Over Rev!

Over Rev!
For the drag racing magazine, see OverRev
Over Rev!
Cover of Over Rev! Volume 1 by Shogakukan
(Ōbā Rebu!)
Genre Action, Street Racing
Written by Katsumi Yamaguchi (Original creator)
Team39 (Art, story)
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Weekly Young Sunday
Original run May 5, 1997November 5, 2004
Volumes 31
Original video animation
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Over Rev! (オーバーレブ! Ōbā Rebu!?) is a Japanese manga series created by Katsumi Yamaguchi and Team39. The manga began serialization in the now-defunct seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Sunday, and sold 31 volumes between May 1997 and November 2004. The series also spanned a V-Cinema, an OVA, and a CD drama. The story revolves around Ryoko Shino, a Japanese high school senior and a former track star who gets into street racing after breaking her Achilles tendon. The tagline for the series is "A Legend of [the] Ultimate Hot Rodder".



One night with her friends, Ryoko Shino sees an R32 Skyline and S13 Silvia drifting in tandem just feet in front of her, and instead of being terrified she can’t help but be captivated by the scene. She notices that the S13's driver is a female. Ryoko borrows a car magazine from her friend Tohru and notices that there’s an article on the S13 and its driver that she previously saw. Tohru then takes Ryoko for a drive since he recently got his license and takes her to see a drifting practice session at the docks. There Ryōko sees the Silvia and finds out that the driver of the R32 was Touru’s big brother. Ryoko meets the driver, who introduces herself as Sawako Morita, and Ryoko tells Sawako she saw her drifting on the mountain that one night. Sawako tells Ryoko that she learned to drift very quickly and that Ryōko could learn very quickly, so she offers to teach her in her Silvia. Ryoko jumps at the chance and after a few practice attempts she is able to pull off some drifts. Sawako gets too greedy though and has Ryoko perform a full countersteer drift, but she doesn't know how to stop it. She panics and fishtails the car and stops right before it falls off the dock with the rear tires hanging. Unfortunately, the car tips back and falls into the ocean, but Sawako and Ryoko manage to escape alive. Sawako just shrugs and says she can get another car, and tells Ryoko to hurry up and get her license so they can go driving together.

The next day after school, Ryoko goes car shopping with Tohru. She tries to look for a good sports car but they are too expensive for her. Tohru mentions that she may find a car at a scrap yard for cheap. She wanders around looking for a scrapped car and finds an old man in a scrap yard. She tells him that she really wants a sports car and he sells her a blue mica supercharged AW11 (Toyota MR2) dirt cheap because she's cute.

Some time goes by and Ryoko finally gets her license. During her first drive outside of the training center, her instructor falls asleep and she attempts to drift the training car on the streets. She winds up street racing with a big truck and after spinning out in front of the truck, she meets the driver Aika Katayama. She tells her she should give up on getting her license because she's too reckless. Despite what Aika said, Ryoko gets her license because the instructor was asleep. She shows Sawako her new license and lets Ryoko driver her new S14 in the mountains. On the mountain they encounter a red EG6 Honda Civic. They stop and notice that the EG6 is parked and the driver is none other than Aika. Sawako and Aika get into a big argument and race each other down the mountain. The manga goes on with Ryoko's involvement into street racing and her life.


Main characters

Ryoko Shino (志濃 涼子 Shino Ryōko?)
Car: Toyota MR2 G-Limited (AW11)
Color: Blue Mica
Voiced by: Yukiko Mannaka (OVA, Drama CD)
Ryoko Shino is the main character of the story. The manga starts off with her as a high school senior and grows to love racing because of her competitive spirit she has from being a track runner. She drives a dark blue mica supercharged Toyota MR2. She has a cheerful and innocent personality. She is very devoted to becoming a street racer to the point where she moves out of her parents' house and starts living on her own so she can become the person she wants to be. She learns about cars and racing very quickly and naturally with the aid of Boss Akaoka and her friends.
Sawako Morita (森田 佐和子 Morita Sawako?)
Car: Nissan Silvia K's (S13), later drives a Nissan Silvia K's Aero (S14, Kouki) and a Nissan Silvia Spec R (S15, Axrobat Demo car)
Color: Pearl White (S14), Lightining Yellow (S15)
Voiced by: Michiko Neya (OVA, Drama CD)
At the beginning of the manga, Sawako has only been driving for two months since she got her license. She is an extraordinary driver and drifter who can push the Silvia to the limit. She drives a Nissan Silvia S13 at the beginning of the manga and shortly after drives a white S14 Silvia. She has a very carefree and outspoken attitude, and is also very emotional which is shown through her driving. She is also depicted as quite promiscuous (or sexually liberated, depending on how you look at it), as she has sex with several different guys throughout the manga. She is also in love with Tohru's older brother Takao. To make ends meet she works at a lingerie bar, where her stage name is Silvia.
Aika Katayama (片山 愛香 Katayama Aika?)
Car: Honda CR-X, later switches to a Honda Civic SiR hatchback (EG6) and another Civic SiR hatch with normal roof spec
Color: Milano Red (EG6), Shocking Pink (EG6 Normal Roof)
Voiced by: Kumiko Nishihara (OVA, Drama CD)
Aika was first introduced when Ryoko was taking her driving test, telling Ryōko she doesn’t deserve to have a driver's license. She gets off to a rocky start with Ryoko and Sawako when they first meet but gradually she becomes friends with them. Being a veteran street racer, she is a very skilled and versatile driver not only in her own car, but in many different types of vehicles (such as driving a large truck, Ryoko's AW11, a Honda CRX, and riding a motorcycle). She seems to be a very solitary person and she is not very feminine because she is a tomboy. To make ends meet, she works as a truck driver. She was mistaken to be the "Speed of Sound Beautiful Girl" because of her exceptional driving skills.
Sari Tachibana (橘 沙璃 Tachibana Sari?)
Car: Peugeot 106 Rallye
Color: Bianca White
Voiced by: Nana Mizuki (OVA)
Sari is the daughter of a French diplomat who is close with Akaoka. She grew up with racing cars all around her because her father and Boss used to do rallying. Don't let her cute face and smile fool you though, she is naturally a good driver, but doesn't show it and drives by feeling and to classical music. She is a very cheerful and childish person, always smiling as well as having a very feminine and innocent personality.


Repley (リプリー Ripurī?) is an all-girl racing team driving performance-variant Honda Civics. It is led by Mayumi Koreishi.

Mayumi Koreishi (是石 真由美 Koreishi Mayumi?)
Car: Honda Civic SiR (EG6), later switches to a Honda Civic Type-R (EK9)
Color: Granada Black Pearl (EG6)
Ayano Sanjo (三条 綾乃 Sanjō Ayano?)
Car: Honda Civic Type-R (EK9)
Color: Vouge Silver Metallic
Kaoru (?)
Car: Honda Civic Type R (EK9)
Kei Iwabuchi (岩斑 圭 Iwabuchi Kei?)
Car: Honda Civic SiR (EK4)
Color: Starlight Black Pearl

Normal Wolf

Satoru Mikami (三上 智 Mikami Satoru?)
Car: Nissan Silvia K's (S13)
Color: Pearl White (manga), Red (live-action)
Tsutomu Mikami (三上 勉 Mikami Tsutomu?)
Car: Mitsubishi Mirage Cyborg ZR (CJ4A), also drives a Mazda RX-7 (FC3S)
Color: Janpanish Yellow (CJ4A), Lightning Yellow (FC3S)


Ryo Goda (郷田 亮 Gōda Ryō?)
Car: Mazda RX-7 Type-R (FD3S)
Color: Vintage Red
Tatsuya Kusaka (日下 達也 Kusaka Tatsuya?)
Car: Toyota Chaser Tourer V (JZX100)
Color: Wine Red Mica
Shoji Ozono (大園 昭二 Ōzono Shōji?)
Car: Nissan Sileighty (RPS13)
Color: Super Red
Souichi Tokura (戸倉 宗一 Tokura Sōichi?)
Car: Toyota Sptinter Trueno GT-APEX (AE86)
Color: Unknown
Hiroshi Yamamoto (山本 洋 Yamamoto Hiroshi?)
Car: Nissan Silvia (S13)
Color: Unknown
Owner (オーナー Ōnā?)

Supporting characters

Tohru Takeuchi (武内 徹 Takeuchi Tōru?)
Car: Honda City Turbo (GA2)
Color: Taffeta White
Voiced by: Atsushi Kisaichi (Drama CD)
Tohru is a high school friend of Ryoko's since junior high. They seem to be close and he has a crush on Ryoko. He is Takao's little brother, which is how Ryoko met Sawako. He does not have a car until later in the manga when he buys a Honda City Turbo and even then it is not much of a car, he seems to know a lot about street racing through his brother. Throughout the manga he is Ryoko's morale support.
Takao Takeuchi (武内 タカオ Takeuchi Takao?)
Car: Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32)
Color: Sparkling Silver Metallic
Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (OVA), Toshiyuki Morikawa (Drama CD)
Takuro Aso (麻生 拓郎 Asō Takurō?)
Car: Nissan Silvia K's (S13)
Color: Lightning Yellow
Nicknamed Danmaru (弾丸?), Takuro met Sawako at the lingerie bar she was working at. Later we find out he lives in the same apartment complex as Ryoko. He drives a S13 Silvia decked out with a body kit, which he calls "The Brown Bullet." Unfortunately for all the flashy body modifications, he is not a very good driver. He has a very goofy personality and he seems to have a crush on Ryoko. He also works at an autoshop.
Bob (ボブ Bobu?)
Car: Toyota Supra RZ (JZA80)
Sarutani (猿谷?)
Car: Nissan 180SX Type-X (S13)
Akaoka (赤岡?)
Car: Mercedes-Benz 190E
A mysterious old man who owns a scrap yard where Ryoko purchased her MR2. He knows a lot about cars and driving techniques. He is also Sari's uncle (not really but close). He also helps Ryoko with her car and driving techniques.
Tachikawa (立川?)
An employee working at Akaoka's scrap yard. He may be a quiet guy, but he is very smart and knowledgeable about cars. He is the one who helped Ryoko into getting an apartment.

Other characters

Taihei Shino (志濃 泰平 Shino Taihei?)
Car: Nissan Skyline 2.5GT Turbo (ER34)
Color: Sparkling Silver Metallic
Wakisaka (脇坂?)
Car: Nissan Skyline GT-R (BNR32)
Color: Unknown
Yagami (八神?)
Car: Toyota Corolla Levin (AE86)
Color: Red/Black Two-tone
Koji Suzuki (鈴木 光二 Suzuki Kōji?)
Car: Toyota Celica GT-Four (ST205)
Color: Super Red IV
Yuji Tanushimaru (田主丸 勇治 Tanushimaru Yūji?)
Car: BMW M3 (E36), later switches to a Honda NSX
Color: Phoenix Yellow Metallic (E36)
Kuwabara (桑原?)
Car: Toyota Sprinter Trueno (AE86)
Color: Unknown
Fujie Konomi (木ノ実 富士江 Konomi Fujie?)
Car: Toyota Celica 1600GT (TA22)
Color: Red
Masaki Muja (武者 正昭 Muja Masāki?)
Car: Mazda Savanna RX-3GT (S124A)
Color: Green
Tokuda (徳田?)
Tachibana (?)
Car: Mercedes-Benz
Henry (アンリ Anri?)
Car: Renault 5 Turbo Rally Car, also drives a Mitsubishi Pajero (Rally Works spec)
Color: Blue (Pajero)



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