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Cars going at fast speeds, drifting in mountain roads and dealing with school, this are the things that go around Takumi Fujiwara. His life dream and goal is to be the fastest driver in the streets and after being convinced by friend and rivals he decides to join a local racing team and race against some of the fastest drivers in the city an soon the world. As the anime starts Takumi is a very inexperienced street racer and knows little about car mechanics but as each season, or as called in this series, stage ends, he learns more and more about features of cars and new driving techniques that will later allow him to win races against tougher opponents and like this become a much more mature street racer.

The television series is based on the manga of the same title written and illustrated by Shuichi Shigeno. It was produced by Studio Comet and later by Pastel, it is licensed by FUNImation and it features 4 stages with each having its own development and all focusing around Takumi and how he progresses as a driver to extents never expected from him. The graphics are gorgeous and stylish and the soundtracks are phenomenal as they go to new extents to set the mood even before the scene starts rolling and like this causing a state of suspense in the viewers' mind and curiosity towards what is going to happen next.

This truly is a television series for the entire audience as it doesn't contain many over perverted reactions from the characters and there is little to none fan service. The genders that compose this gorgeous and inspiring anime are comedy, action and suspense. This is a great anime for any fan specially if they like cars and is very unique in its perspective taking on a more realistic role of how life spins around aspiring racers.

Fuji TV
3 Seasons, 64 Episodes
April 18, 1998
Anime
8.4/10
Cast: Greg Ayres, Christopher Bevins, Steve Blum, Z. Charles Bolton
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Initial D Full Episode Guide

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Going against Kyoichi's instructions, Emperor's Seiji launches his Evo IV into full power while racing against...

  • 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.

  • 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.

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