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


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Popularity: #3417
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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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Shigeno, Shuuichi
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"never fear" by Ryuuichi Kawamura

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 ...
Aug 23, 2014
Mixed Feelings
This movie is a retelling of the first fifth of the original series, specifically the base rivalry between Takumi and Keisuke.

The pacing of this movie works for the way it is. Nothing feels to rushed but the specifics of Natsuki's story is more hidden this time. Other than that, fans of Initial D who have prior exposure know what to expect. As for the final race, if you play the arcade games, the pace of the race works in accurate conjunction to that so I can't really make an excuse it feels to rushed. I mean, most players can beat Akina in about ...
Jan 15, 2016
Mixed Feelings
When I heard Initial D was being remade, I was excited. Sure it was fixing something that wasn't really broken, but I knew the first stage had a few flaws. This movie improved on some points but completely missed the mark on others. As this is a remake of Initial D, I thought I would do a bit of old vs. new.

STORY- 5/10 DRAW: Initial D always represented a bit of a paradox in story terms to me. The plot remains simple and consistent throughout, but I could never really follow it. I know what happens, but it usually ends up becoming a big blur ...

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