"Run With the Wind" Key VisualThe greatest challenges of all are often the most rewarding to complete.

Earlier today, Sentai Filmworks announced that they acquired the rights to the Run With the Wind anime. The publisher picked up the license for the show in the United States, Canada, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and other select territories.

Run With the Wind will launch on select digital platforms in the near future, followed by a home video release. Sentai describes the show as:

Kakeru is a former elite runner in high school who finds himself down on his luck. After being chased for stealing food, he’s saved by Haiji, a Kansei University student and a fellow runner. Having nowhere else to go, Kakeru is convinced by Haiji to move into a dormitory with eight other strangers. Before Kakeru is even settled in his new home, Haiji announces his ambitious plans to enter all ten of them into one of the most prominent university relay marathons in Japan, the Hakone Ekiden. There’s just one small problem: with the exception of Haiji and Kakeru, none of the residents have ever run competitively before.

Kazuya Nomura (Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie, Robotics;Notes) is directing Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru at Production I.G., with Takahiro Chiba (Kamichu!, Occult Academy) providing character designs. Kohei Kiyasu is in charge of series composition for the project.

Shion Miura’s Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru first hit bookstores in 2006, under Shinchosha’s main imprint. The series inspired a live-action adaptation, which hit Japanese TV in the Fall 2009 broadcast season, as well as a stage play that opened in February 2009.

Source: Sentai Filmworks (Press Release)