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Based on the incredibly popular manga by Shuichi Shigeno, released by Tokyopop in the US

Features an uncut and original dub and soundtrack which holds true to the creator’s vision.

Return of the renowned racing anime, beloved by car enthusiasts and anime fans alike.

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  • Genre: Action,Drama,Shonen,Sports
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3,letterbox
  • Number of Episodes: 63
  • Number of Movies: 1
  • Number of OVAs we have: 1
  • Series Info:
    First Stage (26 eps)
    Second Stage (13 eps)
    Extra Stage (OVA - 2 eps)
    Third Stage (movie)
    Fourth Stage (24 eps)

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the kind of show that I'm glad beyond words that exists

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Story

Initial D: the multi-season anime saga of one driver’s rise to the top of the underground racing world. For devoted fans all across the globe, Initial D is as good as it gets. Just remember – Life’s a blur. Live it fast. 
 
Takumi’s nights working as the delivery boy for his dad’s tofu shop turned him into a formidable driver. His determination to be the best turned him into a street racing legend. Behind the wheel of his modified Eight-Six, he’s one with the road, schooling all comers with his amazing drifting technique and downhill expertise. From his rookie roots to his reign of domination as a member of the all-star racing team Project D, Takumi’s smoked his competition over and over by doing what he does better than anyone: Going faster than everyone.
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  • 1st Stage: The Ultimate Tofu Store Drift
    Episode 1 - 1st Stage: The Ultimate Tofu Store Drift

    High school kid Takumi works at a gas station with his buddy Itsuki. When the guys join their co-worker Iketani for a night of street racing action on Mt. Akina, Takumi’s life will never be the same.

  • 1st Stage: Revenge! The Rumbling Turbo
    Episode 2 - 1st Stage: Revenge! The Rumbling Turbo

    When his boss reveals that the Eight-Six driver from Mt. Akina owns a tofu shop, Iketani begins to wonder if the legendary racer might have an intimate connection to Takumi.

  • 1st Stage: Downhill Specialist Arrives
    Episode 3 - 1st Stage: Downhill Specialist Arrives

    Iketani’s out of commission for the race against the RedSuns, so he tries to convince Bunta to take his place. Takumi’s working on a deal of his own - he need’s his dad’s car for a date with Natsuki.

  • 1st Stage: The Battle Begins
    Episode 4 - 1st Stage: The Battle Begins

    The match between the SpeedStars and the RedSuns is set to begin. Just as Iketani makes the desperate decision to put Kenji up against Keisuke, the Eight-Six appears - with Takumi behind the wheel.

  • 1st Stage: Dogfight!
    Episode 5 - 1st Stage: Dogfight!

    When Takumi stuns everyone with his skills in the Eight-Six, Iketani and Itsuki start plotting a way to get the new hotshot to join the SpeedStars.

  • 1st Stage: A New Challenger
    Episode 6 - 1st Stage: A New Challenger

    Driving his new Three-Two, Takeshi goes head-to-head against Ryosuke on Mt. Akina. Meanwhile, Takumi offers Iketani a first-hand look at the thrill of riding in the Eight-Six.

  • 1st Stage: Pride of a Racer
    Episode 7 - 1st Stage: Pride of a Racer

    Takeshi is ready to take on the Eight-Six and he has every reason to believe that the car’s driver is game. When Takumi catches wind of the situation, he’s got to decide if the challenge is worth accepting.

  • 1st Stage: Time's Almost Up
    Episode 8 - 1st Stage: Time's Almost Up

    There’s a crowd waiting for a race to start on Mt. Akina, but the Eight-Six is nowhere to be seen. Itsuki’s in a tough spot - and Takumi’s the only one who can get him out of it.

  • 1st Stage: Battle to the Limit
    Episode 9 - 1st Stage: Battle to the Limit

    The race is underway with Takumi behind the wheel of the Eight-Six. His competition, Takeshi, drives the Three-Two with undeniable skill - but he can’t seem to pull away from Takumi!

  • 1st Stage: The Five Consecutive Hairpins
    Episode 10 - 1st Stage: The Five Consecutive Hairpins

    Takeshi and Takumi speed toward the finish line! Victory is at hand for the driver who can conquer the final challenges of the course - five treacherous hairpin curves.

  • 1st Stage: Shingo Arrives
    Episode 11 - 1st Stage: Shingo Arrives

    Iketani’s putting his S-13 to the test now that it’s out of the shop, but a simple practice session turns into a dangerous situation when a reckless member of the NightKids - Shingo - arrives in a red EG-6.

  • 1st Stage: The FR Killer
    Episode 12 - 1st Stage: The FR Killer

    Shingo arrives with the NightKids and he’s calling Takumi and the gang out. His demands: A Duct Tape Death Match against the Eight-Six.

  • 1st Stage: First Date
    Episode 13 - 1st Stage: First Date

    Shingo’s itching to take on the Eight-Six in a dangerous race, but with nobody stepping up to accept the challenge, he takes drastic measures to get his way.

  • 1st Stage: Evolving Drift
    Episode 14 - 1st Stage: Evolving Drift

    Takumi’s had enough of Shingo’s intimidation tactics. He agrees to take on the pushy NightKid in the most treacherous of races: A Duct Tape Death Match.

  • 1st Stage: Takumi's Fury
    Episode 15 - 1st Stage: Takumi's Fury

    Takumi and Iketani are having very different days: Takumi’s hand is taped to the Eight-Six’s steering wheel as Shingo bumps into him at high speeds. Iketani’s hanging out with a pretty girl.

  • 1st Stage: The Angel of Usui
    Episode 16 - 1st Stage: The Angel of Usui

    When Iketani takes Mako out for a good time, his friends decide to tail the duo and figure out what she’s all about. They soon discover her greatest talent: outdriving them all on Mt. Usui!

  • 1st Stage: Sudden-Death Death Match
    Episode 17 - 1st Stage: Sudden-Death Death Match

    Takumi’s upcoming race at Usui is creating friction among his friends. One reason for the tension: he’s never driven the course. A bigger reason: his opponent is Mako.

  • 1st Stage: Hot Winds and Furious Driving
    Episode 18 - 1st Stage: Hot Winds and Furious Driving

    Mako and Sayuki are having their way with Takumi and the Eight-Six on Mt. Usui. As Takumi himself questions his ability to pull out a win, the racers approach the course’s toughest curve.

  • 1st Stage: Super Drift!
    Episode 19 - 1st Stage: Super Drift!

    The finish line is in sight on Mt. Usui! Mako and Sayuki know the course like the back of their hands; Takumi might need a miracle if he is to claim victory against the girls.

  • 1st Stage: The End of Summer
    Episode 20 - 1st Stage: The End of Summer

    When the gang heads out to a water park, Iketani sees signs that it could actually work out with Mako - until he finds photographic proof that her heart might belong to another guy.

  • 1st Stage: Challenge From the Superstar
    Episode 21 - 1st Stage: Challenge From the Superstar

    Takumi’s growing rep has attracted the attention of Ryosuke, who’s ready to face the Eight-Six on Mt. Akina. Takumi better get his head on straight - this will be his greatest challenge yet.

  • 1st Stage: Fiece Uphill Battle!
    Episode 22 - 1st Stage: Fiece Uphill Battle!

    At Itsuki’s behest, Takumi heads out to watch an uphill race between two of his former foes - Takeshi of the NightKids and the RedSuns’ Keisuke.

  • 1st Stage: The Rainy Downhill
    Episode 23 - 1st Stage: The Rainy Downhill

    Kenta, a member of the RedSuns, challenges Takumi to a downhill race in the pouring rain. With the increasingly wet course conditions, neither driver is guaranteed victory.

  • 1st Stage: Akagi's White Comet
    Episode 24 - 1st Stage: Akagi's White Comet

    Ryosuke may already be a local legend, but he still drives like a man with something to prove. He’s determined to beat the very best racers Mt. Akina has to offer - and Takumi’s next on his list.

  • 1st Stage: Last Great Battle
    Episode 25 - 1st Stage: Last Great Battle

    Veteran racer Ryosuke’s a mastermind behind the wheel, and he’ll be pulling no punches in the match against rising rookie Takumi. The drivers are ready and only one can be the best.

  • 1st Stage: The New Downhill Legend
    Episode 26 - 1st Stage: The New Downhill Legend

    The drivers fly toward the finish line, with only one curve to go. Ryosuke and Takumi have earned their reputations - but the winner of this race will go down in history.

  • 2nd Stage: A New Threat
    Episode 27 - 2nd Stage: A New Threat

    Emperor, a team of racers from the Tochigi region, has arrived with the goal to crush every team in Gunma. It doesn’t take them long to discover a particular challenge in taking on the downhill legend known as Akina’s Eight-Six. 

  • 2nd Stage: Team Emperor on Akina
    Episode 28 - 2nd Stage: Team Emperor on Akina

    Upgrades for the Takumi’s Eight-Six are considered to increase its power. Elsewhere, Team Emperor continues to sweep across Gunma, defeating everyone else with ease. Takumi and his Eight-Six is next on their list. 

  • 2nd Stage: The Feeling of Defeat
    Episode 29 - 2nd Stage: The Feeling of Defeat

    Going against Kyoichi’s instructions, Emperor’s Seiji launches his Evo IV into full power while racing against the Eight-Six. Though his car is out-classed by the highly-advanced Evo IV, Takumi takes every necessary risk to prove his worth.

  • 2nd Stage: Hollow Victory
    Episode 30 - 2nd Stage: Hollow Victory

    In his heart, Takumi couldn’t accept his victory over the Evo IV and decides to make a vow. To add to his already uneasy thoughts ... anonymous messages are being sent to Takumi concerning his relationship with Natsuki.

  • 2nd Stage: Countdown to Destruction
    Episode 31 - 2nd Stage: Countdown to Destruction

    Takumi soon discovers Natsuki’s secret, leading him to vent his anger in an egotistic battle against Kyoichi at Akagi. Takumi disregards his disadvantages in the race and suffers the consequences of his carelessness.

  • 2nd Stage: Goodbye Eight-Six
    Episode 32 - 2nd Stage: Goodbye Eight-Six

    Though Kyoichi recognizes Takumi’s skill, he has full confidence in his rally-tuned Evo III. Takumi soon realizes the difference between his Eight-Six and the loud banging horsepower of the Evo III in an agonizing defeat.

  • 2nd Stage: Battle at Akagi
    Episode 33 - 2nd Stage: Battle at Akagi

    Eight-Six is out of the picture, and the RedSuns take advantage of the opportunity. Ryosuke returns with his White Comet to take on Kyoichi, Team Emperor’s experienced leader.

  • 2nd Stage: Dangerous Impression
    Episode 34 - 2nd Stage: Dangerous Impression

    Mt. Akagi’s battle continues, as Ryosuke plans to demonstrate his street-racing prowess against Kyoichi. Back in Akina, Takumi laments the loss of his Eight-Six and the trouble with Natsuki.

  • 2nd Stage: The New Eight-Six
    Episode 35 - 2nd Stage: The New Eight-Six

    Thanks to Bunta, the Eight-Six receives a game-changing upgrade. Takumi and Natsuki’s relationship continues to suffer. Meanwhile, Itsuki’s heart is shaken at the sight of Kazumi. 

  • 2nd Stage: The Eight-Six Turbo
    Episode 36 - 2nd Stage: The Eight-Six Turbo

    Wataru, another Eight-Six driver, arrives on the scene. The new racer’s attitude shakes up the reserve of more than one racer, but especially Takumi. 

  • 2nd Stage: The Seal Has Been Broken
    Episode 37 - 2nd Stage: The Seal Has Been Broken

    Takumi accepts Wataru’s challenge, deciding on Wataru’s own home course for the one-on-one.  Before he takes on the new rival, Takumi’s got more to learn about the potential his new Eight-Six harnesses, as well as a few more essentials of racing.

  • 2nd Stage: Eight-Six vs. Eight-Six
    Episode 38 - 2nd Stage: Eight-Six vs. Eight-Six

    Takumi’s taking on Wataru on a treacherous mountain pass riddled with dangerous traps and obstacle. The true nature of Takumi’s new hidden weapon emerges in all its monstrous glory, however, and his opponent is in store for an intense challenge.

  • 2nd Stage: Changing Seasons
    Episode 39 - 2nd Stage: Changing Seasons

    The battle between the two Eight-Sixes becomes an extreme test of endurance and will for the two drivers. Will Takumi take his newly-tuned machine all the way to victory, or does Wataru have what it takes to force his rival to a halting defeat?

  • Extra Stage: Beyond Impact Blue.../Sentimental White
    OVA 40 - Extra Stage: Beyond Impact Blue.../Sentimental White

    Team Emperor is gunning for Impact Blue, but Mako's head isn't in the game. Not only is she distracted by her feelings for Iketani, she's also got to face the implications of her new relationship with Miyahara.

  • 3rd Stage: Full Length Feature Film
    Movie - 3rd Stage: Full Length Feature Film

    When Takumi’s invited to drive for an all-star team that could change the face of local racing, he’s got to beat his stiffest competition before he’ll join their ranks - himself.

  • 4th Stage: Project D
    Episode 42 - 4th Stage: Project D

    Project D’s reputation is growing with every race. The team’s next match pits Takumi against a downhill racer with technique very similar to his own.

  • 4th Stage: Full Throttle! Downhill Battle
    Episode 43 - 4th Stage: Full Throttle! Downhill Battle

    Tohru’s promised to quit racing forever if he loses his next match. The course is dangerous, and with Project D’s downhill specialist on his tail, one wrong move could spell disaster.

  • 4th Stage: The Most Powerful Man of the Toudou School
    Episode 44 - 4th Stage: The Most Powerful Man of the Toudou School

    The guys of Project D are great at keeping their cool, but the pressure can’t be denied as they prepare to face their next opponents - the students of the Toudou Racing School.

  • 4th Stage: Two Pieces of Advice
    Episode 45 - 4th Stage: Two Pieces of Advice

    The Toudou School’s driver could be the toughest Takumi’s ever faced. If Project D is to claim victory, Takumi would be wise to listen to Ryosuke’s advice.

  • 4th Stage: The Starting Line to Victory
    Episode 46 - 4th Stage: The Starting Line to Victory

    The Toudou School brings in a professional driver to face Project D in a rematch. With reputations on the line, Ryosuke must decide who will represent the team.

  • 4th Stage: Blind Attack
    Episode 47 - 4th Stage: Blind Attack

    The Toudou School’s driver knows all about exploiting a challenger’s blind spot. If Takumi hopes to win, he’ll have to find a way to leave his opponent in the dark.

  • 4th Stage: The 85's Raging Turbo
    Episode 48 - 4th Stage: The 85's Raging Turbo

    New challenges are popping up on Akina: Takumi is shocked when an unfamiliar car passes him with ease, and Iketani takes on a cocky circuit driver from Tokyo.

  • 4th Stage: Fateful Battle of the FDs
    Episode 49 - 4th Stage: Fateful Battle of the FDs

    Keisuke meets a girl named Kyoko, who happens to be a fellow FD driver. Their first encounter is pleasant and leaves her weak in the knees. Their second encounter is a race on her turf.

  • 4th Stage: Kyoko's Confession
    Episode 50 - 4th Stage: Kyoko's Confession

    Hoping to keep up with Takumi’s growth as a racer, Keisuke’s spending most of his spare time driving. He’s not interested in distractions - and that could spell heartbreak for Kyoko.

  • 4th Stage: The Saitama Area's Ultimate Weapon
    Episode 51 - 4th Stage: The Saitama Area's Ultimate Weapon

    Project D might be in trouble. The leader of the Northern Saitama Alliance has recruited a bold new driver to face Takumi. Ryosuke knows victory isn’t a sure thing, and as the race begins, so does a heavy rain.

  • 4th Stage: Rainy Downhill Battle
    Episode 52 - 4th Stage: Rainy Downhill Battle

    Takumi struggles to keep up with the Northern Saitama Alliance’s Cappuccino. As the rain soaks the course, both teams find their confidence wavering - it seems the race could go either way.

  • 4th Stage: Straightaway of Struggles
    Episode 53 - 4th Stage: Straightaway of Struggles

    Takumi is locked in the toughest race of his career! With Ryosuke’s odd advice echoing in his mind, and the Cappuccino still leading, his decision in the last straightaway will be the difference in victory or defeat.

  • 4th Stage: Motivation
    Episode 54 - 4th Stage: Motivation

    Keisuke and Wataru’s grueling race continues in the pouring rain. Meanwhile, the Cappuccino driver picks Takumi’s brain, trying to better understand his amazing abilities behind the wheel.

  • 4th Stage: Sad Lonely Driver
    Episode 55 - 4th Stage: Sad Lonely Driver

    After driving the Impreza, Takumi begins to question his abilities behind the wheel of the Eight-Six. Itsuki’s got his own emotional turmoil after a date with Kasumi takes an unexpected turn.

  • 4th Stage: 4WD Complex
    Episode 56 - 4th Stage: 4WD Complex

    Takumi continues wrestling with the differences in his Eight-Six and the Impreza. Later, when Keisuke falls prey to a trap set by Project D’s next opponents, the upcoming race could be over before it begins.

  • 4th Stage: Hillclimb of Fury
    Episode 57 - 4th Stage: Hillclimb of Fury

    The damage to Keisuke’s car might prevent him from driving in the uphill race. Just as it looks like he’s out of options, Kyoko arrives on the scene in her FD.

  • 4th Stage: The Saitama Area's Final Battle
    Episode 58 - 4th Stage: The Saitama Area's Final Battle

    The Lan EVO drivers have proven to be Project D’s shadiest opponents yet. They’ve already shown their willingness to cheat - and now they’ve threatened Takumi’s team with physical violence.

  • 4th Stage: Last Drive
    Episode 59 - 4th Stage: Last Drive

    Kyoko is delighted to spend a day with Keisuke while his car’s in the shop. She likes him more than ever, but with his skills growing, Keisuke’s never been more focused on driving.

  • 4th Stage: God Foot and God Arm
    Episode 60 - 4th Stage: God Foot and God Arm

    Project D’s next match is against a pair of legendary racers. The veteran drivers of Purple Shadow may be a lot older than Takumi’s crew, but they aren’t rusty. In fact, their skills are as sharp as polished blades.

  • 4th Stage: The Unmatched GT-R!
    Episode 61 - 4th Stage: The Unmatched GT-R!

    Keisuke climbs behind the wheel of his newly modified FD to take on the legendary God Foot’s GT-R! The race will be tougher - and longer - than normal. Luckily, Ryosuke’s got a plan.

  • 4th Stage: Dogfight
    Episode 62 - 4th Stage: Dogfight

    God Foot executes the type of improbable moves that helped him earn his nickname. Unfortunately for the legend, Keisuke thrives when he’s pushed to extremes. The race continues - but the battle is just beginning.

  • 4th Stage: The Sorcerer of the Single-Handed Steer
    Episode 63 - 4th Stage: The Sorcerer of the Single-Handed Steer

    God Arm’s unexpected moves and legendary steering skills have Project D’s downhill ace feeling the pressure - and it doesn’t help that Takumi’s mind keeps drifting back to the Impreza.

  • 4th Stage: Endless Battle
    Episode 64 - 4th Stage: Endless Battle

    Takumi’s greatest strength is his greatest weakness in the match with God Arm. The race has become an endurance test, and both drivers are wearing thin. Something’s got to give - and soon.

  • 4th Stage: The Never-ending Challenge
    Episode 65 - 4th Stage: The Never-ending Challenge

    Takumi and God Arm speed toward the finish line. After the race ends, the rising star looks to the legend for a lesson in technique - and Project D looks into the future where new challengers wait for their shot.

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12-15-2013

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"Best Racing Title from a driver's Point of View"

This show depicts the capabilities and challenges racers must surpass and master in a very detailed way, and over-exaggerated at times like any other anime. Animation and style starts poor in the 1st/... more

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"I love it."

I freakin' love Initial D. I've got most of the series on DVD. The story's simple but great, the voice actors and eurobeat are amazing, and 1st-3rd stage's animations are great for their age. 4th and... more

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