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Initial D First Stage

Initial D First Stage

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: ID
Japanese: 頭文字〈イニシャル〉D

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 19, 1998 to Dec 6, 1998
Genres: Cars, Seinen
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.181 (scored by 24673 users)
Ranked: #3262
Popularity: #813
Members: 41,316
Favorites: 948
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Synopsis

High school student Takumi Fujiwara works as a gas station attendant during the day and a delivery boy for his father's tofu shop during late nights. Little does he know that his precise driving skills and his father's modified Toyota Sprinter AE86 Trueno make him the best amateur road racer on Mt. Akina's highway. Because of this, racing groups from all over the Gunma prefecture issue challenges to Takumi to see if he really has what it takes to be a road legend.

(Source: ANN)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Initial D
Sequel: Initial D Second Stage
Summary: Initial D Battle Stage, Initial D: Project D to the Next Stage - Project D e Mukete, New Initial D Movie: Legend 1 - Kakusei

Characters & Voice Actors

Fujiwara, Takumi
Fujiwara, Takumi
Main
Miki, Shinichiro
Japanese
Miki, Shinichiro
Wittenberg, Dave
English
Wittenberg, Dave
...
Sayuki
Sayuki
Supporting
Rial, Monica
English
Rial, Monica
Kakazu, Yumi
Japanese
Kakazu, Yumi
...
Fumihiro
Fumihiro
Supporting
Cason, Chris
English
Cason, Chris
Hosoi, Osamu
Japanese
Hosoi, Osamu
Kenji
Kenji
Supporting
Takagi, Wataru
Japanese
Takagi, Wataru
Bevins, Christopher
English
Bevins, Christopher
...

Staff

Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Hata, Masami
Episode Director, Storyboard
Vale, Eric
Script
Hanyuu, Naoyasu
Storyboard



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May 8, 2013
lilithilk
I like watching sports anime. People who know me and have accepted the fact that I am a hardcore couch-potato find this hilarious. But the irony doesn't end there. I am a member of minority who does not possess a driving license nor has the faintest clue about driving.
After my Yawara "Brain-Imploding-Annoyance-Rage" I was rather desperate. There were very few sports animes left I hadn't watched yet. And I was - still am actually, I can't take bludgeoned faces!- digging my heels in not to watch Hajime no Ippo.
Barring any alternatives I gave in to desperation and started watching Initial D though in read more
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Sep 16, 2007
lowell
I never thought a story about street car racing would be this entertaining. And if I had known what I would be watching when my friend made me watch the first few episodes, I would have said thanks, but no thanks. ...Boy, am I glad I didn't know.

Story: On the surface, it's about a pretty bland high school guy who's got a bunch of car-crazy friends... and turns out to be the 2nd fastest driver in Akina. (Who's first? Ooooh, don't you wanna know?) Below the surface...? Okay, pretty much the same thing. ;) Most of the read more
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Oct 11, 2008
ParaParaJMo
At first, I’ll admit that I did not think I would like the concept at first, but other factors which I will further elaborate on would keep on pulling me into this franchise and would like it more and more. I know it’s not the most exciting or appealing anime, and that I’m not the biggest gear head, but I felt something special about this one. Even though Takumi is not exactly the most appealing anime character of all time, it’s kind of weird that his lack of charisma in some ways makes him charismatic at the same time because he does all his talking read more
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Apr 10, 2013
archbldr
"Initial D" is a good sports anime about racing and definitely worth watching. The high school story is rather boring as it has been done many times and much better, but the racing aspect of this show is unique, pulls in watchers, and will get your heart racing. The animation is an older style and not as fluid as it is from 1998, however the older character designs are a refreshing change from the near identical character designs of many current anime. Also the racing scenes are in CG so that may be off putting to some. As I have not watched read more
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Recommendations

While the other characters aren't similar, both of the main characters are boys in high school who are talented in riding a particular vehicle (car in Initial D and bike in Yowamushi Pedal). Despite showing no interest in the sports of their respective vehicles, they have used them frequently and gained a natural talent for riding them, due to doing a certain activity constantly from a young age (delivering Tofu at night and riding to Akihabara). Eventually, they race against someone else, revealing their true potential despite their outdated/unprofessional models (AE86 and a mommy bike). Other racers are then attracted to their skill. However, Initial D has a more serious tone while Yowamushi Pedal has a lighthearted one.
Similar art style, both about sports, although one is boxing the other is street racing. Follows the story of shy underachiever, with a unexpected talent for their sport. Both have romantic side plots and sprinkles of comedy.
Capeta has a younger feel to it than Initial D, but both are your competitive/sports animes about racing. Capeta drives a go cart and Takumi is a street racer, but they have similar themes about skill vs equipment and the meld of man and machine. The main difference is probably attitude: Capeta has a blue collar, constant struggle feel to it (like Hajime no Ippo) and Initial D is much more of a diamond waiting to be polished (like Major).
Both series feature seemingly ordinary protagonists, that is until you put them behind the wheel of a car. Both series are about racing tuner cars during the nighttime. Both feature a very similar art style, although Wangan is more refined in this aspect. Pacing is the same with both series starting out slowly, but gaining momentum in the later episodes. Both series spend a lot of time focused on the cars themselves, treating them as a part of the main cast.

Bottom line is if you liked one, then you'll like the other. And if you hated one then you'll most likely hate the other. I recommend both series only to those into cars.
Both anime revolves around a game/competition between charismatic and memorable characters. They are both funny at times but when it comes to presenting their respective field of sport they both excel to show us it with a serious and believable tone. Both series has a tons of enigmatic characters and when it comes to the showdown between these characters we remain astonished and wanting to see more and more.
Both of them are manga adaptations.
Ryoma (PoT) and Takumi (Initial D) are pretty much the same person. One plays tennis and one is a street racer, but they're both aloof prodigies that pull out new miracle techniques whenever they need to, who were privately groomed by their "retired" fathers. ;) So even though the sport, setting and animation styles differ dramatically, if you liked the basis of the story or the main character in one, you'd probably like th other.

Opening Theme

#1: "Around the World" by Move (eps 1-19)
#2: "Break in 2 the Nite" by Move (eps 20-26)

Ending Theme

#1: "Rage Your Dream" by Move (eps 1-14)
#2: "Kiseki no Hana (Flower of Miracles)" by Galla (eps 15-26)

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