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Jan 7, 2015 7:30 PM

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That GT86 in the end... Whoa.
It was a great ending to Initial Dream.
 
Jan 8, 2015 7:14 AM
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The one time I thank commie subs. I would have missed the hidden message on the license plate of the GT86. 86239 Hachi-roku ni sankyuu...Thank you Eight-Six
 
Feb 4, 2015 7:55 PM

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lol show ended with Takumi being the only one with a Girlfriend but overall was good still liked first and fourth best tho
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Your Bones Will Follow......
 
Mar 12, 2015 7:25 AM

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R.I.P AE86.

Seems like happy endings for everyone. Keisuke, Takumi and Mako all graduated to the pro scene. Itsuki, Keji, and Iketani still working at their beloved gas station. Ryo scouting out new talent to forge the next great racer also...

I hope one day we could get a sequel to the manga with Takumi vs Bunta and maybe some pro action though that is unlikely. Overall I give the series a 9/10 :)
 
Mar 27, 2015 9:05 PM
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I found this ending to be a very satisfying cap to the series. The only thing that might really interest me is a prequel spinoff centred around Bunta's racing peak.
 
Apr 1, 2015 1:04 AM

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Its over....After years of watching friends play them silly games, and GTA stuff, and all the fast and furious junk...I can finally put some of this ricerocket obsession behind me and move onward. Sad that I had to get these OVAs under my belt, but, C'est la vie. It had to be done, and the young must ever move onward, toward their dream lol. FREEDOM!!! 4.5/10
 
Apr 2, 2015 9:37 AM

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It finally come to an end. I am very happy Takumi won. I think it wouldn't be a satisfying conclusion if he lost. That was really exciting at the end. I thought he'll lose when the engine blew off. Good thing his experience helped him in the end. Too bad the AE86 had to rest. I can understand why he can't part to it yet considering it was that car that he drove since he was a highschool student. That a was a nice cameo of the GT86. I hope Takumi gets one.

The ending song gave me a lot of nostalgia feels and it reminded me of the time I watched the first Initial D more than a decade ago. Watching all the first series and even the live action movie. It reminds me of my younger days. The song takes me back to the 90's era when being a kid was fun and little to no responsibilities.

Also, even thought Takumi is happy with his new girlfriend its sad that Iketani and Mako never get together. Its a waste because not only is she hot, she likes car and a good driver.

I will never forget this series.
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Apr 11, 2015 3:01 AM
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wonder about both takumi & shinji's 86....
i know they are different versions, but is shinji's 86 stock or modified?

if it is stock one, why is it could stand a chance against takumi's high rev engine & team D's intense modification? is it modified by kubo?

plz gimme explanation :(
 
Apr 17, 2015 5:07 PM

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So basically

- Takumi vs Keisuke rematch never happens
- Takumi vs Bunta never happens
- Mako and Iketani never made up
- Keisuke didn't hook up with Kyoko after Project D ended
- They decide to kill the eight-six on a crappy race against a cocky momma's boy
- Everyone besides Takumi and Keisuke just basically stopped racing or showed no sign of improvement whatsoever (well besides Mako going pro which just came out of nowhere)

Yea....that could've gone a whole lot better. Last 2 stages just kinda killed it for me. 1-4 were very enjoyable though so it was a pretty good anime overall.
 
Jul 23, 2015 9:13 PM
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anya_vanya said:
wonder about both takumi & shinji's 86....
i know they are different versions, but is shinji's 86 stock or modified?

if it is stock one, why is it could stand a chance against takumi's high rev engine & team D's intense modification? is it modified by kubo?

plz gimme explanation :(


It's safe to assume that kubo modified Shinji's 86
 
Jul 27, 2015 2:16 PM
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Hey I know it isnt particularly related to this discussion but I didnt know where else, to post. Are there any other animes like Initial D, its really the only anime I like and would love to find some that are similar, thanks guys :)
 
Aug 18, 2015 5:09 PM

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Saint_The_D said:
Hey I know it isnt particularly related to this discussion but I didnt know where else, to post. Are there any other animes like Initial D, its really the only anime I like and would love to find some that are similar, thanks guys :)


Wangan Midnight is something, but not nearly as good...

In retrospect it great to finally see some conclusion. But I think fifth and final stages didn't really shine like the rest.
 
Nov 5, 2015 7:12 AM

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So.... it's over. I've actually been putting off watching the last two seasons for awhile now. I finally went through them all now.

I started watching Initial D back in high school. Myself and a bunch of guy friends got really into it. I remember watching the live action movie again and again when it first came out, and buying all the English manga at a local bookstore...

I loved Initial D so much I even thought about going into car repair at one point, because I was so intrigued by it all...

It's weird, because even after seeing this ending it doesn't feel over. Takumi and the gang are out there trying, and succeeding, in going pro. That's how it feels :)

I hope one day maybe we'll get a OVA that gives us a look at Takumi as a pro, or maybe a prequel showing Takumi's dad's past.

Thank you for everything Initial D. You had your rough spots but I've enjoyed you a lot over the years and grew up with you. Thanks <3

Ekaros said:
Saint_The_D said:
Hey I know it isnt particularly related to this discussion but I didnt know where else, to post. Are there any other animes like Initial D, its really the only anime I like and would love to find some that are similar, thanks guys :)


Wangan Midnight is something, but not nearly as good...

I agree with the Wangan Midnight recommendation. It's different but if you loved the cars and stories in Initial D I think you'll enjoy it.
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Nov 17, 2015 8:01 AM

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Takumi being in the stands for the pro's race really shows how far he has come to reach this stage. Thus the legend ends like that. 8/10.
All credit goes to Sacred.
 
Nov 22, 2015 3:06 AM

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Avenger-senpai said:
So basically

- Takumi vs Keisuke rematch never happens
- Takumi vs Bunta never happens
- Mako and Iketani never made up
- Keisuke didn't hook up with Kyoko after Project D ended
- They decide to kill the eight-six on a crappy race against a cocky momma's boy
- Everyone besides Takumi and Keisuke just basically stopped racing or showed no sign of improvement whatsoever (well besides Mako going pro which just came out of nowhere)


Thank you. I thought this was pretty good until I saw this comment. It really opened my eyes to what could've been, and then to what this Stage actually was.
 
Dec 17, 2015 4:03 PM

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The legend has ended, The legend of fujiwara tofu has ended, It has ended T_T ...

Great Finale.

Sucks some stuff was left open, but don't care. Fujiwara techniques were used AE86 had it's final breath.

Final battle was somewhat Fujiwara vs Fujiwara , both grown on their hometown hill, both intentional geniuses.

:D Tho dat Shinji.. annoying fuck as Shinji in Evangelion.

Though.. that final scene was somewhat tease.. new model of car showed up on the hill.. but driver's face wasn't shown.

Final stage was great, fifth was kinda boring. Older series were good because of Fujiwara oddity and miracle techniques.. while fifth stage had this more "pro's" feel to it.. Thankfully final stage gave Fujiwara feel back.

EDIT: Someone mentioned as if it didn't end and maybe we see Takumi going "pro".
NO PLEASE.. I hate pro racing. because of all it's strict rules & "safety" measures.. Freedom of Street Racing is so much more fun, exhilarating as well..
 
May 24, 2016 1:07 AM

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Oh man that was an intense ending I must say! Didn't expect that engine to blow again and him still winning, but damn those driving skills where out of this world!

Really awesome ending for this franchise with one of the best and most intense races!

While they probably could advance the story further, I do find this a good point in the story to finish it!

Having some of the original OST was also a nice touch.

All in all a superb anime franchise I must say! Looking forward to marathon the movies when they're all released!
 
May 25, 2016 3:47 PM
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Nice end to the series.I hope there will be one day an spin-off of initial D about pro racing.
 
Nov 10, 2016 2:35 PM

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Everything else was mediocre besides the ending where they showed an after-story with the first ending theme. Felt nostalgic.
 
Nov 16, 2016 7:38 AM
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Tiago97 said:
Avenger-senpai said:
So basically

- Takumi vs Keisuke rematch never happens
- Takumi vs Bunta never happens
- Mako and Iketani never made up
- Keisuke didn't hook up with Kyoko after Project D ended
- They decide to kill the eight-six on a crappy race against a cocky momma's boy
- Everyone besides Takumi and Keisuke just basically stopped racing or showed no sign of improvement whatsoever (well besides Mako going pro which just came out of nowhere)


Thank you. I thought this was pretty good until I saw this comment. It really opened my eyes to what could've been, and then to what this Stage actually was.


Totally agree...This show could have atleast been 10+ years longer. So much more things could have improved. The Keisuke vs Takumi rematch is something I'd pay to watch. Imo the show peaked mid season 4 when Project D faced their first pro drivers. After that the show went all metaphysical with the "seeing wings" after cars and Ryosuke talking more like a bishop in religion than a coach for a driving team. I also thought the initial D meant determination or something less idealistic than "Dream". I'd still probably rewatch the show or the movies since I enjoyed the beginning battles a lot.
 
Nov 23, 2016 8:13 AM
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Tiago97 said:


Thank you. I thought this was pretty good until I saw this comment. It really opened my eyes to what could've been, and then to what this Stage actually was.


Totally agree...This show could have atleast been 10+ years longer. So much more things could have improved. The Keisuke vs Takumi rematch is something I'd pay to watch. Imo the show peaked mid season 4 when Project D faced their first pro drivers. After that the show went all metaphysical with the "seeing wings" after cars and Ryosuke talking more like a bishop in religion than a coach for a driving team. I also thought the initial D meant determination or something less idealistic than "Dream". I'd still probably rewatch the show or the movies since I enjoyed the beginning battles a lot.


There were even more skipped threads:
- Impresa 4x4 vs 86 on Akina. And what conclusions did Fujiwara make from riding two different cars?
- Bunta at one point said that he could have done one more thing to improve his son's skills but he had never really done it.
- the whole one hand driving plot. I hoped that Fujiwara would show Godhand skills in the last battle...
- we did not see the future of Fujiwara. Did he become pro? It felt disappointing that the legend was still delivering Tofu.
- Akina Speed Stars and friends from Akina were basically dumped. They were being showed but they did nothing interesting.


But somehow I understand why the series was ended. Initial D felt really outdated. All those old cars, pro mechanic discussing whether you should use a car with ABS or not etc.
 
Dec 5, 2016 2:59 AM

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Well, the ending feels kind of open, but I suppose it was a nice ride to the end.

4th stage was, by far, my favourite. Noizy Tribe/Dogfight were also OPs I never skipped.

That's some signature, eh?
 
Dec 5, 2016 5:49 PM
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damn good to see Takumi win! the end.... such an awesome series...
 
Dec 6, 2016 9:37 AM

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Great ending to a great series. I think this is the perfect place to end, since the series really is about the early years and formation of a future racing driver.
Nice to see the GT86 pop up at the end.


Avenger-senpai said:

- Takumi vs Keisuke rematch never happens
- Takumi vs Bunta never happens
- Mako and Iketani never made up
- Keisuke didn't hook up with Kyoko after Project D ended
- They decide to kill the eight-six on a crappy race against a cocky momma's boy
- Everyone besides Takumi and Keisuke just basically stopped racing or showed no sign of improvement whatsoever (well besides Mako going pro which just came out of nowhere)


Takumi vs Keisuke: Now one is a downhiller and the other is a hill climber. Yes they are both street racers, but their cars are definitely tuned for their specialty. I imagine it would be difficult for Takumi to keep with Keisuke's RX7 in a hillclimb due to the lack of power.

Takumi vs Bunta would be interesting, but it doesn't seem like Bunta wants to challenge his son anytime soon. Bunta still seems to think of himself as superior though, and if the way he passed Takumi with his WRX on the Akina course in Fourth Stage is anything to go by, then Takumi still needs to improve.

Mako's story is explained in the two extra stage episodes, although it is quite ironical that do not meet since they both attend Takumi's final race.

The 86 won't be killed since Takumi decided to keep it in his garage and repair it bit by bit with his own money.

All the other racers were kinda meant to be obstacles for Project D to overcome, and since they are street racers, it is not hard to assume that they are still trying to hone their skills and continue racing.
 
Dec 22, 2016 3:07 AM

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I think this season didn't need 4 episodes but 3 because they put ttoo much dialogues. But Damn, this end was so epic. His victory in reverse was just awesome. Best ending of a race ever in Initial D.

Only one default: The race was too "shounen".
 
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Damn, this series was a lot better than I expected when I first started watching. Awesome series overall. However, it would've been awesome to see a few matchups like Takumi vs his dad and Keisuke (again). They also could've done a bit better in the romance department as well. I feel bad for the trio of lonely drivers. Soundtrack in this series was also top notch.
 
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ae86 and gt86 such beauty :D btw any idea who was driving that gt86 ?


Just like when Bunta bought the new WRX STI Imprezza because he needed a new car, I want to think that it was Bunta again! This really makes sense since in the last episode Takumi just blew up the AE86. Since they are now back down to only one car, Bunta got the new GT86!
 
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Rage your dream I miss you!!
Tsundere kids still at it xD

RIP Hachiroku, you've done more than enough
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Someday I'll get you.. My Dream car!

Weird ending for me, it could end more better than this
But somehow I'm pretty satisfied
So yeah! Thank you for the long journey!
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Meh that GT-86 add was out of place. Otherwise it was great.
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notice plates say: 86-239, which means thank you 86



overall 10/10 series
 
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Hearing Rage Your Dream at the end was heart warming

 
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Really sad I finished the whole series. Though I still have the battle stage and extra stages, plus the movies.

This final stage gets a 7 from me, it's actually the least scored out of the other stages because it was short and focused only on one battle. Glad Takumi won but I felt sad for the 86.

That GT-86 gave me chills, I really liked that cameo.
 
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And so it ended, matters unsettled, the most important thing is the biggest opponent still remains undefeated. And it's lame that the legendary 86 has to retire due to some stupid copy and a cocky little brat.

Final stage: 5/10. Series: 7/10. It was amazing the first 2 stages, what a pity.

Avenger-senpai said:
So basically

- Takumi vs Keisuke rematch never happens
- Takumi vs Bunta never happens
- Mako and Iketani never made up
- Keisuke didn't hook up with Kyoko after Project D ended
- They decide to kill the eight-six on a crappy race against a cocky momma's boy
- Everyone besides Takumi and Keisuke just basically stopped racing or showed no sign of improvement whatsoever (well besides Mako going pro which just came out of nowhere)

Yea....that could've gone a whole lot better. Last 2 stages just kinda killed it for me. 1-4 were very enjoyable though so it was a pretty good anime overall.

Couldn't say better myself.
 
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