Anime Challenge: Initial D – First Stage

Initial D -  First Stage

Initial D – First Stage

Series: Initial D – First Stage

Related Manga: Initial D (46 volumes and still going strong)

Platform: Funimation/Netflix

Episodes: 26

Review: I love a good shounen anime and Initial D is a longtime favorite of mine. I first watched it about six years ago, with the initial Tokyopop dub, which was horrible. I then had to re-watch it as fansubs in the original Japanese to have any idea what the actual story was, much less the character names.

I was overjoyed when Funimation picked up the license because I think they do a great job of keeping close to the original dialogue. They also restored the music to the English dub, which is a huge part of what makes this anime so amazing. I mean, you can only watch cars racing for so long without a good soundtrack, right?

And Initial D is all about racing cars. Street racing and drifting really. If you like the Fast & Furious franchise, you’ll love Initial D.

The first season/First Stage is all about Takumi Fujiwara’s initiation into the world of street racing and introduces the series’ main characters. While there’s a small romantic side story here, it’s just that, a side story. This is all about boys competing with boys in fast cars, and I love it.

Anime Challenge: 411/1000.

Anime Challenge: OVA Marathons…

I spent some time on vacation wading through OVAs I’d collected but not watched. It’s an odd mix of genres… I think I have anime ADHD. Tonight, we’re watching Initial D First Stage.

Anime Challenge: 365/1000 episodes in 2013!

One Piece OVAs 1-3 and Specials 1-4

One Piece OVAs 1-3 and Specials 1


Junjou Romantica OVA

Junjou Romantica OVA

Deadman Wonderland OVA

Deadman Wonderland OVA

Naruto Shippuden OVA

Naruto Shippuden OVA

Fairy Tail OVA 1-3

Fairy Tail OVA 1-3

Anime Challenge: Junjou Romantica Season Two

All the pretty boys...

All the pretty boys…

For the series details, check out my first post on Junjou Romantica.

There’s something I can’t resist about Junjou Romantica. It’s always funny, always emotional and always extremely awkward as people work their way through life and relationships.

I love any anime that has that emotional awkwardness to it that makes me want to look away because I’m so embarrassed for the character or in touch with the feeling. I am the queen of hitting pause and taking a break right in the middle of the emotional peaks of an episode.

Anime Challenge: 361/1000 episodes in 2013.