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 1849818,498 users)
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Ranked: #9712
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Popularity: #3549
Members: 37,242
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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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Kawamura, Ryuuichi
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"never fear" by Ryuuichi Kawamura


Dec 26, 2022
This is difficult.. Somewhat of a conundrum really..
I'm writing this review as a "generic" review spanning the Legend movies 1 to 3, as I've watched all 3 in a row, and I think this will apply to all 3 movies.
Now first things first, there is a lack of build-up in these movies compared to the show, but this is in my opinion rather normal, as it is not uncommon when trying to squeeze an entire season worth of content into a 1 hour movie.
The animation in these movies are very heavily upgraded from the original show, they look amazing, which was really the only thing ...
Apr 7, 2023
Mixed Feelings
No more Eurobeat?!?>!??!?!1111!11

In all seriousness, Legend 1 was pretty good.

The story: It basically is another Stage where there is another kid in town wanting to give Takumi a shot for his money. We know how this turns out. But man the Toyota AE86 is so cool!!!

The music: No Eurobeat = 2/10

Animation: It was good CG a bit better than stages 1-4 but still CG is still CG nonetheless and it shows its age. Art Style of the characters is good tho I liked the designs

Aug 1, 2021
i finished initial d series few months ago, and what can i say, i really love it. so i decided to watch new initial d, to see how did they remake the first stage.

i'm disappointed.

lets start of with positive things.
art style is ok and animation is better than in original initial d. and voice actors tried their best to sound like original va for these chars, well, they are similar to my ears.

and now negative.
some characters look similar, at least to me. ryosuke is like takumi but with black hair, and kenji is similar to takumi too. we don't get too see much ...

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Poll: New Initial D Movie: Legend 1 - Kakusei Episode 1 Discussion
Stark700 - Jan 8, 2015
27 repliesby ryzxgum »»
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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Sep 29, 2020 6:40 AM
Eurobeat edition!
SamJN - Sep 6, 2015
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The BD/DVD will come out on 26 December.
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