New Initial D Movie: Legend 1 - Kakusei

Initial D Legend 1 Awakening

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Synonyms: Shin Gekijouban Initial D: Legend 1 - Kakusei
Japanese: 新劇場版 頭文字[イニシャル]D Legend1 -覚醒-
English: Initial D Legend 1 Awakening
French: Initial D le Film: Legend 1
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 24, 2014
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Source: Manga
Genre: ActionAction
Theme: RacingRacing
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 1 hr. 2 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.791 (scored by 1854418,544 users)
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Ranked: #9732
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Popularity: #3547
Members: 37,349
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One foggy morning, a black and white Toyota AE86 flies past Keisuke Takahashi's Mazda RX7 on Mount Akina, making him believe he has seen the ghost of a racer who died on the mountain. Resolving to defeat this phantom, Keisuke mobilizes the Akagi Red Suns to take on the local Akina Speed Stars racing team in an exchange race. He anticipates that the competition will lure the elusive "Ghost of Akina" out into the open and give him the opportunity to exact revenge for his previous defeat.

While his friend Itsuki Takeuchi is obsessed with cars and racing, Takumi Fujiwara is not. He fails to understand the "rush" that racers experience and any talk of cars reminds him of the tofu deliveries he makes for his father in an old AE86. His early morning routine takes him up and down Mount Akina, where he has memorized every hairpin, brake point, and turn better than anyone else.

When the Akagi team appears one night to challenge the Speed Stars to an exchange race, they accept the challenge only to find out that they are completely outclassed. The only way the Speed Stars can stand a chance against them is if they can get the panda-colored AE86 to join their team. With a bit of coercion, Takumi takes the wheel of the AE86 and heads off to Mount Akina to defend the pride of all racers in Akina.

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New Initial D Movie: Legend 1 - Kakusei was released on Blu-ray and DVD by Sentai Filmworks on December 5, 2017.

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"never fear" by Ryuuichi Kawamura


Mar 6, 2015
So i watched this Anime, i already liked Initial D years ago. But what i can tell is, that the Producers try with this new Movie to find more Fans maybe some who never Watched it before because the graphics where absolutly bad in past. What i liked is that some Details changed, changed maybe in the better way.

The Characters changed a bit, but they see like they are more Mature. Also the drawing Style is super, thats why i think that Initial D will have new Fans. The old ones most of them probably will stay.

What i didnt like is that there ...
Apr 15, 2015
Mixed Feelings
The anime industry sure likes to reuse content, huh?

Initial D's movie retelling- itself an adaptation of an adaptation- is not one that aims to reinvent the series it is based on. It is yet another sort of compilation movie, an inferior version of the TV series that came before. Does that mean the movie itself sucks? Not necessarily, though it is beyond any doubt a disappointment.

I'm not entirely sure why Initial D is being remade since 1998 isn't exactly what I would consider to be 'old'. I suppose it exists as a way for anime fans who detest anything from before the 2000's ...
Apr 10, 2018
This shall be my first review, and I'll try to keep it short.

I was expecting on watching a "recap" movie of the series, and that was what I got. Yet I was still disappointed.

Story - 6
Can't say that it felt rushed, but the pacing of the first half and the usual "explaining everything" just reduced the immersion even more compared to the original.

Art - 6
For better and worse, updated and reworked graphics. Personally I prefer the old version.
The CGI cars here are definitely level-upped, but still in the middle ground of Good and Bad.
I could say the old CGI was so "bad" that it actually ...

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Stark700 - Jan 8, 2015
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Jan 27, 11:16 PM
Should i watch this movie trilogy or the series
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Which Episode do this remake resume ?
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Eurobeat edition!
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