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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
Genres: Action, Cars, Seinen, Sports
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.551 (scored by 4,132 users)
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Ranked: #14272
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Popularity: #2965
Members: 9,784
Favorites: 116
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Episodes: /26


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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Oguri, Shun
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Kitami, Jun
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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 read more
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Mar 21, 2010
In the beginning I wondered if the star car was going to be possessed ala Stephen King's Christine, and although that question was never exactly answered, that is not the direction the story took. Wangan is a heartfelt look at street, rather freeway, racing, the people caught in the lifestyle and the cars that obsess them. At times it is almost a tutorial on how to rebuild an engine.

For one reason and another, I've not finished Initial D so I'm not going to make any kind of cross comparison other than saying Initial D didn't capture me the way Wangan Midnight did. read more
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May 11, 2016
Ok then. I am gonna start saying that "Wangan midnight" isint just a dumb car anime, like people think.
Wangan for who dont know is basicaly highways in japan, who are famous beacause its the stage of A LOT of ilegal races.
Most of the people want to compare wangan to Initial D ... and belive me, its a huge mistake.
Initial is about drifting, but wangan abord races in high speed ... like 300km ( curiosity ... 300km its the dream of all wangan racers )
But ok ... lets talk about the anime.


Like i said before, wangan its a read more
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Feb 18, 2012
The "other" racing anime, following the enormously popular Initial D.

There is a MASSIVE contingent of the anime-watching car community that has seen this anime up to episode eight. At that point, it pretty much seems to be a cycle of Akio crashing the Z and spending long hours fixing it up again, and it's very easy to quit. I did it myself once, but going back I found that the series comes into its own after that point, producing a truly excellent series about the lives of car enthusiasts. It doesn't hurt that the racing and tuning picks up substantially then, too.

Half the point of read more
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