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About Sakuragi Hanamichi, a freshman of Shohoku High School who joining the basketball team because of the girl he have a crush on, Haruko. Although he is newbie in this sport. He is no ordinary basketball player.
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
Throughout the series, the characters use chassis codes to refer to cars rather than actually saying the name of the car. This is common drifter-slang to easily refer to a car and its year without having to give a drawn out explanation. The S13 refers to the RPS13 SR20DET Nissan Silvia (Japan only) made from 1989-1994. The Silvia made between 1995 and 1998 was an S14, and 1999 to present is the S15. R32 refers to the BNR32 Nissan Skyline (Japan only) made from 1989-1994. FC refers to the FC3S Mazda RX-7 made from 1986-1992. FD refers to the FD3S Mazda RX-7 made from 1992-2002. EG6 refers to the EG6 Honda Civic 3-door hatchback made from 1992-1995. And most importantly, 86 (or 'Eight-Six') refers to the AE86 Toyota Sprinter Trueno, known in the U.S. as the Toyota Corolla GTS, made from 1983-1986 (the Trueno is also known as the hachi-roku, however 'hachi' and 'roku' are just the literal Japanese words for 'eight' and 'six'). See more »
Takumi's AE86 front bumper badge changes from "Trueno" to "Toreno" throughout the series. See more »
[Before getting out of the car, Natsuki Mogi calls the Eight-Six Trueno 'cute']
[to his car]
'Cute', she said... What do you think?
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Pretty good series, though English dub scrapped its Eurobeat music :(
I like the series ever since I was a freshman at college. Students involved in anime stuff brought different series every week to my college's student center, and one evening I was studying for some exam until I heard some J-pop music; then I peeked at the big screen there and saw some anime figures and then a super-realistic image of a 1983 Toyota Corolla GTS liftback. I thought to myself: What is this thing about? Then I saw further into the series and saw drifting cars. But the most outstanding thing was that the cars appeared photo-realistic, when I then realizes they were relying on 3D graphics to simulate the cars. That's what got me into Initial D. I attempted to rent it at my nearest Blockbuster but found it always missing (or rented out), so I never got a chance to rent it on my own until I went to Dallas TX on some coop practice and subscribed to Netflix. Then I really got my chance to rent Initial D.
But then I discovered an awful thing: The English dub by Tokyopop got rid of the series' Eurobeat-style music by m.o.v.e and instead inserted its own local crappy hip-hop by some unknown DJ Milky with no known album on the market. Solution: Whenever you start playing any episode, set it to Japanese audio to listen to m.o.v.e's awesome opening; then when the opening's over, switch back to English if you want to listen to the dialogs without having to read subtitles. Then when the episode's over and the credits are about to start rolling, switch again to Japanese to listen to m.o.v.e (eps 1-13) or Galla (14-26), then back to English to listen the next ep's preview, then repeat the same cycle for the next episode(s).
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