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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: 8.171 (scored by 23155 users)
Ranked: #3282
Popularity: #811
Members: 38,457
Favorites: 853
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Popular Tags

cars drama racing sports

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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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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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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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.

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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