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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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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

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 8.3/10 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 8.9/10 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: 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
Mejaa (TV Series 2004)
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Honda Goro the son of a famous baseball player loves nothing more than baseball itself. His biggest dream is to show his father that he can become the best pitcher in the world despite all ... See full summary »

Stars: Shôtarô Morikubo, Seiichi Morita, Junko Noda
GTO (TV Series 1999)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

About Eikichi Onizuka, a 22-year-old ex-gangster member and a virgin. He has one ambition that no one ever expected from him. His solely life purpose is to become the greatest high school teacher ever.

Stars: Steve Blum, Tom Fahn, Jun'ichi Suwabe
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About Sakuragi Hanamichi, a freshman of Shohoku High School who joins the basketball team because of the girl he has a crush on, Haruko. Although he is newbie in this sport, he is no ordinary basketball player.

Stars: Michael C. Pizzuto, Hisao Egawa, Eriko Hara
Hajime no ippo (2000–2002)
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

Makunouchi Ippo is an ordinary high school student in Japan. Since he spends most of his time away from school helping his mother run the family business, he doesn't get to enjoy his ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Epcar, D.C. Douglas, Peter Doyle
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 Keisuke 'K.T.' Takahashi (26 episodes, 1998)
Terri Doty ...
 Additional Voices (26 episodes, 1998)
Laurent Vernin ...
 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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Trivia

Mount Myogi, where Keisuke and Nakazato have their hillclimb battle, is actually famous for its motorcycle riders (not really for its drifters). An official motorcycle race is held on Myogi annually. See more »

Goofs

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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[Before getting out of the car, Natsuki Mogi calls the Eight-Six Trueno 'cute']
Takumi Fujiwara: [to his car] 'Cute', she said... What do you think?
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Followed by Initial D: Second Stage (1999) See more »

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Pretty good series, though English dub scrapped its Eurobeat music :(
12 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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