Initial D
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Initial D

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Synonyms: Kashiramoji D
Japanese: 頭文字D
English: Initial D
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 48
Chapters: 724
Status: Finished
Published: Jun 26, 1995 to Jul 29, 2013
Genres: Action Action, Drama Drama
Theme: Racing Racing
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Authors: Shigeno, Shuuichi (Story & Art)


Score: 8.311 (scored by 96039,603 users)
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Ranked: #3322
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #624
Members: 29,003
Favorites: 1,494


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Initial D
Volume 1


There is said to be a legendary "Ghost of Akina" that holds the fastest time to descend the Akina Pass. No one has ever come close to beating the record, nor has the mysterious driver of the white Toyota AE86 ever revealed themselves. Nowadays, the same AE86 can be seen every morning driving up and down the pass, making trips to a hotel residing at the top of the mountain.

Unlike his classmates and coworkers, Takumi Fujiwara did not like cars. Any conversation about them would remind him of his early morning routine of delivering tofu for his father. He did not see the appeal in street racing and knew nothing about its rules or its culture. However, when tagging along to a nighttime meetup, the appearance of a rival racing team at the Akina Pass compels Takumi to hop behind the wheel of his father's AE86 and race them down the familiar mountain.

This spur-of-the-moment decision marks the beginning of Takumi's high-octane journey, shifting from his daily deliveries to becoming the greatest drift racer ever. Along the way, he slowly finds and kindles his love for street racing as he comes face-to-face with a plethora of opponents, each ready to take on the renowned Ghost of Akina.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Initial D was partially published in English by Tokyopop, who published the first 33 volumes from May 21, 2002 to January 13, 2009. In 2019, Kodansha USA released all 48 volumes in English digitally, and in print as 2-in-1 omnibus volumes since March 19, 2024. The series has also been published in Chinese by Sharp Point Press and in French by Asuka Comics.

The manga has received multiple video game adaptations as well as a live-action film based on the events of the story. Released in 2005 in various Asian countries, the film won several awards at the 42nd Golden Horse Awards and the 25th Hong Kong Film Awards in 2005 and 2006 respectively.

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May 11, 2024
Let's start with the strong/unpopular opinions so people can react how they want to react and not have to spend all that time reading a review.

A. Initial D's Manga is only truly great after the anime.

B. Initial D's Anime looks dated as !@#$, and is not as good as the manga because of that.

C. A number of characters have "DSL" entirely too often (early on). Worse in the anime, but exists in both.

D. The romance sub-ploits SHOULD HAVE BEEN REMOVED. They add absolutely nothing to the series and at best could have been limited to one race, but really ...
Aug 12, 2020

Takumi Fujiwara is a son of Tofu shop owner/a talanted street racer and without realizing gets to learn driving in depth because of careful regimen set by his father during his daily tofu delivery runs.
Soon Takumi ends up racing local street racers and the series is essentially the journey of him realizing his life goals and becoming a better racer.

The series isn't perfect because at times it doesn't go deep into characters or sometimes forcing the plot. (You know, bit of luck on main character's side)
But overall it never lacks in pleasing the reader and in it's own way I really like it.

I didn't ...
Jun 23, 2020
Quick take: If you like drifting or cars, this is a great Manga to read. Well drawn and easy to follow, the story tells of the infamous panda Trueno.

At the time I picked up this manga, the anime was only partially licensed in the states. I had finished watching the anime, but didn't know where the story would end. So I restarted the story with the manga.

If you always wondered why the panda Trueno was famous in pop culture, you'll find it here. There's a legend about the Trueno and InitialD tells that legend.

The story line is fantastic, you see the rise of a ...

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