Initial D First Stage

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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

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Score: 8.321 (scored by 163970163,970 users)
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Ranked: #2232
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Popularity: #618
Members: 322,969
Favorites: 10,087

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Synopsis

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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Background

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.

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Staff

Masaki, Shinichi
Director, Storyboard
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Hata, Masami
Episode Director, Storyboard
Kuzuya, Naoyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard


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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)
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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)



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 ...
Dec 27, 2016
Mixed Feelings
Vroom vroom vroom it’s anime’s most popular racing series, Initial D. Initial D stars Takumi Fujiwara, a constantly spaced-out and quiet gas station worker with no hobbies or interests in life. The normally reserved Takumi is forced into the spotlight when his incredible talent for street racing is discovered, honed by years of doing tofu deliveries for his father’s business. Takumi is forcibly encouraged by his coworkers and friends into putting his racing abilities to the test in order to defend Akina’s hometown pride. Takumi, who first considers racing completely uninteresting and cars a bore, gradually discovers the sense of accomplishment and pride his new ...
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 ...

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