Introducing the synopsis and charm of the popular anime “Initial D”



Street racers strive to be the fastest on the mountain pass. Among them, downhill racing is a pure test of a driver’s skill, as the difference in machines disappears. The title of “fastest downhill” is the highest honor among racers. At this time, a rumor began to circulate on the Akina mountain pass in Gunma. “The fastest downhill in Akina is a Hachiroku driven by a tofu shop owner…”

The racing group “Red Suns”, based in Akagi, went to Akina to investigate the rumor, but they couldn’t get detailed information even when they asked the local team “Speed Stars”. However, on the way back from Akina, Keisuke Takahashi, the No. 2 of Red Suns, was easily overtaken in the corner by a Hachiroku that appeared out of nowhere. His pride hurt, Keisuke swore a rematch with the Hachiroku. And this battle led to the legend of the birth of “Akina’s Hachiroku”.



Takumi Fujiwara
The protagonist of this work. From the time he was a middle school student without a driver’s license, he has been running on Mt. Akina every day, delivering tofu under his father’s orders. As a result, his driving history is longer than that of his peers. During deliveries, he undergoes training to drive without spilling water filled in a paper cup, so as not to crumble the tofu he is carrying. This has made him skilled in techniques that make full use of the vehicle’s weight transfer. In addition, because he was attacking the downhill of Akina with the thought of “I want to go home early” on his way back from deliveries, he has also acquired excellent braking techniques.

Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86


Keisuke Takahashi
The quasi-protagonist of this work. He is the younger brother of Ryosuke Takahashi, who made a name for himself as the “White Comet of Akagi”, and the second son of the director of Takahashi Hospital in Takasaki City. He is the first opponent of Takumi Fujiwara, and since losing to Takumi in two battles on Mt. Akina, he has harbored a strong rivalry with Takumi. It is precisely because of this rivalry with Takumi that Keisuke has grown dramatically, leading to his active role in Project D later on.

Mazda RX-7 FD3S

The charm of this work

“Initial D” is a work that can be enjoyed no matter how many times you watch it. The reason for this is the memorable iconic scenes. From intense drift races on dangerous mountain roads to adrenaline-pumping battles between rival drivers, there is never a dull moment in this series. The animation is top-notch, and the attention to detail in the cars and racing techniques is truly impressive.

Not only can you enjoy exciting races, but you will also be drawn into the story of Takumi Fujiwara, a boy who delivers tofu and becomes a legendary street racer. As you follow Takumi’s journey, you will witness his growth as a driver and see how his passion for racing changes him. The character development in this work is outstanding, and you will find yourself rooting for Takumi and his friends throughout the series.

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