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Initial D First Stage


Alternative Titles

English: Initial D First Stage
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
Premiered: Spring 1998
Broadcast: Unknown
Studios: Studio Gallop
Source: Manga
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.191 (scored by 32,891 users)
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Ranked: #3202
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Popularity: #876
Members: 57,126
Favorites: 1,479
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Episodes: /26

Synopsis

There's nothing that fires up the young Takumi Fujiwara more than fast cars and twisting roads. He dreams of buying luxury race cars so he can drift on the Mount Akina roads, but all he has is his dad's old Toyota, which he uses to deliver tofu as one of his part time jobs. This isn't all for naught though, because every minute he spends on the road is another chance to practice driving-and this country boy turns out to be no weakling.

Takumi's amateur talent soon attracts attention from both the local racing groups of Gunma Prefecture, and his own father.

Background

A sizable number of racing games based on the franchise were released for arcades, home consoles, handhelds and PC.
Japan's Avex Inc. and Hong Kong's Media Asia Group co-produced a live-action film based on Initial D. It was released on Jun 23, 2005 across Asia. While the film deviated considerably from the original story, it was nominated for multiple awards and won many of them, at the Hong Kong Film Awards and Golden Horse Awards.

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Characters & Voice Actors

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

Staff

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


Edit Opening Theme

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

Edit 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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lowell
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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lilithilk
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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ParaParaJMo
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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yngtadpole
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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