Initial D First Stage

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: ID
Japanese: 頭文字〈イニシャル〉D
English: Initial D First Stage
Spanish: Initial D: Supera el Límite de Velocidad Temporada 1
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Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 19, 1998 to Dec 6, 1998
Premiered: Spring 1998
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 00:00 (JST)
Producers: OB Planning, Fuji TV
Licensors: Funimation, Tokyopop
Studios: Gallop, Studio Comet
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama
Theme: RacingRacing
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.351 (scored by 193999193,999 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #2212
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #606
Members: 385,839
Favorites: 12,383


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Unlike his friends, Takumi Fujiwara is not particularly interested in cars, with little to no knowledge about the world of car enthusiasts and street racers. The son of a tofu shop owner, he is tasked to deliver tofu every morning without fail, driving along the mountain of Akina. Thus, conversations regarding cars or driving in general would only remind Takumi of the tiring daily routine forced upon him.

One night, the Akagi Red Suns, an infamous team of street racers, visit the town of Akina to challenge the local mountain pass. Led by their two aces, Ryousuke and Keisuke Takahashi, the Red Suns plan to conquer every racing course in Kanto, establishing themselves as the fastest crew in the region. However, much to their disbelief, one of their aces is overtaken by an old Toyota AE86 during a drive back home from Akina. After the incident, the Takahashi brothers are cautious of a mysterious driver geared with remarkable technique and experience in the local roads—the AE86 of Mount Akina.

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Initial D is a popular franchise spawning a sizeable number of racing games released for arcades, home consoles, handhelds, and PC. The series was also adapted into a live-action movie in 2005, co-produced by Japan's Avex Inc. and Hong Kong's Media Group. 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.

Characters & Voice Actors


Cook, Justin
Simone, Jamie
Misawa, Shin
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
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1: "Around the World" by m.o.v.e (eps 1-19)
2: "Break in 2 the Nite" by m.o.v.e (eps 20-26)

Ending Theme

1: "Rage Your Dream" by m.o.v.e (eps 1-14)
2: "Kiseki no Hana (Flower of Miracles)" by Galla (eps 15-26)

Episode Videos


Feb 1, 2024
Whether you're interested in cars or not, Initial D is a fantastic series that will give you the thrill of competition without violence or needless smut. You'll find no explosions, shoot-outs, or gravity-defying shenanigans here, but with its own unique charm, combining the creator's own signature character styles and tasteful use of CGI, and a thoroughly memorable Eurobeat soundtrack, it's nonetheless a series pretty much anyone can get into.

On the surface, the story is nothing spectacular: a daydreaming high-school student, Takumi Fujiwara, who works part-time at a gas station is reluctantly drawn into a world he initially has no interest in whatsoever, the world ...
Jun 25, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Initial D is a bit of a mixed bag. When it's actually focused on the races, the drivers, and Takumi's developing interest in the sport, it becomes clear as to why its THE anime you go to for racing. It's enjoyable to see how Tak manages to outmaneuver his opponents in a slower car. The soundtrack is unique and iconic, and it complements the racing well. However, these highlights only comprise about half the show, and its the frequent detours into the slice-of-life/romance genre that really drag the show down for me.

This is mainly referring to Itsuki and Iketani, two of Tak's friends and ...
Mar 20, 2021
Preliminary (19/26 eps)
To be as brief as possible:

If you like other competition/battle anime because of:

* Tension of who is going to win/stakes
* Strategy/technique/application of abilities
* Visuals/audio/spectacle
* A passionate, interesting main character or team

There is nothing for you here. Turn back while you can.

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