English: Initial D
Published: 1995 to ?
Score: 8.001 (scored by 1640 users)
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action cars sports
SynopsisOnly the fearless survive in the white-hot world of street racing, as teams take on dangerous roads in the shadow of Mt. Akina. Behind the wheel of the mysterious "Ghost of Akina" is Takumi, on his way to becoming the greatest racer ever. (Source: Tokyopop)
Related MangaAdaptation: Initial D Fifth Stage, Initial D First Stage, Initial D Third Stage, Initial D Second Stage, Initial D Fourth Stage
This is my first ever review of an anime or manga.I planned on doing reviews for completed manga and anime only but this manga had NO REVIEWS so i figured why not start off with this gem.
Let me first start off by saying this.If you want to read a manga(or watch an anime) that has awesome real life racing elements,Look no further than Initial D.This so far is a fantastic piece of work.I remember reading 3 volumes a day because I could not get enough of the wicked cool races.The suspense,racing strategies, and gorgeous artwork make this manga extremely hard to put down.
HOWEVER.This manga does have flaws that set it back from being a true racing masterpiece.Which i will get into in the database ranking system.
This story is very predictable.And really there is not too much excitement in it either.Beat one opponent in a race then battle another harder opponent on another mountain.Beat every team in this region,enter a new one.Which is not bad at all,it's just very predictable.I gotta say,though the story is linear,the tournament battle system fits so perfectly in Initial D,so that's a HUGE plus for the story.I mean seriously tournament style anything could get anyone's blood pumping,especially if has anything to do with the fighting or racing genres.
WOW...freakin' WOW is what I have to say about the art in Initial D.From the beautiful background designs, to the precise and sharp design of the cars.You can guess why it's taking awhile for this manga to finish.BECAUSE THE ART IS EYE CANDY!!!If it's one thing that kept me going to reading more and more of Initial D,it's the fact that the art is one of the best out their in the manga industry.The only thing keeping the art from being a perfect 10 is the repetitiveness of some scenes during the races. You will notice that some scenes look practically no different from a few pages ago.It's rare,But you will notice it from time to time.
Not much to say here.New characters pop up here and there.Which kinda prevents character development from becoming great.I say this because when they do pop up it's only to battle.The main characters may not appeal to everyone because this series has more racing than character development.In other words,I am left with a blank to think what goes on through the minds of some characters.Many don't seem very memorable either and put on a not so memorable performance in their part.That being said,it still does not mean that the characters are not fit for the series,because they fit perfectly.The characters still have some more room for improvement in the future releases of this series to come.So I can not count them out at the moment.In my opinion,I think the characters are gonna show an amazing improvement in the future volumes.
You can probably already guess from what I said in the beginning that the enjoyment from this manga is gonna get you sucked in the moment you start witnessing how AWESOME the style of racing is.This manga has many incredible races and only keeps getting better as the manga progresses.You will see many race elements put into Initial D that build suspense greatly,not to mention how weather plays a huge part in the races.Oh yeah...You will see weather play a HUGE part in battles that will leave you in disbelief at what just happened.
For those who are not that interested in racing,or for those who love racing.I strongly suggest you give this series a read.Whether it's the anime or manga,you are going to grow an attachment to this stunning racing series.Hope you guys enjoyed this review as much as I did.Thank you for reading and enjoy the series.
NOTE:This review will be edited it the future when this manga ends read more
Both consist of a young driver learning the basics of street racing and advancing their skills and knowledge, along with overcoming problems to do with cars/driving techniques and interacting with varying characters. Minor similarities would be that both main characters take up jobs relating to cars and both learn from a experienced older driver. If you liked one, you will like the other ^^
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