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.

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