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Initial D First Stage


Alternative Titles

English: Initial D First Stage
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
Premiered: Spring 1998
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: OB Planning, Fuji TV
Source: Manga
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.251 (scored by 43,890 users)
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Ranked: #2602
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Popularity: #832
Members: 80,717
Favorites: 2,312
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Episodes: /26
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Synopsis

Takumi Fujiwara is an aloof, spacey high-schooler who does delivery runs in his dad's Toyota AE86 in the dead of night. Despite working at a gas station and having friends who are car nuts, he doesn't know a single thing about cars.

Takumi is introduced into the world of street racing and his natural talent draws attention from all across Gunma. Will Takumi face the challenges or back out from the call of the mountain passes?

Background

A sizable number of racing games based on the franchise were released for arcades, home consoles, handhelds and PC.
Japan's Avex Inc. and Hong Kong's Media Asia Group co-produced a live-action film based on Initial D. It was released on Jun 23, 2005 across Asia. 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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Characters & Voice Actors


Staff

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


Edit Opening Theme

#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)

Edit 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)




More reviewsReviews

Dec 27, 2016
FAKEANIMEGIRL (All reviews)
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 read more
Sep 16, 2007
lowell (All reviews)
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
May 8, 2013
lilithilk (All reviews)
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
Oct 11, 2008
ParaParaJMo (All reviews)
At first, I’ll admit that I did not think I would like the concept at first, but other factors which I will further elaborate on would keep on pulling me into this franchise and would like it more and more. I know it’s not the most exciting or appealing anime, and that I’m not the biggest gear head, but I felt something special about this one. Even though Takumi is not exactly the most appealing anime character of all time, it’s kind of weird that his lack of charisma in some ways makes him charismatic at the same time because he does all his talking read more

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Recent Forum Discussion

Isn't the animation choppy?
DanielMallah - May 7
1 replies by LiettCross »»
May 7, 7:50 PM
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Masamasa - Oct 10, 2007
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Apr 12, 5:49 PM

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