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Initial D - Battle 1 - Akina's Downhill Specialist

Anime & Manga movie directed by Masami Hata

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It's All About The Story

  • Sep 3, 2006
Initial D has a very catchy story line, one that will hook you and never let you go. I understand why this animation would tick people off though cause it looks like it's from the 80's. Plus the not so great shift to computer graphics when it's time for them to get the street racing going is almost intolerable because of it's unrealistic look. It takes little time to spark a story with an idiot that doesn't truly know how good he is at diving. Tak is the idiot I was talking about and he is probably the most clueless person in the series but also the most riveting and action packed. His dad's car is what he calls a dump but other's call it an almost unbeatable drift car. I'm not that into drift racing but Initial D surely clues you in on it and Japans addiction to it. After a while your so into the episodes you pay little attention to those animation mess up's and it may become one of your favorite series.

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In a flyspeck town north of Tokyo, the teenagers' only thrill is street racing on Mt. Akina. Nerdy Takumi "Tak" Fujiwara isn't exited by racing like his friends Iggy and Cole. He doesn't realize that his ex-champion father has taught him all the racing tricks, making him deliver tofu up and down Mt. Akina without spilling a cup of water. Cole is injured when he tries to prepare to lead the local Speed Stars club against the arrogant Red Suns. He appeals to Mr. Fujiwara--who finagles Tak into racing. This 1998 broadcast series scored a bit hit in Japan, although in America, it plays like a tamer, animatedFast and the Furious. The CG cars, rock soundtrack, rapid-fire editing, and flashy camera work heighten the excitement--and make the disclaimer, "Follow the traffic rules and drive safely" sound insincere. (Rated 13 and older: tobacco use, minor profanity, street racing)--Charles Solomon
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Director: Masami Hata
Genre: Animation
DVD Release Date: September 16, 2003
Runtime: 150 minutes
Studio: Tokyopop Pictures
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