Series: Initial D – First Stage
Related Manga: Initial D (46 volumes and still going strong)
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.