Wangan Midnight

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Japanese: 湾岸ミッドナイト


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 15, 2007 to Sep 13, 2008
Premiered: Summer 2007
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: OB Planning
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: A.C.G.T.
Source: Manga
Genre: ActionAction
Theme: RacingRacing
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.481 (scored by 1657516,575 users)
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Ranked: #18612
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Popularity: #3300
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Based on a seinen manga by Kusunoki Michiharu serialised in Young Magazine.

The story gets its roots from the actual street racing that occurs on Tokyo's Shuto Expressway, one stretch of which is known as the "Wangan", literally meaning "bay side" (although it is generally used to refer to the freeway), the longest, straightest road in the entire country. Of course, there's also lots of traffic to contend with, including a fair number of heavy trucks. Because of this, the action is inherently hazardous, and wrecks are common. Blown engines are also a frequent hazard, especially with the extreme-high power engines.

One day, Akio Asakura, a third year high school student, is driving his Fairlady Z (Z31) and is challenged by Tatsuya Shima, a doctor, in his black Porsche 964 Turbo (nicknamed the "BlackBird"). With a friend in the passenger seat and two girls in the back, Akio pitifully tries to win, but is defeated. Determined to become faster, he goes to the junkyard to buy parts for his car, when he sees a pristine, unscratched midnight blue Fairlady Z (S30) in the junkyard. Intrigued as to why such a machine is about to be junked, he buys it. He soon finds that the car is unnaturally fast due to a tuned L28 engine, bored and stroked to 3.1 liters combined with twin turbos, which produces 620bhp. He also finds that all of the car's previous owners had unfortunate accidents in it, starting with the first owner's death. The manga follows Akio's various encounters, though the central plot revolves around his constant battle with the BlackBird for superiority.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Tominaga, Tsuneo
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Tokumoto, Yoshinobu
Episode Director
Oono, Kazuhisa
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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"lights and any more" by TRF

Ending Theme

"Talking bout good days" by Mother Ninja


Oct 11, 2008
Obviously, your 1st reaction so far will be you’re thinking Initial D. I don’t blame anybody for doing so, but if you’re going to watch this with expectations based on Initial D, then you’re going to watch it for all the wrong reasons. The 1st portion of this series will be repetitive and slow, but it’s done for the purpose to build suspense, motivate development, and establish the story. I felt that things got exciting way too much at the end and it leaves you wanting for more, but I guess there’s the manga to make you satisfied which I’m now getting into. Depending on ...
May 14, 2019
Mixed Feelings
TLDR Review - one point is removed for each negative aspect.

Story (-1) : even though street racing genre is self-explainatory, the same formula of tune/fix and race again becomes boring when it occurs for the 3rd time (and more to come)

Side characters (-1) : every 5 or so episodes, 2-3 supporting characters get replaced with new ones, with almost nothing but personal background being different.

Races (-1) : police is nowhere to be seen, other traffic drivers act like props, neither road nor weather conditions don't change. Races end within seconds with one driver letting go of the throttle when facing personal contradiction for a moment ...
Nov 6, 2023
A 3/10 anime that occasionally reaches 6/10 with it's amazing soundtrack and CGI. But is a boring slog outwith that.

Wangan Midnight offers a different and unique spin on Racing anime. Set primarily on the Wangan route of highways but dabbles in others. As such, straight lines are the name of the game, and the need for speed is more necessary than the drifting techniques of Initial D, the anime this is most compared to. I will also be making this comparison.

The CGI is amazing, and holds up well today. The cars are very well detailed and the backgrounds provide a beautiful backdrop as ...

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