Initial D Second Stage

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English: Initial D Second Stage
Japanese: 頭文字〈イニシャル〉D SECOND STAGE


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 15, 1999 to Jan 21, 2000
Premiered: Fall 1999
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:55 (JST)
Producers: OB Planning, Fuji TV
Licensors: Funimation, Tokyopop
Studios: Pastel
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, CarsCars, DramaDrama, SeinenSeinen, SportsSports
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.121 (scored by 9422594,225 users)
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Ranked: #4022
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Popularity: #1098
Members: 152,995
Favorites: 692

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Accumulating an impressive series of victories with his AE86, Takumi Fujiwara has imposed himself as street racing's newest rising star. However, his newly found confidence of winning at his home turf of Mount Akina has been put in jeopardy by a new Emperor team exclusively using a car model favored by most professional racing pilots: the Mitsubishi four-wheel drive Lancer Evolutions—also known as Lan Evos. The Emperor team leader, Kyouichi Sudou, looks down on Takumi and regards him as an inferior pilot for driving an antique car that lacks the makings of a true modern race car. Kyouichi's elitist philosophy is also the reason why his team is only made of Lan Evo drivers.

Will Takumi be able to keep his perfect track record intact against the highly skilled and mechanically superior Emperor team, or does his hot streak end here?

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Characters & Voice Actors


Masaki, Shinichi
Director, Storyboard
Vale, Eric
Hanyuu, Naoyasu
Kanbara, Toshiaki


Opening Theme

"Blazin' Beat" by Move

Ending Theme

"Kimi ga Iru" by Galla

Feb 14, 2012
apatch3 (All reviews)
I'll be honest with you guys, I really enjoyed the second stage, much more so than its predecessor. With only 13 eps to spare the series wastes no time, almost everything that is said or done adds to the story or develops the characters significantly, it was this that kept me glued to the screen as I watched it. The first stage was much more spaced out there was a lot more needless comic relief.

Itsuki from stage 1 annoyed me, he was brash, loud, irritating and a failure as a human being, it was frustrating that he didn't develop at all - but the during read more
Oct 11, 2008
ParaParaJMo (All reviews)
Though this series is much shorter than the previous season, it does cover a lot of ground. What I really liked about 2nd Stage is that it focuses more on character development and the relationships of the characters. Specifically the main ones like Itsuki and Takumi. Iketani and Kenji are still around, but they play their uses, but they aren’t really that central or given the same screen time like in season 1. You get to see more of how emotional and passionate Takumi can really be at times, and I like how Itsuki is not just really a comic relief character and has his read more
Oct 4, 2011
Dae_Lhach (All reviews)
Second Stage was half as long as First Stage. Although it was shorter it still packed just as much a punch as the first stage did. The race scenes in this one were awesome! The artwork was much cleaner and flowed WAY SMOOTHER than the first. You can tell that the storytelling and character development was the main focus of Second Stage. Overall it is an excellent series and I would watch it again without a doubt. I kind of feel sorry for Itsuki though. Poor Guy can't catch a break with ANY WOMAN! haha 9 out of 10
Jul 26, 2015
Groupanimenight (All reviews)
Tadgh: This series was always one I never thought I'd like. We draw our anime from a list out of a hat, so when the first Initial D came up I was skeptical. After the first series, I couldn't wait for more. Sad part is, we draw our anime out of a hat, so I had to wait. I was stoked when this series came up and it didn't disappoint. The characters were really fleshed out here and everyone seemed to grow. The races are still exciting. The others in my group might disagree, but I really like the CG cars. Everything about this anime read more

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