Name: Initial D
MAL Score: 8.29
Seasons: 10 (Movies included)
Genres: Action, Cars, Drama, Seinen, Sports
About the anime:
Before we start let me warn you, there is going to be quite an amount of spoiled parts from anime.
The protagonist, Takumi Fujiwara, is a gas station attendant working with his friend Itsuki to buy a car, which they plan to drift on the twisting roads surrounding nearby Mount Akina. Unbeknownst to his colleagues, Takumi moonlights as a tofu delivery driver for his father’s store before sunrise each morning, passively building an impressive amount of skill behind the wheel of the family car, an aging Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86.
Shortly after the story begins, the Red Suns, a racing team from Mount Akagi, challenge the local Speedstars team to a set of races on Mount Akina. Dispirited after watching the Red Suns’ superior performance during a practice run, the Speedstars expect to lose. Later that night, the Red Suns’ driver, Keisuke Takahashi heading home after the last practice run, is defeated by a mysterious Sprinter Trueno, despite driving a much more powerful car, Mazda RX-7. After an investigation into the identity of the driver leads to Bunta Fujiwara, Takumi’s father. The Speedstars beg Bunta to help them defeat the Red Suns, but he initially refuses, later relenting to “maybe” show up at the race. At the same time, Takumi asks Bunta if he can borrow the car for a day to take a trip to the beach with a potential girlfriend Natsuki Mogi. Bunta allows Takumi to go on a trip to the beach, borrowing his car and giving a full tank of fuel on one condition that he needs to beat Red Suns driver.
On the night of the race, the Trueno does not show up, and the Speedstars enlist a backup driver for the first run. At the last moment, before the race starts, the Trueno arrives. Takumi steps out of the car to the bewilderment of the Speedstars, who were expecting Bunta. Without any further arguments, Kouichirou Iketani lets Takumi drive, realizing several facts from previously heard rumors and trusting that Bunta won’t send Takumi without any consideration. Later on, in the race, he easily defeats the Red Suns driver Keisuke Takaha by utilizing a dangerous technique on the mountain road’s hairpin corners.
The Red Suns’ embarrassing defeat sets up the plot for the rest of the series: drivers from neighboring prefectures come to challenge Takumi and the “Legendary Eight-Six of Akina” and thus prove themselves as racers.
Eventually, the plot moves away from Mount Akina as Takumi becomes bored with racing solely on that road.
Several events happened with a lot’s of victories for Takumi but at one moment in the battle against Kyoichi at Akagi Sprinter Trueno motor can’t handle the huge load, which causes the engine to blow out.
Takumi was shocked, looking at AE86 as the steam is coming out of the engine… Later on, Buta comes with a truck and picks up Takumi and Sprinter Trueno. Although Takumi wasn’t expecting the event like this, Bunta knew this was going to happen sooner or later. Thanks to the contacts from different organizations Bunta gets powerful race engine for Sprinter Trueno. At the time Takumi was delivering tofu as usual but with a different car. One night Takumi was shocked when he saw the same AE86 on the road passing him with such a speed. Later on, Takumi finds out that the engine has been replaced and after a while, he can participate in the events again.
Later on, he joins an experimental racing team formed by the disbanded Red Suns also know as Project D and challenges more difficult opponents on their home courses in the pursuit of his dream to be “the fastest driver out there”.
After several events, Takumi manages to damage the car again but this time they could fix it. At that time Takumi finds out there is are people who try to act as Project D members. Later on, they got revealed and got their lesson.
At the last event, Takumi drives again a powerful AE86 driver, which leads to several difficult problems in the race…
The first seasons might not be as good in quality as the following ones, if you would ask me, this was one of my favorite anime of all time, I could judge it in several factors although the story itself was fun and intense. You couldn’t even predict what might happen at the some of the races.
This might not be the best review from my side, but I tried to tell at least some part… it is easier if you watch the anime and see it yourself.
Written by Laimed.
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