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Initial D 

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

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Shuichi Shigeno
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Cast

Series cast summary:
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
Jonathan Brooks ...  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 ...  Itsuki 26 episodes, 1998
Terri Doty Terri Doty ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1998
Quinton Flynn ...  Shingo Shoji 26 episodes, 1998
Crispin Freeman ...  Kouichiro 'Cole' Iketani 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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Details

Official Sites:

Official Site [Japan] | Tokyopop

Country:

Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

18 April 1998 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Initial D See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Prime Direction See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(26 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Stereo (Japanese version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Initial D creator Shuichi Shigeno is an avid motorcycle enthusiast and is famous for his motorcycle comics. However, he had a difficult time in the transition of writing a comic about cars instead. See more »

Goofs

In his race with Shingo, Takumi clips a corner, audibly smashing off one of his rear lights, yet the next shot shows the back of his car with no visible damage. 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 PaRappa rappa: The Initial P! (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Space Boy
Performed by Dave Rodgers
Episode: {"Ultimate Tofu Guy Drift" (1998) (ep. #1.1)}
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Pretty good series, though English dub scrapped its Eurobeat music :(
12 May 2006 | by jedi787plusSee 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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