I'll be the first to review this, which brings me to my first point. Initial D is not as popular among people on the mal community (probably everyone outside of japan) as it used to be. I can't be sure how popular it is in japan now, but the subs for the final stage took a very long time to come out. As of now it has a little over 2,000 members. Initial D never was extremely popular (I'm generally speaking for the mal community, Its seems to be more popular in Japan) but as it has been airing through about 15 or so years ... it has lost some of its members. So to start of I want to say that I don't think this is because the series has been declining. I also don't believe that the reason it is rated 8,24 (as of now) is because only the people who really like it are still watching.
Initial D has always been a very straightforward series that is mainly focused on racing. The main character, Takumi, has always been somewhat shallow. He doesn't have any strong moral convictions, or anything like that, but regardless he develops in a different way than what is done in other anime. I am not saying it is bad or good as it is more of an opinion thing. In Takumi's final battle not much character development is seen. I know your thinking "Well its four episodes long and he's in a car the entire time". Well that is true for the most part, but the problem I had is that I feel that they didn't convey takumi's feelings as to the results of his greatest challenge yet and didn't show how this effected him. This isn't necessarily a big deal and alot of people wont be bothered by it but as it is the last adaptation of initial D and essentially its end it is something I would have liked to see.
In terms of the race, I can't give spoilers, but overall I was pleased with how it all ended. It wasn't really what I was expecting and that made it all the better.
OVERALL I enjoyed this as the ending of initial d and feel as if this was stepped up a small notch from the rest of the series. I am disjointed that is the end, but I believe a decent job was done in wrapping it all up. Personally I believe that large series have a lot to wrap up and should spend more time doing so, but initial D isn't really that kind of anime. It's all about the racing, not a strong story line, simple plot, but strong races, and that's how they finished it.
Apr 9, 2013
To start off this anime was intense. Seeing as it had a low rating I was skeptical when I first started, but after completing the first episode, it seemed decently normally. Enduring through the first few episode was painful, not because it was bad, but for some other reason. after that it almost went crazy, constantly laughing in a truly deranged manner, and screaming at my monitor.
I would put this anime almost above elfen lied on the "intense" scale. Parts of it were simply deranged, and I found myself receiving an almost sick pleasure and rush from this anime that was unlike anything I have ... experience. That is why I truly liked it so much.
Like I said early, I would almost compare this to elfen lied in that it can be very hard to watch and definitely inst intended for all viewers. As did elfen lied, I'm sure this anime brought about an amount of controversy, which is probably why people did not rate it high, and possible because it was really tragic
Regardless of all that, It does something that alot of animes do not. It views a real aspect of life, and portrays it in a realistic manner (though somewhat more intense) Anime commonly sucks you out of the real world into a world that could never possible exist. And the truth is, that's why alot of people watch anime, because its all to good to every truly happen (at least for alot of animes). I felt like this anime slapped me back into the real world, with themes such as consequences of actions. In all, alot of the scenarios were not truly realistic, but the main points of the themes were.
In conclusion, Id say you'd have to endure through maybe the first five or so episode before deciding to drop this. Unless you can endure through an anime that can be painful, or even derive a sick pleasure form others suffering and mistakes, this probably isn't for you. It is rated R. Along with that, I believe this anime to be no sort of happy, "couldn't really exist" kinda anime. It was depressing
You have to be a truly deranged person such as myself to enjoy this anime as much as I did. This is the most depressing anime I have seen, and I have been looking for an anime like this for almost a year.
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