Ranked #323

Initial D First Stage

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: ID
Japanese: 頭文字〈イニシャル〉D


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 19, 1998 to Dec 6, 1998
Premiered: Spring 1998
Broadcast: Unknown
Studios: Studio Gallop
Source: Unknown
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


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Ranked: #3232
Popularity: #865
Members: 52,257
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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.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Fujiwara, Takumi
Fujiwara, Takumi
Miki, Shinichiro
Miki, Shinichiro
Fujiwara, Bunta
Fujiwara, Bunta
Ishizuka, Unshou
Ishizuka, Unshou
Takahashi, Ryousuke
Takahashi, Ryousuke
Koyasu, Takehito
Koyasu, Takehito
Takahashi, Keisuke
Takahashi, Keisuke
Seki, Tomokazu
Seki, Tomokazu


Masaki, Shinichi
Masaki, Shinichi
Director, Storyboard
Mima, Masafumi
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Hata, Masami
Hata, Masami
Episode Director, Storyboard
Kuzuya, Naoyuki
Kuzuya, Naoyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard

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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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Sep 16, 2007
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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May 8, 2013
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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Oct 11, 2008
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 19, 2013
I was really hard-pressed to decide what to rate this anime. I've known about this anime for more than 10 years but never came around to watching it. The thing I find amazing about this anime is how much it pulls you in to the story. Everything is executed perfectly. I admit, especially from watching it now when CG is so much better than it was almost 20 years ago, that the CG kind of turned me off but overlooking this anime because of that reason would be a big mistake. This anime manages to create excitement, intensity, great comedy, compelling romance and wonderful character read more
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Anime: Hajime no Ippo
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. 
reportRecommended by Ian-sama
Anime: Yowamushi Pedal
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  read more 
reportRecommended by sword123
Anime: Capeta
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). 
reportRecommended by lowell
Anime: Wangan Midnight
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  read more 
reportRecommended by Bonta_kun
Anime: Air Gear
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.  
reportRecommended by ninjadante
Anime: Kuroko no Basket
- Popular Shounen animes
- Kuroko and Takumi have similar personalities in that they are really blank and deadpan most of the time. They don't show strong emotions and generally act spacey despite being the protagonists.
- Focus is on the action, so you get plenty of court time in KnB and plenty of street time in Initial D.
- Little character development yet they have many solid flat characters that are still able to contribute and further the story.
- Badly written female characters that will make many women cringe.
- Good clean fun between competitors. Even though there is  read more 
reportRecommended by PeachYogurt31

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