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

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Shuichi Shigeno
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Series cast summary:
Shin'ichirô Miki ...  Takumi Fujiwara 26 episodes, 1998
Greg Ayres ...  Kenta Nakamura 26 episodes, 1998
Christopher Bevins ...  Kenji 26 episodes, 1998
Steve Blum ...  Keisuke 'K.T.' Takahashi 26 episodes, 1998
Z. Charles Bolton Z. Charles Bolton ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1998
Charles C. Campbell ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1998
Richard Cansino ...  Hiromichi 26 episodes, 1998
Chris Cason ...  Hiroshi Fumihiro / ... 26 episodes, 1998
Colleen Clinkenbeard ...  Mako Sato 26 episodes, 1998
Cynthia Cranz ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1998
Roland Angelo Crisolo Roland Angelo Crisolo ...  Itsuki 26 episodes, 1998
Terri Doty ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1998
Quinton Flynn ...  Shingo Shoji 26 episodes, 1998
Crispin Freeman ...  Kouichiro 'Cole' Iketani 26 episodes, 1998
Jonathan Freeman ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1998
Cris George Cris George ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1998
Grant George ...  Hawk / ... 26 episodes, 1998
Josh Grelle ...  Itsuki Takeuchi 26 episodes, 1998
Todd Haberkorn ...  Keisuke Takahashi 26 episodes, 1998
Kyle Hebert ...  Additional Voices / ... 26 episodes, 1998
Kate Higgins ...  Natalie 26 episodes, 1998
Bridget Hoffman ...  Maya 26 episodes, 1998
Chuck Huber ...  Yuichi Tachibana 26 episodes, 1998
Jeremy Inman ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1998
Lex Lang ...  Ryosuke 'Ry' Takahashi 26 episodes, 1998
Kerrigan Mahan ...  Bunta Fujiwara 26 episodes, 1998
Michael McConnohie ...  Yuichi 'Boss' Tachibana 26 episodes, 1998
Joel McDonald ...  Takumi Fujiwara 26 episodes, 1998
Scott Menville ...  Goro / ... 26 episodes, 1998
Vic Mignogna ...  Shingo Shoji 26 episodes, 1998
Anastasia Munoz Anastasia Munoz ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1998
Colleen O'Shaughnessey ...  Saori 26 episodes, 1998
Brina Palencia ...  Natsuki Mogi 26 episodes, 1998
Ben Phillips Ben Phillips ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1998
Orion Pitts Orion Pitts ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1998
Derek Stephen Prince ...  Hayao 26 episodes, 1998
David Rasner David Rasner ...  Kenta Nakamura / ... 26 episodes, 1998
Monica Rial ...  Sayuki 26 episodes, 1998
Tyson Rinehart Tyson Rinehart ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1998
Robbie Rist ...  Itsuki 'Iggy' Takeuchi 26 episodes, 1998
Ian Sinclair ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1998
Jason Spisak ...  Kenji 26 episodes, 1998
J. Michael Tatum ...  Ryosuke Takahashi 26 episodes, 1998
Elias Taylorson Elias Taylorson ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1998
Austin Tindle Austin Tindle ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1998
Eric Vale ...  Koichiro Iketani 26 episodes, 1998
Laurent Vernin Laurent Vernin ...  Takumi Fujiwara 26 episodes, 1998
Maxey Whitehead ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1998
Kent Williams ...  Bunta Fujiwara 26 episodes, 1998
Wally Wingert ...  Takeshi 'Zack' Nakazato 26 episodes, 1998
Dave Wittenberg ...  Takumi 'Tak' Fujiwara 26 episodes, 1998
Barry Yandell Barry Yandell ...  Narrator 26 episodes, 1998
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Storyline

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

Haruna Mountain was renamed "Akina" in the comic/series because creator Shuichi Shigeno originally intended all places in the series to be fictional/based of actual places. However, he does away with this practice on later courses, but the name "Akina" sticks for Haruna Mountain. 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 »

Quotes

Bunta Fujiwara: Back when I was actively driving I drove Akina even in my dreams.
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Alternate Versions

In Tokyopop's American DVD release, there are two versions of the show. One is the original ('Import Version'). One is a new version ('Tricked-Out Version') which has an english dub and various other changes such as:
  • Japanese character names dropped in exchange for more English sounding names (i.e. Natsuki becomes Natalie, Iketani is Cole, Itsuki is Iggy, Ryosuke is Ry, Keisuke is K.T., Nakazato is Zack, Kenta is Kyle, Mako and Sayuki become Maya and Simone, and Takumi goes by Tak).
  • The 'Eurobeat' Japanese-techno soundtrack is replaced with a mix of rap and garage-indie-punk music.
  • The opening and ending themes change, as well as the footage shown in the ending credits.
  • Various video effects, such as inverse colors, mirrors and wipe transitions are added to the CGI race scenes.
  • The original, authentic engine/exhaust noises are replaced with louder, more aggressive race noises.
  • Scenes involving Natsuki's shady, sexual dealings with the character referred to as 'Papa' were either cut down, or re-written (even the translation in the subtitled version was altered on the Tokyopop release).
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Connections

Referenced in Lucky Star: Natsu no teiban (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Over Drive
Performed by Move
Episode: {"Angels of Usui Mountain, The" (1998) (ep. #1.16)}
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One of the best car Animes
21 July 2018 | by johnnyreevesbassSee all my reviews

I started this series years ago with my brothers and I mean all of them. My oldest brother would come by the house every time a new DVD would be available. We all started this show like right when it hit the American market. So glad we did!! I remember waiting in sun coast videos waiting for my pre order when these dropped.

The story is great, at the character are interesting and the story evolves. Any anime fan should give this a chance if you haven't yet. It is definitely worth a watch and you will rewatch it so many times as well.


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Release Date:

18 April 1998 (Japan) See more »

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(26 episodes)

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Dolby Digital | Dolby Stereo (Japanese version)
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