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Sep 28, 2010 8:11 PM

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Oh I gotta say I was seriously confused on who was gonna win, I literally thought I was a 4 year old kid who cant predict the obvious =o

I loved this series, having finished this serie in a day, I'm giving it a 9. Just the thrill I needed after so long =)

I so wanna play the arcade again!!
Nov 14, 2010 2:10 PM

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Even under pressure, Tak know what to do at the precise moment.

All those years with his father to lecture him developed his skill even to scare the big shots up at the top.

Right now I'd like to know where his father got all his sick moves from.
May 9, 2012 1:58 PM

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As racing goes i guess it was decent ending but as characters go it really left them incomplete. Tatsumi still seem a little too indifferent and cold to the viewer, the other two just stayed without their girls, i don't know. I felt like something was missing. Still it was good fun so not too bad.
Aug 18, 2012 6:59 PM

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Dammit I wanted him to lose.
Sep 18, 2012 9:08 AM

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Amazing! I loved this series, I can't believe it took me so long to watch it.

Now I have a strong desire to drive and do some drift but it's better not since I already had an accident this year...

I'm going to watch the second season right now!

Dec 4, 2012 7:02 PM

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epic finish, quite enjoyed this series, really makes me wana pass my test and buy a car :P ive even been looking around for an 86 xD
Mar 3, 2013 11:23 PM

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;_; for Ryousuke!
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Aug 1, 2013 2:22 PM

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Nice win Takumi! I knew he'd do it!

Overall, great series 8/10. Animation is a bit old though but I don't give a damn. The intensity and OST makes up for that. Will watch 2nd season later today likely..
Aug 14, 2013 7:57 PM

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Nice end.

Can't say the result wasn't expected, but it's the ride that matters ;)

The regular animation and story weren't very good, but every race was fantastic! I think I'll be giving this one a 6/10 (above average).
Jun 6, 2014 1:44 PM

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Pretty cool ending. The Night Kids guys were right, that part of the track was where the race was decided for sure, although the gutter section was nicely done too.

Hope something happens with Iketani and Mako in the future but I'm doubtful. Just would be nice. Will have to watch Second Stage at some point and see how the story continues.

7/10. Enjoyed more as it went on. ^^
Oct 26, 2014 7:28 AM

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I cant believe ryosuke was so foolhardy to try and widen the gap with still that much of the race to go. After that point I knew takumi would win. He's better at chasing than he is at running. Still awesome tho.

Great show I loved it. The music was awesome too. My only complaint is that I wished they would have kept the first op.
Jan 4, 2015 1:50 AM

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Great end. Really enjoyed the ride of the First Stage. Onward to the second season!
Mar 26, 2015 11:19 PM

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Very enjoyable first season, even though most of the races where on the same track each one it didn't feel like you were just watching a repeat of the first race. The OST was pretty good and the CG was tolerable for a 90s anime. Only thing I disliked was how annoying Itsuki was most of the time, besides that pretty great. Looking forward to S2 :)
May 25, 2015 9:26 AM

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Great way to end the season, didn't expect that result.
Except for the inconsistent drama and annoying Itsuki, it was a very good watch.

Heading to Second Stage !
Jun 1, 2015 12:08 PM

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Really thought they might have had him lose.

"Maybe in 6 months I'll be as good as you"
"What a load of horse crap"

If it wasn't for Itsuki no one would've been pumped about anything. Itsuki rules.
Jun 15, 2015 11:09 PM

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This show was fucking amazing

it's really refreshing to see people acting like humans instead of over the top cartoon characters
Oct 27, 2015 8:29 PM
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I still think Iketani is the victim of this story...I wish Mako meets with him.
Feb 23, 2016 9:32 AM

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Welp, that was intense.
10/10 for enjoyment.
I hope that double-date plan will come true.
Mar 14, 2016 6:51 PM
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Rrecool said:

I hope that double-date plan will come true.


Mogi sucks.
Apr 25, 2016 1:14 PM

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I personally think this stage was absolutely fantastic. The characters feel so real. It's not like other animes with unrealistic characters that would never fit this world. Not that there
s anything wrong with that but the realism is what makes this show golden.

The music during the races helped create a marvellous experience. It was very enjoyable to watch. Definetly looking forward to watching the second stage as well.

Personally I liked the second OP more than the first one but they were both great btw.
May 16, 2016 10:22 AM

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When they simultaneously drifted into that corner and Ryosuke understeered wide and Takumi crossover drifted in front of him, I honestly got goosebumps watching that.

The show was amazing and god damn the ost !
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May 16, 2016 11:47 PM

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Epic victory! Really great ending if you ask me! The overall development of this first season was also amazing, with some really awesome character development thrown in as well!

That said, this sure was a great anime to marathon and I sure am looking for the following seasons!

All in all a great anime series I must say!
Jun 7, 2016 2:48 AM

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I thought he's gonna lose this one, which would give him some determination and obvious way to expand the plot, but he won. Now I'm curious what happens next. Great anime, great soundtrack, awful 3D, but who cares, it's still better than the one in Berserk movies.

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Jul 2, 2016 5:03 PM

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Incredible series, enjoyed every episode even though I doubted how amazing a racing anime could be. Now I love eurobeat and I love Initial D.
Oct 31, 2016 8:58 AM
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So the MC didn't lose a single battle huh. This show would've been so much better without the unnecessary romance, cannon fodder team who always needed to beg Takumi for doing anything, really, and Takumi's loudmouth friend. Other than that I Still enjoyed this. 8/10
Jan 13, 2017 6:17 AM

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Night kids, nahhh more like tsundere kids xD

Still hoping for Mako and Iketani... I don't know about romance in this anime
But they're kinda cute together, they're both just a bit dumb.. I hope they can be a couple

Well time to see another season of eurobeat animu racing xD
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Sep 27, 2017 9:11 AM

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Very good show overall, thrilling, funny and easy to watch.

Only complaint is the cheesy 90s music which doesn't really suit my taste but fitted well with the show.
Kokoro did nothing wrong.

Oct 12, 2017 8:22 PM

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I never thought I'd be so invested in an anime about cars but godDAMN that was amazing.

"You know Dad, if you give me another 6 months or so I might even become a better driver than you."

"What a load of horse crap. I'll always be better than a baby."

I thought his dad was an asshole in the beginning, but I really warmed up to his character and I can tell he's a very sweet and considerate man underneath.


See you guys soon. ^ ^
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Oct 14, 2017 3:57 AM

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I loved this season. 8/10
Feb 5, 2018 7:41 AM

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Wow, that was fun. I wonder if Takumi and Bunta will ever race each other. I give Initial D a 9.
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Feb 7, 2018 3:07 PM

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That was pretty nice.
Apr 4, 2018 1:49 PM

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That was one hell of an anime, took me only 3 days to complete even tho I've been busy studying and working.

Nice characters, I liked every single one of them, I even ended up liking Itsuki who annoyed me at first, but in the end he was a good friend to Takumi and that's what matters the most
Sep 1, 2018 2:13 PM

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As expected, Takumi won again. Both because he was able to stay calm after he saw a chance, and because it was Akina's pass. This race was pretty cool, but it was still unsavory to see Shingo, and the way Iketani was dooming Takumi from the start, but then commemorated like a fool when he won. This time Itsuki was at least a bit original, and was being annoying by believing in Takumi, but I could bet that as soon as there's another race they will starting saying AGAIN that Takumi has no chance to win, just to keep things "fresh". But let's see what's in store, this is still just the beginning.
Sep 20, 2018 7:38 PM
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This series is really fun 9/10.
I really want to take a driving license.
Dec 21, 2018 3:12 PM
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Holy fuck that was amazing
Feb 3, 9:56 AM

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Takumi won in the end.

Great series overall. 8/10.

Jun 17, 11:09 AM
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Ah, that was so nerv wrecking, I had no clue who'd win. The new technique Takumi used was really interesting, it's really powerful. I'm glad that Takumi managed to win at the end, I felt so happy, haha. Great anime, time to binge the other seasons too!
Jul 28, 8:16 AM

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I was expecting Takumi to lose and then going for mastering Akina even further. But this actual outcome is pretty understandable and justifiable. And go for Mako on Second Stage, Iketani boy.
Jul 30, 2:56 AM

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Holy shit.

The last few episodes were unreal. The intense atmosphere and build-up for the final race at Mt. Akina—with pressure so thick you could cut through it with a knife—I felt like I was there.

Everything felt so real and unpredictable.

Watching this in 2019 where Attack on Titan is considered the God of Anime, Initial D just slid into my top 5.