Picking up right after the events of 'First Stage', 'Second Stage' continues to follow the underground Road Racing career of high-school student/delivery boy Takumi Fujiwara and friends as ... See full summary »
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

More races and challenges for soon-to-be-graduate/drift racer Takumi Fujiwara. Of course, with all the bells and whistles of a big screen production.

Directors: Shin Misawa, Noritsugu Yamaguchi
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Initial D: Fourth Stage (TV Series 2004)
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Takumi Fujiwara continues his undefeated racing streak, touring the mountain passes of Japan with rival driver Keisuke Takahashi as a part of ex-racer Ryosuke Takahashi's racing team: "Project D".

Stars: Stephen Hoff, Chris Cason, Todd Haberkorn
Initial D (TV Series 1998)
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The story of a young delivery boy who becomes a drift-racing legend.

Stars: Steve Blum, Terri Doty, Laurent Vernin
Initial D: Fifth Stage (2012–2013)
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The final stage of Project D's expeditions is coming, and is to be the hardest yet.

Stars: Takehito Koyasu, Shin'ichirô Miki
Initial D: Extra Stage (TV Mini-Series 2001)
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An Initial D side story OAV which follows the lives of Mako and Sayuki, the "Impact Blue" SilEighty team from Usui and their troubles with racers and romance.

Stars: Michiko Neya, Yumi Kakazu, Keiji Fujiwara
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

After defeating every racing team, everything comes down to one last race. Will Project D succeed in the final and most difficult race of Initial D. And what is going to be the future of Project D after this final race.

Stars: Atsushi Abe, Yuka Hirose, Osamu Hosoi
Initial D (2005)
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After winning his first competition, Takumi focuses his attention on drift racing, a sport he has unknowingly perfected while delivering tofu in his father's Toyota AE86.

Directors: Wai-Keung Lau, Alan Mak, and 1 more credit »
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Director: Tsuneo Tominaga
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After his unexpected victory over Red Sun's Keisuke, Takumi newfound fame brings forth a formal challenge from the Myogi NightKids leader, Takeshi Nakazato.

Director: Tomohito Naka
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Wangan Midnight (2007–2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The first part of a trilogy depicting Takumi Fujiwara's rise from delivery boy to Mt. Akin's downhill racing legend, focusing on the battles against the Takahashi brothers.

Directors: Masamitsu Hidaka, Tomohito Naka
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

"Wangan Midnight The Movie" based on hit manga written by Michiharu Kusunoki, the film stars Yuichi Nakamura of D-BOYS, Kazuki Kato, and Ryoko Kobayashi. The story centers on a young man ... See full summary »

Director: Atsushi Muroga
Stars: Yûichi Nakamura, Ryôko Kobayashi, Kazuki Alex Kato
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Picking up right after the events of 'First Stage', 'Second Stage' continues to follow the underground Road Racing career of high-school student/delivery boy Takumi Fujiwara and friends as they face new challenges in the Gunma area. After evolving into a full-fledged downhill racer, Takumi and his AE86 Trueno are faced with new challengers in the form of the Emperors, a Lancer-Evo team that plans to conquer the mountain passes of the Gunma area as well as a mysterious AE86 Levin driver who seeks to de-throne Takumi as the fastest Eight-Six driver on the mountain pass. With tougher challengers and more dangerous mountains, it may take more than Takumi and his Eight-Six Trueno to defend the honor of the Gunma drivers, fortunately Takumi has the Akina Speedstars team, his legendary father Bunta Fujiwara (who has a few tricks up his sleeve) and the superstar racer Ryosuke Takahashi on his side. He'll need all the help he can get. Written by Nathan J Rossberg

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Shoumaru Pass is located in Chichibu National Park in Saitama prefecture. Kazumi is dropped off at Seibu Chichibu Station, the main train station for accessing Chichibu National Park. Its accessible from the Seibu Line at Ikebukuro Station, in Tokyo. See more »

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In opening scenes, when engine is shown, "Toyoto" is written on engine block instead of "Toyota". See more »

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[As he passes the leader of the Emperors]
Ryosuke Takahashi: In short, you suck at right-handers.
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Follows Initial D (1998) See more »

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Blazin' Beat
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Great follow up to First Stage
18 August 2001 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

The one word that basically sums up this series is evolution. Everything, the characters, the CGI racing scenes, the plot, has "evolved" from the first series. (AKA First Stage) Anyone can see this by watching an episode of First Stage and then watching an episode of this series. The artwork is better, the CGI has gotten much better (there are license plates on the cars now) and the addition of a new gang certainly heats things up plotwise. Though this series is short, (13 episodes compared to 26 from First Stage) it is more than worth watching if you are a fan of the first series. After this, there is the OAV Extra Stage which has similar art/CGI and of course, the movie Third Stage. Incidently, this series and the OAV fill in the gaps in Third Stage as well as provide a nice transition.


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