON SQUARE GARDEN1:33
26."Reset (TV Size)" (composed by Taichi Mukai & CELSIOR COUPE)Taichi MukaiTaichi Mukai1:31
Total length:58:07


  1. ^ All English episode titles are taken from Crunchyroll.


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