"Run With the Wind" Key VisualIt looks like the relay’s reached another leg of its race, as we enter this new frontier.

HIDIVE announced that they acquired streaming rights to Run With The Wind. The publisher picked up the rights to the show in the United States, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and other select territories.

The series will launch as part of HIDIVE’s simulcast lineup on November 1, at 16:59 UTC (12:59PM EDT, 9:59AM EDT), with new episodes being added on Thursdays.

HIDIVE 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.

Sentai Filmworks announced that they licensed the series yesterday.

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: HIDIVE (Press Release)