Initial D Fifth Stage

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Japanese: 頭文字 D Fifth Stage


Type: TV
Episodes: 14
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 4, 2012 to May 10, 2013
Premiered: Fall 2012
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: SynergySP
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama
Theme: RacingRacing
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 27 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.101 (scored by 7882178,821 users)
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Ranked: #4922
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Popularity: #1531
Members: 149,919
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Jan 21, 2017
Mixed Feelings
5/10 - How the Mighty have fallen.

Since the reviews here are all extremely positive, and since I watched the last two seasons back to back, I'm gonna review them both.

First of all, for anyone who has not yet watched the series:
The first 2 seasons are amazing, and the third one (movie) is very good!
After that the quality drops quickly though.

Where in earlier seasons the anime revels in showing drifts, and mixing up closeups on the steering wheel and pedals with shots of drifting tires and the rear of the car coming very close to the guardrails, all while awesome eurobeat music is playing,
in the last ...
Jul 24, 2014
Taking place where 4th stage leaves off, Takumi on his deliveries is practicing at the one-handed steering technique of his final opponent from the last season. Though he is progressing, he still is trying to figure things out. At the same time, his father is giving him props for trying such a technique and acknowledges his progress. So where does this leave Project D after beating the Purple Mountain? Their next conquest leads them to Kanagawa, a prefecture south of Tokyo which is known for having the best street racers in the nation to the point that some of the drivers are trained and active ...
Jul 24, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Fifth stage is another low point of the series. The races and their outcomes were some of Initial D's the least interesting ever. There's hardly any racing anymore, it's this pull away style that generally concludes with someone making a mistake and/or spinning out. The drama was hard to take serious, particularly Ryosuke's arc. This tragic romantic aspect of him felt forced, out of place, and out of character. Takumi's friend's continue to undevelop as characters. Their hardly even his cheerleaders anymore; they're just dudes who work at a gas station and wallow in their singleness. Natsuki is non-existent at this point; they just introduce ...
Dec 8, 2017
Mixed Feelings
5/10 Car magic is not what I asked for.

This is the only season in the series I'll be writing a review for, because it was quite the disappointment. The first was awesome, 2nd and 3rd dragged on a bit, 4th was awesome again.

Over the time the art style has been changed a bit several times, but it never improved. In this season it's probably the worst it ever was. The music is not always as extravagant as in the first couple of seasons either, although they do bring back some of the older songs.

I can get over all of that. The 2 things I really ...
Jun 22, 2016
*Spoiler-Free for the entire Initial D seires* *Meant-to-be-short-but-fun review :P*
See, I am a fan of the Initial D series. So why have I given this one just a 7? It's not all bad depending on how you take it. You'll get what I mean:

(1) This stage is more dedicated to the development and growth of Keisuke. Since Takumi's unpredictable talent and dynamic races was what I loved, I felt a bit bored now and then. Not that Keisuke's races weren't interesting, they were all pretty good....but I guess you can't compare any other racers with Takumi. I did enjoy his character development. (Also Keisuke looked ...
Apr 30, 2022
Mixed Feelings
(Minor Spoilers, probably doesn't matter though if you watched the fourth stage)
With me re-watching Inital D Fifth Stage for the forth time I concluded how much worse this show has gotten between seasons, with much unneeded romance, and decrease in quality of development between high octane shots of movement from inside the cabin of Takumi's Toyota 86 Corolla Trueno and Keisuke's RX7 FD Twin Turbo. Many moments feel like repeats of previous races with no real changes, such as none of Project D having any losses throughout EVERY race, which makes the characters feel like they do not learn everything they would need for these ...
Aug 4, 2017
Mixed Feelings
Gone are the days of experts sitting on the sidelines discussing technique, strategy, and the characteristics of the road that Takemi is racing on. Gone is the under-dog feel. The Speed Stars side cast have been discarded for a bunch of guys who shop at hot topic and put more money into hair gel than they do car parts.

It's like someone took all the race theory that was great about the previous installments and threw them away; then took the story and put a bird on it. Holy Moley, I'm surprised they didn't put undercarriage neon lights and flashers on the AE-86 ...
Jan 15, 2018
Mixed Feelings
(Minor Spoilers)

It really hurt watching this season and there was a time where I could think Initial D was there perfect godsend anime that could never dissapoint.

Blatant callbacks to the first 3 seasons were put into place but executed terribly, the magic this series had is gone important characters and amazing races are put aside for crappy character remakes and constant talking about the race INSTEAD OF RACING not once has a series made me more angry.

I tried really hard to love this season and it dissapointed at every turn

+good art
+Interesting cars
Mar 20, 2020
Mixed Feelings

I love Initial D. It reignited my passion for cars and also taught me a lot about driving techniques. While the previous four seasons were exciting and had a good balance of character development and racing sessions, Fifth Stage is anything but.

Fifth Stage brings improvements in terms of artwork and sound quality, but there's pretty much no character development or story. Yes, Takumi becomes better and better at driving, Project D continues to "conqueer" many other regions, but God damn it was slow! I know that Initial D is all about touge racing, but I find it difficult to watch ...
Apr 4, 2017
Mixed Feelings
IMO This anime had great potential, but imo it needs a graphics / art overhaul. Comparing this anime to some of the old animes like DBZ or Naruto which continued to improve their art overtime, you can see it. Whereas Initial D's art becomes stale as I felt the artist got lazy and decided not to improve on the overall graphic quality of the manga / anime. The original is a good standard to set, but comparing it to today's anime / art, it's just not appealing and won't cut it.

Story Telling: 7/10

The story telling is amazing. The plot pace moves along well when it ...
Jan 3, 2021
Let me preface this by saying I am a very big Initial D fan as well as a very big JDM car fan. So the following is tough to say for me...

Unfortunately, I found Initial D Fifth Stage to be the worst stage so far, and by a fairly large margin, as I very much enjoyed stages 1-3 (Fourth Stage, not so much but still enjoyed too). Most of the battles in Fifth Stage except for maybe one (most of you will probably know which one I'm referring to if you've seen the season) were pretty uninteresting and predictable, though there were some little moments ...
Feb 2, 2024
We, as fans, waited over 8 years, for this season, even though we needed to wait another 3 for it to be finished in final stage, it definitely was worth the wait, if it wasn't for the fact that takumi's battle was in the final stage, not this one, would give it a 10 (i might as well do it since it was an amazing season and other than takumi, nothing was missing).

In this part, it's definitely the peak of everything we watched till this date, and I have to say, even though I love older/earlier seasons more than the later ones in most anime, ...
May 16, 2020
Mixed Feelings
I'm getting out of Fast and Furious references...

All right this Fifth Stage was boring.

Don't get me wrong. I like it but it has a lot of problems that I can't hide.

Let's start with the good things.
I really like Takumi and Keisuke "final form" they do it amazingly and this is all the hard work they put trough out all the past stages and that's pretty much it.
The art is very pleasant but I kinda miss that clunky CGI and some shoots of the cars doing crazy stuff like going 1 cm of the guardrails. Overall they still have that weird looking sometimes and I'll take ...
Apr 11, 2023
As I said in the season four review: the series should have ended in season three.
This one, like the last one, is just a bunch of predictable clichés.
There are 40 episodes where you can almost visualize what will happen. None of what was so great in seasons 1-3 was present here.

Art is good. Perhaps the only good point.
The soundtrack almost doesn't exist anymore. One of the good attributes, it was slowly decaying into fourth, and is now a background feature.
The story is also non-existent. It's sad to see what happened to the characters. Nobody managed to be charismatic. Not even the new ones.
The development is ...
Aug 19, 2020
Quick take: If you like cars, you'll like the story of Takumi Fujiwara, his Trueno 86 and the Probed D team. Fifth stage continues the story of Project D. It does an incredible job with the best CGI bits so far, which feel much more natural to the media than any other stage. While the manga does a much better job of telling the story, you’ll still find a decent plot in this anime.

Fifth stage continues the battles of Project D. Keisuke and Takumi take on new battles and face new opponents, growing from those experiences. Much like Fourth stage, Keisuke is largely ignored and ...
Jul 1, 2021
Ok imma just be honest with you guys.
Despite many people hating on Fifth Stage, I loved it a lot.
Now I know there are some downsides and cons to this season, which I am very aware of. but I will just explain why -

*The art/CGI :
Initial D was known for one of the first anime to make the extensive use of CGI in the genre. CGI at that time was primitive and did it not mix with animes well. However the show managed to make the right use of it as the years went, and Fifth Stage was a huge improvement in terms of CGI. ...
Mar 31, 2022
I understand a lot of people hate the romance aspects of Initial D and you're totally entitled to that opinion. However, I am pretty active the car scene, and romance is also still a massive part of it. We have sad boy culture now and lonely drivers has turned unironic. It is intrinsic to the scene and the people in it, which is why I don't mind and, in some cases, enjoy it. Now to be honest, the majority of this season isn't the greatest, everything up until the grim reaper arc is a little bit of a drag. However, not only is the grim ...