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Initial D 

Initial D: First Stage (original title)
The story of a young delivery boy who becomes a drift-racing legend.

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Initial D: Second Stage (1999–2000)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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.

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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".

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Initial D: Fifth Stage (2012–2013)
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The final stage of Project D's expeditions is coming, and is to be the hardest yet.

Stars: Takehito Koyasu, Shin'ichirô Miki
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 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: Extra Stage (TV Mini-Series 2001)
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 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
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.

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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 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
Stars: Kenji Fukuda, Hiroaki Hirata, Anri Katsu
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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
Stars: Kenji Fukuda, Hiroaki Hirata, Anri Katsu
Wangan Midnight (2007–2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Mt. Akina's new downhill racing hero Fujiwara Takumi prepares for the final showdown against Red Sun's unbeaten leader and Akagi's fastest driver, Takahashi Ryosuke.

Director: Masamitsu Hidaka
Stars: Kenji Fukuda, Yumi Hara, Hiroaki Hirata
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 Keisuke 'K.T.' Takahashi 26 episodes, 1998
Terri Doty ...
 Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1998
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 Takumi Fujiwara 26 episodes, 1998
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Takumi Fujiwara is an average 18-year old high school student with an average job as a gas station attendant, and a not-so-average hand in the family business. To help his father's tofu shop, Takumi has been delivering tofu in his father's 'Eight-Six' Trueno (known as the Toyota Corolla GT-S in the US) to a hotel at the peak of Mt. Akina (the local mountain), every night at 4 a.m. In doing so, Takumi has been unknowingly training to be the greatest mountain-pass drift-racer in all of Japan. After a freak late-night encounter with Keisuke Takahashi, the number two driver of the infamous RedSuns team, Takumi is quickly, and unwillingly plunged into a high-speed world of white-knuckle contests on the most dangerous mountain passes in the Gunma prefecture. Assisted by the local Akina Speedstars team, his slightly obnoxious friend Itsuki, his somewhat shady girlfriend Natsuke and the sage-like words of his chain-smoking, ex-racer father Bunta, he'll need all the help he can get to outwit ... Written by Nathan J Rossberg

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Early in the TV series, many of the cars are either missing the proper badging for their cars, or the badging has been significantly altered (the most notable are the "Trueno" on the front of Takumi's AE86, and Nakazato's missing "Skyline" on the rear bumper and altered GT-R badge). This is due to the animation studio not having licenses from the car manufacturers at the time. Later on in the series, the badging is fixed and all the cars have their proper badging. However, correct badging appears in flashback scenes of episodes that originally didn't have badging on their cars. See more »

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During the duct tape death match against Shingo, Takumi binds his right hand to the steering wheel, however, as he takes a corner, about halfway through the race, a shot of the steering wheel shows both hands free. See more »

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Takumi Fujiwara: Road racers have to accept challenges, right?
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Performed by Priscilla
Episode: {"Dangerous Five Hairpins" (1998) (ep. #1.10)}
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A must watch even if you're not an anime freak.
11 May 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

It's the story of a high school student, Takumi Fujiwara who works as a delivery boy in his father's Tofu Shop. Every morning he makes his deliveries, in his father's Ae86 ( Toyota Corolla ) passing through Mt. Akina's full of hairpins track. In the process of making his deliveries, he becomes a skilled driver and Mt. Akina his turf. Those who see him call him the ghost of Akina. When racers from other regions make an expedition to Mt. Akina, they come to know about this ghost. The Racers start to challenge Takumi and how he deals with each challenge and in the process becomes a legend is what Initial D is about.

Visuals/Graphics: 10/10

Apart from the races it's just like what you'd expect an anime to be. The races have been done in 3D which really adds to the thrill. With each and every season the graphics have gotten better, stage Four being the best.

Story: 9/10

The story is simply about the journey of Takumi from an ordinary High school kid to a legendary street racer and how he meets other racers who help him achieve it in the process.

Screenplay: 9/10

There are a few flashbacks but apart from that the anime proceeds in one direction only. Nothing unnecessary has been done, making it an easy to watch experience.

Initial D is a must watch, even if you're not an anime freak. You don't have to be ! It's much better than the Fast 'n Furious movie series, where they pull off stunts defying the laws of physics. This anime actually bothers to explain how the machines are working. Trust me, if you watch this you wouldn't be disappointed. The best thing is it has also been dubbed in English so you won't have to stress reading subtitles.

Overall: It's a 10/10. Watch it !


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